I've just gotten home from my very first Pilates reformer class of 2016. I wouldn't say I've ever been a super-regular practitioner to begin with, but last year, shortly after I moved to London about a year ago, I discovered a fabulous little studio - Pilates HQ - in my neighborhood, and signed up for a series of 10 classes that had a one-year validity.
Then come this past January, when I tore my hamstring, Pilates sort of naturally fell by the wayside.
Until a few days ago, when I realized that that one-year expiration date was quickly approaching, and decided that my hamstring was pretty much just going to have to get over itself already because I was going to take a Pilates class!
So tonight, there I was on my own versatile, spring-equipped carriage, ready for some resistance! Seriously, this thing is amazing. It builds better posture, greater flexibility, and works on injuries. It may actually help with my hamstring at this point, so I'm actually a little embarrassed I didn't consider it sooner.
Since it had been so long since I'd taken a class, I decided to go to a beginners' session, which was pretty much the best decision I've ever made in my entire life, because even that essentially FLATTENED me. Even though I have a regular yoga practice, the muscles used are quite different, and incorporating machinery like the reformer obviously makes a difference, too. I actually caught myself thinking during class, "hmmm, maybe I should study to be a Pilates teacher, too!"
I shudder to think how sore I'm going to be tomorrow. But in the meantime, I've already signed up for my next class.
Let's do this.