So after writing about the benefit of Pilates in July, I finally decided to fit a class into my schedule. Because I had done an hour-long spin class the day before and planned on doing a long run the day after, it was the perfect low-impact workout.
I got there about 15 minutes early, grabbed a thick blue mat right outside the room and found my spot (in the back corner of course). Then, I followed all the flexible looking people to two bins in the opposite corner of the room to grab a longer, thinner black yoga mat. As I followed each move they made, I realized the black mat goes on top of the blue mat – the blue is for padding. After setting up my space, I looked around and noticed I was the only one still wearing my shoes and socks. With a little hesitation, I freed my feet and waited patiently for class to get started.
It seemed that over 50 people were there. Like most classes I’ve attended, there was a mix of experts and newbies. Amy, the instructor, came in, plugged in her iPod and got class started. Here it goes. Forty-five minutes of intense stretching and core work.
We started with some extreme ab exercises, and within minutes, I was feeling it. Amy spent a few seconds telling us how to do the move then we would get to work. So that I could completely focus on my breathing and the move, Amy would count down the reps for the class. The moves varied in time, however most moves were about a minute or less. This helped me push through the workout – if I could feel my muscles burning from one move, I only had to get through it for a short bit!
We were taught how to breathe in Pilates. You simply breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth. It’s a little difficult to explain how to breathe out, but if I could put it in words, I would say it’s like saying “shhh.” At the beginning of each class, this will be explained (much better than I can explain it).
Overall, the class was refreshing. Although I looked like I was struggling on a few moves, I’m excited to go back at least once a week so I can get more and more flexible. Stretching and core work is so important – it gives you good posture, helps prevent injuries and makes you look long and lean. Read more of its benefits here.
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