I have never been one for workout DVDs, and I really hate running. I do like working out, but I like classes with other people in them. Part of that is the guilt factor – if I pay for it each time, I have to go. A schedule helps too. But moving every year or two means finding a new gym or studio, and that can take time. Or be impossible, depending on where you are posted. And you may speak Portuguese or Italian or Czech, but I’ll bet you don’t know how to say all those technical body part stretch words you need for a class in the local language. I say all this knowing that if I would just suck it up and run, all of my issues would be solved. I know people. I KNOW.
My workout of choice for the past couple of years has been Pilates. Super easy to find in the DC area, and I managed to find a couple places in Mexico City that I was happy with. Brazil loves Pilates too, but I have yet to find a studio I like. Private sessions are the most common class in Rio, and they are just as prohibitively expense here as in the U.S. The group Pilates studio I found was really a circuit training class with little to no emphasis on or use of actual Pilates techniques. Which was fine. My gluts looked great. But I missed the feeling of length and poise, balanced with tone and strength, that I would get from a real Pilates class.
Enter PilatesAnytime. I’m not sure how I found it – maybe a Facebook ad. It is an online archive of over 1,000 classes, and they keep adding more every week. I was skeptical at first, re:my point about not liking workout DVDs. But with all my travels towards the end of the year, I wasn’t going to be able to attend studio classes regularly anyway, so I figured why not. This travels with me.
The first week I started, I was hooked. It was so, so, so nice to be doing real Pilates again. In English. English!!! The teachers talk as if they’re just teaching a regular class, so it felt like I was right there in a studio room. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the site to someone with no prior Pilates experience, but the beginner classes are very thorough. I just think you’d miss a bit not having done at least a few classes with an in-person instructor. For me it’s great, because I know the terminology and correct positions, I just need to be reminded to use them.
I’ve been doing the video classes for three months now and I love it. Plus, it is super cheap, and I can take as many classes as I like. I find myself working out more because it is so easy. Now I just have to convince myself that running really is fun. Sigh.
After the fact: I wrote this blog post ages ago and am just now publishing it. Since then, I have actually started running! Gasp! Shocking, I know. It is staying light until after 8pm now, and going for a beach walk every night after work seemed like such a good idea. Then it turned into jogging, and now we’re working up to running. I feel like such a fraud. Haha. But the Pilates website is also still awesome. :) Also awesome? The FitBit I got for Christmas. Those things are really quite motivating!