Client Reviews

“I was referred to Kim and Core Wisdom by my daughter’s friend who is close to my age, and like me, working to stay fit while enjoying this advancing grandparenting stage of life. I am 65 years old, a runner for 40 years for whom staying fit was always easy until after I stopped running. Since moving to Boulder County six years ago, I’ve been a regular hiker, long-distance walker, and participant in Rec Center fitness classes. Still, I struggled with periodic low back pain.

I began at Core Wisdom one year ago. For six months I’d been a devoted Pilates student on the Reformer when the Pandemic hit, shutting down the studio in March. I loved strengthening my core and entire body like never before, and my back felt much better. The teacher in me so valued the explicit and demonstrative instruction Kim gave me and everyone. From any distance, she could zero in on the smallest of movements in need of correction, just as if she had eyes in the back of her head or the ability to swivel her head around like an owl! Well, be advised that those very talents translate perfectly through the ZOOM camera, and she never misses an opportunity to correct or refine a movement. It’s because she knows what she’s looking for, she knows our bodies, and the teacher in her never stops! Her setup allows her to see the tiniest movements of each class member.”

I first missed the regularity of my pilates practice, as I am a creature who does better on a schedule. I also missed my pilates people, the ladies and occasional gent I shared a class with, and Kim most of all. When Kim offered the ZOOM opportunity, I was all in! On the morning of my first class I panicked because I didn’t understand and was fearful of the technology, especially when the tiniest glitch surfaced—really, it was my not knowing how to navigate the system. I tried to back out, but Kim wouldn’t let me. She immediately called and walked me through what was in hindsight a minor issue. She will do the same for you, and you know that about her!

Your question might be Reformer/Table VS Mat Pilates. Right? I had never taken a Mat class before and had wondered about what I sometimes saw going on behind me in the studio. I never questioned Kim when she started me on the Reformer and I quickly grew to love it. In every session, Kim would help me refine particulars of one exercise or another, and when she judged me ready, she added another exercise. I like that!

I can tell you with conviction that Kim’s ZOOM Mat classes are no different! One exercise at a time . . . demonstration and talk through the exercise . . . blended into the next one and into a routine . . . correction and refinement . . . time taken to break a movement down and zero in . . . SURPRISE, today we’re doing something different and fun! . . . and always, always Kim’s explicit, crystal clear analysis and explanation of what she wants you to do and feel. In fact, I didn’t have video in one recent class, and Kim’s direction and teaching were so clear and precise that I could do everything she was teaching! We joked about that afterward, but I place such high value on Kim’s explicit, precise, crystal clear teaching. She never gives up and tries a new visualization or explanation, gets a new prop to demonstrate, offers a new accommodation.

Kim exudes the most important quality of an excellent teacher, and that is that she genuinely cares about us, each and every one of us! She wants us (READ: YOU!) to feel good, secure in our daily activities, and as strong within our bodies and minds as we age as is possible.

I urge you to try a ZOOM Mat class. Commit to several classes and see if you don’t agree with me. You CAN do it. You WILL get a good workout. You WILL strengthen your body. You WILL feel better and more capable. You WILL improve your mindset and attitude. You WILL like it. And in doing all of that, you will contribute to helping Kim keep her small business in our community afloat. It’s a perfect WIN-WIN!

In the spirit of LIVE. LOVE. PILATES.

Kathy Hungate

“Not being willing to give up my classes with Kim and Diana when the pandemic forced the studio to close, I reluctantly took to Zoom. Wow! How can they still see the little tweaks that need to be made to my form, even when they’re looking at me on a screen?

I have been impressed with the quality of teaching that happens on Zoom. And I can see how much stronger I am getting with mat class twice a week-my roll-ups and corkscrews are so much smoother. I think my teasers have even improved. And continuing with my Pilates, even though it’s on Zoom, has helped life feel a little more normal. I am grateful for all of these benefits.”
– M.L.

“I have been working with Kim in her studio for many years and I am very happy that she has been offering classes on Zoom. Although I miss the equipment that is available in the studio, Kim has worked hard to make the Zoom classes effective. I am also impressed with the amount of detail and correction of form for each individual student that she is able to attain in the Zoom class. As usual, Kim makes these times both fun and hard work!”
– C.S.

“Kim has thoughtfully planned what she will lead us in and reassesses the plan after she checks to see if anyone needs to work on anything specific. I am in better shape and more flexible than I have ever been. I will continue to workout on Zoom as long as we need to and then it is back to the Core Wisdom studio to workout and share stories and laughs with the class.”
– M.C.

“I have been working with Kim at Core Wisdom for about the last 5 years. While I, of course, prefer being in the studio, I have found that taking my Pilates classes over Zoom has been a fabulous substitute, since it is not possible to take classes at the studio. I have worked with both Kim and Diana doing mat classes. I have not only maintained my level of fitness during this period of lockdown in the COVID era but have gotten stronger and more flexible. It has also kept me sane! I highly recommend trying Pilates with Kim or Diana until we can all go back to the studio!”
– R.B.

“I have been working with Kim at Core Wisdom for about the last 5 years. While I, of course, prefer being in the studio, I have found that taking my Pilates classes over Zoom has been a fabulous substitute, since it is not possible to take classes at the studio. I have worked with both Kim and Diana doing mat classes. I have not only maintained my level of fitness during this period of lockdown in the COVID era but have gotten stronger and more flexible. It has also kept me sane! I highly recommend trying Pilates with Kim or Diana until we can all go back to the studio!”
– R.B.

“Kim made a customized Pilates program to support my active lifestyle. I’m better and stronger at climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding thanks to her. I also get injured less, and recover from injury faster. I’ve shopped around – Kim is the real deal.”
– Michaela

“I came to Core Wisdom because a friend recommended you, and the chair work, so highly. I stay because you are such a good teacher. You teach what I consider to be classic Pilates, yet you know bodies & Pilates & your students so well that you can enhance anyone’s work out by making adjustments, helping us each to get to where we want to be. I tease you that as soon as I feel that I have actually mastered a move you take it up a notch. You celebrate with me, and then you share an idea for how to make it harder, like a little shift in position that makes me work harder. And I love that. You always think about your students and your teaching, figuring out ways to enhance our sessions. You come up with different ways to explain or show something, even breaking things down so that we master one piece of it, & then another & eventually the whole exercise. I feel much stronger in the almost two years that I have been coming to class regularly. I see it in my body & I feel it on hikes. In any conversation where Pilates is a topic, I sing your praises.”
– Michelle

“I came to Pilates because a woman in my life, my wife, convinced me that it was much more than simply lying on a medieval torture table called the reformer and waving my legs around. I had worked with a very good trainer for years on core strength, but was looking for something new. I really liked that Pilates combined movement, core strength and flexibility. But the first few months were a challenge. I never thought I’d be able to touch my toes or fold myself into a v-shape. Kim was the best teacher: smiling, energetic and encouraging and always willing to suggest something new and challenging. After a while the table routines became easier, and again I was looking for something new and challenging. Enter – the box, aka the chair. And after that, we were standing on the reformer, squatting on the table, plank on the reformer. I really like the seemingly limitless number of exercises and variations. Sometimes they feel like dance movements, sometimes like gut busters, and sometimes they’re scary (at least until you learn the correct form but of course Kim is always there as a safety net). I haven’t face planted yet. I feel Pilates has really helped me on balance, posture, core strength and flexibility. And Kim and Core Wisdom have kept me interested in learning more. As for sports heros, I think mine is now Joseph Pilates.”
– Jerry

“Magician! Savior! A great Pilates instructor! And why do I use these words to describe Kim of Core Wisdom? Let me tell you; I am an 88 year old woman who two years ago way ready to “throw in the towel”. I am very independent and 2 years ago found myself waking up nightly with severe pains and cramping in my legs and unable to go back to sleep. During the day, hours of neck pain kept my walking down to less than a mile when I was use to going two to three miles a day. I saw my physician who took x-rays, did a thorough exam, and found nothing wrong. He prescribed physical therapy and I went to PT for three months. I saw no improvement and was ready to give up. When discussing this with my daughter she suggested I do Pilates at Core Wisdom. She attended classes with Kim and was very positive about her outcomes. I enrolled in classes with Kim. I was skeptical – – “How could this young woman really help me?” However, I felt I had nothing to lose by giving her a try. Well, after two months of Pilates three times a week, I started sleeping through the night. Most of the leg pains and cramping subsided and after four months had almost disappeared. My neck pain persisted, but now occurs very infrequently. And I can again walk 2-3 miles at a time. Prior to working with Kim I was experiencing difficulty stepping onto the RTD buses. Now I am able to get up and down with minimal difficulty and soon hope to do this without using the handrails. I highly recommend Kim for people of all ages. Besides being an excellent Pilates instructor, she is also a very caring individual.”
– Sally

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