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Well, no working on the dress last night, but I did finish the handout for my class just before American Idol started. Yay!

On the other hand, this morning I decided to give a try to a Pilates DVD at home instead of going to the gym. I must admit, it was harder than I expected. A good tool for flexibility, although I have no plans to replace my resistance training at the gym with home video pilates any time soon.

Thing is, they started a Stott's Reformed Pilates program at our gym several months ago. This particular program uses some sort of contraption that looks like a personal platform with a lot of pulleys and levers. We went to the orientation class, and we had a blast. Regrettably, all their subsequent classes were programmed for either mid-morning or the evening. Since we are working in the morning, and since for us evening workouts are not an option, and since apparently we were the only people who expressed interest on taking that class at 6 a.m., there will be no Reformed Pilates for us. Hence the video.

This particular DVD has been designed following the Stott's method, only without the contraptions. Like I said, a bit more challenging than I expected, but not as much fun. I still need to sit down with ballistabob and design the next step of our training plans. One must fight boredom and routine in this thing. Truth is, the workout that you need is the one that you are not doing. Otherwise, you stall and get bored, and eventually drop out.

Dropping out of exercising for us, is not an option. Revamping our workouts periodically is.

But Pilates will have to be one of those things that we incorporate into our workout as a complement, and not as the main thing. We just like resistance training too much.


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Feb. 2nd, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Pilates wasn't something I liked a lot, so I only did about a month of it. I found it useful in teaching me how to control my abs and back better, so I don't use them incorrectly when lifting heavy. Have you tried the New York Ballet workouts? Those are kind of fun.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, NY Ballet workouts? I'll look those up. The thing is that I am for having a couple of workout DVD's at home for those days in which I am running late or it is snowing. Pilates wasn't bad for that, but I was not exactly thrilled. Ballet workouts sounds intriguing . . .
Feb. 2nd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
I have two DVDs for the New York City Ballet Workout. The first one is easy, the second is more difficult. I found that a carpeted floor was a very bad thing for balance during these moves and a barre was not required, but would have been nice. I don't use them because my space is carpeted and I do better going to the gym. Perhaps you'd like a loan?
Feb. 3rd, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
That would be nice :-)
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
M has agreed to bring them to the Tournament of L and B on the 18th. No particular return date. I don't use them. If you feel the need, I know you already pass things forward.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million!
Feb. 2nd, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
I loved my pilates class - wish I still had time to go! And the reformer is a wonderfun contraption, did wonders for fixing sore back & shoulders. I still do the stretches i learned from the mat-pilates class.

But you really do need a good teacher, otherwise pilates can really suck. Like when I tried the Winsor Pilates DVD's - it went too fast, and didn't cover all those important little bits you get in class that make sure you do it right and don't hurt yourself. Definately needs to be an in-person thing. Check out the local yoga & wellness centers, they usually do pilates classes as well.

Feb. 2nd, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that I will leave Pilates alone for the time being. At least until we can get an actual class. Problem is, they don't teach them at 6 a.m. Sigh.
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