Shake It Up: Pilates Is a Revelation!

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Participant

Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey Continues

Holy schnikes, is Pilates a workout! I am sore in weird places — but stronger, too.
Holy schnikes, is Pilates a workout! I am sore in weird places — but stronger, too.

Funny thing happened last week, y’all: I got tired of crabbing about my stupid broken toe, and took Oceana’s suggestion to do some of AbsoluteFIT’s Pilates sessions.

And what I wanna know is: WHY HAVEN’T I DONE THIS SOONER? 

Here are five surprising things I’ve learned:

  1. You gotta go to some Fundamentals sessions before “graduating” to the more advanced classes. Though Fundamentals itself is not much of a workout, these teaching sessions are really important, even if you think you know what you’re doing already (pro tip: you don’t).
  2. Pilates puts the “mind” in mind-body connection. Concentration is essential, starting with the way you breathe. (Yes, there’s a specific way to breathe!) You can’t half-do a Pilates workout — you have to be all in.
  3. It’s all about the correct form: If you do a move wrong, you won’t benefit as much, and you might hurt yourself. Fortunately, the instructors are really really good at spotting and carefully righting incorrect technique (and everyone needs help at some point, even the most experienced practitioners).
  4. The Reformer — that crazy-looking benchy machine — is AWESOME. I finally got to take my first beginner class on it, and it was genuinely challenging, mentally and physically. Plus it’s kinda fun to mess with all the bits and pieces of it — it feels both weirdly retro and futuristic at the same time, like you’re building yourself into a dancer’s body.
  5. Even the smallest moves have a big impact. You might not think, in the moment, that any particular move is that big a deal, but you will be sore in weird places the next day, and you’ll realize how hard you worked — especially when you see the changes in your body as you get stronger and longer.

—Lydia M. 

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