Hi there! How’s your summer going? I thought it was going to be difficult for me to keep up with a workout routine because I’m running Mami Camp here at home! But not having a schedule for the boys has actually worked out really nice. We have more time to get up and get moving. Running on the local high school’s track has been our favorite workout activity.
I have scheduled very little me-time though because balancing work with the boys is THE challenge. I can’t just get up and go to personal appointments as easily as I do during the school year. But when Carol of Pure Pilates invited me to her studio for a private consultation, I couldn’t say no! You know I’m always up for a new learning experience. I called my trusty sitter and drove 4 minutes to the studio which is here in New Providence, NJ. Win!
I have heard about Pilates for years. You probably have as well. Before I ever attended a yoga class, tried barre, or heard of a spinning class, Pilates has always been there, with the 8 movement principals that are elements part of all the Pilates exercises. They are: Whole Body Movement, Breathing, Balanced Muscle Development, Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision and Rhythm.
Even knowing this, I have to admit that the equipment intimidated me a little. You know that feeling. You go to the gym and hop on to cardio without ever touching the weight machines? I felt the same about Pilates. How silly! When I walked into Carol’s studio, I quickly learned that class sizes are small with a trained and certified instructor who is very hands on in every single class.
Carol showed me and worked with me on three different pieces of equipment: Reformer, Cadillac and Combo Chair. Not scary at all! I actually felt pretty fabulous on these!
The Pilates method focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso muscles, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain. Within 2 minutes of working with me, Carol noticed my mild scoliosis (have I ever told you about that?) and made sure we focused on that for the rest of the session. I can’t compare the session to any other workout. It’s different. Gentle yet challenging. The Chopra Center explains it perfectly, “If you’re a runner and need to fine-tune your core strength, then Pilates may be the best choice.” And the best combination.
There are so many benefits. What I learned quickly was that it was going to help me continue to work towards proper posture, refresh my mental and spiritual state, increase self-awareness and self-confidence. I know a lot of the workouts I love (hello barre, yoga and running!) help with integration of the mind, body and spirit but Pilates can join the mix and actually help me do better while perfoming my other workouts.
If you are local and have thought about trying something new, give it a go! Pure Pilates is located at 133 Gales Drive in New Providence, NJ. Whether you are looking for a group, private or duet session, or maybe a mixed program, they will create a plan that fits your needs. First timers do have to participate in three private sessions before joining group session. Please take a look HERE.