One of the common misconceptions of Pilates is that its an ab workout. But, then when I say, no it’s not just an hour of ab workout and explain how thorough Pilates truly is for our body it’s easy to see why people might think it is all about the abs. I mean, if everything begins in the center and moves out how is Pilates it not an ab workout?
Have you ever been stuck at work, stuck in traffic, low on funds, had too much to do, or simply forgotten? Yeah, me either! HA! In all seriousness, Pilates works best when done multiple times a week. But, let’s be real, you’re busy, classes and teachers are not always available when you are and there are times when money for Pilates doesn’t grow on trees.
The first time I did Pilates I was feeling the “burn” in places I had never felt before! Every single exercise was waking up muscles and challenging my stamina and strength. I thought, no way am I going to be able to move tomorrow! I knew sore muscles were headed my way.
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.
Recently I did a self-care tutorial for Pilates Anytime. I talked about how I schedule my workouts and personal goals and how I handle comments and criticisms from others. You can watch it here (if not a member use LLOGAN for a free trial). This week I’m teaming up with Andrea Maida, and we are …