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    I do a lot of cycling and running but always had a painful back - in fact, I was born with scoliosis and have had back surgery. I've been doing a pilates routine for my core for over six years and I am now pain free!!! Yes, pain free!!!! - 10/27/2013 8:29:21 AM
    I love my PIlates sessions. I've invested (!) for one-on-one sessions with a really good and supportive instructor. She's good because she knows how to encourage me to push my boundaries safely, and keeps on emphasizing what I am able to do while working on the things I need to loosen, stretch and strengthen. After a session a lot of pain has gone away, I am relaxed, destressed , grounded and happy. For the time being Pilates works better for me than yoga, which I did for three years. - 10/27/2013 5:02:45 AM
  • Never did it before. - 10/1/2013 3:36:54 PM
  • Never did it before. - 10/1/2013 3:36:03 PM
  • I've done pilates videos in the past and it is certainly not an easy workout. You sweat! - 9/28/2013 1:52:07 PM
  • I took my first beginner Pilates class this week. I was able to do almost everything but I still felt well exercised and I was sore the next day. I need to modify the roll for now but I'm excited to get back to do another class. - 9/28/2013 9:13:32 AM
  • With Pilates there are movements that some might have difficulty doing. whether it be weight , arthritis issue or something else. The same can be said for yoga.
    So if one wants to try Pilates, do what your body can do. You don't have to adapt every move in the beginning or ever for that matter.
    When I first started weighing in at over 300 lbs, some of the moves were impossible. As I lost weight, got more flexible and my confidence built, I could do more. There will always be people better than I am, but that doesn't stop me from doing a Pilates workout every day. I try to get in 30 minutes a day.
    Some days working just certain part of the body.
    I enjoy doing Pilates better than Yoga. But somedays I will incorporate both into my workout.
    I'm a flexible strong 71 year old who hope to be the same at 81 and 91.
    - 8/15/2013 5:25:41 PM
  • I love it where the author says, "Pilates is for JUST ABOUT everyone." No mention was made if it could be adapted for those of us with serious weight issues. That's the sole reason I have not tried Pilates or yoga, because I'm just too darn fat to do them. - 7/7/2013 12:31:16 PM
    I love Pilates!! If cost is a concern for you, like it is for me, there are tons of good Pilates videos on Hulu Plus for $8 a month. I lay out a long mirror on the floor underneath my TV so I can see myself and watch my form, since I don't have an instructor there. It burns your muscles a little, but then you always feel rejuvinated afterwards! - 6/10/2013 1:02:22 PM
    I'm glad it works well for those who enjoy it. But for me it is painful both during and after. I don't just mean muscle soreness, but also skeletal and nerve pain as well. My knees and neck won't take it, though I can do the Total Gym and Leslie Sansone videos. I also find it stressful during the workout, whereas my TG and walking workouts are relaxing for me. I have arthritis also and agree with another poster that Pilates seems to make it flare up. To each his/her own I guess. - 4/4/2013 2:46:49 PM
    I enjoy doing pilates...I mean at first when I was just starting out I was like "oh, it's going to be real easy!"...boy was I wrong,but I kept pushing and now I love it! :D - 4/3/2013 2:59:05 PM
  • This has to be my favorite form of exercise. I feel so good when I do this regularly. I haven't done anything for quite a while but physical therapy. I had both hips replaced this past year . I am hoping to find my pilates DVD. My daughter misplaced it but I think now is the time to start really looking for it. If I can't find it, ti\hen it's time to get a new one. Wonderful exercise.
    - 4/3/2013 12:13:02 PM
    I've taken Pilates mat classes, and I can tell you, if you have arthritis in your lower spine, do not do Pilates. Some of the positions but a lot of weight and/or pressure at the base of the spine. I had to quit the class because I was in a lot of pain from some of the moves. Yet, I can do many other types of exercises without pain. - 4/2/2013 11:09:14 PM
  • Absolutely true, with a big "Amen" to : "Pilates almost acts as "daily rehab" in the prevention of mobility issues and injury."

    When I find myself re-injured, it's because I've lapsed in my pilates work for several months. - 4/2/2013 9:38:11 AM
  • A few months ago, I took a yoga class. The teacher was not very good, so when she asked me if I was coming back I said, no, I already do Pilates and that'll do for now. She said, well, Pilates is new, yoga has been around for thousands of years and they're just copying it.

    - 4/2/2013 6:24:28 AM

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