I sponaneously decided to take a Reformer class at C2 Pilates with Tyra at 10:30am. Signing up over the phone was a breeze. There was a class going on as I arrived at the studio. As is typical for me I was early because I always want to make sure I find parking and I don't have to rush to class or be late.
The studio is equipped with Stott Pilates equipment, which I haven't had much experience with. The springs felt a bit heavier than the Balanced Body springs I'm used to. These reformers had five springs, 3 red, 1 blue which is a half spring, and one white which is a quarter spring.
Class started with a mat warm up which of course made my abs burn quite a bit.
I took my second reformer class at this fairly new Pilates studio in Dedham, MA with Tricia. We started with a Tower warm up (Roll Down), which was a nice and gentle way to get started.
The springs didn't feel as heavy anymore the second time I worked on them. Funny how that goes. It's all about expectation, isn't it.
I learned one new exercise, which I really loved. It's a closed chain hip extension exercise on the Reformer. I'm always on the lookout for good glute strengthening tricks, and this one is a keeper.
You're on hands an knees facing away from the foot bar. Place your hands on the back edge of the carriage, just outside the shoulder blocks. Place the ball of one of your feet against the footbar.
EXHALE, and press the leg to straight, using your glute. INHALE, bend the knee to come back in.
You can do this exercise parallel, like I show in the picture above, or turned out, like here. It's a bit hard to see, but my heel is facing inward towards the camera, and my knee is slightly opened to the side when it bends.
I had secretely hoped to do Mermaid, and my wish came true, when Tricia ended the class with my all time favorite exercise.
I tend to schedule my personal workouts around the weather. I definitely prefer being outside. So I signed up for the Saturday 10:30am Reformer class via the Unapp App about an hour before the class.
Unfortunately, once I got there Tyra had to break the bad news for me that the class got canceled. She only had one person signed up when she decided to cancel the class. It must have happened exactly at the same time that I signed up. Bummer. She felt really bad about it, and I really felt like moving my body, but alas I had to go home. I decided to go for a run instead. Felt good, but it's not the same thing.
Being a studio owner myself, I understand that running classes with a minimum attendance is not sustainable.
But from the student's perspective it's frustrating because we organize our life around the studio's schedule.
I asked if they allowed independent practice. I clarified that I was an instructor myself, I would understand that they don't let just a regular student practice by themselves, but got a negative answer.
I don't blame anyone in this scenario. It was probably really a glitch in the software, or really bad timing, but it made me realize how important it is to change the way we do Pilates, so that we can practice when our schedules allow. I will introduce the Pilates By design system soon. Sign up here to be among the first ones to get a template for making Pilates more accessible for more people.