Making it to Pilates can be a family affair for Robyn, who sometimes comes solo or with her daughters to work out together. Robyn says, 'It is lovely to do something together with my girls that we all enjoy and it definitely keeps me committed to attending".
Robyn, how did you hear about pilates and how long have you been coming to classes?
I had seen an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette - so I googled it !! and emailed straight away. I have been attending classes for about 18 months.
What motivated you to try Pilates the first time?
I had seen Pilates on the TV and thought it would be great for me and wanted to attend a class somewhere local. I have tried Yoga over the years but always found it too intense and not fun.
You're quite unique in that you work out with one or two of your daughters most weeks. And I think once we even had your 3 daughters along as well! How do you find exercising together helps you?
It is lovely to do something together with my girls that we all enjoy and it definitely keeps me committed to attending. As my girls are all grown up, its hard to make time to catch up so we look forward to the class and of course the coffee and chat afterwards!. They are also my greatest encouragement and keep me motivated.
Can you describe some of your favourite exercises?
I really enjoy the clam, all the arm and back exercises using the band and all of the stretches
And which ones are more challenging?
The plank and the "100s" are the two I find a challenge.
Overall, what do you think the main benefit or physical change you have experienced since starting?I have some arthritis in my neck and pain was one of my main motivators for Pilates as its gentle and muscles are worked deeply and controlled. My posture has improved so much and best of all I haven`t had to have Physio or Chiro in a long time or take strong pain killers.
As a person who experiences knee pain, do you find pilates offers you enough exercises that you 'can do' comfortably without causing any aggravation?
Absolutely , there is always different levels that we are shown in each exercise by our instructors to allow people to work at their own pace and comfort, I love that anybody can do Pilates at any age
What would your advice be to someone who was thinking about trying pilates out for the first time?
Just give it a try!! I was quite stiff and not very flexible when I first started but I have definitely improved and can do so much more now. With Pilates you are never too old to join and you WILL have benefits physically and mentally.
Australians are now sitting at desks longer each day, travelling long hours and developing 'text neck' from living a social life through mobile phones. While embracing the digital age, we must also recognise the negative affect that this can have on our bodies.