I know that after that ninth breath during the Pilates 100 you just want to let it all hang out as soon as you hear that you’ve reached the end. But, that would be the such a bummer. To warm up so efficiently and then let it all go make the next exercise ten times harder to do.
Pilates is a unique balance of strength, stretch, reach, contract and flow. Pilates exercises are easy to make look “right.” I like to think its because Pilates is designed to make everything you are already doing in life better. So, the moves are not crazy (well ok some look bit crazy) they are natural movements our bodies should be able to do.
The collaboration with the one and only Andrea Maida continues! We had so much fun talking Pulling Straps on the Reformer with you all last week. And this week we begin our tour through the Rowing Series.
I know you know what a circle looks like. But, have you ever tried to make a circle with your body and felt cramped? Or, what about that popping or feeling like your arms and legs are doing their own thing? When you do your Pilates exercises does it feel like you need to make a different shape?
Alright! Let’s talk about the Pulling Straps on the Reformer. Now, I know that most Pilates exercise names are misleading. But, most of those misleading names reveal themselves quite early on in your Pilates practice. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered I was placing way too must pull in my straps and missing a very important detail.
I first was introduced to Pilates through a friend. She invited me to a mat Pilates class near where we both worked and after that first class, I was hooked! I found another studio nearby that had plenty of mat classes I could choose from. I changed my work schedule so I could take class five days a week! I was obsessed with Pilates. But, I didn’t really know what to look for in a Pilates teacher and truth was back then there wasn’t a lot of information out there on how to find the right instructor. I basically decided if I would go back to class based on how I felt during class and comparing the instructor to the other classes I already knew I liked.
I always knew my knees hyper-extended. I hated that about my legs. But, I didn’t know how to stop. And, who doesn’t want to be flexible?! But the truth is that hyper-mobility was the reason I broke my leg back in 2014.
This week the Reformer is coming to our Pilates mat practice! When I am away and missing the springs I bring the exercises of the Reformer to my mat. And, wow! It’s just as tough…if not tougher!
Alright, so the title of this week’s blog is a bit of a lie! I do not make resolutions. I set personal goals that are in line with my vision and how I want to feel as I go through life. As I achieve my personal goals (and sometimes I don’t, and I have to readjust my timeline or the goal itself), I take stock of where I have been and where I am going. But, how are these not the same as resolutions? And, what are my goals for 2018?
While I love Pilates I have a long (and on some days longer) list of Pilates exercises I despise! I am sure you’ve been in a class, session or working on your own and wish you could skip an exercise or two. Maybe you leave to go to the bathroom or get water at just the “right” time?