The studio isn’t that large so once the five of us attending the class spread out our mats there was barely any room for the instructor! However, I found this comforting because I appreciate small class sizes for something as intricate and form-dependent as Pilates.
Our instructor, Jen, didn’t even lay out a mat for herself. Instead she instructed us to get a mat, a foam roller, and a Pilates ring.
Jen demonstrated some moves but mainly just talked us through them, reminding us of what muscles we should feel working, what we should be tightening, and doing adjustments where necessary. She also gave plenty of alternative moves in case a class member was struggling with something in particular.
I’ve taken quite a few Pilates classes. In fact, when I was training for my first half marathon back in 2009 I did Pilates twice a week. But, like I told Jen on Thursday night, she was the best instructor I’ve ever had. Seriously.
Maybe it was the small class size, maybe it was her instructions, maybe it was the fact that we did a lot of moves that I had never done before. Whatever it was, I really enjoyed the class and am looking forward to taking another one.
The only aspect I didn’t like is that because of the loft-style layout of the studio you can hear everything going on in the waiting room/reception area. And this made it difficult for me to concentrate on my muscles at certain points. But, my right shoulder which was bothering me on Thursday at work is no longer painful so I think the class was definitely worth it!
So, if you’ve never tried Pilates before, I highly recommend a small group mat class with Jen at Posture Perfect Pilates!