Pilates Testimonial – Meet Leslie Gartman! Click here!

I’m in my glorious fifties, and very active with biking, hiking, standup paddle boarding, weight lifting, cross country and downhill skiing, and swimming. I was a fan of Pilates for many years in San Diego, and would use it in conjunction with physical therapy every time I got injured. The combination, along with time to heal, would always get me back on the road after a few weeks. Pilates in San Diego was too expensive for me to use as a preventative measure, so I used it only to manage my injuries and minimize my downtime.

When I moved to Juneau at the end of 2014, I was in awe of the athletic seniors I met on the Parks and Rec hikes, and I knew I’d found the right place to live a healthy, active life for the rest of my life. But by September 2015, my body started rebelling, complaining about the inordinate demands I was placing on it. A friend referred me to Julia and so I wrote her…

“I keep getting injured hiking. I wear orthotics and have great boots, but I keep getting injured. Yesterday was my groin, a few days ago my ankle. When it happens, it’s excruciating, but I’m fine the next day. I think my body is sending warning shots across the bow, and I know I need to pay attention before it’s serious. I know from experience that Pilates will get me back to where I need to be. When can I get in for one-on-one on the reformer?”

Soon after that, I had a session with Julia and one with Liesl and immediately felt better. I was shocked at how much cheaper the sessions were, so I bought a package of 20 (and more since) and have worked out on the reformer with one of them almost every week since then. I think this is the longest period in my entire life that I have ever gone without a strained muscle or joint, and I attribute it completely to Pilates with Julia and Liesl.

As a bonus, I was attempting some endurance standup paddling over the summer and Julia identified the cause of my foot strain, something that several paddling teachers hadn’t been able to identify. She knows body mechanics better than anyone I’ve ever met, aside from my physical therapist. If I could take her on vacation with me, I would.