Still Swinging

A Pilates devotee who has been at it for six decades

Romana Kryzanowska weaves her way through Drago's Gym in midtown Manhattan like a mother hen, tending to her clients, teachers and apprentice instructors. The setting could be just about any well-appointed Pilates studio. What's unique is Kryzanowska, a pint-size dynamo who has taught Pilates for the past six decades--and who has just re-leased a four-volume DVD called Romana's Pilates. "I'm old, but I don't feel old," says Kryzanowska, who turned 81 on June 30.

Kryzanowska, who was born in Detroit the only child of artist parents, has always led an active life. She spent her young years living on an...

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