Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Will Pilates Pull Us Through The Recession?

“The answer to a lost job is ... Pilates? The exercise regimen that uses springs, pulleys, ‘spine correctors’ and other specialized equipment to beat back the effects of gravity and age is helping some people defy the sagging labor market as well. Even the state of Minnesota is getting in on the act, recently shelling out thousands in re-training dollars to help a few of the newly laid-off get certified as Pilates instructors. The Mayo Clinic will launch its own instructor certification program next month, and Twin Cities area studios say they can't find enough qualified instructors to meet demand, which comes largely from aging baby boomers. Instructors can command anywhere from around $20 to $65 an hour. Nicole DePalma, laid off from the Minnetonka YMCA last year, is now a full-time Pilates coordinator for Life Time Fitness in Savage. ‘I'm thrilled,’ DePalma said. ‘It will be nice to pay bills again.’”

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