Today I want to share about my newest fitness felicity: pilates!
Living and working near this Classical Pilates studio called Evolve, I have been able to attend classes regularly for the past 6 weeks and to begin taking semi-privates with my husband as well.
We both love it! There are classes that use the pilates reformers (machines shown in first photo above) and classes that use the mats (photo immediately above). Additionally, there is even more equipment that fills the studio for pilates training (see below)!
Pilates is a great exercise for dancers, as it especially strengthens your core muscles. Part of why I love it so much is because it helps me both stretch and strengthen in a low-impact manner. I don’t know about you, but high-impact workouts can be stressful to both mind and body! This exercise, however, is wonderful refreshing and renewing. I wish I had tried this many years ago!
It’s also wonderful for people with injuries and I believe can help with back problems (that is what my professional dancer husband says, anyway!)
The staff at Evolve are wonderful and very knowledgable with their technique as well, which makes me feel like every time I go I am getting a truly valuable workout.
The next thing my hubby and I plan to start incorporating into our fitness routine is the gyrotonics (picture of the gyrotonic machine below). This appears to also be a great exercise for core training and we feel it could really help us as dancers as well. Hopefully we will be able to start that in the near future!
I’d love to hear your stores with pilates or gyrotonics if you have any to share! If you live in the Silicon Valley area of the San Francisco Bay, definitely check out Evolve Pilates. It’s a wonderful studio…and I truly am loving it so much that I am finding pilates to be an exercise I could do every day!