For as long as I can remember I always had a gym membership and lifted weights, did some cardio on the machines, and I loved taking yoga and spin classes. I worked out about 4 times a week during my lunch break and sometimes I would even go at lunch and right after work! I worked with several personal trainers over the years and actually enjoyed the feeling of exercising, I know that may seem crazy to some of you, but it’s the truth. I also really enjoyed outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and walking my dogs.
In 2009 I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and joined a rock climbing gym that also had a weight lifting area and offered a variety of classes. It was there that I did my first Pilates mat class and had a phenomenal teacher! I loved everything about Pilates, especially the strong focus on the core, that it was low impact, but also hard and challenging! I was using muscles I never knew I had and was getting stronger without lifting weights which was new to me.
Taking Pilates classes became part of my regular routine in addition to taking spinning classes. Pilates + Spin was an amazing combo! A few months later there was an opening for a spin instructor position and I decided I would get the training and start teaching classes, more on that in another post.
Fast forward a couple of years later, I had become very active and was teaching 10-15 classes per week and decided that I was ready to start training for my first Warrior Dash. I had never been a runner before, but I figured I was strong enough to give it a try. Quickly after I started training I injured my knee because I was over training and didn’t give myself enough recovery time (I wasn’t a certified personal trainer at the time, so I didn’t really know any better ha). I saw a sports chiropractor and she introduced me to foam rolling and it changed my life. It helped me with so many things, and I made it my mission to introduce it to others in hopes of making a difference in their lives.
I was invited to give a workshop at a Pilates studio and it was there that I did my first reformer class, and was totally hooked! So hooked that I decided to take a Pilates teacher training program and eventually started teaching equipment classes. I learned so much about how the body works, the mind body connection with Pilates, how to properly use your breath when exercising, and so much more. I had been struggling with my knee injury for a number of years and it got to the point where the only exercise I could do was Pilates without feeling any pain. In 2016 I ended up finding an amazing doctor who told me that because I had tried almost everything under the sun to fix my knee, the last option was surgery. I was lucky to be able to get the surgery a week after seeing the surgeon (yes I was in the states, this would have never happened in Canada, especially because the surgery I had is not well known at all in Canada). I was told the recovery from the surgery would be very long, and long and brutal it was. I took me over a year to fully recover, but I’m happy to say that the surgery was successful!
I was on crutches for 2 months, but after only 3 weeks of my surgery I was able to get on the reformer and do some exercising which felt amazing since pretty much the only thing I could do was lay on the couch for weeks. After about 2 months I relocated to Ottawa, Ontario (my hometown) and started teaching at a Pilates studio (I was still walking with a limp, but I was determined to get back into my routine).
I work with clients ranging from 21 to 71 years old with a variety of injuries and conditions ranging from osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, herniated disks, etc. What I love about Pilates is that it’s for people of all ages and all fitness levels, and you can still do it while working through your injuries and issues.
If you are new to Pilates I would love to introduce you to the wonders of it and if you’ve done some and are looking for ideas on new exercises I’d love to help with that as well. Get in touch with me and schedule your free 25 minute consultation.