Post # 1
I usually run or do high cardio workouts, but today I thought, pilates looks fun, let’s try it out! FUN?! What?!
I just did it for 20 minutes and I want to roll over and DIE. I’m not even out of breath or sweaty, but my entire body feels like I pulled and twisted itself in ways it shouldn’t be twisted.
Am I just crazy out of shape or does this take a while to get used to??
Post # 3
its deceptively hard, same with yoga. i had the same reaction you did but i ended up loving both forms! pilates is definitely a different kind of workout so just keep up with it, you’ll start to get it soon enough. good luck!
Post # 4
oh now i’m nervous! I’m going to my first Pilates class on Wednesday. I’ve been wanting to try it for the longest time.
Post # 5
I recently got the Jillian Michaels Pilates Kit and did one workout and I was sore for DAYS! Apparently I have no core muscles. But I think if I stick with it and work on my upper body strength I’ll look totally rocking by my wedding!
But seriously it was SO hard I thought I was going to die.
Post # 6
Whew, glad to see I’m not alone! I’m deff going to stick with it.. I’m sure it will get easier as my body gets used to it… But day 1 totally kicked my butt!
Post # 7
@Sali2011: Don’t be scared! It’s tough but it’s so worth it!
Post # 8
The day after I took my first pilates class, I had three (THREE!!) people independently ask me if I’d lost weight. If that’s not motivation, I don’t know what is!
Post # 9
@redherring: That’s really funny you said that because after I did one workout I felt like I was thinner because everything was so sucked in! lol
Post # 10
has anyone done pilates at home? or are classes a better idea?
i really interested in trying it but i have no idea where to start, classes etc are out of the question for me as it conflicts with my work schedule:(
Post # 11
@misspandy: I think classes are ideal only because it’s kind of hard to figure out exactly what you’re supposed to be doing and a good teacher can really help you out with your form. That said, if it doesn’t work schedule-wise, there are lots of DVDs, etc out there to try at home, so go for it!
Post # 12
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pilates! You don’t need to be working up a sweat to be getting a good workout (although there are times when I start sweating during pilates). It’s the best way to develop long, lean muscles (kind of like ballerina muscles). And the core work is THE BEST! If you have netflix there are a few Pilates videos that you can watch “on demand”. I’ve found I really like the 10 minute solutions Pilates DVDs. I’ve found that if you make sure you’re contracting your abs the entire time not only does it make it easier in the sense that the poses are more stable but your abs will be sore for days afterwards, and who doesn’t love a good core workout?
Post # 13
When I do plates I find my neck always hurts…bad form Herr.
Post # 14
@luli29, i always set my neck down on the mat as a modified form. my neck can’t handle the strain!
I love pilates. it DOES take awhile to get used to because you’re working muscles you don’t normally work. But if you go regularly, you’ll be amazed at how strong your core becomes! And fast, too. I prefer the classes because I find them harder than the 60-minute video i have at home. my instructor works us hard and we break a sweat, plus she is chipper and encouraging, it’s never the same every week, and she corrects our form.
Post # 15
i love pilates! i take classes at the YMCA but they only have them on monday and wednesday evenings..i wish they would add more classes. its def hard but so rewarding..plus once you go a few times you learn the exercises and you can then work on your form.
Post # 16
I love pilates! I take lessons at a studio near my house. I have never done just mat work, though. We always use the machines. I should try the mat work!