One of our favorite parts of our work at Redbird Pilates and Fitness is seeing our clients’ bodies – and often lives – transform before our eyes. Whether it’s the cut of a strengthened tricep, a broader smile, or an improved time in the Austin Marathon, our inspiration comes from working with people who are going for their goals…and having fun while they do it.
One challenge we all face (even instructors!) is how to maintain our routines – how to consistently work on our fitness, challenge ourselves and keep showing up. We started training with Patti LaGuire last year and have been amazed at how hard she works, how far she’s come and what a pleasure it’s been to be part of her personal transformation. Of course it’s interesting to us to hear how our fitness programs fit into our clients’ lives, but we also want all of our clients to benefit from each others’ ideas. We asked Patti a few questions about her experiences with Redbird Pilates and Fitness to share on our blog.
When did you start Pilates with RedBird? What inspired you to join?
I started out doing personal training with Elisabeth once a week along with a friend in December 2010. A few months later, I started attending some mat classes to add on to the training. Lee and Elizabeth made me feel comfortable enough to keep adding to my routine. I didn’t feel like I was being judged like other places made me feel.
Before moving to Austin I was more active. In the eight years that I have lived here, I’ve put on more weight than I would like to admit. When RedBird Pilates moved into the same building I work in, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to get back to my old self.
What results have you seen from your work with RedBird?
I have found a big difference in my range of flexibility, the shape of my body, and my posture. Since I have started Pilates with RedBird I have found my clothes feel a lot looser which makes me feel a lot better. I still have a long way to go, but as I continue with RedBird I know I will see even more great results.
How has Pilates impacted other areas of your life?
I get to go shopping more since my clothes are a bit baggy for my liking now.
I find myself practicing certain moves at home in order to improve my form and be better in my sessions. It makes me think of other goals outside of Pilates and how I have to continue to work towards them and get better with practice.
I try to eat healthier and try to eat out less often.
How do you find the motivation to stay so consistent in your practice? What do you do on days when you don’t want to come?
Pilates gives me energy after a long day at work. I find myself looking forward to the personal training and classes because I know I will feel good afterwards. I have a goal set for myself, so going to Pilates keeps me in line to reach that goal. I try to stretch and keep working on some of the exercises that give me trouble.
What are your main fitness and health goals currently and how have they progressed since you started with RedBird?
I want to continue to tone, lose weight and have added flexibility. I would like to continue using Pilates as a motivator to become healthier in my everyday life.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you Lee and Elisabeth for taking me on as a client!
– Patti LaGuire