This month we spoke with Raelene. Raelene is a HQer through and through, and has been coming to our classes from the Start, back when there were only four reformers in Steph's Home Studio.
Raelene is well and truly part of the HQ Tribe and not only has her strength and control improved in leaps and bounds but she has also managed to rope her husband into starting (and loving) Pilates.
Read on to find out all about Raelene's Pilates Journey.
1. What enticed you to come to a Pilates class?
I have suffered a couple of injuries which have ongoing impacts. I was finding boot camp and running too hard on my body, my Physio (not Steph) had told me to stop all sports. I did for a short-term but being active all my life was hard so I had to find an activity that would allow me to find a happy medium in my life that would keep me active and build strength without the hard impact on my body.
2. Were you feeling nervous or anxious about your first class and why?
My feelings were more around hoping that I could do some of the exercises and I was fit enough to get through the session.
3. What is your favourite Pilates exercise and why?
I have two –Teaser and Legs in strap bring legs up overhead (Don’t know the name).
Both of these exercises I felt I could get quite quickly, whereas other people struggle. But I then love the fact there are days when you think you have nailed it but can barely get your legs into table top always a challenge.
4. Which exercise is your least favourite and why?
Back Bends- Body just not as flexible as it used to be.
5. What makes you excited either; creatively, mentally or physically about the Pilates method?
I love the fact that no two classes are the same and every class challenges you in many different ways either being able to do the physical exercise or your mindset of having your feet high on the bar or balancing. Even the days when you don’t feel up to going you walk out 45 minutes later feeling good. I actually hate missing a class and get a bit annoyed if something interferes with my schedule.
6. What has kept you interested in Pilates and why do you keep coming back to class each week?
That no two classes are the same, there are days when you can nail the difficult exercise and then there are days when you can barely get your legs into tabletop. I have been able to go back and play my basketball and netball as well as Pilates and I believe due to the fact it is continuing to keep me strong and reasonably fit but low impact on my body.
7. What improvements have you noticed since coming along to Pilates Classes regularly?
Both my upper body strength has improved and also with my injuries, I do not suffer as much pain as I have been able to strengthen my body without the impact.
8. Do you have any advice to give someone that is thinking about starting Pilates?
Whilst it may not be for everyone it is the old saying you will never know unless you give it a go.
Thank You Raelene!