After emerging from a long winter, now is the time to get out & get active, especially when your job is like ours and happily requires attending lots of events. So when Meghan Del Prete announced her Spring Challenge at Reform Pilates we were intrigued.. but not just by the thought of fitting into spring & summer fashion. In fact, that was only a small part of the reason we decided to take up Meghan when she challenged us to take on the 10 week plan. We've never done Pilates with this kind of frequency before- the challenge is to complete 3 hour-long sessions a week over the next ten weeks. It's a slightly intimidating proposal, but we are dying to know what kind of results we might see with that kind of a sustained focus, so off we go!
I hightailed it over to 18 Division street yesterday for my session with instructor Amy Burton & talked about what I was hoping to accomplish over the next ten weeks. Primarily my hope is to increase my flexibility (current status: borderline nonexistent), feel longer and leaner in my spring wardrobe (bye-bye winter weight) AND improve my golf game. Yup, Amy tells me I can expect to increase my drive by up to 30 yards (LPGA, here I come!) through Pilates.
Right off the bat, the difference in my workouts at Reform versus a more traditional cardio/weight training regimen are huge. There is a total emphasis on your core and engaging your ab muscles (or in Pilates lingo 'your powerhouse') throughout the entire hour. You'd think that after spending years of my life running marathons and finishing triathlons, my powerhouse and I would be pretty in sync.. well, not so. It feels like I am engaging muscles that have been on standby for the last 34 years while we worked on the Reformer & Tower. I also noticed we were doing several exercises although with surprisingly few repetitions. Basically, in Pilates it's totally par for the course to repeat one movement 4-5 times and then move on, making this a VERY time efficient workout. The other thing we loved about our hour with Amy is how much stretching was involved as part of the workout. It was challenging, difficult, fun and satisfying all at once. I'll be checking in every week with my progress now that the Challenge has begun, so standby for more and for details on Reform's Studio and to book a session, go right here!