I joined the local gym this week, and decided to go the full whack and have all of the classes and swimming within my membership too.
This week I tried out Pilates – I’ve never done pilates before, so I had no idea what to expect. I knew that it was very focused on core strength, so I think in my mind it was small focused workouts on particular muscle groups. I wasn’t too far off in my guess, to be honest.
The internet says this is Pilates:
“Pilates (/pɪˈlɑːteɪz/;German:[piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates…In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.”
It was certainly small, controlled movements. I was using muscles that haven’t been engaged in a very long time! Between trying to remember to keep my core tight, balance, breathe and actually do the movements correctly, it turned out to be quite the workout. But without all of the sweating, strain and panting that comes with cardio or weightlifting. I have to say I did enjoy it – it was relaxing and hard work rolled into one. Weird sensation!
I’ve signed up to do it again next week. I decided I want to keep this going for a few weeks and see how I get on with it, despite being the largest person in the class…I suppose at least I’ll have a rock solid core underneath all of my blubber.