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Completing a Pilates Hundred Challenge

Ever wondered how it feels to complete your “Pilates Hundred Challenge” with us? Pilates Pod client Pete Summerbee explains how it helped him on his journey to fitness:

“Well as my 100th Pilates class of the year has passed, I wanted to reflect on the year I hit 43 and the approach I took to fitness.

I wanted to get fitter in 2015 and started the year with Dry January as well as a target to reach 100 Pilates classes by the end of December. My other target was to lose a stone but that seemed a pipedream, more of that later.

The alcohol bit was really easy, a lot of tonic water, and ever since then my relationship with alcohol has really changed. I still enjoy it but rarely have it – once a week maybe.

Not a lot happened for the first month weightwise and then I tweaked my diet – porridge, honey and chia seeds for brekkie and homemade veg soup for lunch, cut out the sugar and a lot of junk. (Still have junk food Friday nights though!) With this combined with the Pilates the weight dropped off and I toned up too. I am also a bad carb freak and won’t touch lots of foodstuffs but I now love brown rice and pasta.

The Pilates classes got easier, even though I don’t know left from right and have no co-ordination some days. The classes and people are great fun and I have never been fitter, lighter or healthier plus I have muscles where I never knew I had muscles. I put it down to a combination of watching food, sugar and drink intake (not dieting), a lot of walking (my tip is get a dog),the Pilates and the great team at the Pod. There is always laughter in the classes, however that might just be my classes!

The other day for some weird reason a group of us (outside of class) had to show whether we could sit down and stand up without using our hands, I was the only one who could. It is easy for me now.

What else has happened? Well I have done a Pilates display in public (which was great fun but scary. There was so much noise going on that none of us could hear our instructor Ellen and it is hard to watch what someone is doing when you are doing a cat stretch and trying to figure out the next exercise) and I’ve also taken part in a photoshoot for the Pod. There should definitely be an out-take section on the website, that’s for sure.

Overall I am loving Pilates and feeling really fit. Going to try to fit in more yoga as well as cycling in 2016.

Oh yeah and about that weight loss – 2 stone 7lbs at the last count!

So how is 2016 going? Well I hit the big 44 and by the time you read this post I’ll be on my 56th class of the year, working towards my second Hundred Challenge, what a great idea where did that come from?! I’ve completed another Dry January and I am healthier than I have ever been and I put this down to the Pilates. I now do a range of different classes and levels as well as really getting into my yoga. I’ve found having less alcohol is easy and I’d advise you to go for quality over quantity once or twice a week

I’m still enjoying the Pod, the journey, I’ve even been to my first baby shower and guessed the size of the bump. I’ve never felt healthier, loving life and 99.99% sure that will be training to be a Pilates teacher in September.”

Thanks Pete for sharing your experience.

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You’re doing great, now – keep it going

So, we’re just over three weeks into January, and the excesses of Christmas and the New Year are but a dim and distant memory as we plough head-long into 2015. Here at The Pilates Pod, January is always a very busy month, with lots of new people using the new year as inspiration to try something new and make changes to their lifestyle. We also always look forward to welcoming back our regular clients, many of whom take a well earned rest over the festive season.

When Michelle and I first came up with the idea of opening a studio, we spent quite a long time thinking about how it should feel to come to the Pod. Obviously, we wanted people to feel that they had enjoyed a thorough, and rewarding Pilates workout. But more than that, it was important to us that the experience of becoming a client of The Pilates Pod was an enjoyable and rewarding one in itself.

I’ve never been a ‘gym-bunny’ kind of person. I’ve been a member of a gym on a couple of occasions, gone hell-for-leather for a few weeks before missing a session then bit by bit losing motivation. Personally, I always found the gym to be a rather intimidating experience and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. So when we set about creating the Pod, we had it at the front of our minds that we wanted the Pod to be a warm, welcoming and fun place where people who maybe weren’t into the gym, would feel more at home and hopefully more motivated to establish a regular exercise routine.

So far this year, we’ve been delighted to see so many of our classes being so well attended. Just taking a look down the schedule, we’re regularly seeing 7 or 8 people in a class (8’s our maximum don’t forget!), and our Intro Courses in January have been filling up to. It’s a great sign that people are understanding the benefits that Pilates can bring to them, and we also take it as a compliment that we’re getting things right.

The Pilates Pod Matwork Class
A matwork class in full flow at the Pod

But we also know that keeping up with something new can be difficult. Life can get in the way, coughs and colds are only too common in January and February and sometimes by missing a session here or there, it’s easy to fall out of the habit. Apparently it takes 21 days to form a routine that sticks, so it’s really important to KEEP GOING. Because once you’ve formed a regular habit of coming to classes or 1:1s, you’ll really start to feel the benefit on and off of the mat. You’ll meet new, friendly people, learn some new techniques and start to feel like a stronger, leaner and taller version of yourself with every session.

Don’t let yourself get bored either – mix things up with a different class or time, maybe try a twin reformer class or an equipment class for a bit of variety – it’s the spice of life y’know.

Anyway. Well done you. You really are doing great – now, keep it going. And if you haven’t started yet, there’s no time like the present.

Cheers. Ed x

Ed Smith is the quiet director at The Pilates Pod
You can follow him on twitter @ed_p0d