Before leaving for our month-long stay in Oahu, my husband and I established a major goal for our visit: try something new, healthy, inspiring, physically active, and the experience needed to give us a new outlook on life. Wow, did we achieve our goal when we took classes at the Pilates Training Center in Kailua! Both of us were Pilates "newbies", never having taken a class or even having any idea what to expect. We ended up taking 8 "couples" classes with an amazing, kind, knowledgeable instructor, Kari, who not only taught us the basics, but instilled in us what we know will be a lifelong love and commitment to Pilates. The atmosphere of the studio was exceptionally professional (spotlessly clean, peaceful, accommodating, focusing on safety, timeliness, and education) from the first class when we were feeling way out of our element to the last when we were saying good-bye to some amazing new friends. Kari's constant attention to teaching us precise form and encouraging us to maximize every movement, brought out the "dancer" and athlete in me. On the other hand, my husband, who enjoys cycling and being active but not a fan of the "gym", came away feeling more
centered, more aware of his body movement and the new skill of "breathing". Since both of us have had our share of physical issues (for example, he, age 67, having sustained multiple fractures to both legs, the last of which was less than a year ago) and obviously, not having young and nubile bodies, we certainly didn't want an experience that would leave us "sitting out" our vacation. After only 8 classes and in spite of some amazing "vacation eating and drinking", we both came home feeling more toned and in shape than we have in a long while. I can only say, that if you want to give yourself an awesome gift, sign up for some classes at the Pilates Training Center in Kailua. You will not be disappointed!
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