NORMAN — Living life to the fullest is easier when you are fit, healthy and vigorous.
But while study after study confirms the relationship between exercise and health, for some, getting fit is a long and difficult journey.
Finding a starting place can be a major challenge for those who have suffered injuries or who have never exercised. For the fit populace such as athletes, staying healthy for competition may be a struggle.
Two Norman women believe Joseph Pilates found a solution to many of those problems when he developed his fitness system during the first half of the 20th century.
Kim Jackson and Linda Roberts, co-owners of Pilates Fitness Center in Norman, are dedicated to providing a “safe and effective exercise program” for clients. Located at 210 36th Ave. SW, Suite A in the Park on Main Executive Office Park, just south of Fed Ex, the fitness center is based on the classical principles from the work of Joseph Pilates.
Pilates starts with posture and stretching but moves on to develop core strength and enhance movement in ways that work and strengthen deep muscles.
“Most everybody needs to stretch,” Jackson said.
Pilates Fitness provides instruction in Pilates, barre exercise, hatha yoga, Titleist Performance Institute Pilates for Golf Fitness, pelvic floor fitness and post rehab for back issues and other injuries.
While the specialized classes can be fun, Pilates is the core of the center’s fitness classes.
The Pilates exercises are gentle but effective.
“Every joint, head to toe, they’re going to feel it,” Jackson said.
Roberts practiced physical therapy for 20 years, specializing in manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for special populations. She has treated sports injuries, chronic pain and neurological issues. She has also been a certified fitness instructor, doing personal training and group fitness classes for 31 years.
Roberts believes the value of Pilates for fitness is inestimable for clients.