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Out of Shape at 50, Teaching Pilates at 60

By August 20, 2012

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We have new Pilates success story and I love it. Len Palombi was feeling out of shape at fifty and later found himself corporate downsized out of a job as well. What to do? Len did Pilates and became a Pilates instructor at sixty. I find his story very inspiring.

Not many people over fifty, like Len,  would think of becoming a Pilates instructor. And that's too bad because Pilates is entirely available and appropriate for people of all ages. It has brought many people, over and under fifty, back from the brink of physical dilapidation (can you believe that's a word?).

Joseph Pilates lived and taught well into his eighties and so have many other Pilates teachers, including many of the Pilates Elders.  Pilates is endlessly fascinating and a big enough study to keep one's body and mind engaged for a very long time. What a great idea for a  second or third career.

Of course, the requirements for older teachers in training are the same as for anyone else. You have to be able to do Pilates to a certain level, as determined by your program ( you can get there); you have to study and take exams on things like anatomy, teaching, and the exercises; and you have to love to teach and be willing to learn.

If any of this is tickling your fancy, I think you should read Len's story

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Comments
August 23, 2012 at 4:33 am
(1) Theresa says:

I qualified as a Pilates instructor 4 years ago at the age of 56. I work elsewhere full-time and teach 4 pilates classes every week. As all my classes are full, I hope to start new classes when I retire. Not sure when that will be as Pilates does help to keep me fit and active!

August 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(2) Nancy says:

Thank you for posting /sharing Len’s story. I am a fairly fit 57 year old who has not had the courage to do this … thinking I was too old.

August 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(3) Teresa says:

I became a Pilates student at the age of 55, on the advice of my Physical Therapist. I now feel better than I have ever felt over the last 2 decades! I have thought of taking instructor classes but live in such a remote area, it is almost impossible. I can even run while pushing my grandchildren in the stroller!

August 30, 2012 at 7:29 am
(4) Donna says:

I started as a student at age 48. I loved it so much I decided to become a instructor. I am now age 51 and teach approx. 10 – 15 classes per week. I love pilates and my body has benefited from it tremendously. I love inspiring others to get into classes, and once they do, they are hooked. Thank you for sharing Len’s story. Very inspiring.

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