Meet June Croasdale. She is 84 years young and is a familiar face at our Manly Pilates studio.
But for June taking the first step and committing to her first Reformer Pilates class in March 2017 wasn’t easy.
“It took me a while to pluck up the courage to come into the studio and book my first class. I kept walking past and wondering. Then one day I just walked in.” says June.
She needn’t have worried. She regularly gives our intermediate class a run for their money.
June is a fit lady. She has always been active, enjoying hiking and mountain walking. But surprisingly only started going to the gym when she was 69!
Her late husband was a gym addict and they would both go together. At one point she attended the same weekly cycle class as her husband and grandson!
June’s Pilates journey began 10 years ago when she was introduced to a mat class at the Harbord Diggers gym. She instantly enjoyed it. And after 6 months of Pilates classes at the gym she bought a Reformer machine for her home, which she tells us was a sudden decision.
“We went to a trade show one weekend. My husband bought a cross trainer and I bought my first Reformer!”
The home Reformer worked well for 2-3 years before the couple moved house. Around the same time June had a shoulder operation and so couldn’t do Pilates for a while. Sadly her Reformer had to go.
Then came some more injuries, a wrist break and some knee problems. But June is now fighting fit and describes her niggles as mostly wear and tear.
Rediscovering Reformer Pilates
By rediscovering Reformer Pilates and doing classes twice a week June tell us she is enjoying great benefits.
“I’ve found that I have stronger muscles. I feel fitter and I have more flexibility and balance.”
But there is a bigger drive behind all the Pilates classes. In early January 2018 June will be heading on a six week trip to the Galapagos and Antarctica.
“My main motivation for all the Pilates classes is that I want to be able to carry my suitcase on my own…and be independent on my travels.”
It’s not the first big adventure for June. In 2017 she travelled through Vietnam and Cambodia. Plus took a separate trip through Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
The Dynamic Pilates Experience
According to June,
“All the instructors at Dynamic Pilates are excellent. They are small classes unlike at the gym and the instructors come round and correct you. I particularly like Janette’s class, especially when she brings out the toys!”
June says that she loves her Pilates and continues to do it because she wants to be flexible and have good balance. Plus keep her body moving. She supplements her group classes with some stretches at home too.
At the beginning of January June will head off on her travels and we wish her all the best with her next adventure…and thank her for being a real inspiration to us all. June really is proof that anyone can do Reformer Pilates!
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