Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary, y’all. The celebration included Ryne working late, a frozen pizza, and a bottle of wine that I accidentally pushed the cork into.
I’m not going to sit here and wax poetic about our marriage. There have been times that I thought we would never stop laughing and times where I thought we would never speak to each other again. So, pretty average when it comes to wedded bliss, am I right? The one thing I will say is that he’s finally learning to share food with me when I decide I like his entrée better, so I think we’re heading in the right direction.
Instead of whining about how late he was working tonight, I decided to head to the gym and whine about being tired and sore. You’re welcome, fellow gym-goers. I have my first post-hat-trick run scheduled for tomorrow, but I really wanted to get moving before then. I browsed my gym’s scheduled and decided to try Power Pilates for the first time.
Per usual, I had no idea what I was signing up for. I’ve never actually even taken a Pilates class, so I didn’t know how the word “power” would come into play. Y’all. It was great. Every single time I take a new-to-me fitness class, I get nervous. But every single time, I am so glad that I did. The best part about this class was that I was literally one of two people who showed up. It took all of the pressure off, you know? I actually thought I was in the wrong room for a while. Hi, me in the mirror.
What is Power Pilates?
Essentially, at least as it was explained to me, Power Pilates is Pilates with the addition of added resistance in the form of bands, balls, and whatever else the instructor decides to torture you with at the time. That’s fine and dandy, but what the heck is Pilates? Pilates itself is a bodyweight workout that focuses on total-body flexibility and strength, with an emphasis on core work. Of the two, I really think Power Pilates is more my style, since it includes additional weight.
The class that I attended was broken down like this (and I may or may not forget a few things):
Dynamic stretching with the stability balls, which helped us get used to the movements we would be doing on them in class. That was really helpful.
Core work with the stability balls, which looked a whole lot like this ab workout I posted a while ago. It hurt in a great way.
Upper body body with the stability balls, which even included weighted preacher curls. I’ve never done them using a ball before, so that was new.
Lower body with and without the stability balls. At this point, I was kind of glad to ditch the ginormous inflatable pool toys.
Total body stretching through some end of class yoga. Our instructor is usually the yoga teacher, so she couldn’t help herself.
A few things to note: 1.) this was only my first class, 2.) we had a “new” instructor, and 3.) I have trouble paying attention. I’d love to know if your experiences with Power Pilates are similar! If you haven’t taken a class, what are you waiting for? 😉