I’ve never done Pilates before.
In all my years of fitness teaching I’ve never been to a dedicated Pilates session. Yes – I taught BodyBalance and there are ‘elements’ of tweaked Pilates in that, but, to be honest, the whole concept of Pilates bored me.
I completely understood why people do it and I recommended other people to go and do it. But not me.
I knew I was wrong when I thought it was all about this.
But I still thought it was all about this (and there isn’t anything wrong with this, but I didn’t want to do it!)
Anyway, Rachel and Sarah of the PTM School in Lower Earley asked me if I’d like to experience what they do. I already refer clients to them and they thought if I knew more about it, I might be able to help more people more quickly.
It sounds like a plan to me.
I have nothing particularly wrong with me, but there are definitely bits of me that I know are tight, inflexible or not balanced so this was very likely to highlight them and of course show me how to improve them.
On Friday I met with lovely Maddy (an ex-camper) for my first session.
It’s shoes off for Pilates and so once I got there, I was put straight onto some of the different equipment to give me a run through for an introduction.
I had to lie and sit on a piece of equipment called a Cadillac. Nothing like a car and much more difficult to drive. It’s incredibly varied and we did a range of exercises, none of which I can remember, all of which I found challenging to do as they were different to my ‘normal’.
One of the exercises was lying on my back, feet in stirrups and drawing circles with my legs. It was at this point I discovered my legs have minds of their own. I also realised I was glad that I had good leggings and big knickers on 🙂
I also used a Pilates Chair and realised how my right big toe wasn’t really joining in with most of the exercises.
I also discovered that most of my body wasn’t doing what Maddy wanted it to do.
There is something some of you won’t know about me.
I am very impatient with myself. I am pretty good with others, but tough on myself. And if I can’t do something quickly, or get something quickly I lose interest just as fast.
I thought it best not to tell Maddy this on day one 🙂
A well advised decision as I was frustrated as hell with not being able to do some of the exercises.
And then when all my thought was on one instruction I’d forget all the others that I’d been working on 3 seconds earlier.
I am not sure if I was sweating from exertion or frustration!
In my efforts to do things properly I did – everything – very – slowly. Maddy had to tell me to speed up!
In my efforts to do get things quickly I did most things poorly.
In my efforts to ‘get it’ — I found I had lost it. Any previous core fitness from my fitness teaching days, running and other exercise recently was pathetic!
As my first session ended I felt relieved, my attention span for something I couldn’t do was waning but as I always tell new recruits to Fit Camp, you need to do three sessions to really know if it’s for you or not. So I am not coming to any conclusions yet as to what I think about it. How can I in 55 minutes of full-on-newness?
Maddy was a great instructor. She’s calm, helpful and patient. All particularly good for someone like me.
Let’s see how my body responds after this first visit. I’m in this for a while so let’s see what I can do.