I may be alone here, but after pregnancy, it took (and is still taking!) much effort to see (or feel) my waist again. Crunches. Planks. Diets. The latest, greatest workout class. If you are a mom who has wanted to see her abs again, likely you can put a check mark next to each item I just listed.
I have tried many methods to regain my pre-baby body, however, I honestly never even considered Pilates. I would frequently watch Pilates classes at my old gym through the window, and it just didn’t look like it was an intense workout. How could holding several moves on a mat really get my body back? I just didn’t see it. Until last week. I experienced my first Pilates class at Whole Living Pilates, a new boutique Pilates studio in Colorado Springs.
I’m certain every muscle in my body was tired after I finished my private session with the owner Nicole. It was not high intensity, but I was sweating (how is that possible?). My legs were shaking, my arms felt like noodles, and my abs were fatigued. I did not do a single crunch and my core felt exhausted. Huh. There might be something to this Pilates method. In fact, I think there is a lot of merit to Pilates.
Three reasons to try Whole Living Pilates
Whole body. It sounds good, right? Most people in my circle of influence are health conscious enough to want to take care of and improve their body. The benefits of Pilates are numerous, and they far outweigh the benefit of re-shaping your mom bod:
Improved core strength
Better posture, balance, and flexibility
Increased back strength
Improved balanced musculature for efficient movement
More energy and endurance for day-to-day life
The equipment at Whole Living Pilates is state-of-the-art, and this is the only studio in town to have Pilates apparatus from Pilates Designs by Basil. These apparatus are designed for the most effective workouts, allowing the users to focus on the exercise (and their bodies) and not on the equipment. They are engineered to operate smoothly, quietly, and with the appropriate resistance and geometry to achieve results in the most efficient manner.
Whole mind. Mamas, listen up. You cannot skip this section. This is the most important for those of us who get mere seconds (not even minutes) to ourselves during the day. I was surprised how much my session helped me relax and clear my head. I usually hit a good run if I feel stressed or have a lot on my mind. During my time with Nicole, I noticed that I had to focus so intensely on the movements of my body that I let go of the tension from my day. I am certain the more I practiced Pilates, the more I would let go. It felt incredible to focus on me for an hour instead of who needs to do homework, which dose of medicine is up for the raging ear infection my little guy has, or how many poopy bottoms I had to wipe that day. (I hope someone is with me on this!)
Whole spirit. Mothering requires a steadfast and healthy spirit. This is not easy. Every single day brings many moments that can exhaust my spirit and many moments that fill my spirit. I doubt I speak for myself in sharing I want to thrive in motherhood, not just survive. Whole Living Pilates creates an atmosphere to care for your spirit. A beautiful, modern studio that is unlike any other in the area. It is peaceful, quiet and tranquil. The class sizes are small, and Nicole and her staff are focused on helping you transform your body and strengthen your soul.
If you are ready to treat yourself to an experience, Whole Living Pilates is offering a special deal just for Colorado Springs Moms Blog Readers!