On Saturday, my sister and I took our first ‘real’ Pilates class (not like our previous adventure at The Pursuit – a Lagree version).
Active Body Pilates at Gilman Village
We found the Active Body Pilates at Gilman Village (Issaquah) and since they had a special for us to do a duet private class, we took advantage of it. Our instructor was Michelle, this very sweet (petite) woman, whom she said she was 65 and has been doing pilates for over 25 years! And she’s been teaching/instructing almost as long. Monette and I had arrive early enough to fill out their questionnaire and health form, so we we also had a moment to watch her as she finished up with her other client.
Michelle is very informative and knowledgable, she gave us several tips and recommendations and although I knew some of the movements, I definitely appreciated her guidance. Unfortunately we were interrupted periodically because Gilman Village had the Easter Bunny scheduled at that same time, and all of the stores/businesses were to give out little treats. But during our 55 minute session, Michelle took good care to watch our forms, adjusting accordingly and also showing how the reformer can definitely give you a good CORE workout (as well as our arms and legs).
The workout consisted of several basics, since we did tell her we were beginners. This includes basic foot to bar movements (tip-toe), leg raises, as well as running (photo below), which she had us do slowly but with great stretches on our hamstrings. (The attached photos are google images just to demonstrate some of what we learned)
We then put our legs in the arm straps and worked on more leg movements that definitely taught us to use our own resistance against the springs. The difficulty is in keeping your core steady and the movements very fluid. We did frog leaps (great for inner and out thighs), leg raises (which is great on your spine too) – see photo below.
Legs out of straps and onto doing “The Hundreds” (which are just using the straps, pulling your arms down to your sides and then quick movements up & down).
Then we did what is similar to curls, again using the straps as resistance and curling your spine slowly up and down. Definitely worked your core and arms (trying to keep them steady again).
Lastly we did a great side stretch, I think Michelle called it the Swan. It stretches your spine, neck and arms. It felt great!
There were a few more, but I can’t recall them all.
Before We Left
What seemed like a quick 55 minutes, Michelle was also very nice to spend a little time chatting with Monette and I about the reformer, some of the brands (since we have been looking at wanting to buy the much better commercial lines for our homes). She also told us that there are so many uses on just the reformer that we would find useful.
We will definitely be going back to Michelle and also looking into some of locations, I love to see the varieties. And also looking into Yoga classes.
Have any of you ever tried Pilates? Any feedback you can share with me (us) here? I would definitely love to hear.