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Strength Training with Pilates

Lake Arrowhead Pilates Center

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Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017 10:00 am

The Lake Arrowhead Pilates Center has been servicing our mountain community for more than 15 years and, while doing so, has gained a diverse clientele who use pilates for different reasons.

Owner and instructor Lauren Harris has developed a business style that includes customer satisfaction, as well as high-quality instruction that delivers the best results.

In the pilates studio, there are varied exercises that one can do to gain results, and Harris specializes in designing a program that will work for the individual. From then on, as the client progresses, the program may change.

Through pilates exercise, people can tone and strengthen their muscles, increase strength in their backs and core, improve posture, reduce pain, and even reduce stress and tension within their bodies.

Harris, who has worked in the field for more than 25 years, training in dance, physical therapy and pilates, gives her clients an experience unlike any other.

For Kris Nelson, his training routine completely changed when he became a member of the Lake Arrowhead Pilates Center and had a program designed specifically for him. Nelson, who has always been passionate about exercising, was in competitive martial arts throughout high school and into college, and later got into weight lifting.

“It was always being on the avenue of staying strong,” Nelson commented.

Further into his career, Nelson became a police officer in Long Beach and served for 27 years. During his time as a police officer, he was presented with many obstacles to overcome and, at one point, had a severe shoulder injury that left his shoulder damaged.

After stepping away from duty in Long Beach, Nelson began looking for another avenue to continue to exercise and build strength. It was during this time that he discovered Harris.

“I evaluated Kris by his strengths and weaknesses, and his muscle imbalances and tightness.” She expanded, “From then on, I developed a program that would strengthen his joint muscles in his shoulder and knees.”

Nelson explained that after his shoulder injury, his weightlifting days “were over.” He now needed an exercise program that allowed him to stay strong, but in a way that would benefit him later in life.

“I call it functional strength,” Nelson said. “To stay strong later in life,” he added that functional strength means paying attention to smaller muscles and supporting those, as well as other muscles.

With pilates, Nelson has been able to strengthen his muscles and stabilize his joints, something that he said a lot of people should and can do.

“With pilates, we can restore the disruption (in the body), so it functions in the most healthy manner possible,” Harris expressed.

Nelson was also dealing with knee problems at the time of his joining pilates. The injury was so bad that it seemed that surgery was the only option but, with the help from Harris, he did not go through with that surgery.

“After four months of pilates, my knee felt better,” he went on to say, adding that he credited a lot of the results to Harris and her experience working in physical therapy. “Lauren knows how far she can push you; she can make it as hard as you need, or as easy.”

Nelson’s routine usually includes going to the studio at least four times a week, sometimes more, for a minimum of an hour; although he mentioned that if he has time, he likes staying longer.

“Pilates is not just for women, it’s for anyone,” he stated. “It’s about quality of life, and I’ve fallen in love with it.”

In terms of his training, he no longer lifts weights to stay strong and gain muscle. For that, he utilizes the Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) at the studio, which is a full-body workout.

“I utilize new things to replace old workout habits,” Nelson concluded. “If you think pilates is easy, come give it a try.”

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