Pilates Reformers build more than muscle tone, flexibility and balance — they can build relationships, too, a mother and daughter in Tennessee have found.
For separate reasons, Andi Heinemann and her daughter, Lauren Garris, decided to partner up and give Reformers a try at their gym, according to a report in The Daily Times of Blount County, Tenn. After a few months of twice-a-week sessions, the story says, they were achieving their physical goals … and finding that working out together was bringing them closer together than ever.
Reformer equipment provides a platform that helps find and fix specific weaknesses. Incorporating springs and a movable surface, Reformers are great for improving coordination and control, as well as strength.
Heinemann, a physical therapist, has been a Pilates believer since she started doing mat work through the American Physical Therapy Association.
“Pilates is an option that can be used to train physical therapy patients because it is such a gentle, controlled form of exercise,” she says in The Daily Times article.
Garris, who’d grown bored with treadmill work, got some pleasant surprises when she started Pilates.
“It’s the best core workout and you can always expect something different,” she says. “I love the variety.”
Pushing for longer, leaner muscles, Heinemann and Garris quickly became each other’s biggest cheerleaders. Now, both are applauding their results.
“The little postural changes have made all the difference for me as I’m not slumping as much,” Heinemann tells The Daily Times. “I’m less achy in my hips and back, I have a much stronger core and my improved posture carries with me throughout the day.”
Adds Garris: “In the beginning, it was hard, but I’m proud to say that I can now do it.”
“The Pilates Reformer classes” says Heinemann, “are something I’m so happy Lauren and I have done together.”
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