I have recently learnt a big lesson when it comes to exercise. That is, less is more.
About 6 months ago, after a training hiatus, I decided I needed to get my butt into shape. I had quit my chain store gym, and wanted a local solution.
So I stepped into a strength and conditioning gym. It was conveniently located next to my work, offered lunchtime classes and promised to change the shape of my body.
And it did. I just didn’t like the shape I became.
Lifting heavy weights turned me into a petite version of a sumo wrestler.
Although my arms and back were chiseled and I finally had a rock-melon butt, I also had chunky thighs and was constantly eating. I mean literally – eating all day and night to stave away starvation from my now over-firing metabolism.
Afraid of completely transforming into Zena the Warrior Princess (not that there’s anything wrong with that), I went in search of the perfect exercise.
And I’ve found it: Pilates.
I used to do Pilates once a week, and loved it.
But amidst my determination to ‘get fit’, ‘get lean’, ‘be strong’, I’d ignored my exercise intuition: my inner compass that tells me to work smart, not hard.
Thankfully, I stumbled across a local studio, Dynamic Pilates, that is small enough to offer tailored and personal attention so that I am getting the results I actually want, in one hour a week.
Owner and qualified instructor, Gemma Sadler explains that “Dynamic Pilates Australia offers different and innovative styles of Barre Pilates and Reformer Pilates classes, combining the principles of traditional Pilates while also delivering an exciting and more challenging full body workout via each of these Methods.”
Yep, I can vouch for the challenging part!
Here are Gemma’s Top 5 Reformer exercises that change your body:
1. Long stretch – plank position: this exercise is perfect for strengthening all muscles around the spine
2. Little Frogs – your feet are in the straps and your heels are pinned together: great for hip stability and strengthening inner thighs…Fun too!
3. Chest Expansion – hands in straps pulling back to open across the chest: great way to activate your postural muscles. Perfect for office workers.
4. Teaser – where you roll up and reach to your feet at 45 degrees: one of the most challenging abdominal exercises, not for the faint hearted!
5. Short Spine – lift your legs over head and roll down through the spine: good way to work your hamstrings and mobilise the spine.
For me, since getting back onto the reformer, I’ve noticed that my limbs feel and look a bit longer, my thighs have definitely slimmed down, my appetite is back to normal, so I can manage what I’m eating more easily, and I am back to my normal non-sumo size. Winning!
Dynamic Pilates is located in Manly and Crows Nest and offer new styles of Reformer and Barre Pilates workouts with world class international instructors.
For more information go to: http://dynamicpilates.com.au/
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