I can’t believe I will be subjecting myself to this because a while back I took a Pilates class or two with Kevin (hubby) and I did not like it at all. Don’t get me wrong, I love the instructor but I didn’t care for mat Pilates workouts. I would much rather be standing more like you do in Yogalates (another class I took a long time ago). So starting Tuesday I’ll be back at it because I really want to see a difference in my body over the next 6 months. I know I need this class and once a week won’t hurt me right? or will it? HA!
Some of you may not be familiar with Pilates so here is a link where you can read more about it.
And since I am still so new to mat Pilates workouts, I can’t really tell you the difference between all Pilates workouts so I would like to guide you to this article.
I have been told that it is best to begin by doing mat Pilates because you can modify it as a beginner pretty easily. My main goal with taking the Pilates class is to strengthen my core to help me master my vertical knee raise challenge but it has many other great benefits.
Benefits of Mat Pilates workouts
- Great for balance, flexibility and strength.
- Low impact
- Great for ab/core strength
- Improves posture
- Body awareness
- Whole body fitness
and many more!
I have no idea how many calories I burned when I took Pilates class but once I send my HR monitor for repair and get it back, I’ll be sure to check to see how many calories I do burn in the class. I think this will be a good addition to my normal routine of spinning, running, personal training, etc. We shall see!
Do you do Pilates workouts?
Lisa Johnson says
Glad to see you’re going to try Pilates. I’ve been teaching it for a while now and even though you’re a “beginner” you’ll definitely see changes.
Just start slow and if anything feels tweaky or “wrong” skip it during the class and ask the instructor for some corrections after class. They should be happy to help you. 🙂
I warn people Pilates can be addictive because once you start to see what it does for you body, you really, really want to do more. It also helps ease our aches and pains, no more lower back or neck pain, shoulder issues ease up, etc.
I’ll be reading to see how it went!
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Thank you for your vote of confidence! I just went to your blog and had to laugh because the 1st blog post I saw was the Michelle Obama Does Pilates. Perfect timing right? I’ll let you know how it goes.