Pop Pilates Summary: 8.22.16

While my trainer is out recovering from surgery, I thought I’d follow my wife and our friend to one of the fitness classes being offered at our gym for free this week. Our friend recommended “Pop Pilates,” so that’s where we went.

Based on the little I know about pilates, this was more like a fast-paced, aerobic yoga class, set to pop music. Mostly lots of basic yoga poses, though I did recognize some of the pilates-specific core exercises.

It was certainly fun and it’s always good to do something different. I don’t think I got as much out of it as I could, though, because my inner thighs are killing me anymore from all the interval training I’ve been doing.

I don’t remember a lot of the routines in the class but here’s a basic summary of some of the more common exercises:

  • Squats with a really wide stance (the instructor called them “plié squats”
  • Arabesque balances on one foot
  • A kind of sweeping lunge to each side where one foot went behind
  • Tabletop toe touches
  • Lots of crunches (not sure how Trainer Nick would feel about that)
  • Oblique crunches
  • Lots of stuff from plank
    • “Plank jacks”
    • From plank, going down to elbows, one hand at a time then back up
  • Boat pose

The instructor had a lot of energy and, like I said, it was fun. It did feel a lot like being in one of the old Jane Fonda videos my mom used to work out to every morning (but that’s not a bad thing).

I’d probably take another class for fun but I’m not sure this will make it into my regular schedule.


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