I like to think that I’m in good shape.
I’ve run some marathons. Qualified for Boston. I can do 3 spin classes in a day (although not a regular thing). Maybe throw in a barre class here and there.
And, then I took pilates with Elizabeth (aka Chainsaw? Just go with it) at Flex today.
It was humbling, slightly embarrassing, and I’d probably now just consider myself in “good cardiovascular shape.”
I pride myself on being really tough and able to handle really hard classes because, you know, I’ve run marathons! I’m a resident! What’s harder than a marathon?! Or harder than a day on the labor floor?! Nothing! I should be able to handle anything, right?
Pilates. Pilates can be harder than a marathon.
You know a class is hard when you’re going to the 5K pain place, sweating to death, and actively thinking of ways to possibly cheat (yep, I went there). In fact, at one point I tried to some something on my knees rather than in plank position and Elizabeth every so sweetly came over and said, “honey that’s not going to do anything for you.” No slacking allowed. I was getting my money’s worth. [PS: Thanks, Elizabeth!]
As a bonus, the whole reformer thing makes it not so easy to take breaks. One wrong move and I was afraid I might plummet 3 feet straight down into the well of the reformer into Pilates hades.
I was shaking. I was sweating. Like all those laboring patients I see, except I wasn’t birthing a child.
And, for some reason, I loved it.
It was extremely humbling. I knew I lacked core strength but this class really drove the point home.
I only wish I had known about this class when I was training for marathons and trying to do anything (acupuncture!) and everything (chiropractor!) not to get injured.
Elizabeth was super sweet, gave great technical corrections (the former gymnast in me always loves this), and doesn’t allow you to give up (even if you try, like me).
So, moral of the story — Go! Take her class! Bring your A game! Moreover, bring your abs.
TELL ME: YOUR FAVE NYC FITNESS CLASSES AND/OR INSTRUCTORS.
Until next time….