This week is Member Appreciation Week at Elite Pilates and we are focusing on how lucky we are to have all of our wonderful, strong, determined members who are the heart of everything we do here at Elite Pilates. We would be nothing without our clients, and we want to share some of their pilates journeys with you! The lovely Hilary Walsh is a loyal barre and reformer client and here is her pilates journey.
Tell us a little but about yourself?
I’m 33, I live in Ballincollig and I’m on a major health kick this year in preparation for my wedding in November!
How long have you been coming to Elite?
I started at Elite last September and I haven’t looked back!
How did you start coming to pilates?
A friend of mine wanted to try it as she heard reformer pilates was how Holly Willoughby lost a stone and toned up after her last baby! I came along to try it and I was hooked instantly! I’ve lost over a stone since I started so I’m living proof of the weight loss claims!
What would you say is your favourite thing about Elite Pilates?
The instructors are all so friendly and knowledgeable but they all have their own style of teaching so no matter whose class you’re in, you know it’ll be a different workout each time. I also love the different range of classes – I started doing reformer but kept seeing people coming out of barre class looking like they’d had an exhausting workout so I tried it and now I’m doing that regularly as well!
Why would you recommend Elite Pilates?
I saw an improvement in my muscle tone very quickly (literally within the first couple of weeks!) and my flexibility has massively improved. My core is the strongest it has ever been and this has helped me with my running. I’m not the most athletic person in the world, I’ve always struggled to stick at exercise regimes but pilates has just given me so much confidence in what I’m capable of doing and in what I can achieve.
What 3 words would you say describe you?
Cheerful, enthusiastic, determined!
What 3 words would you say describe Elite Pilates?
Friendly, challenging, rewarding.
What would you say are your top 3 passions and why?
– My family & friends – because no man (or woman) is an island!
– My fiancé because he keeps me sane!
– Staying fit and healthy – this may sound an unusual passion but I’m a firm believer that our health is our wealth and Pilates has definitely reaffirmed this for me. Pilates has benefitted my physical and mental health – I cannot recommend it enough.
When you’re not in studio, how do you spend your time?
Working (like most people!), with my family, relaxing, spending time with friends and running the odd 5k!
What advice would you give to anyone looking to give pilates a go?
Stop thinking about it and do it! My only regret is that I didn’t take it up 10 years ago!