Pilates



  • The new lady in my life is a Zumba/Pilates instructor. Anyway in a bit of downtime between binge watching Banshee over the Xmas break we had a chat.....
    'So, have you heard how good Pilates is for all over body conditioning?'
    'Yeah baby, I'd be awesome, I do weights as you know and can no doubt tell from my chest and arms and I'm pretty fit, did you know I can deadlift 230kg?'
    'Well let's run you through a few different movements then shall we?'
    'Cool, sounds good, I'll be great. I didn't hear you gasp in awe, just checking you heard the bit about my deadlift?'
    Hands on hips and a look of total contempt.....
    So we pop into the studio at the back of her house, dunno if any of you blokes have done Pilates but I'll do my best to explain. Warm ups were pretty straightforward, stretching while lying on my back, arm circles, leg circles.......
    Then the pain begun.
    What the evil woman ruthlessly exposed was my lack of lower body flexibility ( well it's ok...but there's room for improvement ) doing the moves in a slow controlled fashion had me shaking more than Michael J Fox and sweating more than Rey from Star Wars. Even in exercises where I thought I'd do well I got my fucken arse kicked, I watched as she did them smoothly and gracefully and I struggled and shook as my core ( which is integral in helping me deadlift 230kg ) gave out during the niggly exercises.....
    'We'll finish with some push ups'
    Aw thank fuck, I'm great at those......
    Turns out the push ups were elbows right by the side, slooooooooooooow descent and slooooooooooooow ascent.......
    Fuck me.....
    And I was so fucked by the end that the plank I had to do ( again usually one of my strengths ) was shaky and rather pathetic......
    She said I did pretty well for a beginner and shit, doing something completely different and foreign had me feeling strangely euphoric. Best part of it is that I get it all free and one on one !!!!
    Moral of the story? It's great to leave your ego at the door and try new shit. Will incorporate a session a week and keep you all up to date with my progress ( ie how much further I can stretch than last time )



  • Your new husband will be so proud of you!



  • He'll definitely love my new found flexibility and mobility



  • I think it is great that sort of thing. If they had better session time at my Gym, I would also go along.



  • Take my word for it, it destroys you....in a good way



  • The Pilates??
     
     
     
    :i_am_so_happy:



  • She has many talents....



  • I did pilates for 10 years up until work got in the way two years ago.
     
    the gym sessions are usually just mat work and I prefer the equipment options, but it is great for flexibility, balance and core strength. Really helped with gym sessions as had a much greater awareness of technique and how fucking hard it is to do something slowly.
     
    then place I went to was really focussed on remedial work and had a lot of elite sports people through (and me).
     
    Guys like Terenzo Bozzone, Troy Flavell swear by it. Even saw Billy Bowden in there



  • Have done a wee bit over the years and yep much harder than it looks.
    Wife goes 2 to 3 times a week and can confirm she has exceptional mobility and flexibility.



  • I did pilates for 10 years up until work got in the way two years ago.
     
    the gym sessions are usually just mat work and I prefer the equipment options, but it is great for flexibility, balance and core strength. Really helped with gym sessions as had a much greater awareness of technique and how fucking hard it is to do something slowly.
     
    then place I went to was really focussed on remedial work and had a lot of elite sports people through (and me).
     
    Guys like Terenzo Bozzone, Troy Flavell swear by it. Even saw Billy Bowden in there

    Slow and controlled, that's pretty much the key right there. Next session will be over the weekend sometime, I'm nervous already.



  • Did a bit when I fooked my back a few years ago - I should do more, especially as my flexibility sucks. Problem is, most of the gym times for the classes suck even more.



  • I been using my box-jump box as a base for some stretching, by fuck one side is way tighter than the other, particularly my right hip flexor, glute area.



  • Did a bit when I fooked my back a few years ago - I should do more, especially as my flexibility sucks. Problem is, most of the gym times for the classes suck even more.

    Yep, my flexibility was a bit of a wake up call. The onus is on me to make sure I pester her for at least one full on hard out session a week if she's not too tired from all her other stuff.
    We'll hopefully get some Pilates in too.



  • Hard core.



  • Pilates is great. Fixed my wife's lower back problems, great for the core and flexibility.
    Been using it for some recovery work the past month, has helped a lot.
    Waaaay harder than it looks.



  • Second session done. I think I did better. Not as sore either.



  • 2nd session since the OP or 2nd session this week?
     
    Wouldnt have thought 2 sessions in 2 weeks would make any difference unless you didnt push as hard 2nd time round?



  • 2nd session since the OP or 2nd session this week?
    Wouldnt have thought 2 sessions in 2 weeks would make any difference unless you didnt push as hard 2nd time round?2nd overall. Will try and do at least one a week with her....
    Dude I'm an elite athlete, I'm gonna improve at a much faster rate than the likes of you would 😎😎😎😎



  • In wrist strength, at least.



  • In wrist strength, at least.

    Have you not been reading the posts? I have help for that now.


  • Banned

    The new lady in my life is a Zumba/Pilates instructor.
    )

    You lucky prick.



  • You lucky prick.

    Tinder is a wonderful thing. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Helps when they look like their pictures too.



  • Tinder is a wonderful thing. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Helps when they look like their pictures too.

    not for them....



  • Better half is on holiday overseas so I've tried in vain to do some Pilates on my own thanks to Google but unlike doing weights my motivation and discipline when alone is next to zero, definitely a better idea to wait until she gets back and do it then under her expert tutelage. Hopefully any "gains" I have made in my core and flexibility haven't vanished already.



  • I'll start off with an inspirational quote from Simon Danielli, Scottish Winger who played in the 03 and 11 World Cups.
     
    "I’m dreadful at Pilates. I’ve signed up for a course because it’s supposed to help with core strength and I find it really hard. I’m in a class with people who are mostly over 50, but all of them are better than me at most exercises. I’ve left my competitive side on the rugby pitch, though"Read more at http://www.rugbyworld.com/countries/scotland/journey-through-rugby-simon-danielli-22425#KICQdooeLvT15JT0.99
     
    Now you pricks will probably point out that he wasn't even first choice for Scotland most of his career, ( those of you who've even heard of him ) but fact is he was still an elite athlete so to hear him say that is pretty encouraging for someone who is still poor to put it mildly...picturing his two late tries to snatch a win against the might of Romania still brings tears to my eyes to this day.
     
    Mrs MN5 wants me to come to her classes but I have issues with not being awesome so don't want people to stare at me so instead I'm embarking on a daily stretch routine ( bout 15 minutes each morning ) to work the hip flexors, glutes and other such shit. As an aside how many of you blokes can touch your toes ? I can't but I'm getting closer......once that improves I'll be there with bells on.



  • am pretty sure John Timu (or was another established AB around the time) did some ballet classes, that he said helped for conditioning and strength during his career....I guess the biggest thing for macho men like us is to get past the feminine stigma attached to stuff like that, but I expect professional sports teams incorporate aspects of Pilates, Yoga etc in their programmes nowadays.



  • am pretty sure John Timu (or was another established AB around the time) did some ballet classes, that he said helped for conditioning and strength during his career....I guess the biggest thing for macho men like us is to get past the feminine stigma attached to stuff like that, but I expect professional sports teams incorporate aspects of Pilates, Yoga etc in their programmes nowadays.

    Mrs MN5 is an ex gymnast and has done shit like that for years and years. I don't mind going to the Pilates classes it's just the fact I am still shit which is putting me off, I'll wait til I get more competent and then go in all guns blazing.



  • Mrs JK is the same actually, ex gymnast / dancer / cheerleader and super strong core. Has abs pretty much year round, eats crap and doesnt do much more than the odd pilates session, a 5 to 10km run once a week and the occasional outdoor high intensity session with me



  • Mrs JK is the same actually, ex gymnast / dancer / cheerleader and super strong core. Has abs pretty much year round, eats crap and doesnt do much more than the odd pilates session, a 5 to 10km run once a week and the occasional outdoor high intensity session with me

    That's all well and good but you should probably exercise together every now and again too.....


  • Banned

    Mrs MN5 is an ex gymnast and has done shit like that for years and years. I don't mind going to the Pilates classes it's just the fact I am still shit which is putting me off, I'll wait til I get more competent and then go in all guns blazing.

    Are you married already? That was quick.
    JK: Lucky prick.



  • Are you married already? That was quick.
    JK: Lucky prick.

    Is easier for him to type that than 'one-day-I-hope-she-will-be-Mrs-MN5 is an ex-Gymnast...'



  • Is easier for him to type that than 'one-day-I-hope-she-will-be-Mrs-MN5 is an ex-Gymnast...'

    Married again ? is that some kind of joke ?



  • Been doing the stretching every morning, I think it's working ie I think I'm able to stretch a tiny bit more than last time.
     
    Like anything I'm sure it'll help with the other training. Over the weekend after the better half suckered me into helping move a whole lot of equipment I curled a 30kg dumbbell I saw at the gym a few times and a former pro bodybuilder told me I was strong.
     
    I'm fairly certain he wasn't taking the piss either.



  • Keep up with that stretching bro, makes a huge difference to all sorts of lifts, and just moving around in general. Mobility first and the strength will follow.



  • Keep up with that stretching bro, makes a huge difference to all sorts of lifts, and just moving around in general. Mobility first and the strength will follow.

    Quite correct brudda, strength is already good but as I'm in my ( ahem ) late 30s it's easy to see how the body seizes up if ya not careful. Pretty cool doing something I've never really focused on much in the past though.



  • Been doing the stretching every morning, I think it's working ie I think I'm able to stretch a tiny bit more than last time.
     
    Like anything I'm sure it'll help with the other training. Over the weekend after the better half suckered me into helping move a whole lot of equipment I curled a 30kg dumbbell I saw at the gym a few times and a former pro bodybuilder told me I was strong.
     
    I'm fairly certain he wasn't taking the piss either.

    He was hitting on you bro!



  • He was hitting on you bro!

    I wish. I don't live in Sydney anymore.


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