I’m Going to Try…Pilates?

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by The Culture Trip, a website that dedicates itself to providing the best recommendations on art, food, travel, and more for big cities around the globe. Sam, would you like to be a writer for us? SAY WHAT? No brainer, absolutely yes! Upon completing my first piece last week, I decided to branch out from a listicle for my second and do a feature piece on a fitness studio in San Francisco, California. And now, here I am, mere hours away from trying out my first ever Pilates class, which is strange to say given that I had thought myself one that had tried anything and everything related to fitness.

That being said, I decided to do some research and maybe I’m a little late on the uptake, but holy moly, Batman, do Pilates have some insane benefits, especially for the core. Not only that, but Pilates is coming into my life at kind of a perfect time as it also connects the mind to the physical. This past month, I have been working alongside a truly inspirational entrepreneur. She follows Buddhism, and has been teaching me about the various practices and the philosophies behind this beautiful faith system. Most of the exercises are low impact, and focus on spinal and pelvic alignment as well as breathing.

And I can’t complain about that. I’ve had spinal surgery, so anything to help my spine, I’m all for. I appreciate that from what I’ve read, Pilates seems to focus much more on technique than purely the number of repetitions of an exercise someone can achieve. So it will be a different kind of challenge for me.

My initial research was pure curiosity – who even invented Pilates? A man named Joseph Hubertus Pilates, evidently. The exercise we know as pilates actually stemmed from “contrology,” using the mind to control our muscles, and bam, throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the modern day pilates was formed. A focus on reconnecting the body and conscious mind with the spirit. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Either way, I am looking forward to trying something new. I am always up for a new challenge, even if I might make a fool out of myself doing it. At the risk of sounding like a total cheeseball right now, all I want to do is end this article with, breathe and achieve.

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