Now that we’ve feasted on turkey, inhaled office holiday sweets, and indulged on Netflix with the family… it’s time for a slim down. The holidays always sneak up on me and I always feel unprepared for all of the events.
This year I vowed to add on a new activity to keep my figure in check. I signed up for Pilates at Equinox to ensure I have a running appointment with the gym.
What’s Pilates, Evelyn?
Pilates is a mind-body exercise using a floor mat or a variety of equipment. It evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Hence the name!
Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, capable of creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen… all are on my wish list for Santa!
The most important concepts of Pilates are that it teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. After a few sessions student will see an improvement in flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain (YAASS!).
Pilates At Equinox
Every Equinox Pilates Studio features a suite of authentic equipment. The studio is intimate… usually 1-2 people training at a time with individual instructors.
The cool thing about Pilates is that there are over 500 movement combinations available that keep your body and mind engaged, so you’ll never get bored or hit a plateau. Ala what usually happens to me after a few workout routines!
I did 12 of Private Pilates sessions with Natalie. I was shocked to see an improvement in my overall posture and balance after only a few sessions.
BTW – check out Natalie’s Instagram @MiamiPilates as she showcases incredible moves and postures on her feed!
My Pilates transformation gave me defined abs and arms. I found that Pilates is INCREDIBLE for belly blasting because it ensures that the body is contracting the correct muscles (those Buddha belly ones). My abdominals now stay flat and lean. This is the perfect workout after all of those holiday office snack indulgences!
And because Pilates helps you focus on proper alignment, my posture has significantly improved. I tell everyone I feel like I’ve grown an inch taller!
One of the best aspects about my 12 weeks with Pilates was the balance in my body – for example the left side of my body is a little weaker, so Natalie created a routine to strengthen those muscles. This way the right side of my bod doesn’t have to work so hard.
This is one of the perils dancing ballet for many years, carrying my laptop everywhere, and heels.
If you are interested in learning more, Equinox at BCC offers all members a complimentary Pilates session. Use this link and let them know you read about via Brickelllista. They will give you a complimentary pass!
I hope you will check out my girl Natalie at Equinox and take a class with her.
Make Pilates a part of your holiday slim down and 2019 resolutions. If you do, send me a note on Instagram so I can follow along on your fitness journey.
Intersted in kickstarting your resolutions?