My Pure Pilates Story

Tom Kleinfelter and his beloved dog, Loosie Goosie, his previous Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

My Pure Pilates Story: Tom Kleinfelter on alleviating back pain and enjoying sports

From visiting a chiropractor and following a yoga practice, to going through physical therapy and getting acupuncture and therapeutic massage, Tom Kleinfelter has tried a number of activities to help manage an abnormality in his spinal alignment. “I surmised that the best way to alleviate my back pain and increase my declining flexibility due to […]

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Kim Costanza and her daughters

My Pure Pilates Story: Kim Costanza on returning to what you love and not giving up

Kim Costanza had practiced Pilates before moving with her family to northern Michigan—she’d taken a mat class for many years in Florida—and for a while even kept up with it after relocating to Traverse City by following along with an instructional video at home. But over time, life got especially busy for Costanza, 56, a

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George Kleiber Discovered Pilates Later in Life: ‘The Results are Amazing.’

George Kleiber admits he was skeptical about trying Pilates, but three years in, he’s happy he kept at it. “At first, I wasn’t sure Pilates was for me. ‘Moving one vertebrae at a time’ seemed a bit foreign and slow. In fact, I actually quit a couple times along the way,” remembers George, who was

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My Pure Pilates Story: Tara Hochstetler: ‘I feel healthier and stronger than I ever have before’

Above photo: Tara Hochstetler (left) with friends at the Bayshore Half Marathon finish. Tara credits her Pilates practice with helping her running performance. — Traverse City runner Tara Hochstetler knew for years that she probably should incorporate strength training into her exercise routine. “Weakness in my core was causing problems with my hips and knees,” she says,

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My Pure Pilates Story: Jennifer Warren, alleviating back pain and enjoying life again

When a friend suggested she try Pilates to alleviate severe back pain, Jennifer Warren was skeptical. “I truly didn’t understand how different it was from physical therapy,” she says. “I assumed it to be similar, and since physical therapy was not working, I didn’t believe Pilates would do it for me.” An interaction with her

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My Pure Pilates Story: Tom Spencer, staying active & healthy with osteoarthritis

  Tom Spencer cherishes time spent with his granddaughter. Tom Spencer’s motivation for maintaining good health can be traced to someone very important to him: his 1-year-old granddaughter—and, well, any future offspring his three children may eventually have. “I want to be able to get on the floor with my grandchildren,” says Tom, of Traverse

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