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Case Study: Age is not a Disability

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Teachers often ask what exercises they can give to seniors. Sandy answers this question by showing what Jackie Gottlieb, who is 80 years young, does in her twice weekly workouts. As you'll see, Jackie performs at an advanced level without modifications and beautifully proves the point that age should not be seen as a disability; the exercises that are appropriate for an 80 year old depend completely on the individual. Filmed at Vintage Pilates.

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  1. Marco0621
    Marco0621 3 years ago

    Do you adjust the springs. For example 3 instead of 4 in the footwork?

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Marco, you can always adjust the springs according to the body in feont of you. Jackie has used 3 springs when she was recovering from a fall but she also uses 4 springs as she prepares for ski season. The spring setting you and your client choose should challenge the body, requiring the Center to connect to the legs as it should when standing, jumping, downhill skiing, etc. On the other hand, the springs can be adjusted to allow for injury or to require the Center to work harder if the student has a tendency to over use their legs. Hope this helps!

      • Marco0621
        Marco0621 3 years ago

        Yes, makes total sense. I am amazed by your client and what she can do considering age. Well, it proves that age is irrelevant when doing Pilates. Thanks for your answer!

  2. RoxE 5 years ago

    Strong and well coordinated. Thanks to both for this awesome video.

  3. Jon Hawkins

    Really inspiring. I have an 80 year old gentleman coming to my studio this weekend who describes himself as very active and I’m really looking forward to introducing him to Pilates.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Jon, have a great time with your new client. I am sure he will inspire you.

      • Jon Hawkins

        Just finished our first lesson as he had to delay a couple of weeks. Had a great time teaching him on the caddy and he got it from the second roll back and went from strength to strength. Got movement into his lumbar spine that has been solid for a very long time. His feedback was that I kept it simple enough for him to understand. Just let the springs do the teaching. Thanks again for this video, can’t wait to get him on the reformer soon.

  4. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Great instructions Sandy, very precise in what Jackie need it. I am really enjoy this case of study. Congratulation both of You!

  5. jodie 7 years ago

    This was a wonderful class. How inspiring she is. Thank you Jackie for allowing us to see your session. And thanks Sandy for sharing.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Jodie – I so appreciate your comment. Jackie inspires me every week with her focus, dedication to her health, and the enjoyment she gets from moving!

  6. Jayne O'Brien 7 years ago

    What an amazing lady, definitely an inspiration to us all:)

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Yes indeed! She is on her way to Sun Valley to ski the black diamond slopes for the holidays.

  7. sandrita
    sandrita 7 years ago

    felicitaciones a la profesora y a la alumna…. dos personas maravillosas… gracias

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hiya, and thanks for your input. Jackie does not have osteoporosis but I have worked with two ladies who have. They have found the springs to provide good strength and support for their bones. Perhaps we can do a video with one of them soon!

  8. mcowgill 7 years ago

    Hi Sandy, Jackie does an amazing job. May I ask if she has osteoporosis…it seems like that isn’t an issue for her. I would love to see more classes for clients who have osteoporosis,

  9. Sandy Shimoda Author

    I absolutely agree. She has worked hard and diligently to be as mobile and flexible as she is. She and her husband Stanley are examples to us all!

  10. joesmat 7 years ago

    This is gracious lady is an inspiration.

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