Hello! My name is Jennifer Adolfs and this is a little page about me.
I am a tall person with a long waistline, which means my mother was always telling me to "Stand up straight"..."Quit slouching!"
I grew up on a farm in the midwest doing physical work; shoveling snow, loading and stacking bales, and spreading manure. Just the vibration from driving tractors and trucks can be very harmful to the back.
Since then I spent 5 years working on a fishing boat in Alaska throwing in sometimes over 250, 30 pound salmon per day.
I've also done construction work in prior years lifting and pounding and most recently digging wide, deep holes to plant trees in my back yard.
This kind of work can put a lot of strain on the low back, which, in turn stresses the joints in other areas of the body if the core musculature is not supporting them properly.
When I was younger and still today I have always been very active in sports and exercising to stay physically fit. So, of course I went into Physical Education and Sports Science as a major in college.
I received a Master's of Sport Science from the U.S. Sports Academy in 1995 and went on to teach Physical Education by day and adjunct faculty at Pima Community College by night.
My P.E. tenure with K-8th grade did not last long though as I found myself tired of blowing the whistle and getting rocks thrown at my head and no one paying attention to the great activity I had planned.
I began developing and teaching classes fitness classes in the mid to late 90's for Green Valley Recreation in Green Valley, AZ. I found the older adult population to be a much more receptive audience and went on to get Personal Trainer Certified for Special Populations through the American Council on Exercise.
I very much enjoy working with the older adult population and sharing my love for fitness, but noticed they would be sore after weight training workouts.
I looked into the new fitness trend of Pilates and started taking some weekend instruction before it was even called Pilates in the late 90's. Once the name took off in early 2000 I finished my mat intensive and then went on to do the comprehensive equipment work in 2002 through the Physical Mind Institute of NYC.
Find out more about the PhysicalMind Institute and how you can get certified as a Pilates Teacher here.
Since then I have stayed current with all the Pilates rehab workshops and learned all I could about back and joint conditions, because that is what I was dealing with.
For the past 13 years I have been teaching 6-10 Pilates classes per week, as well as individual Pilates equipment instruction and and do not notice any more of this soreness.
This is the only type of exercise program I could do this much of and not totally exhaust my body and soul.
I do my own practice on the equipment besides teaching the classes.
I use the Pilates machines and some hand weights, bands, and ball exercises to increase my muscle strength in the core, as well as the larger mobilizing muscles of the limbs.
For the past 13-plus years working with an aging population and doing clinical based exercise with special populations.
I have witnessed amazing results since incorporating Pilates-based exercises into my own and my clients routines.
Some Results I've Witnessed
I have noticed for myself now that I am doing less running and biking but am mostly conditioning with Pilates-based exercises.
Now when I do go out and do long runs, hikes, and bike rides my body recovers faster, has less pain, and is unbelievably still conditioned for these events without actually going out and pounding the trail and the pavement the way I used to.
I broke my collarbone a few winters ago when I got bucked off my mountain bike. After just 3 weeks I was back to practicing my Pilates with light spring tension.
At 12 weeks of using Pilates to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the bone I had recovered mostly full range of motion in my shoulders. I am now back to doing some of the more advanced exercises on the equipment and mat.
Pilates is a great way to rehabilitate injuries because it forces us to do exercises with the best posture and form.
This, in turn, makes our bodies feel good, look good, and work more efficiently.
I completed a 3 day adventure race in beautiful Moab, Utah and the only soreness was a pain in my neck from kayaking.
This was probably related to a bit of weakness from the previous collarbone break.
I believe in Pilates and what I do so much that I started this website to spread the word to you about the benefits of doing Pilates.
After spending months debating how to build my own website I came across Solo Build It and this is what I have built so far.
Being technologically illiterate Solo Build It spelled out to me exactly how to build a successful website. I couldn't be happier.
I can now share my knowledge of Pilates and make a small income off my website at the same time.
Click the link below to find out how you too can build a successful website!
The advice I give is only my opinion and I encourage you and others to help me by contributing to the answers. It is a two-way web page.
You can ask a question, answer a question, or tell a story about how Pilates has helped you. You can become my co-expert on these questions by rating and submitting comments.
You can still contact me if you have a personal question that you feel would not benefit others or needs a more personal response.
Important: When you ask a question, please include as many details about your condition as you can.
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SI PAIN TREATMENT Not rated yet
Hi, I had a small accident about 20 years ago that has left me with SI joint pain. I've recently started to feel pain in the hip on that same side. …
Bunion with Arthritis Not rated yet
Dear Jennifer, I was wondering if there is something that Pilates could do for a bunion. A friend sent me your youtube link, and it is really wonderful. …
62-Year Old Female Trying to Find Exercise for Life Not rated yet
Hi. I have exercised since my mid 30's. I am 148 pounds and 5 foot 2 1/2. Started out as 5 foot 4. I am not toned the way I would like to be but am …
Discovering Pilates for Arthritis and Osteoporosis Not rated yet
I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis. I have taken advil (went away from it and came back to it)to relieve me of the pain and inflammation in my …
What can you do for Ankle and Foot Pain? Not rated yet
I'm kind of old (59) and significantly overweight O.K., obese,I'm addressing that. Three or four months ago my right ankle started being very painful …
Aug 11, 17 12:29 AM
Dear Jennifer, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for dramatically improving and changing my life. About a year ago, I woke up in debilitating
Jul 12, 17 06:44 PM
Hi, I had a total right hip replacement 8 months ago; I rehabbed really quickly, although I was also (and still am) dealing with L4 spondylolisthesis.
Jul 01, 17 08:28 PM
The best exercise for people with scoliosis will depend on what type of curvature you have. With an "S" stabilize the spine, with a "C" stretch one side and strengthen the other.