Pilates. What have I learned from this experience? I have learned that a 60 year old woman can touch her toes and I can’t. I thought I’d share with you my first experience going to a Pilates class.
First of all, if you’re unsure, Pilates is a form of Yoga that is meant to strengthen and improve your flexibility and also tone your muscles. Perfect, this is just what I’m looking for, I need to get rid of that tum and gain a little muscle and get a bit more flexible.
I booked my first Pilates class for Monday 12th February at 5:10pm. I booked the class online not knowing what on earth to expect, I haven’t even got my own mat. Anyway, it was booked and I turned up and was quite nervous not knowing what to expect. I spoke to the receptionist in a bit of a panic but it was ok, she was very lovely, I said to her I had no idea what I was doing and what I should expect, I didn’t know where to go and that I don’t have a mat. Luckily mats were provided. She also told me that she’d started doing Yoga not too long ago and that she loved it but that I should give it time, aka in my world – go more than once. I turned up 20 minutes early just so I could get settled in and knew what to do in the future.
After figuring my way around, I went through to the class and spoke to the instructor who was also lovely, you could tell she was pro as she had proper stylish yoga clothes. Anyway, she told me what I would normally do when I first come in at the beginning of every class. Cross your name off the sheet, grab a mat, sit anywhere. She also explained it was for all levels and I can go as far as I wish with it, whatever that meant? How do you get different levels of Pilates? Is it possible to get as flexible as a jelly worm?
I was on my own so I sat at the back on my mat as I’m quite shy and I sat there. I looked around and it was a bunch of older ladies and 2 older men, do I look like an idiot? In a class of older people then there’s me, a 21 year old lost in a Pilates class. It was obvious everyone knew each other, in their own little group nattering away before the class started. I wasn’t bothered that everyone knew each other because I didn’t really come to make friends.
The class started and we began the warm ups which included swinging our arm around and bending our knees. I can’t really remember much of the and actual poses and stretches. I remember the instructor kept saying to focus on our breathing. Is this it? I thought. I was feeling nothing, I wanted to feel the pain, (sounds extreme but I wanted to feel like something was happening) was I doing it right? Then while doing some of them I could feel it in my abs and hamstrings. I looked over to the older woman next to me and she was touching her toes (without bending her knees). How on earth?? I got just below my knees. I need to do this more.
The class ended after 45 minutes, which I had chose to do a 45 minute class (I half thought that half the class would be taken up my getting ready/packing away but we got the full 45 minutes). And everyone left. It was good, I think I might carry on, I mean I want to get fit and rid of this tum so I suppose I should carry on and exercise is good, right?. Anyway, this may or may not help you if you’re thinking about doing a class but, I would say definitely give it a go if you’re wanting to try it. I paid £5.65 for a 45 minute class.
Originally, I wasn’t going to post this but a few of you wanted to read about it so I hope you enjoyed reading!
Do you / have you been to any sports classes? If so what ones and how have you found them to be?
Much love ♥