The day after Pilates can only be described as surviving a leg day with Tom Platz. I underestimated just what my legs and core would feel like when I tried to get up this morning, but I can’t wait to go back! As a first timer, I had no idea what to expect so if you’re a first timer too, this might help.
Let me start by saying that I thought that I was pretty tough. I thought that I was relatively strong and I was ready for whatever Kayla would throw at me. I mean seriously, I do burpees.
To say that I have a newfound respect for Pilates is an understatement. Kayla (very patiently) guided my body into positions that I didn’t think were natural and I liked it! We started off on the reformer, and for a total newbie it was an exciting and new adventure! We did a whole lot of leg work with nothing but springs as tension on the movable bed-top and it was bliss. You feel a combination of elegance and strength, while being a little bit useless at the same time. That’s the best way to describe how I felt while I was frog legging my way through the motions.
What was it like?
What I really loved about our session was that Kayla was right there with me, doing exactly what I had to do (with MUCH more grace, naturally). It gave me a very tangible point of reference for positions I have never been in before, I am a visual person who appreciates a live demonstration. I had to concentrate on keeping my knees up, heels together and back flat against the cushion, I also had to concentrate on breathing in time. For a beginner, I think I managed to do a good job at it especially since Kayla only had to correct me 8 out of 10 times. I’m teasing, she was probably cringing at my poor form a million times in her mind.
The most challenging part of my session must have been any part where I had to stand on the movable Reformer and find any hint of balance. I’m going to give myself credit because I didn’t actually fall to my face, even though I was pretty certain that I was going to. I am hoping that the next time Kayla and I meet, I’ll be better at not freaking out about my core trying to kill me.
We finished off with stretches on an interesting bed(?) called a Cadillac, and this is now my absolute favourite thing ever. I’ve stretched before, but never this effectively. I was complimented on good posture, did a monkey stretch and hung upside down. It was incredible.
Would I do it again?
Hell yes! I absolutely loved my first Pilates session and was a little sad when it was over. Kayla is a magnificent instructor who is very obviously passionate about her craft. She made me feel really comfortable, explained everything to me and was ultra patient while I flailed a little.
Should you go?
Absolutely! You can book your session with Kayla by visiting her Facebook page Flex or give her a call on 079 878 0851. You won’t regret it.
Have you tried Pilates? Let me know in the comments below.