Now that Spring is almost here (perhaps?) no more musings on winter running for me. Enough of the snow! I am thinking ahead to long bike rides along the ocean, trail running in the woods and lots more light!
The approaching season of Spring also leads me to reflect on Springboard Pilates, the place where I take my Pilates classes. Pilates is a set movements based on exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. These exercises “…strengthen your core (torso) muscles and work out from there to stretch and strengthen every muscle in your body.” , as is written on their website (www.springboardpilates.com).
One can start with Mat classes, where most of the exercises are done lying down or while sitting. You learn a set of exercises and build on them each week. In private sessions, one works on equipment instead. With springs and leather straps, these machines look sort of scary, but they are actually pretty cool. They help add resistance to the movements, as well as support you (if needed) as you become stronger.
I love Pilates for what it does to my body. Having a strong core during movement (running, massaging….) makes me feel more effient . And working from a strong core makes me feel stronger overall.
I enjoy the structure of the workouts (Meredith telling me what to do) and the fact that the exercises progress as one gets stronger. The Springboard Pilates studio is also a very beautiful space. It is in an old townhouse (on Spring St.) with high ceilings, wood floors and great art work on the walls.
I encourage you to contact them (the lovely Meredith or Momma To Be Bethany) if you are at all interested in Pilates. 15 min consultations are free. Right now they are having a New Client Special: 30 min Private session for $10 or a 50 min Private session for $20 – great deals!
If Pilates is not your thing at the moment, check out the Tri-Maine races for the year. Along with perhaps giving you a reason to work-out this spring/summer, these races are always fun events. One might even say they are “epic”.