In celebration of our 5 year anniversary, IMX Pilates Blue Bell is honoring some of our outstanding members who have set record attendance numbers. We admire and applaud them, and all of our members, for your commitment and dedication to feeling and looking great with us, through pilates. Do you know any of these members? Share their post, and let others see what your friends have accomplished!
Many of you at IMX Pilates Blue Bell already know Karyn Corti. Why? Because she is one of IMX Pilates Blue Bell’s longest-standing members! Karyn joined the studio before it was every IMX Pilates. She even shared a magazine article with Paula that she tore out over 10 years ago when she first heard of pilates and was curious about it.
Since we don’t have accurate attendance records from before Paula bought the studio, we can only tell you that between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2012, Karyn came to an astonishing 576 classes! She has seen it all here, and has watched us grow and change since “before the beginning.”
Karyn and Paula, January 2013
What inspired you start pilates?
When I was in my mid 40’s, I was looking for a new type of exercise to strengthen my core and allow me to keep my waist. I had read about pilates and tried floor pilates, which I enjoyed, but was especially intrigued by the machine pilates. A friend invited me to attend an IMX pilates class and I was hooked! 7 years (?) later, I am happy to share that I still have a waist that I can be proud of!
Do you have a particular pilates routine?
At first I started by taking classes 1 -2 time/week. Over the years I gradually increased my frequency and eventually signed up for unlimited classes. I now try to attend classes 3-5 days a week depending on my work schedule (and vacations). I mainly attend classes in the evening and on weekends – I LOVE the addition of the cardio focused classes and Sunday morning classes!
What changes have you noticed since you started pilates?
I am much stronger all over, but especially in my core. I also have much better definition all over and as I said before, I still have a waist!!! Pilates has also enabled me to become much more flexible, which I love.
What do you enjoy about your workouts?
I love the variety – some classes focus on flexibility and stretching, some focus on cardio, and some can even focus on a particular area (upper body, lower body, etc). It is that variety that has encouraged me to continue with pilates. I can honestly say I have never been bored and I continue to feel challenged.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I was a working mom who was looking for something different from the typical aerobics or calisthenics classes. I wanted to get the best “bang for my buck” and found that with pilates. Pilates is something that you can continue to do at any age and it is fun – the classes are small and you meet really nice people!
My one regret is not discovering Pilates sooner.
Karyn is such a fan that she has also hooked her daughter Liz on pilates, when she’s home from college. Karyn is a wonderful classmate- funny, cheerful, and always engaged. She is also very strong and coordinated, and has found herself in the ‘helper role’ many times when we’ve tried out new versions of pilates moves or combos. She always manages to learn any move we can throw at her, and is one of only a few who can produce a Teaser on the machine AFTER a hard ab set! Karyn is a wonderful example of how pilates can continue to work even after years and years of experience.