Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Tracey I’m a full time mum to 3 kids and a part time nurse.
How long have you been training with Elite?
I first came to elite about 6/7 months ago on the recommendation of a physical therapist I was attending.
How did you start practicing pilates?
I have been dealing with chronic back pain for about 6 /7 years and having tried every type of treatment and therapy the Physio Therapist advised me that the only thing that would help would be reformer pilates and she gave me a card for elite pilates.
What would you say is your favourite thing about working at Elite Pilates?
From the very beginning I found the instructors really welcoming and supportive but they also push you and challenge you in every class.
What 3 words would you say describe you?
I would describe myself as friendly enthusiastic, relaxed.
What 3 words would you say describe Elite Pilates?
I would describe elite as warm, professional, challenging. The staff are fantastic and there’s great variety in the classes with all the different instructors.
What would you say are your top 3 passions?
My top 3 passions are
1) My family, I live with my husband and our 3 children who are 12, 10, 7 and keep me really busy and are great fun to be around.
2) My job I love what I do and because it’s only part time I never get sick of it, I never dread going into work,
3) Exercise I used to run and do spinning a lot but my back would flare up afterwards so it was important to me to find an exercise I could do without causing pain and that strengthened my back.
When you're not in studio, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not in studio I’m usually working or running around after the children ….or standing on the sideline of a GAA or Soccer pitch.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to give pilates a go?
I would say to anyone thinking of starting pilates stop thinking about it and just do it! I started with a few one-to-one sessions as I was nervous about getting used to the machine and it was the best thing I did. By the time I went into a class I understood the terminology and I was familiar with the machine.
In the few months that I’m doing reformer my back pain is hugely improved I haven’t taken a pain killer since the second class and as for my poor muscles- I feel so much stronger! It’s great and I really enjoy the classes.