Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Laura Porter Blackburn. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
Laura Porter Blackburn has been practicing Pilates since 1996 and teaching since 1999. She has over 1,000 hours of Pilates education from both the advanced training program and the master’s program through The Pilates Center (TPC) of Boulder, Colorado, dubbed the Harvard of Pilates training programs. She is a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance, has owned studios in France and Italy, and currently is honored to be a TPC host advisor, mentoring a new trainee who is going through the Pilates Center advanced training program. She teaches Ashley, Erica, Monica, and soon Todd in the wonderful neighborhood of Clifton.
Core Fluency is a fully equipped Pilates studio offering private and small group practice in the classical Pilates method. Our vision is to create world peace, one person at a time, by inspiring and empowering individuals to recreate their health, and to live fun, vibrant and satisfying lives. Our mission is to offer the finest in classical Pilates practice, and to tailor each lesson to meet and exceed an individual’s goals for health and wellness: fluency in the language of the body! Our passion is to inspire stewardship of our bodies, of our neighborhood community, and of our planet.
Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
Pilates and the activity in teaching is my exercise preference. I work out twice a week in our advanced instructor class, and I demonstrate exercises or do smaller workouts every day. In the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, we move our spines in all directions with deep breaths to create full body movement. I make sure I have stretched, lengthened, and used all muscles every day. I also walk my dog outside at least once daily.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
The workout has the warm-up built in. The Pilates Method is a successive series of exercises that fully warm up and develop the body in strength, length and alignment in 360 degrees of movement direction. I make sure to sleep enough each night, I do not use screens close to bedtime, and I drink more water than I want to. These good habits prepare my body and mind to react more responsively for each workout.
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
Lots of water and power bars or nuts, raisins, fruit, small soups, veggies. Sometimes coffee or tea. Each day I take a short walk outside under the sun to re-energize between morning and afternoon clients. I also spritz the space with aromatic sprays that are energizing. Deep breathing, back bending, and big arm circles are also energizing. It is not just food that produces energy, but also movement and breath.
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
I eat the same way every day. I balance my diet with complex carbs, lots of fresh veggies and fruit, lots of water, and the necessary animal protein. I also take nutritional supplements with additional water, and it is making a difference in my level of fatigue. I believe I suffered from headaches and fatigue more last year due to lack of water and low iron.
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
I don’t snack much.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
Full complete health – a union between mind, body and spirit. I keep my joints open and balanced, my muscles long and strong, my organs healthy, and my breath capacious. I want to feel energy at the end of the day. I maintain a healthy back to do back bends, healthy shoulders to do front supports, and healthy hips to do the splits! I use alternative methods of correction when I need them, such as correct toes for healthy feet. I wear healthy footwear.
I am also the wife of an Italian husband and mother of two lovely Italian-born children, 8 and 11 years old. I make sure to get enough sleep, keep a fun home life, and be able to travel abroad. My workouts keep me calm and patient, and together with the new vitamin plan, they give me enough energy to have fun in the evenings and on the weekends. And I plan to stay this way into my 80s – still teaching and practicing Pilates!