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Happy Bones, Happy Life

Oct 8, 2019

Penelope Shure began her Pilates teaching career in 2004 in upstate New York.  She specializes in both classical and gentle Pilates. She is a guest teacher for the Wave Street Studio Live website in Monterey, CA. She presents and teaches on the national and global stage. She is also the former National Osteoporosis Foundation support group leader and served as a Patient Advocate for “Strong Voices for Strong Bones on Capitol Hill” to raise awareness for osteoporosis, bone health and the need to access quality healthcare, bone density testing and increase research.


During this episode, Penelope will share with us the amazing benefits Pilates has on our bones, body and overall health. She also discusses the necessary precautions and modifications people with osteoporosis should take when performing Pilates.





  • 02:47 - How she got started in Pilates, and what has it done  for her body and life as a whole
  • 05:56 - Pilates being a life-changing experience
  • 07:36 - Why a passion for osteoporosis and what got her started to do something about it
  • 14:27 - "Joseph Pilates called this work the fountain of youth that people are looking for. And it certainly has been a fountain of youth for me." - Penelope Shure
  • 14:41 - Pilates' contraindications for people with osteoporosis and which exercises to be avoided 
  • 16:30 - "Our bones are the infrastructure of our body." - Penelope Shure
  • 17:58 - "What Pilates does why it's I think the gold star of everything is that you learn first and foremost, how to establish a level neutral pelvis, once you establish that, you begin to strengthen from it, the core muscles." - Penelope Shure
  • 20:07 - Talking about studies which support certain exercises to be avoided for osteoporosis patients
  • 22:52 - Dealing with the challenge of people insisting on doing exercises contraindicated for those with osteoporosis
  • 26:16 - What happens when you are doing the wrong exercise for you
  • 27:41 - Exercises that are allowed for patients with osteoporosis
  • 29:34 - A walk through the exercises she gives people with osteoporosis 
  • 35:13 - How does Pilates really build strong bones
  • 39:22 - The dances she creates, how fun it is and how they benefit the bones

DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.