Today I went to my very first Pilates class. Alone. I usually try and rope a friend in to go with me if I am trying something new, but my friend at work wouldn’t come with me even after I bribed her with chocolate mini rolls.
On my way to the gym I suddenly realised that I didn’t actually know what you were supposed to wear to a Pilates class. I mean I knew it was similar-ish to yoga, but I didn’t know any of the specifics. So I texted a friend to check with her;
As you can see all we talk about is the gym, however we actually haven’t been together in AGES. And I don’t think we are even going to yoga together tomorrow morning! Also there is no reception in the changing room, it’s really annoying.
So after establishing that I didn’t need to wear socks, I wore this comfortable outift, including a soft sports bra like this
from Sweaty Betty. I hate it when the clips dig in when I am lying on my mat plus they are prettier than the ultra sports bras that I have to wear for anything more active! I also wore my H&M black capri
s that I wore practically every day in New Zealand, and an old Nike top that I bought years ago but is really soft. This turned out to be pretty perfect, although I will probably wear long leggings next time!
I took this photo in the mirror by the showers as no-one was there- very steamy but less embarrassing!
I was worried the Pilates class would have lots of experts and equipment involved, but it was all mat based. I really appreciated the fact that it focused on stretching and strengthening my hips and core, two of my weakest areas. As we performed each move I could hear my joints clicking, a sure sign that I haven’t stretched enough recently.
I discovered a few weeks ago that my gym has been bought by EasyGym and is closing in two weeks time. I am so upset! I love the classes, there is usually space on the machine I want and there is plenty of room in the changing rooms. I have decided to retain my membership with my chain of gyms, but have also bought a EasyGym membership on their introductory offer of £4.99 a month!!! Talk about cheap, unfortunately I feel that the price might be reflected in the quality but we shall have to wait and see. Once the 3 month introductory offer is finished, I will then decide which gym I’ll stick with. I don’t want to lose the convenience of this gym location though as I can pop there in my lunch break, or before and after work!
Do you prefer a gym located close to your home or work?
Weekly Weigh in: 64.8kg – pretty static!