We asked one of our new members, Dan, to write a few blogs about his experience participating in the Hot Pilates classes at Absolute Yoga, Crosby. We selected Dan for this task because he was completely new to Pilates and, therefore, would be able to describe the changes that he is noticed in his body and mind from doing three Hot Pilates classes a week at Absolute Yoga.
Three little words. That is all it takes. They mean the world to a lot of people. Not me, I know they mean pain and suffering now. “Let’s do Plank”………. you were expecting something else? Keeping still has never been such hard work or for that matter exercise. But here I am, keeping still, holding plank, sweating, a lot.
It might sound like I go on about the sweating a bit too much, but I can’t overstate it enough. I finished today’s class in the centre of my own moat. You absolutely must hydrate properly, I drink at least two litres of water every day now and up to a litre and a half in the class alone, the majority of which feels like it comes straight back out during the class. Paula, the teacher, made a good point today (one of many across the classes but this one is pertinent to my point so I’m stealing it) You don’t get thirst pangs the way you get hunger pangs, if you feel thirsty in the class you’re too late, hydrate Hydrate HYDRATE!!!!
Today marked my tenth lesson and so far no two classes have been the same and every lesson has introduced something new, todays’ had a leg work out that I’m sure has a lovely yoga based name but I’ve christened it quad killer. Testament to my physical improvement I stuck with the move almost to the end, but not quite, I’ll get you next time quad killer.
Back to that Plank, it has come in two flavours so far. Low, on elbows and toes, very strong focus on core and high, on hands and toes still with core engaged but arms and thighs have more of a say in my experience. High gives more room for movement with running plank and alligator. These two are most definitely the hardest for me as they are the most intense physical activity in the class. Me and plank aren’t friends yet, but we will be.
With the engagement of the core, pelvic floor muscles for girls, swimwear pose for boys, it has started to shape me as I am carrying myself differently out of class, engagement of the spine, core and shoulders has lead to a better overall posture I believe and this is after only three weeks! Along with the physical change there is also the mental one, thinking about how I carry myself is starting to become second nature. A historic back injury hasn’t made its presence felt since I’ve been attending classes and that area has been given a solid work out without a hint of a twinge or spasm.
All in all it feels like rapid improvements are being made but I know there is a long way still to go, but it is the first exercise class that I’ve looked forward to attending and enjoyed throughout my time there.
Read more about Hot Pilates here.
Hot Pilates classes at Absolute Yoga:
Monday – Hot Pilates 10am
Wednesday – Hot Pilates 10am
Wednesday – Hot Yogalates 4.30pm
Friday – Hot Pilates 10am
Book a class here.