~ Eugene, 53

When I came to Studio In Balance I already had 6 unsuccessful attempts at qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Over a period of four years and six marathons I change my diet, mileage, training intensity, coaching and team participation but still had problems crashing and burning in the last miles of the marathon.

Flexibility was one of the areas I knew that I was neglecting so I bit the bullet and contacted Rose. Full disclosure, Rose is my aunt and I have known about her studio since it’s opening in 2001. But I thought Pilates was “fufu” exercise and continually dismissed it. I sucked it up and called Rose and asked her to help improve my flexibility.

Starting in December 2013 I starting meeting with Rose on Saturdays after my long runs for what I call enforced stretching. I quickly learned that Pilates is not “fufu” exercise. Looking back, Rose was a little drill sergeant, “stand up straight’, “Suck in your gut”, “sit up straight”. Some of the exercises seemed to be easy and I did not see how there could be any benefit if you only did one set. I wanted to work harder. And what was all this business about straightening up and focus on posture.

Rose got me to think of a whole systems approach to health and fitness. It did not make any sense to put in a lot of mile and then slouch around, eat junk, drink lots of caffeinated beverages, stay up late…get up and do the same thing all over again. Our sessions became a review of my weekly progress in training, doing exercises at home, lots of discussions about the latest findings in sports, medicine and wellness research. Rose has several certifications in Fitness Training and Pilates and is well informed on many health and fitness topics. She is a great resource if you are looking to up your game.

On Sunday October 5, 2014 I at age 53 I completed my 9th marathon in a time of 3:27:12 well under the 3:30:00 I need to qualify for the Boston Marathon. 3:27:12 is 5 seconds faster than my first marathon time of 3:27:17 set back in 1982 a mere 32 years ago.