Took and Loved My First Pilates Class
I took my first pilates class last Thursday. I loved it. My core hated it.
My abs were still hurting Saturday morning, over 48 hours after the 45-minute long pilates class. If someone forced me to do ten situps Saturday morning, I’d be in pain toward the end. Pilates kicked my butt that hard.
The class was short, but intense. It wasn’t fast paced, but it was hard because it focused on something I hadn’t focused on much by myself: my core. Sure, I regularly implement ab machines, but those machines are just nothing like the exercises performed in pilates. Not only did Jennifer make sure we had proper form in everything we did, but she didn’t let us get comfortable or get lazy.
She pushed us until our arms and/or legs were shaking. It’s a terrible feeling while you’re being forced to do it, but it’s a great feeling afterward when you accomplish it.
Pilates proved the importance of trying new things. Whether you try a new cardio machine, a new class, or a new workout routine, it’s important to keep working all of your body. Don’t get comfortable with the same routines, exercises, and working the same body parts. Work every part of your body on a regular basis.
It won’t be comfortable, but it’ll be productive.
I encountered just how uncomfortable it could be last Thursday. Today though, I’m just a wee bit more stronger than I was before I took pilates.
That’s the beauty of it all.