I think I may have underestimated the power of pilates – it’s really hard work!! I’ve done a little yoga over the years, but it turns out that pilates are nothing like it. It’s lots of slow and repetative movements that focus on your core muscles, so lots of exercises for the abdominals, back and pelvic floor. It involved holding my legs in the air and waving them around fast enough for it to be amusing, but slow enough for it to really ache. And then stomach crunch-type movements that used the abdominal muscles only (so no pulling up from your back like you normally might). And the plank, but with more leg waving, and arm waving just in case I wasn’t struggling enough as it was!
I can honestly say that I did barely half of the repetitions comapred to the rest of the class, that my breathing was far from fluid and that I spent more time giggling and pulling strained faces than actually pilating (is that a word?), but I can see how the exercises will benefit my fitness and running. The areas that were being worked were exactly the areas that struggle to keep up with the rest of my body when running. I will keep on going to the class and incorporate some freeweights into my other gym session – hopefully they will help! I always tell people to give a gym class at least 3 attempts before deciding that you don’t like it. Time to take this advice myself. Wish me luck!