New session of Pilates

April 28, 2009 —

pilatesWant to strengthen your core muscles and increase flexibility? Pilates is a low-impact physical fitness routine for men and women that improves balance and posture. 

Pilates classes at Des Moines University are taught by Des Moines University physical therapist Kari Smith, exercise physiologist Carol Ruby and Kristen Strong who is Stott-certified in mat Pilates. Sessions may include work with Pilates rings, mat work, BOSU or Swiss balls. You can do Tuesdays, May 12-June 30, at 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. or Thursdays, May 14-July 2 at noon.

The classes are held in Des Moines University’s Wellness Center at 3300 Grand Avenue. $75 covers each 8-week course ($40 for DMU ID holders). For more information, call (515) 271-1717. To sign up, visit

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.