It was just three weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – get my butt into gear and give myself a time to stretch, relax and work on strengthening my core.
For the last couple of years, and even more so since injuring my back I’ve been meaning to add a weekly yoga or pilates session to my exercise routine. But week after week it was the first thing to be erased from my diary, I’d give myself excuses or just plainly couldn’t be bothered.
Until I wrote message to Mark the owner of Mach 1 Fitness here in Darwin, he managed to squeeze me in that afternoon for a semi-private reformer pilates session. I was sold after that first session. He said with weekly pilates I would be able to extend my CrossFit training by a few years, improve my posture, my core strength and flexibilty.
There are several benefits of pilates including:
- Relief from backpain
- Improved posture
- Increased joint mobility and flexibilty
- Improved muscle tone
- Great core strength and contol
What I’ve learnt so far:
Since then, I’ve had a semi-private session each week for the past three weeks. I’ve learnt techniques to stretch my hamstrings and glutes, work on exercises to bring my shoulders back (they roll forward) as well as working to improve my core strength and flexibilty.
I really don’t know if it’s a mind thing or I have made that much improvement quickly, but already in my CrossFit training I feel like my toes to bar and wall balls have improved!
Each class is different, for the first couple of weeks I spent a lot of time on the reformer bed (bed that has spring loaded pulleys and straps to add resistance for strength and and flexibility), last week I used the other equipment, in particular a trapeze table and a foam roller includes foam rollers, towels, thera bands and more.
Do you focus on stretching and mobility? Have you tried pilates before? Do you prefer yoga?