Before kids, aka a decade ago, I regularly did one on one pilates reformer and cadillac at the studio opposite my office in Surry Hills – it is probably the only exercise apart from Zumba that doesn’t bore me to tears. The resulting core strength is definitely a factor in my having a great natural birth first time around – I was at the pilates the day before I gave birth at 37 wks !
Anyway fast forward a decade.. yes i know (eek) and I am 47, just hit menopause and although I am happy and content in my body as it looks, I know I don’t exercise enough for my mental and physical wellbeing.
Being menopausal I really want to stave off osteoporsis and build muscle.Plus a nasty car crash in 1991 and spending a decade hunched over computers has made me a bit lopsided and every physio or remedial masseur has said you really need to put less stress on your joints and built up your core and straighten all of this up.
So when Studio Pilates got in touch and asked me to try out their reformer pilates classes at my local Toowong studio I said yes please ! They have studios all over Australia with more opening in UK, France, NZ – check out their website for your closest one
If you haven’t done Reformer Pilates yet, here is a wee breakdown.
It is done using a reformer machine that kind of looks like a rack from the Middle Ages.
However, this sliding carriage complete with straps, springs will become your BFF in no time along with your sticky socks.
What I really love about Studio Pilates is that every program starts with an Orientation class which talks you through all the unfamiliar pieces of equipment and how they are used. It also includes your first class where you are introduced to the basics.
Smilates – that post pilates feeling !
Who knows I might even be able to crack some walnuts with these buns one day !