It's another #WorkoutWednesday with my next must-try workout class.... Pilates.
On my journey to discover which workout would be most suitable for my body goals, it was a MUST to try a Pilates class. For a very long time, I wanted to try this class that originated all the way back to the early 1900s when Joseph Pilates decided he didn't want to succumb to his ailments or any medical conditions that can make him weak and instead conditioned his mind and body.
Like I mentioned in my other #workoutwednesday blog post, I am literally going in blind to these workouts, not knowing what to expect. This was no different or easier. I decided to give a try to this pilates fitness studio in the Fort Lauderdale Beach area called Zoeli Fitness. I knew nothing about her, the studio or the routine to follow.
This workout, while hard, quickly became a "must return" class because it really is all about the "core". I noticed in other workouts where you may need to use all of your muscles to get your desired strength, here you hone it all in the core. It comes all from there. There is a lot of breathing in and out, which if you take yoga it comes as an advantage. The better your breathing, the better you slowly start to stretch it out a little more every new position.
Like I said, I was a complete first timer and didn't realize that Pilates is not just using my body but it comes with bars and springs! Here is where you may need to be a little coordinated with your body's balance and form. This is so big! The minute you are doing it right, you can feel your whole body feeling it to the core. The kind of toning you get from this exercise isn't the same as you would get from let's say maybe squats - it's more the ballerina toning, it defines your body's muscles but doesn't give it that bulky look (everyone has their own preference). What I liked about this class and not sure if all of them are the same, is that a small studio allows you to interact a lot more with the instructor and for her (in this case, Zoeli) help you out with your form. Trust me, I needed help when it came to holding a bar yet keeping my composure so that I didn't hurt myself.
One of my my biggest tips in this particular workout class is to let go of the intimidation that sometimes comes with trying Pilates for the first time. Yes, there were some people in that class that had the spring grabbing, leg stretching, position on check but there were also rookies like me who are not flexible and a straight leg means a bent one. It's all about trying and the people in class, I had two girls besides me, were encouraging and having some giggles in between while trying to keep it all together. For me, I know Pilates is a workout I will keep, even if I have a long way to perfect my form. It meets my goals of wanting to focus on my core strength and tone up as oppose to bulk up aka more Wonderwoman, not the Hulk.
I will say this, for all those who love the acrobatic Christian Grey, it is not as easy as he makes it look to hold it. Give it a try ladies, you will see for yourself!