Despite being no stranger to a yoga matt the idea of doing Pilates always intimidated me. Reformer Pilates even more so.
The idea of pulling myself up and down on what looked like a medieval torture device was a bit confronting, and combined with my lack of general balance, I wasn’t confident that I wouldn’t not fall off mid-class.
The whole damn thing also looked really painful and managed to extinguish any desire I had for killer abs – something that wavers easily at the best of times anyway.
However, a new-found desire to 'push myself' and 'feel the burn' somehow led me to a 6pm Pilates Beginner class at KX Pilates and here's the thing... it wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it was going to be, and it worked. Like seriously worked.
Yes, it was a struggle to laugh or cough the days that followed said workout, but as I walked out of that class there was a new found ballet-esque quality in my posture that I wasn't expecting.
Just like Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
Speaking to James Trenery, KX Pilate's South Australia Training Manager, he says that the benefits of reformer Pilates comes from the fact that it's a dynamic and balanced workout.