Shawn is the first person I interact with on Tuesday/Thursday mornings and, being understandably grumpy at 730 AM after my usual 4 hours of sleep, it's a good thing he always greets me with a giant smile on his face. His energy and enthusiasm at that hour of the morning is commendable, and provides a huge boost to my day.

What I appreciate most about Shawn's Pilates instruction is that it is tailored to me, my mood, and my needs. Sometimes, I'm in the mood to be stretched, and we focus on exercises that open up my hips, back, and shoulders. Other times, I want to be active and get some cardio in, so we use the jump board. Yet still other times, I'm feeling adventurous, and Shawn teaches me new exercises (inversions!) on the Cadillac or Wunda chair. Regardless, I always finish the hour feeling happier and free-er than when I entered the studio.

All that said, I suppose the best testimony to Shawn's training is the reaction I got from my high school friends last weekend upon seeing me for the first time in 10 years: "WOW! You're arms are so buff! They look AWESOME!" Music to every girl's ears.

Ankita D.