Client Spotlight – September 2015

Meet Nikki, our amazing client.  Her story will inspire you!

Nikki is 32 years old and has always been involved in sports.  After High School, she found it difficult to manage her weight with just cardio alone.  As she moved to California her fitness goals shifted as she wanted to take her health more seriously.  Nikki has Type 1 diabetes and relies on insulin injections to keep her healthy.  The insulin alone will not keep Nikki’s blood sugar level, she needs to maintain a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.  One form of exercise Nikki used to enjoy more was running, but over time her knee began to give her pain.  Then she found Pilates.  She started slow, learning the correct breathing and form by attending Mat Pilates classes.  After about a month, she began adding a variety of power classes to her weekly workout schedule, which is when she realized that Pure Power PILATES is nothing like anything she has ever tried before.  Nikki adds, “Not only do they help to push you to try new exercises that you never thought you would ever be able to do, they also keep you focused, motivated, and challenged!  I have even seen improvement in my knee, doesn’t hurt when I run.”

We asked Nikki a few questions, this is what she had to say:

 Q: What has been the biggest change in your fitness routine since joining our Studio?

A: “I think the biggest change since joining Pure Power Pilates has been really seeing and knowing that I am stronger since I first began.  I couldn’t do a pushup before starting and now I can do about 5.” 

 Q: How many days a week do you train?

A: “I go to Pilates at least 2 times a week which in the next week will bump to 4 due to the fact that I see and get results and having a scheduled class keeps me motivated and hold me accountable.  I do cardio 2-3 times a week as well.”

Q: How do you feel after each workout?

A: “I feel that I have accomplished something.  I’m always sweating and feeling the burn.  Following each class, I feel the soreness of the muscles worked and know that I pushed myself to get stronger.  IT’S A GOOD BURN!”

 Q: What is your favorite part about training at Pure Power PILATES and Fitness?

A: “I think my favorite part is that I am getting stronger with each class but it’s always a good group of people that you work out with and get trained by.  They make sure you really focus on getting the moves and breathing correctly, but also make you laugh and keep things interesting.” 

 Q: What keeps you motivated?

A: “I think the biggest thing that keeps me motivated is really knowing how important exercise is in managing my diabetes.  I can see a difference not only in how I feel when I don’t exercise but also in my sugar levels because they tend to run high when I don’t exercise for long periods of time.”

Q: What are your future fitness goals?

A:  “My future fitness goals are really to increase the amount of time that I am working out.  Being busy with a new job over the last 5 months has cut my exercise down from 4-6 days per wk. to about 2-3.  Adding the 2 classes of Pilates a week to hold me accountable is definitely going to help me get back at it and adding cardio 1-2 days per week will hopefully help me get focused to shed some extra pounds and firm up.”