Show me some before/after Pilates pix!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t have any pics, but I started pilates 3x a week about 6 weeks ago and HOLY COW do I notice a difference! Not only do I look more toned, but I feel about a million times stronger and better about myself. The first few times were pure agony, but now, I am really getting a lot out of each session. My abs look and feel so much better and I definitely am noticing changes in my arms, butt and thighs as well. Yes, the classes are expensive, but it’s totally worth it for me. I am not great at motivating myself when it comes to exercise, so going to the class and having other people around really, really helps me. It’s also great because I know I’m doing the exercises correctly. I’ve also noticed that I feel a lot better (not as out of breath/exhausted) when I run – probably because I’m getting noticeably stronger. And I’m losing weight, so all in all, it has been an awesome experience for me and I will definitely continue with it.

Post # 4
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720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Oh, but make sure you go somewhere where they REALLY kick your butt. I had done pilates in the past and it was basically just like yoga with a little bit of an ab workout. The place I’m at now is crazy, in terms of difficulty and that’s probably the only reason I’m seeing the results that I am. Check out a few different studios and go with the one that’s the hardest!

Post # 6
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2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I started out with Pilates! I took it as a pre-training for Yoga classes from May until August. I am sad to ditch the class this fall as I make room for resistance training classes.

Things I’ve noticed: I have improved my posture. I am more aware of all the bones that help with stability. Pilates has actually improved my running as pilates focuses on breathing a lot.

My core muscles will still need strengthening, but my most favourite Pilates exercises are the ones with the small ball and long stretchy elastic bands. Sorry, I didn’t take any selfies of my work-outs! However, I can tell you that it’s helped me lose 8 pounds, in conjunction with running every week. I love the soreness I get after each class. Best abs workout! I always dreaded the classes with foam rollers, but there was this one class where the instructor showed us how to use the rollers to massage our backs and leg muscles. So good! (Do what you can if you are new to Pilates. It takes time to develop strong muscles)

I am looking forward to get back into Pilates after I finish my resistance training classes.

Post # 7
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358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MSbride2Bee:  How did your first session go?? I want to try it too! Also, Make sure you review them on FitYap! http://fityap.com/Profile/Boston-Pilates-Studio/0002076 (or perhaps it’s a different place- there are 60 locations in Boston that offer Pilates 🙂 )

 

Also, I need a workout friend and want to try pilates- let me know if you ever want to do a class together! I work down near south station so can do a class after work sometime!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MSbride2Bee:  I didn’t do Pilates as wedding prep but I’m doing it now that I’m pregnant. I traded 3x/week with a trainer at the gym to pilates M/F and prenatal yoga on W. I’m 13.5 weeks today & haven’t gained any weight yet (I contribute that to continuing to stay active). I feel amazing after my pilates classes, so much better then I did when I was training at the gym. I can’t say enough great things about pilates. 

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