Once in the room, it's rather nice: it was such a beautiful day that the regulars skipped out to enjoy the sunshine in the park and or hang out on café terraces. That's just fine by me: fewer people to witness my awkward first attempts.
“So, has everyone already done regular Pilates or Pilates ball?” asks Kevin, our teacher. Erm, no... I turned to my neighbour who looked like she knew what she was doing and asked, “What do we do here exactly?”
“You'll soon learn all the secrets: centring, breath, concentration, control, precision, flow."
“Focus on your posture: keep your core engaged, don't arch your back and concentrate on your whole body and your movements to make the exercises more effective.”
As I did so, I started to “feel” the exercises, to notice the muscles that were working... In short to know what was going to hurt tomorrow.
All in all, as a complete beginner, I could really feel the first exercises in my abs and forearms. And then, with my feet in the straps 30 cm from the floor, the different exercises—and especially the side planks—were really a lot of fun. That's what's most important to me: sport for sport's sake is fine, but it's not enough to keep me motivated. If I'm not having a good time, I won't come back. But this—this is all right!
Want to know more? Try it for yourself. Depending on where you go, it'll cost about €5 to €10 a session.