I began doing Pilates at Body Forte to strengthen my core and improve my overall flexibility, in part to address my chronic shoulder pain. That was over two years ago; today my twice-a-week practice has brought me results far beyond my initial expectations. I have done virtually every type of exercise for over 25 years–running, weights, yoga, swimming and more–and Pilates has yielded me the most dramatic changes in how I look and feel about my body. Summer is a world-class instructor, and every class is different, challenging and interesting. I consider my Pilates practice one of the best investments of time and money that I could ever make in my overall strength, balance and flexibility as I move into middle age.