Hi everyone! Great news: after posting this blog post about starting Pilates and how hard it is, I have made some big improvements! I am finally starting to feel engagement in my lower abs and I’m learning proper alignment for every exercise. It appears that my Pilates Boot Camp repeats itself each week – Monday is about learning neutral position and proper breathing technique, Wednesday is about learning how to get foot strength, and Friday is about using our core to balance on the bosu and the reformer. It’s super helpful to get the chance to improve on the basic stuff each week and build on what I already know. Each class, we spend time doing the most common ab exercises and through some miracle my hips aren’t the star of the show anymore! Yay for getting better!
Overall, I had a pretty awesome week of workouts:
Monday: Pilates Boot Camp
Tuesday: Running team practice – 4.5 miles doing farleks
Wednesday: Pilates Boot Camp
Thursday: I had a run planned, but needed a rest day because I could feel myself coming down with something 😦
Friday: Pilates Boot Camp
Saturday: Pilates Barre Class even though I felt pretty awful
Sunday: I was full-on sick by this point and spent the day napping and blowing my nose. Yay.
On Saturday I had the awesome opportunity to try out a free Pilates Barre class at my Pilates studio! It was very similar to Barre3 which you all know I’ve been missing like crazy. One thing that I really liked about the class was that there was a much heavier focus on the ballet aspect than in Barre3. We learned the ballet names for the moves we were doing and I felt like a ballerina-in-training while also getting in a great workout. I’ve always wished I’d taken ballet so this was really fun for me! If I want to take the Pilates Barre classes I have to pay a little extra per month so I’m not sure if my wallet is up for it right now, but I’m so happy I got to take a barre class at least once! My legs and glutes are definitely still hurting today.
On the menu for this week: more Pilates, my second week on the running team, and hopefully more runs once I’m not sick anymore!
Did you try any fun workouts last week? Do you give up on running when you’re sick or do you just bring lots of tissues and cough drops along?