I started my journey into the world of Pilates as a voyeur on Instagram. I would drool (more than likely with wine in hand) over those sleek, agile bodies gliding up and down the reformer.
I couldn't even come close to touching my toes!
Picture me, sneaking into some mat classes, at the back of the room, surrounded by stunning 30-year-olds, ripped and bendy in their fancy Nagnata outfits. Me, hoping not to be seen.
I was inconsistent and full of intimidation and "Am I too old for this?" vibes.
So when I stumbled upon a reformer pilates studio near my workplace and the overriding determination to feel stronger, I finally gave up the lame excuses. I packed my bags, signed up for a membership, and made a fierce commitment to myself.
Here’s what I learned:
1. Do it scared.
Trust me, I was trembling and terrified, but I did it anyway.
During those initial classes, I clung onto the foot bar for dear life as my legs quivered with fear and imbalance.
Pro tip: Arrive early to your first class and let the teacher know you're new. They'll guide you through the magical world of the reformer bed (yes, it's called a bed – how delightful is that?).
2. No one is watching you.
Seriously! Everyone is too busy focusing on their own form, balance and rhythm.
So let go of any self-consciousness and embrace your unique journey.
3. Find a teacher (or two) who lifts your spirits.
I'll forever be grateful for Lenni, whose gentle German voice guided me with phrases like, "You do you," "Find what's right for you today," and "Find your range."
She's a nurturing and inspiring soul, making every move feel within reach with her helpful options.
4. It's your time to shine.
Those 45 minutes to an hour of class are pure liberation. No distractions, no phones – just you and your intense concentration and focus, and (usually) an incredible playlist in the background.