Julia LaHood thought Pilates sounded like a fun practice.
The Omaha woman used videos she found online to guide her workouts. This September, LaHood joined a studio that felt like the right fit.
Now the 29-year-old hits the studio three to five days a week. It helps her stay fit, as well as combat aches and pains that come with a desk job. It also gives her a break from the day-to-day routine.
Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I’ve been working out since high school. When my mom would get new fitness equipment, like a treadmill, it was like a new toy. It started like a fun thing. As you get older, your metabolism changes, you can’t eat the same things and you can’t fit in the same clothes. It’s a mental thing. It’s nice to disconnect from the world.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: Since I’ve been here, I work out a minimum of three days a week. The variety here keeps it fun. There are reformer flow classes, TRX classes and cardio-based classes. It can be fun and challenging.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: To alleviate problems from working at a computer a lot, like in my back, neck and wrists. It’s nice to try to reverse that and get stronger.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: Since I started here, it’s been fun to see the progression of moves. Once you get into the groove and find your rhythm, you’re able to improve.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: I think it’s just finding your weak points, like knowing one side is weaker than the other or your core needs strengthening. It’s tough, then, to strengthen those areas, but it’s important, and I’m starting to see some progression.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: It’s a nice break from the daily grind.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: When people show up late to group classes.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: I like going to concerts or staying home and watching “The Office” for the 50th time.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: A good pair of leggings.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: Find something you really enjoy doing. It’s easy to get burned out. Exercise shouldn’t be a painful chore. It should be fun.
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