New Pilates sessions begin in August at DMU

July 20, 2008 —

(Des Moines, IA) – Stronger, more empowered and relaxed are all descriptions of how participants felt after taking Pilates at Des Moines University (DMU). Pilates classes are designed to strengthen abdominal, pelvic and back muscles and at DMU they are taught by people professionally trained to understand and work with the musculoskeletal system.

The upcoming Pilates course at DMU is taught by Kari Smith, D.P.T., a trained Pilates instructor and physical therapist in the Des Moines University Clinic, and Carol Ruby, exercise physiologist from the Des Moines University Clinic.

The three upcoming 16-week Pilates courses begin August 19. Returning students can take advantage of the Tuesday advanced course. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to register for either of the multi-level classes. Participants range in age from 20 to 70 years old.

The classes include plenty of repetition to improve participants’ movement abilities, as well as variations geared for differing skill levels. Class sizes are small so each participant gets personal feedback about correct movement patterns.

The classes will be in Des Moines University’s state-of-the-art wellness center at 3300 Grand Avenue. Each 16-week session costs $140 to the general public. To register, visit For more information about registering, contact Carol Ruby at 515.271.1717.

Available classes:

  • Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., Aug. 19-Dec. 19 (advanced)
  • Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., Aug. 19-Dec. 19 (beginner/multi-level)
  • Thursdays, 12 – 12:45 p.m., Aug. 21-Dec. 11 (beginner/multi-level)

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.