I’m sad to say that yesterday was my last day of the trial at Equinox and I haven’t felt this sore in a long time!
Initially I had the intention of getting up early and running before I attended Ali Baldassare’s Hard Core Cuts class and then Barre Burn. After talking with Kristina, I realized it might be better to run after strength versus before. In yesterday’s case, I decided to skip the running all together. I wasn’t too sore immediately after Spring Breakthru on Tuesday, but let me tell you..my butt and thighs were dying! Running probably wasn’t the best idea.
Since my schedule changed anyways, instead of heading to Barre Burn I decided to go to Ali’s Cardio Pilates class that was earlier. The class alternated cardio and strength sequences. The cardio portion was always the same with the option to modify to make more difficult or easier depending on how your body felt. Throughout the class, Ali always was encouraging you to try the more difficult move if we were feeling up to it, even if it wasn’t for the entire time. Unlike the cardio section, each strength session had a different focus, arms, legs, core, etc. We didn’t use a lot of equipment-just a set of light weights and the Pilates circle-but Ali made you work. I was proud of all the progress I made with my push ups through the Pure Barre challenge. The push ups were still really difficult, but I could do more full push ups vs. on my knees than I could ever do!
I really liked Cardio Pilates because it was pretty much non-stop movement and I could feel the burn. There was a time we were working on our hips that was so tough for me and I kept thinking, “I am stronger than this move.” Unfortunately, I had to rest a few times because my hips weren’t feeling pain in a good way. I hate getting these reminders that my hips had an overuse injury. They have been pretty good lately, but as I introduce new workouts they can get irritated at times. These reminders, though frustrating, inspire me to go to these types of classes even more so that I can work my hips. I am excited for the day that I can say, “I used to have to stop during this move because my hips hurt so much but now they are SO strong that I don’t need to!”
After Cardio Pilates was finished, I stayed for Ali’s Hard Core Cuts class, an intense 15 minute class focusing on your core. I have such a hard time consistently doing core work so it is nice that they offer this class and right after and before a class that I would go to if I were a member. The class didn’t disappoint and I was so tempted to stay for her Barre Burn class that was immediately after but my body might hate me if I did. I am dying to try Barre Burn, so I’ll have to find a way to do that sometime!
If I did attend Ali’s Barre Burn, I would have completed a Ali Baldassare Challenge…similar to a Tori, JJPilates Assistant Extraordinaire, who completed a JPPilates challenge of THREE Jennifer Phelan classes in a day! Tori was at Ali’s classes with me. I didn’t know why she looked so familiar until we were tweeting yesterday and she told me she was Jennifer’s assistant! Tori seems like my kind of gal! She is intense, a runner, loves Pilates AND is a mechanical engineer as well. Fate put us in Ali’s class that morning! Though I probably shouldn’t be so surprised, because as you get more involved in the fitness community it becomes a smaller world!