Marci Watson has been coming to Highway 54 Pilates for more than four years. She originally came into the studio because she was scheduled for back surgery and wanted to have a plan for her future health and to make sure she would never have to have back surgery again.
Here are her answers to our questions.
When did you start working out at Highway 54 Pilates and why? I was scheduled for back surgery in Oct. 2015. Before surgery I stopped in and bought my first package of 5 private lessons, so that as soon as I was released to work out again, I could begin Pilates. I knew that if the surgery was going to be successful long term, I had to have a lifelong plan. Too many people have surgery, with good surgical outcomes but poor life outcomes. They still have pain and problems even with successful surgeries. I didn’t want to be one of those people.
Describe your workouts. How many days a week do you workout?
When I am really on top of things, usually 4. But realistically it is 2-4, especially during the school year.
What is your current fitness goal?
I want to maintain my current fitness level while staying back pain free.
What has been your biggest accomplishment?
I think it would be my consistency in coming to class. I have weeks that my attendance isn’t always great, but I haven’t stopped once since surgery. I even found a studio while on vacation and worked out 3 times. It really makes such a big difference.
What helps you stay on track?
Being pain free. I am not a person who loves to work out. It would be real easy for me to make excuses to not go. The studio helps me keep focused on my goal. I do really like the other clients and the instructors I have had.
What do you do when you’re not at the studio?
I work full time as an audiologist with the Wichita Public Schools. I have 3 children, 2 that are playing tennis at Friends University. I do watch alot of tennis. I also like to work in the yard and will attend an occasional cycle class.
Do you have a favorite exercise or favorite piece of equipment?
Not really. I like variety, so enjoy changing it up.
Describe our studio in 3 words.
A life saver.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting Pilates?
Wow, what is there not to say. For me, it has become such a life changer. I spent 15 plus years doing pain management for my back. Since surgery and finding the studio I have been able to remain mostly pain free. Pilates is for everyone and can make such a positive impact on your life. Everyone should be giving it a try!