I did take a couple of tai chi classes several years back, reasoning that at least you get to move so maybe that would suit me, but no. My confusion over left and right meant that I was always moving in the opposite direction to everyone else and my uncoordination meant that I struggled to make my legs and arms do what everyone else's were doing. Plus it was SO SLOW. (I learned later that that class got to do fighting with swords after they got more proficient at the moving slow bit, which sounded like fun, but I probably would have ended up skewering myself or someone else. I suspect that a lucky escape was had by all.)
So when Pilates - with its emphasis on core strength, flexibility, and slow, precise movements - was mentioned in the ChiRunning book and on the ChiRunning course as something that could be useful for running, I was intrigued but sceptical of my ability to engage with it. However, because I will do things for running that I wouldn't do under any other circumstances, I decided to give it a try.
Today, then, was my first Pilates class. I had a 1:1 session at the beginning of the month where I was shown some basic postural exercises and told that I had a very weak core and some muscle imbalances. Quelle surprise. Sigh. I signed up for a series of six mat work classes which should be enough time for me to know whether this is for me or not.
|Basic level, but it still froze my brain.|
I can't wait, though, until we get to fight with swords...