Staff Spotlight: Sara Hammond

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April 16, 2019

A Body Works Pilates client for five years, Sara Hammond can be found in a COREtet three days a week.

She grew up just outside of Columbus, Ohio but could be granted honorary Tucson Native status. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona and returned to work as a business reporter to the Arizona Daily Star in 1993. She later applied her expertise as a communicator to benefit Raytheon as a public affairs manager and the UA where she served as the public affairs director for the Phoenix Mars Mission and the UA Cancer Center. Before retiring in 2018, Sara was the science producer at Arizona Public media. Well, she says she’s retired, but her byline will occasionally be found on Arizona Daily Star articles.

Sara’s mom suffered from the effects of osteoporosis for many years before her passing. Witnessing how this condition affected her loved one, Sara came to realize the importance of core strength and muscle tone maintenance. Then, she was diagnosed with low-level osteopenia. Sara’s husband enjoyed benefits from Pilates Practice for several years. Encouraged by his success and Kyria’s invitation to the studio, she began to practice.

Pilates is an integral part of what Sara calls her fitness continuum which includes walking and other cardio work. She enjoys taking COREtet for the variety of working on different pieces of equipment. (Even the ones that aren’t her favorites.) She appreciates the opportunity for personal attention to adjust alignment and movement. Sara also enjoys working with different instructors as each offers unique perspectives of the practice. She takes the occasional private session for a “tune up” of her practice.

Sara explained, “I’ve noticed subtle changes with my posture. Mostly my practice makes me mindful of keeping my shoulders down, and engaging the abdominals – making sure the low belly is pulled in. It’s really something anybody can do.”

When she vacations, she makes a point of performing pieces that can be done without equipment. She said, “Pilates is a permanent part of my wellbeing. It’s important to me. If I must miss a session, I reschedule. I want to be as mobile as I can be for as long as I can be. There’s really no reason why you can’t maintain your mobility as you age. This is something you can do for the rest of your life.”

As Joe Pilates said, “ “It’s for de body!” We love seeing Sara in the Body Works Pilates central studio every week and are honored that she chooses to nurture her body with our guidance!

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