I am a bit of a nightmare when it comes to exercising. In the past I have joined gyms and not gone, signed up for exercise classes but not stuck to it. Always an excuse, I don’t have time, I have too much to do, maybe tomorrow. The list is endless. That list became even longer once I had children. It isn’t because I don’t enjoy exercising because I do. I really enjoy it and always feel better for doing it. It is genuinely because for me, an hour spent in the gym can be catching up on something else that needs doing. Well I made a promise to myself that I was going to be kinder to myself this year. I was going to look after ME a bit more and I know that exercise will help with that. But to find the time. This is where Pilates has been perfect! Louise from Studio 44 Pilates approached me to trial her ten minute beginning Pilates sessions. Because EVERYONE has ten minutes, right?
Louise has been teaching Pilates since 2000. She has qualifications in ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Level 4 Lower Back Care, Exercise to Music, Step Exercise to Music, Advanced Fitness Instructor Award, GP Exercise Referral, Training the Older Person, Pilates Matwork Level 3, Pregnancy and Pilates, Ante and Post Natal, St John’s Ambulance First Aid Course. Quite the professional!
New to Pilates
I have to admit I was a little nervous about trying Pilates. It is not something that I have tried before and doing it at home, I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to get the moves right. I needn’t have worried. Louise’s style of teaching is perfect for beginners. She strips it right back down to a way that is understandable and easy to practise.
I gave the first video a few goes but felt like I was struggling. It felt as if I was struggling to move freely and I couldn’t get comfortable. I decided to buy a proper mat thinking it would be more comfortable. I was right. The mat gave me more support for my back and I could feel when I was in ‘neutral’ much more easily.
With each time I practised I was getting more confident and so was able to progress to the next video. The great thing with this set of videos is that you progress at a speed that you’re comfortable with.
Support through the videos
Louise is there through every step of the videos. Anytime I had a question I could pop over an email and I knew Louise would come back to me quickly. She would explain it to me in way I could understand. Louise even suggested for me to film me doing the Pilates and then sending it to her. I thought this was great idea, especially if there was anything you really couldn’t get to grips with, or if you wanted to check your technique.I haven’t taken her up on this (yet) as I’m happy with my progress, and the way she breaks it down for me.
Relaxation and Strength
I love that these videos are just ten minutes in length. I have been fitting them 4-5 time a week and it makes me feel so much better. Not just because of the exercise but because of how it makes me feel. If I’ve had a bad day at work I can spend ten minutes doing a Pilates video and I feel relaxed. Peaceful. It is just what I need after a stressful day at work.
I was surprised at how much strength you need to actual do the positions. You see people practising and using terms like ‘core strength’ and think it looks like it’s easy enough. Well that’s what I thought. More about relaxing then exercising. Wrong! To actually do the positions takes a lot of strength. I find myself struggling sometimes, I can definitely feel my muscles working.
My Future with Pilates
I am definitely going to continue with Pilates. Ten minutes a day. I do plan to add some high intensity exercise into my weekly routine for fat burning but I will not sacrifice one for the other. Pilates has helped me to stay in a positive frame of mind. It makes me feel better in myself; stronger and more peaceful. All the things I need as a busy mummy of two!
*I was given a three-month membership in exchange for an honest review of Louise’s Pilates for beginner classes. All thoughts are my own.