Item 9: Try Pilates. Not the most ambitious of goals, but hey, I’ve always wanted to try it and thought putting it on the List was a good way to get it done.
On Wednesday evening at 5:30pm, still flying high from the miraculous US win over Algeria to advance in the World Cup, I took myself over the 24 Hour fitness to take my first Pilates class. As always at 24 Hour Fitness, I was greeted by a friendly receptionist. I trotted over to the group exercise room, picked a good spot on the floor and spread out my trusty yoga matt.
After what seemed like hours of shaking, sweating and an overwhelming certainty that I was going to tear a stomach muscle, we finally took our first break. I relished in the sweet, stretchy release of Child’s Pose, glancing quickly at the clock to verify that we were at least half-way through the class (if it wasn’t already over).
With pure shock, I took in the time: 5:42pm. Slowly, I realized that I had only been in the 60-minute session for 12 minutes. I stared with disbelief at the red digital numbers wondering if perhaps I could have participated in an earlier class and not realized it? Did we start early? Maybe it was day-light savings this week? Stunned by the undeniably tough workout I’d endured for a mere 12 minutes, I suddenly felt as though I may not be able to finish the class.
Determined to succeed in my goal, I took a deep breath. Well, I took several deep breaths, focused on the instructor, picked up the hand weights, and pressed on into the arm routine.
Overall, I’d give Pilates at B -. The core workout is nothing to scoff at, in fact, it was possibly one of the better ab workouts I’ve done. Next-day soreness wasn’t nearly as horrific as I expected, and being a masochist of sorts, I’m a little disappointed to not be cringing in pain every time I laugh or sneeze. Pilates surely has its advantages and I’ll definitely integrate the ab-work into my regular exercise plan, but overall I think I’ll stick to yoga and running for now.