Just because a celebrity endorses something doesn’t necessarily mean you should run out and buy what they’re selling. But in the case of celebrities who regularly attend Pilates classes, the proof is in the visible results. You may be surprised at the number of famous women (and men!) who swear by the effects of Pilates, but maybe not. They’re the ones with the notably long and lean muscles, the vibrant energy, and the resilient skin that result from faithful practice of the discipline.
We, at Pilates In the Grove, have seen these kinds of effects for years on our clients: the flexibility, the proud posture, the core strength. But when we caught a recent interview with actress and comedienne Vicki Lawrence, 69, describing how Pilates had helped her recover from knee-replacement surgery, it reminded us of how many other celebrities we’ve heard about who also benefit from its many effects. Some of them have been performing it for decades.
Here’s a partial list of celebrities who wouldn’t go a week without a rigorous Pilates workout:
- Lady Gaga
- Cameron Diaz
- Kobe Bryant
- Miley Cyrus
- Jennifer Garner
- Tiger Woods
- Jamie Lee Curtis
- Sophia Vergara
- Lebron James
- Jennifer Aniston
- Anna Paquin
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Hugh Grant
- Lucy Lawless
- Charlize Theron
The list goes on and on.
For the results of long-term devotion to Pilates, look at actress Kate Hudson, 39, who has been performing Pilates for 15 years, or Joan Collins, 85, who is a 30-year devotee.
Kate Hudson wrote on Instagram: “Pilates makes my day better and that’s just the straight truth! Every time I finish a class I feel two inches taller, lighter and more grounded.”
Jane Seymour, 67, says Pilates helped her recover from back surgery, and she performed Pilates workouts with Collins, Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Smith, and Kate Jackson, “before anyone knew about Pilates.” She told the Los Angeles Times that she is in better shape now than when she played Bond girl Solitaire in “Live and Let Die” 40 years ago. After a ballet injury in her teens, she did nothing until she discovered Pilates when she moved to Hollywood, and stayed with it from then on.
Actress Kathleen Turner, 64, says the popular routine saved her life. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992, and endured 12 operations over 12 years to deal with the pain and debilitating effects of the disease.
“Pilates saved my life, baby!” she told The Times of London.
“Pilates is perfect for anyone who has had an injury,” she said. “They use it for injured dancers. It’s about body alignment, core strength, and flexibility. It’s an amazing workout.”
Susan Lucci, who still looks spectacular at 71, told Harper’s Bazaar, “Once I started doing Pilates, I lost my taste for things like cheeseburgers and French fries.”
“I work out just about every day,” she added in an AOBuild interview series. “I always say I’m gonna take a day off, but then I miss it, so I’ll do something. But it’s all Pilates-centric.”
Beauty. Strength. Endurance. That’s what Pilates is all about, and it can work for any body, at any age, in any condition. You don’t have to be a celebrity to work out at Pilates In the Grove. You don’t even have to look like one. You just have to be ready to change your life for the better.
Why not book a Pilates class today?