Lifestyle passion: Cycling
Preferred technique: Pilates
At EVOLVE since: 2012
Frequency at Evolve: Once or twice per week
A physician and New York transplant, Alan found a home in Raleigh 20 years ago. He loves exploring the city’s backstreets and greenways on his bicycle. He first came to Evolve to practice yoga with his wife; after fracturing his hip in a bike injury, he discovered that Pilates did more to help him heal than anything else. The one-on-one instruction and tailored approach to his specific challenges made him an instant devotee.
Today, Alan is back to cycling at every opportunity. He’s had a standing private Pilates session for years, which helps him integrate physical activity into his busy work week: he can schedule and reschedule sessions as needed, so he never misses a workout. In addition to his injury rehabilitation, he credits his Pilates practice to helping combat his chronic lower back pain. Pilates is a crucial part of a set of physical activities - he calls it his “diversified exercise portfolio” with a chuckle - that help him stay youthful and active over time.
There’s another level to it, too: “As a mainly science-y person, this isn’t the way I usually talk, but there’s just a lot of positive energy here.”