I am the girl who exercised for 3 months every year and dreaded it. I committed every January to do better and by April I was bored. My mom suggested I try Pilates reformer classes when I was in my late twenties after having a baby and like every good daughter, I didn’t listen and had to figure it out myself.
So I continued on the treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike, step aerobics, walking, you name it I tried it! But NOTHING kept my attention. I really disliked those who said they loved to exercise. What was wrong with these people? I concluded I didn’t have the exercise gene.
When I exercised, I couldn’t turn off my head. I stayed stuck in thoughts of the house, the dishes, the kids, the dogs, the laundry, the vacation…all things I should be doing instead of the class or activity I was doing. I realize now I was not present with myself.
First-Time Pilates Class
Fast forward to 2010, I decided to finally listen to my mama and search for Pilates classes in Long Beach. I headed out to every business that Google sent me to in Long Beach looking for a first-time Pilates class. I soon learned all that advertise Pilates are not created equal. I was looking for this machine to work out on and do Pilates. I was looking for Pilates Reformer Classes, but every place I visited did Yoga or Mat Pilates. I ended up having to drive 30 minutes to a studio to take my first-time Pilates class.
I found myself quite intimidated taking my first-time Pilates class, after all, remember I only worked out 3 months a year – maybe! I took a private orientation and found it quite entertaining. Soon the instructor said my session was done and I sat up and looked at the clock in shock. I had taken my first time Pilates class for a full hour without ONE thought of kids, house or chores! I WAS HOOKED! I had grown my exercise gene in just one session!
Practicing Mind-Body Connection
Over the next few weeks, I became addicted to this daily “checkout.” For the first time in my adult life, I was connecting with myself by practicing mind-body connection. If you had asked me what that was, I would have told you it was some kind of Zen meditation that I surely couldn’t do. But what I have learned is that the Mind-Body connection is listening to instruction with the mind and carrying it out in the body. This is an amazingly healthy habit that I have only found in Pilates Reformer classes.
Over time my body began to change. My hips didn’t hurt when I gardened. My balance improved and I became more agile. I felt motivated each day to get to Pilates Reformer Classes. I was one of those people who loved to exercise! By the end of that year, I would begin cycling classes that furthered my endurance. Three years later I would open Five Starr Pilates & Fitness near my home, just 5 minutes away instead of 30!
The Ways Pilates Reformer Classes Help Build Healthy Habits
Here are some ways I have learned that reformer classes help build healthy habits:
- Scheduling classes ahead of time keeps you accountable to yourself— self-love.
- Practicing mind-body connection is vital to cognitive health.
- Pilates Reformer classes in Long Beach de-stress the entire body and mind.
- Pilates Reformer classes build lean muscle.
- Pilates Reformer classes lengthen muscles and strengthen all muscles with a specific focus on supporting muscles in the body that provide stability and strength to the larger muscles we often overuse and thus injure.
- Pilates Reformer classes prevent injuries in all people…beginners to elite athletes.
- Pilates classes in Long Beach are life-changing!
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