It has been a year since I’ve joined Pilates, and let me tell ya, it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I used to be a cheerleader for 5 years, and I’ve always been “tiny” but I wanted to tone my body, and not only look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside. After cheerleading and working out 5 days a week, I stopped working out to focus more on college and working full time. That should not be an excuse, but unfortunately it was, and as the years went on, I found it harder and harder to motivate myself to start again. I was becoming extremely tired throughout the day, that coffee wasn't even keeping me awake.
I decided to join Pilates and try this thing out after hearing the great benefits of this type of workout. My first 30 minute private was no joke. Melissa Engelland coached my very first class. It was hard, but I wanted to commit and decided to join and choose the monthly unlimited class package. I then met Stacy Kelecy, who helps me do the advance Pilates on the cadillac which is what I post on my Instagram page. I have watched myself through videos, and pictures of how I was before, and noticed a big difference. I think the biggest difference has been shown with the strength in my arms. My shoulders, triceps, biceps, and all the tiny muscles in between have really gotten toned. I also saw a big difference in my stomach; being core strong is EVERYTHING. My posture has improved as well, and I’ve noticed the way I walk and stand has significantly gotten better since doing Pilates. My legs are stronger, and my butt has gotten bigger and toned, too. Always a good thing, right?
All in all, Pilates has not only enhanced my physical ability (strength, flexibility, and balance), but it has also given me a purpose in life. It is not just a workout, it is a lifestyle. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. I have never appreciated and loved a workout more before in my life. This has helped my mind because when I am in the 55 minute class, all I think about is being there in that moment. Pilates has also helped with letting go of anxiety at times; to take a big breath in and exhale what no longer serves me. Pilates is now my life, and I choose to continue this for years down the road.
How much does it cost?
All of their pricing is on the website here
How many days a week do you go?
Honestly, I go as many times as I possibly can. I will wake up at 7am on my days off, just to get a work out in, and I feel amazing afterwards. At least twice a week. I go more depending on my work schedule.. sometimes 4-5 times a week. I also do a 30 minute private with Stacy either once a week, or once every other week depending on if I am traveling or not.
As a beginner, any advice on how to succeed in pilates?
The more you do it, the easier it will become, but some important things to know before are..
3. Center yourself
4. Smooth transitions
What is something you have learned from Pilates?
Well, I have a learned a lot, and I am constantly learning more about Pilates and myself in general. A big thing is knowing to take care of your body before working out and after. Eating a healthy breakfast before, and drinking water will really help you in your workouts. I normally have toast, banana, almonds, oatmeal, etc before my workout, and I eat protein, fruits, vegetables after my workout.
I have heard pilates helps injuries, have you ever gotten injured and has it helped?
YES! Pilates is really great for relieving any back pain, and has been used to help people recover from injury. People do pilates to get a workout in, but it is also good for therapy which is why I love it. I wear heels at work and carry a tray with drinks on marble floor. I have had some lower back pain, but after doing a pilates class, I stretch and strengthen any muscles that are hurting. After class, I always feel refreshed and the pain slowly goes away.
What is your goal with pilates?
My goal initially was to workout and build strength and toned muscle. I am constantly learning more about the Pilates workout, and like I have stated above, I have appreciated the art of Pilates as a whole. Which is why my next goal is to become a Pilates Instructor, and one day have my own studio to help others the way Jessica Rabbo has helped me. She is the owner of Core Pilates, and if it weren't for her and all the amazing instructors at the studio, I wouldn't be physically and mentally where I am today.
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