I feel like I’m the only person in Manhattan who hasn’t tried Pilates. Sure, I’ve done yoga, barre classes, etc. But never “real” Pilates.
Using a deal from livingsocial, I took my first pilates class at Gramercy Pilates this morning. I love that only four people are in a class! In fact, there was only me and one other client in my 11am class this morning; perfect for personal attention.
I took the beginner reformer tower class. The web site describes the class:
- For people who have never done mat or machine Pilates
- Includes basic breathing, core stability, and basic choreography for machines
- 15-20 minutes on mat exercies
- Remainder of the class focuses on machines, breath, and ab engagement
Coming from a barre class background, many of the positions were familiar to me: focusing on small movements to really isolate muscles and keeping proper posture/alignment.
The machines were really cool, and I definitely spent most of my time trying to remember to relax my shoulders while keeping my core engaged. Emily, the instructor, made constant adjustments to my form and provided encouragement/feedback.
We worked our legs, arms, and abs through a series on the reformer and the tower.
The hour flew by, and I left with a greater awareness of my breath/posture. However, I did feel like I needed to hit the gym for some cardio after 😉
(Watch me be insanely sore tomorrow after that comment!)
I have three classes left, so I will definitely be going back.
Next up: spinning at Flywheel tomorrow afternoon!