My name is Meg Thompson. I am a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and I am a Club Pilates addict, and I own it! Best. Decision. Ever.
I moved to Mooresville more than 20 years ago and fell in love with this awesome lake community. I have worn many career hats, but I am currently an ATC at Lake Norman High School, where I witness amazing kids do amazing things every day. I am 51 going on “Hey, weren’t my kids just in elementary school?” Like most women, I spent most of my adult years focused on other people’s needs. Then my kids were in college, the big “five-OH” loomed, and I couldn’t figure out how I had “gotten here.”
While I have always been an active person—I am an ATC, after all, and I chased two kids for 20 years, I thought hitting 10k and 20k steps daily (per my FitBit) was “in shape.” Well, I learned just how “in shape” I was while recovering from a 15-foot fall. Lessons learned: gutter cleaning should be left to professionals, and I don’t bounce back from injuries like I used to!
I realized I needed to REALLY be “in shape,” but I hate the gym and exercise classes—remember, that is what I do for a living, so I sampled just about all of the area’s specialty classes. Frankly, I found most of them to be what we in sports medicine classify as “job security.” Then, on the advice of an AT friend, I researched Pilates and learned that it is based on science, it’s safe, and it’s effective for all ages, skill sets, and injury rehab. Of course, you should consult your physician before beginning any new activity, and researching your instructors is a must—that’s how I found Club Pilates. Club Pilates has amazing instructors who accommodated my injuries and weaknesses (mental and physical) from the start. They help their clients correct form, provide encouragement, and individualize our workouts.
I wasn’t addicted from the get-go. I struggled. I almost quit after day three. Thankfully, the instructors encouraged me to stick with it. I was amazed at how quickly my strength and endurance improved and began to look forward to class because I felt so good afterwards.
If you are looking for a way to get in “real” shape that will adjust to your level of fitness and skill set and not “break” you, research Pilates. Then, stop by Club Pilates—you will probably see me. Hey, I already admitted that I’m an addict and I own it!