What Clients say about Classes....
Janet, age Fifty-something--
2 years ago I blew out my back and had surgery on my L4/L5 on the right side. I still have a bulging disc on the left. I was left with nerve damage in my right leg and foot. I have done PT for 2 years and I have tried to keep active.
A friend told me about Pilates and I have been coming for 4 weeks. After the 3rd week I began to have feeling return to my right foot and leg! I am not out of the woods yet but Pilates has helped me regain some of my old life again.
I am grateful to Donna and all her help and direction. She is very knowledgeable about my back and type of surgery. I recommend her classes to all who want to get to a healthier place. She has given me hope again!
Joanne age 47-- " I have been taking Pilates lessons from Donna for over a year now. I joined Donna's classes because I knew she was a physical therapist , and knowledgeable on how to exercise safely. I find the classes challenging and am able to perform at my own level and progress at my own rate. The lessons seem to progress logically from warming up of various muscle groups to "prep" exercises, to more challenging exercises and then stretching. Because the program emphasizes core strength, I have improved my posture, stability and flexibility. My back is stronger, and the aches and pains in my back and neck have greatly improved."
Liz, teacher, "Pilates has improved my posture. When I do other forms of exercise the workout is so much more effective since starting Pilates. I am so much more conscious of how it feels to be in good alignment I am 55 and I have never felt better."
Kris, 30 something, busy mom, "I look forward to Donna's class every week because it's my hour to be in control of my thoughts, breathing and body. I can concentrate on myself with no pressure from my spouse, my child or my employer and I can advanced at my own speed. We end each class with a relaxation session that I can use throughout the week when I am feeling out of control."
Diane, age 50, " Since taking Pilates class I have noticed a difference in my body as far as toning my mid-section, I have improved my posture, and have a stronger core and more confidence. My arms were not very strong and I can do a full push-up now ! The classes that Donna teaches are always interesting because she loves what she does. She is always learning and passes on her knowledge to us so we can reach our fitness goals. The meditation at the end of the class is the best ! I leave class feeling great and relaxed knowing that I am taking care of ME.
KELLY, age 35
I have worked on the reformer with Donna consistently for 3 months. The reformer is a tough workout, but a good tough and it works all parts of your body, not just your abdominals. It is amazing to me, how a machine like that can show you not only how strong you really are but show you your weaknesses as well. Donna is very good at realizing where the weakness is and immediately begins adjusting the workout and your body position. She gives suggestions for how you can work on that weakness outside of the reformer. Donna is also very good at challenging you to push the strengths that you do have, by trying different exercises that incorporate many different facets of your body. I highly recommend the reformer workout to compliment your Pilates work as well as your regular exercise routine. You will not be disappointed in the workout that you will get training with the machine.
NANCY'S SUCCESS STORY !
I am a forty something, working mom that stopped taking the time for me. I was too busy…too tired…too uninspired. By Christmas of this year, I had run out of excuses. I was heavy and out of shape.
In January, I decided to regain control of my body. At “my age”, it seemed that this would be a difficult and daunting task. However, by incorporating a low calorie, healthy diet combined with Pilates and cardio work, I saw progress immediately.
Pilates has become my weekly therapy…time to push my body…time for myself…time well spent. I realized that I must make this time for me no matter how hectic the rest of my life seems. Donna’s classes offer a variety of days and times. I love my Monday afternoon class! I am able to go right from work and be home in time to cook dinner. Soon Monday was just not enough and I was able to join the Saturday morning session. I really love Saturday class…you work out early and still have the entire day to spend with the family. Pilates not only has strengthened my body…it has strengthened my mind and self-confidence!
We can always find an excuse on why we can’t sign up for a class or take the time, but, as I found, excuses lead to a road of unhealthy behaviors. Today, I am stronger, leaner and healthier than I have been in over ten years. My core is sculpted and my butt has stopped resting on the back of my legs! I have had to purchase a new wardrobe and receive compliments each and every day. My family is healthier and happier because I took the time to regain control of my body…mind…and spirit! I challenge you to do the same.
SHERYL'S SUCCESS STORY
My name is Sheryl Harmon and I have been doing
Pilates for about 5 years now. Prior to taking Pilates classes with Donna
Gambino, I suffered with chronic severe neck pain. I had tried just about
everything from physical therapy to chiropractic, ice packs, heating pads, pain
magnets, ointments, etc. I am happy to report that I am now pain free as long as
I continue my Pilates classes with Donna.
JANE'S SUCCESS STORY
Jane, age 50. I initially joined Donna’s Pilates classes in the fall of 2007. By doing Pilates, cardio work and eating right, I quickly lost the 20 or so extra pounds I had gained and was looking lean and feeling well when I was diagnosed with advanced metastatic breast cancer in February of 2008.
Fast forward through months and months of treatment including chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy and radiation I found myself back in Donna’s class in January of 2009 having gained 30+ pounds. Using the same method as previously, I quickly lost the weight and was back down to my pre-cancer weight by May 1, 2009. Everyone always asks how I did it and while I realize it was a combination of eating well, aerobic workouts and Pilates, I am totally convinced that the lean look I now carry is from the core workouts in Pilates.
Losing the weight and getting back into shape was only one of my goals this time around. I now live with limited range of motion in my left arm and suffer from bouts of lymphedema (swelling) from the removal of my breast and lymph nodes. Donna researched my new anomalies and was ready and waiting for me when I arrived back to class. My range of motion is far better than other cancer patients that underwent similar treatments. My physicians are amazed at how far I’ve come.
Of course, the sleek new body while not the priority is a nice plus. My surgeon, who watched my weight soar during treatment, commented that I was “officially thin”. I’m not sure I ever received an official title like that but I think I will keep it.
On July 10th, I will undergo an extensive reconstruction surgery using my latissimus dorsi muscles which just happen to be very tone thanks to Pilates. My surgeon is convinced that due to my great condition that I will have a good outcome. I will once again have to return to Donna’s class with more anomalies but I know she will be ready and waiting with not only her extensive knowledge of Pilates and technique but the added dimension of her physical therapy training.
Clients say about Education classes
Diane Taylor PT Southwest General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
" The continuing education class on "Pilates for Rehabilitation" done by Donna was great. Her enthusiasm for the subject ranks at the top of the list. Course material was very well organized and her speaking style and active participation kept me, and the audience of varied disciplines ( PT, OT, athletic trainers) interested the entire day, unlike many courses. I learned information that I can apply everyday in the clinic with all types of patients"
Pam Szymanski RN, University of Michigan Hospital
"The Great Lakes Nursing Network Group had the pleasure of having Donna speak at our conference. Donna's topic on Pilates was very interesting, informative and very well presented. She was very easy to follow. Feedback from the nurses in attendance was extremely positive. The presentation was truly one of the positive highlights of our conference