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Before I get on my soapbox and start preaching about how amazing my life is now that I’ve started Pilates, three things:
1) This is of course not me. This is ballerina Misty Copeland, who I will never look like in a gazillion years
2) Pilates is great but I still like (and drink) wine, like (and eat) fish and chips, chocolate, cakes and all the millions of things I should eat less of. See point 1.
3) I was tossing up whether to write about Pilates or blog my caramel ripple brownies that I made last week. See points 1 and 2.
So, Pilates. I started going on Monday nights after work to my favourite cafe just up the road in Sundridge Park after I found out they were going to use the space after hours for very small classes. It is absolutely perfect enough for our instructor and 3-4 students.
I can’t quite remember when I started but I think it’s been around 10 sessions now and it really is starting to change my life. The most key thing for me is that it’s a small class which works well on two levels: there’s nowhere to hide so you cannot skimp on the movements, and there is someone closely watching to make sure the technique is exactly correct. Sit ups are easy peasy if you’re not making slow, controlled movements, really focusing on your core.
The first few sessions it took me a while to really understand what makes Pilates different – that it is very much focused on keeping that control, breathing at the right times and often making almost imperceptible movements. Co-ordination is not my strong point by any means and I really had to think hard about breathing in the right places.
Then, suddenly, after maybe 6 sessions it just started clicking. I stopped struggling so much, started breathing where I was meant to and now it really is the best way for me to kick off the week. I really look forward to the classes and because we’re all progressing at the same time, our instructor is able to mix things up and introduce new more challenging moves as we get stronger. She also adds a few extra bits and bobs that are not strictly Pilates to make sure we get a full body conditioning which I love even more.
I’ve also noticed a difference it’s made to my running, my strides are longer and stronger and I don’t need to run a mile just to start feeling like I’m getting going. Whenever I read articles in the past about women really figuring everything out in their 30s and 40s I used to think it was utter poppycock because surely life was over by then. Now I’m there, certainly from a fitness point of view life is just wonderfully clicking right into gear.
If only I could swap those caramel ripple brownies for an apple or two… #nevergonnahappen
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