Day 15 – this weekend I have been celebrating having air conditioning during Perth summer by staying indoors and doing Pilates in my lounge room. Today I choose to do a mat class by Madeline Black via Pilates Anytime. To see the class click here. I have done Madeline’s footwork class before and my feet felt like they were walking on air afterwards, so I was keen to try one of her regular classes.
The class was a tad longer than usual at 67 minutes and included a flowing warmup that reminded me of the yoga sun salutations sequence.
The class itself had a lot of emphasis on hip work with great cueing to help you feel centred and controlled. Madeline also has a hip workshop on Pilates Anytime which I would to take if I get the chance. By the time we got to the roll like a ball exercise towards the end of the class I really felt like a ball for once! Usually I feel more like one of those reactor balls, with the possibilty of bouncing off to the side at any moment.
I have decided however that I definitely need a new mat. My thin pathetic excuse for a mat is just not cutting the mustard. My tailbone has been making its protests known since I upped my Pilates practice and the rolling like a ball exercise tipped me over the edge. It will be my reward for doing Pilates for 15 days in a row.
The other exercise I loved in this class was the one armed swimming variation which almost reminded me a bit of double leg kick. I remember doing this exercise a few years ago at a studio and being amazed that the instructor new such a great variation – I guess I know now where she got it from!