Cynthia Lang Pilates about improving quality of life

September 17, 2018

The exercise discipline known as Pilates has benefits ranging from better balance and fitness to lung capacity and improved mental acuity.

Cynthia Lang of Cynthia Lang Pilates, a Momentum Business Plan Competition finalist for the second year in a row, hopes the $50,000 grant she is vying for will bring those benefits to more people in Mason County.

Perhaps “enthusiasm” should be added to the list of benefits provided by Pilates. Having practiced and taught this method of exercise designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body for more than 30 years, Lang’s enthusiasm and passion for what she does has not waned.

Lang worked in her youth as a nurse in the U.S. Navy, and later became a personal trainer.

“I have always been fascinated by the miracle that is the human body,” she said. “It’s remarkable what the body can do to heal itself.”

When she discovered Pilates, she was hooked.

Cynthia Lang Pilates opened in Ludington in 2015, and the client list has only grown.

“Pilates teaches the body how to work properly to avoid damage and arthritis,” Lang said. “It strengthens the body, improves proprioception, which is our awareness of what the body is doing. Balance diminishes with age, so we challenge that with appropriate exercises. Pilates works inside and outside the body, affecting every muscle, and even keeping the brain healthy.”

Half of Lang’s clients are seniors.

“Seniors want someone who is knowledgeable, not just about the body, but about the body they have. A cookie-cutter approach to exercise makes them uncomfortable because a lot of those exercises hurt. This studio is where they are safe.”

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