Pilates 101

August 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

While I’m hardly an expert in Pilates, I figured 5 years exercising to a Denise Austin DVD would have prepared me for Pilates 1 at Willow Street Yoga. But just as I found with my very first yoga class, I was doing it all wrong. Or at least not as precisely as I should have been. Now I realize Pilates is hard! My instructor is a former dancer, and quite the taskmaster, so there’s definitely some sweating involved. Which is a good thing — I’m sick of buying bigger pants. The only downside is I don’t have the time or money to take yoga as well. But this has been a welcome change of pace. I signed up for the next session, which lasts until Christmas. Here’s hoping my gooey center melts a bit.



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  1. Let me guess; you have Roberta? LOL She is quite the drill-sargent but she keeps you honest and stays true to the Pilates principles. There is no hiding under her (evil) eye!

    I’ve taken for over 5 years from her and I love LOVE her. Really; it’s one of the reasons I don’t want to move because all other Pilates classes I’ve taken elsewhere are fluff.

    I noticed a huge change in my body when I stopped going after we bought the house (wasn’t as convenient as walking down the street!). But once I got back into it I felt and looked soo much better and I credit her and Pilates for the reason I got back into my normal britches so fast after having Syd!

  2. yeah, i’m really liking the class, and you’re right, Roberta keeps you honest. I was thinking of you the other day, complaining about “sleepy time” at the end of yoga classes. No sleeping in pilates for sure!

  3. I could never go over to Pilates. I’ve decided I hate working out and the concept of it. Only yoga for me because I can fool myself. Did you ever take an ashtanga class? Now there’s an ass kicker.

    • Oh yes I remember the Ashtanga pain! Pilates is surprisingly fun, actually. The exercises aren’t hard to understand, and you don’t do that many reps. But you definitely feel it in your core.

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