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In 10 Sessions You'll Feel the Difference

by CMG

With so many fitness methods out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hype and lost along the way trying to choose the right one for you. Sometimes I get frustrated (and okay a little lazy) and end up spending money on a machine for home that becomes a dust collector and gets in the way because no, it didn’t easily store under the bed or in the closet as promised… (Ever notice how in infomercials the person easily and happily slides the machinery under their uncluttered bed that is also like 2 feet above the floor? Umm- not happening.)  Anyway, I knew post New Year’s I needed more of a challenge and wanted to do something that was motivating but not super intense to start. I was never big into fitness, but I do enjoy a little cardio once in a while or even yoga. I then made the decision to take a Pilates class at Power Pilates in Chelsea. I figured it is harder to cheat when you have the teacher walking around correcting your positions and who is passionate about the method, and I got motivated when a woman twice my age was fluidly moving through the exercises while I struggled to keep momentum through “the 100”. Now I’m not out of shape by any means, but I know I could use a good toning here and there, and I realized I had the opportunity to strengthen my muscles and test my limits with Pilates.

After one class I felt sore, (in a good way) realizing I worked muscles that I hadn’t in a while, and I was a little tired but felt good. Since then, I have taken about 11 classes and I already feel that the movements are a lot easier than the very first day I took the class. I am more aware of my core, the correct positioning, and how and where I should feel the area being worked instead of a straining the wrong areas. It’s all about finding balance and control with every movement and you are your own apparatus-meaning you rely on your core for how long you can hold a position for, or how you resist tension in each exercise.

Pilates is so refreshing and after, I always feel rejuvenated and motivated to continue. I needed that push to try something different and get through the initial frustration to realize that this does work and you will feel better, but it just takes a little commitment and time. The results and feeling afterwards are totally worth it and gave me that push I needed. I can easily see why people are so eager to become Pilates teachers because they too want to share their passion with people just like myself and can give that motivated push towards a healthier lifestyle.

Now that I have done Pilates I want to stick to it and I’m eager to see the results I will get. If you’re like me, I enjoy going to class better than working out at home because of the general feel-good atmosphere, but when I can’t get there I do a few exercises at home. It helps motivate me enough to get out that machine again and do a little while of cardio because it taught me to be patient, be positive and keep going because the only thing stopping you, is yourself.

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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 08:58AM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , | Comments2 Comments | References1 Reference

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Very helpful insight from a novice's point of view. I might try this - being my own apparatus sounds serious.

thnx

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Williams

About a year ago, I suffered a severe pelvic injury and was hesitant to start anything too crazy. I'm also not a big gym-goer and those infomercial contraptions have gotten the better of me too. I took my first Power Pilates class without ever having done Pilates before and I too felt the burn! It was a good burn and I wanted to make a regular thing of it. The teacher trainers make note in the beginning of class of any former injuries and are sure to keep them in mind throughout the duration--they even remember them as well as your face at future visits.

Whether you're a seasoned veteran, or have yet to hit the mat once--Power Pilates offers that comfortable atmosphere that pushes you at the same time. And it doesn't matter that the woman next to you can swoop into a perfect "swan dive" ...you'll get there.

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNM

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