One Pilate’s Yoga

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to try out a new to me studio (and exercise!). ¬†You all know how happy new fitness routines make this girl ūüôā

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Yesterday I visited ONE PILATES Denver yoga studio. ¬† The studio is in a very industrial little section of Cherry Creek, but don’t let the area fool you. ¬†The studio itself was beautiful with afternoon sun and multiple rooms with different equipment for a variety of classes.

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For my class yesterday, I choose a Pilates Barr class. ¬†Not only had I never taken a pilates class, I’d also never taken a barr class. . . but I figured when in Rome, right?

Thanks to getting off work a little early, I made it to the studio about 20 minutes before the class was set to begin — which meant I had the studio all to myself to stretch and relax. ¬† Unfortunately I forgot my mat at home, but the sweet workers at the studio graciously let me use one of their mats for no charge. ¬†{It’s the little things, right?}

Within a few minutes a nice woman walked in the room and we chatted away until all of a sudden it was 530.  She was from Michigan and so of course we bonded over silly Michigan things like:

  • the hand map
  • the U.P
  • Michigan State/ND

We got lucky yesterday and were actually the only two in the class. ¬†Talk about private lesson! ¬†Right away the instructor handed us all of our equipment, which for today’s class was:

  • hand weights
  • one ankle weight
  • an orange medium ball

We started the Barr class with a 10-ish minute warm up. ¬†This included a lot of body weight exercises with the orange ball as resistance. ¬†What surprised me from the start was that many of the moves we were doing in the class were the same that I’ve done in Yoga, just in “sets.” ¬†So for example, we started a warm up with side bends (this half moon), but instead of doing a hold in the position, we moved in and out of the position, followed by a quick pulse.

Many of the moves were like that:  6-10 reps of a move, followed by a pulsing set.

Once we were nice and warmed up, we moved into the nitty gritty. ¬†Starting with lunges and upper body work. ¬† One of my favorite element of the class was the dynamic nature of the moves. ¬†We’d do lunges, while at the same time doing moves like hammer curls or tricep curls with our upper body. ¬†Two for one, I love it.

We finally hit the bar with about 12-15 minutes left in class, which was probably the biggest bummer for me.  Because it was called a Barr class, I assumed that we would have more time at the barr. Either way, the time we spent at the bar was tough and probably my favorite section of the class.  I have a {very minimal} background in ballet, so it was fun to integrate a bit of dancing into the pilates routine.  Made me feel very graceful, even though I may not have looked at it.

Before I knew it, we were done with class after minimal stretching.  I will say, the class flew by!

Overall

I absolutely would do another pilates class at One Pilates, especially if I were able to try one of their other class options (they have quite a few). ¬†My only complaint was after sitting in a training all day, I was craving a sweat fest . . . which is likely my own fault. ¬†I found myself a little anxious to push it a little harder, and that just wasn’t the point of this class. ¬†With that said, a quick 2 miler when I got home definitely got that out of my system, and there’s no doubt the class left me a bit sore.

I can see how doing a regular pilates practice would lengthen and lean out your body in a beautiful way — which in itself is enough to keep me interested.

I REALLY appreciate the opportunity to try out a free class at One Pilates, and would absolutely recommend it to any locals or people visiting the Denver area who enjoy a good pilates-focused work out!

Disclaimer:  I was comped my class fee to try out One Pilates, but all opinions are my own.

Routine

Good Morning — And Happy Sun Shining Thursday everyone ūüôā

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Gusman and I started our morning like we have been for the past few weeks.  A nice hilly walk through the highlands neighborhood enjoying the sunshine.

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Well, I enjoyed the sunshine while Gus enjoyed the millions of fun smells ALL AROUND.  {anyone elses dog feel the need to stop and smell EVERY.SINGLE.THING on EVERY.SINGLE.STEP of EVERY.WALK?}

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Today’s was a simple 2+ mile walk, but by the time I got back home and to our four flights of stairs, my legs were done. ¬†I think the pilates + short run yesterday was just enough to make me appreciate my rest day.

Last Night

I was extremely thankful for a {very} understanding husband yesterday.  He was fully willing to cook a great dinner while I did my pilates AND even snuck out for another 20  minutes for a quick run.

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Unfortunately — I was still fairly full from my veggie PACKED lunch, so I was only able to eat half of one quesadilla

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But MAN they were delicious. ¬†I’m almost tempted to ask him to make them again tonight ūüėČ

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Perfect grill marks on those tortillas, am I right?

I ended the evening with a raspberry bar from Cheryl’s but ¬†once again my dessert escaped the camera. ¬†I promise you I will get better about this, but I think I just get too excited about the goodies that the camera just escapes my mind. . . the power of sweets.

Tonight

At this point Zach and I, blissfully, have no plans for the evening. ¬†It’s my late day at work so I won’t be home until closer to 7, but the idea of relaxing and taking it easy sounds pretty darn appealing right about now.

Question of the Morning:  Have you made any  new routines lately?  What are you loving about your routine lately?

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