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This DVD has given me my strength back.
on 10 September 2013
I have long suffered with M.E/CFS, fibromyalgia and hypermobility. Physios have tried to rehabilitate my muscles with no avail and often actually causing more problems by pushing me too hard. I had to drop out of university for the year as I was too ill and was shocked that I qualified for the higher rate of mobility after hearing all these horror stories about ATOS. The way I was heading was being stuck in a wheelchair all my life at 20. I was determined not to end up there. I heard Pilates was supposed to be gentle and good for back pain so I thought it was worth a shot.
I started with 3 minutes every other day. Then five, then seven etc I can now do an hour. The Pilates weekly workout in particular is great as it split into 20 minute segments, so you get a real sense of achievement after completing a workout a lot sooner than you would with most videos with hour workout. I am not saying this is a cure. However, I have a lot more energy, I'm in a lot less pain and being stronger I am more independent, I can cook for myself! Before I couldn't pour a hot drink for myself as it was too heavy. Lynn explains things really well; being a pilates newbie I found her instructions easy to follow. I look forward to the workout as it is so relaxing. Also on the vanity side of things, it's nicely toning my body (particularly my arms), I was 'skinnyfat' before I started, I have some nice muscle definition now.
P.s Be careful with the stomach exercises if you have hypermobility though. I initially built up too quickly, I think I tried going from 7 to 15 minutes or something, and partially dislocated five ribs and sprained a sixth. Remember slow and steady wins the race!