In 2005 and 2009 I had surgery on my left and right shoulders to repair damaged rotator cuffs and this limited my movements. Then in 2010/11 I was diagnosed with arthritis in L5-S1 and left hip. Pilates was recommended by my GP to help mobility and strengthen my back and core muscles. I looked into classes and began 6 1/2 years ago.
At that time I worked for the ambulance service on the road so didn’t always get to classes due to shifts. My arthritis and shoulder problems did begin to have an impact on my job and I began to struggle with the pain and limited movement. I really enjoyed the classes and my mobility and core strength slowly improved.
I had previously decided to retire at 55 from the service as I felt I would struggle with shifts and lifting and carrying patients. I was coming up to 55 I realised I would need something else to keep me busy so I spoke to my instructor about training as an instructor myself. She was very supportive and gave me details of different companies that did the training.
I chose a Leeds based company and eventually started my course in September 2013. I finally passed my Level 2 and 3 Mat Pilates Instructor training with my practical exam in January 2014 and so my journey into a new career began. Since then I have built my classes up to running 8 a week and I also have a private client.
When I started doing Pilates as a student I had no idea it would end up with me spending most of my 50s in Lycra! However, anything is possible if you put your mind to it and it really is a true saying, “if I can do it, anyone can.”
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