Andy Garcia Loves Pilates
Ocean's 13 star Andy Garcia may be staunchly old-fashioned when it comes to his family, but he is also a devotee of Pilates, the quintessential Hollywood fitness craze.
Lauerman couldn’t agree more with Garcia’s assessment. Over the past five or
six years, he says, “I’ve become increasingly impressed by the benefit of a
good Pilates regimen.”
According to The Pilates Method Alliance, which establishes certification
standards for Pilates instructors, people who practice Pilates faithfully (the
Alliance recommends two to three times a week) will benefit in the following
• Increased lung capacity and circulation
• Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles
• Muscular and mental coordination
• Improved posture balance and core strength
• Improved bone density and joint health
• Positive body awareness
Lauerman advises his patients to take a class, rather than buy a videotape,
and to start off with mat work (floor exercises) rather than the reformer
(equipment that uses spring tension, straps, and supports). “Make sure you talk
to the instructor and explain that you have a back condition or you’ve had
surgery,” he says.
But listen to your body --or rather, your back. Lauerman warns his back
patients away from “No pain, no gain.” If your back hurts when you do Pilates
(sharp or shooting pain, different than just having sore muscles), or if you
can’t sleep at night because of the pain,” he says, then either your technique
is off or “it’s just not right for your back.”
Catch Andy Garcia in Ocean's
13, opening nationwide June 8, and on the cover of the July/August issue of
Magazine on July 1. Garcia talks to us more about his dedication to his
family; how he strikes a balance in Hollywood; and his award-winning acting,
directing, and music careers.
Published June 7, 2007.