When I arrived at CORE PT I watched Kim finish up with an older lady using the pilates reformer machines. It didn't look so bad. I was confident that if a 75 year old woman could do pilates for an hour then I would have no issues.
Kim started the session by introducing me to the machines and giving me a few easy warm up exercises. She explained the proper spine position called "neutral back" so that I would not hurt my back.
The first machine I worked on is called the reformer. Kim explained that there are over 500 different exercises you can do on the machine- all of them engage your abs. The machine has a sliding "carriage" that is weighted with springs for more resistance if you wanted it. Some of the exercises I did on the reformer machine were leg raises, bridges, planks, and hip dips.
|bridges (you have to engage your abs by not letting the carriage move backwards!)|
|again, you are trying to keep the carriage still|
|you keep your butt still and bring your knees towards your hands|
|just hangin' out|
|I could only do a few pull-ups!|
|more ab work|
Kim kept me fully entertained for the full hour and always explained which muscles the exercises were targeting. (She was also kind enough to take pictures!) She corrected my posture so I was getting the most out of my hour workout. I left CORE PT feeling like I had a great workout.
It wasn't until the next morning that I realized just how sore my abs were. It hurt to laugh for days. I can't wait to do it again!
If you have the chance to take a 1 on 1 pilates class using the pilates machines I highly suggest CORE PT- Kim really knows what she is doing! I don't think I have every gotten such a good ab workout.