Alicia Doyle has been a trained dancer for over a decade, but after suffering from a plethora of nagging injuries, she decided it was time to add Pilates to her daily routine. She found that practicing Pilates not only helped her injuries, but also made her feel stronger, leaner and healthier. She loved it so much, that she opened her own studio, Rebel Pilates, in San Francisco. We had the pleasure of talking with her to learn more about Pilates and how she stays healthy and happy.
Photography: Ashley Batz
When did you start doing Pilates? What was it like? Was it hard at first?
I started doing Pilates in college as part of my dance program. I felt a difference in my dancing almost immediately, and within a few weeks it healed a hip injury I’d been suffering from. I remember certain exercises feeling impossibly hard, but those of course were the ones I needed the most.
Is Pilates still tough for you in some aspects?
Pilates is actually more challenging for me today than when I started! The more advanced your practice becomes, the deeper you have to work.