I need more Mojo!
Okay, apologies to my readers here, but this little lady has been DOWN for the count, so to speak. Besides the weird weather we’ve all been having, our Seattle GREY DAYS are lingering but with bits of teaser sun breaks. This does make for difficulties in keeping up our spirits, gives us low energy and unfortunately makes for some Bad JuJu. UGH…
So on Friday, Monette (sister) and I found one of the latest workout options: Lagree Fitness. I just recently purchased a home version of the Pilates Reformer (you can see the photo on my Instagram) and since I didn’t get the workout video with it, I of course, researched for some options. In my search, I came upon some articles on the Lagree Fitness (this link takes you to some of the Seattle area ones). Which then lead me to the latest facility in my neighborhood – The Pursuit Fitness. Well Mo and I decided to sign up for their (great deal) – one free workout session, which does give you the option of seeing what your getting yourself into, before signing up for a membership. We had already checked out a few other pilates studio’s, but this was certainly different…
Just like the two articles (above), you will come out of this class with a great workout (check out the Lagree Fitness site too), but it is NOT just the ‘usual’ Pilates – this one WILL kick your butt (and thighs, and core, and arms, etc., etc.). And just as the YELP reviews ‘warned’ me, I am STILL feeling the burn on Sunday!! This from just one 50 minute session. I have to admit, I’m not in shape anymore; which as a newbie, you need to mention to your instructor (your fitness level).
Again, as an almost 53 year old, I’m struggling with the menopause/IBS/weight gain. I no longer have the stamina and strength I did even just a few years ago. Menopause quite literally hit me just upon the return from my 50th birthday in Italy. At first I attributed it to jet lag, but the hot flashes came on me like a Mac Truck with night sweats, then during our hikes, and randomly, and besides my IBS issues, the quick weight gain and lack of energy is the worse!
Admittedly I was a little scared to take a workout class (because I didn’t want to have a hot flash and possibly sweat all over the place – yuck) or pass out from over-exertion. Okay, so I was over thinking that, but believe me, it’s a fear these days. Then you take into account that most of the attendees for most places are already in some ‘better shape’ (no body shaming, just realist) and I am one to really prefer to work out on my own. I also like being able to wear my ‘not so cute’ workout clothes (because I’m still also trying to find ones that FIT my size and shape – note to affiliates, HELP!!).
The Pursuit instructors emailed us (thank you for that as well) to bring a towel, water and non-grip socks. Thankfully the studio had some grip socks to purchase as well (even XS for shorties, I wear a size 5 shoe) (toesox.com). They also ask you to arrive about 10-15 minutes early, to sign a waiver and to ask if you have any health issues/concerns that you want them to be aware of.
The workout poses are similar to yoga and standard pilates, working your core and giving you long lean muscles. Olivia said that if you know some of those poses, you can follow along but also watch others for ones you might not know. But the strength part is the machines are pulley systems where you are using your own weight for resistance. And you do SLOW movements for best results. We definitely did. You move into your next movements though quicker which is what gave us the ‘burn’ and cardio. Those 50 minutes were just long enough to definitely make an impact on us and I learned that I need to keep working on my core which does affect my balance. That’s important for my health.
Another thank you to The Pursuit, because Olivia (our instructor) was not only walking throughout the room, spot checking all of us, she was kind enough to make sure to come ask me if I was okay (checking on my balance), and would spot me on when I was over-extending my knees (I do now have joint problems occasionally). Monette was also fortunate that one of the other instructors, Rachel, was next to her (in our class) and she gave her some good tips and suggestions. Besides US, I’d see others (the more FIT attendees) were also having to pause to breathe before the next movements.
We were sweaty, thankfully I didn’t have a hot flash sweat (the GUY next to me was sweating on the ground), but I will definitely try this workout again. And I recommend it to my fellow #thefierce50 ladies (one of my favorite workout ‘Guru’s’ Denise Austin is also a Fierce 50 member) as well as everyone who wants to get in shape!