Joanne, an active biker and devotee of many spin classes, knew early on that Pilates added something very valuable to her exercise routine: “I recall having to lift my legs over my head and when I did they began to shake,” she explains. “I thought I was strong with spinning and hiking, but that showed me that my core was weak.” Turns out it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
“It told me more about my body than I knew. Even now after eight years, I still sweat—but my body looks awesome,” she tells us.
Joanne went on to receive some training. But when she met Stephanie Herrmann, Joanne was so motivated by Stephanie’s approach that she immediately asked if Stephanie could teach her privately. Joanne responded to the Power Pilates style. “I was in love with the practice all over again,” she says. She went on to receive her certification from Power Pilates.
The continuing challenges of Pilates are what keep Joanne motivated: “It is always fresh and innovative,” she enthuses. “It ain’t your grandmama’s exercise.” Another motivating factor for her is the sharing of knowledge and seeing how it can change peoples’ lives for the better. “I’m only as good as the people I learn from, and I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some outstanding people.”
“I like the term ‘pay it forward,’” she continues. “I get it in my body and pass it on to my clients’ bodies. Pilates can be infectious—and I’d like everyone to get it.”
Joanne’s enthusiasm is most certainly catching.