Staying Fit and Healthy With Pilates

Teresa Brooks, M.D.

AGE: 61

OCCUPATION: Radiologist at Memphis Radiological PC

WHAT MADE YOU INTERESTED IN PILATES? I initially read about pilates in the late 1990s as it was becoming popular on both coasts as a way to improve core strength and improve flexibility. I was looking for something to add to my regular strength training and walking routine, but at that time there were no classes in Memphis. An article came out about Tamara Hoffman who was coming to become the ballet mistress at Ballet Memphis. She was trained in the Stott Pilates method and would offer classes at the Ballet Memphis studio. I was in her first class in 1999 and I’ve been going ever since.

HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU ATTEND CLASSES? I attend three classes per week: one mat, one equipment, and one combination Pilates/body conditioning class.

FAVORITE MOVES: The teaser on the wall unit and the short spine on the reformer machine.

ADVICE FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PILATES? The Pilates Center of Ballet Memphis offers an intro to Pilates class once a month—try it out!

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO NUTRITION? Everything in moderation! I concentrate on healthy meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. However, my guilty pleasure is cookies.

WHEN I’M NOT WORKING OUT, I LOVE TO… I enjoy walking on the trails at Shelby Farms Park, the Wolf River Greenway, the Greenline, and Cameron Brown Park. I also like to travel and garden. I often spend my free time with my husband, Thane, and our cat, General Sterling Price.

Pilates is a total body workout, done on a mat or with the aid of equipment, that is intended to strengthen and sculpt the body while doing simple moves that require precision and control. At Ballet Memphis, there are beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes available. Ballet Memphis offers an introduction to Pilates class once per month. Visit their website for more information,

By Christin Yates. Photo by Philip Murphy.

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