Meet Christine Krueger, owner and president of Club Pilates Lincoln (clubpilates.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – Club Pilates offers reformer based Pilates workouts with 12 reformers per class. Pilates is a low impact, core workout that helps with your balance and flexibility. Our instructors are nationally certified with 500 hours of training. This allows them to provide modifications to exercises to suit your body as well as progressions when you want a bigger challenge. We offer nine different types of classes for beginners and those that are well versed in the Pilates regimen.
How did you get started in the business? – I personally started doing Pilates in Arizona where my husband and I lived for eight years. I have never been athletic and I was feeling the effects of menopause in my body. My balance and flexibility were poor and I had little to no core strength.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – In opening the business, the biggest challenge has been the time it has taken for permits from the city and the construction time line.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I was in banking for 36 years. Although it was a good career for me and I learned many things, the thing I like most about Club Pilates is talking to people about their goals and knowing that Pilates will help them meet them. Even if you haven’t worked out in a while or have weight you’d like to lose, you can still do Pilates.
Tell us a little about your family. – My husband and I have three children living in Lincoln and Omaha. Our son is the general manager for Club Pilates and one of our daughters will be an instructor. We have eight grandchildren ranging in age from 21 to newborn.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Pilates was a big turning point for me. Not only was it something that I found that I could do for exercise that I liked and was capable of, it also turned into a business opportunity for me and my family.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I love to read and play with the grandchildren.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I used to play the piano.
Who inspires you? – I have met several young people from Rotary that are doing amazing things for our world and our community. One of my friends does wells in South Sudan for people that have never had clean drinking water. Another one has an organization that helps new immigrants get on their feet in this country.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – Rotary. I have been involved in Rotary for ten years now. They have very little overhead, so almost all the money donated goes to causes at the local level and throughout the world.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The Stand by Stephen King.
What is your favorite movie? – Steel Magnolias.
What is your favorite TV show? – Ted Lasso.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Vincenzo’s.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Eleanor Roosevelt.