One of the many deals I purchased was for C2Pilates in South Boston. I was able to convince my friend Kim to join me because she lives so close to the gym that it would be almost wrong for her to say no!
Kim and I go way back. We actually went to pre-school together and grew up together. I am pretty sure we have videos of us at birthday parties and we say “I love you” to each other! We ended up not staying close enough to say “I love you” every time we said bye but we were always acquaintances. At our 5 year high school reunion I kind of invited myself over her family’s house in the Cape! I said, “Are you running the Hyannis Half marathon?! Can I stay at your place?!” Then she joined my running club and I’ve been running with her (when I’m not injured) ever since! Once again fitness brings some friends together!
The instructor Kim and I had last night was Carolyn Stuart, the co-owner of C2Pilates. When I told Carolyn it was my first class she had asked it I had any injuries to worry about and she went over how the proper form is to do some of the moves before the class started. The best thing about Carolyn was her enthusiasm when I asked if it was okay if I got a picture with her! She asked if we wanted to do a couple different poses and was really having fun with it. Please notice that I have a NEW shirt on! I got it Sunday at T.J.Maxx for $14.99! I mentioned I needed some new gym clothes and found it for cheap so couldn’t pass it up.
and are kind of similar but C2Pilates seemed a little different than the others. The reason might be that Carolyn is trained in Stott Pilates while Pure Barre and Exhale both have their own separate method. I wasn’t sure what Stott was defined as but I found some information on what the difference is between some other Pilates techniques on the Stott Pilates FAQ :
STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.
The warm up wasn’t the marching in place warm up. I actually can’t remember what the warm up was-I think we started the moves but more slowly to build up heat in our muscles. So it still was an active warm up. Within the first couple of minutes, Carolyn was referencing ballet positions. I always knew barre had some ballet incorporated in it but Carolyn was the first instructor to actually use some of the formal ballet position names. I felt all fancy learning the names of what position I was in (even though I already forgot them!).
You hear less, “Tuck those hips!” Even though you still had to tuck them at points, it wasn’t as much as at Exhale or Pure Barre. There weren’t as many planks or c-curve core work on the floor but I still worked my core and arms with a resistance band at the bar. I really enjoyed doing the 100 with the resistance band because it made it interesting! And I most definitely still felt the burn!
Keep in mind that you also have to engage your core throughout the entire workout. If we didn’t use engage our core muscles to stabilize our bodies, we would fall over during some of the moves that you moved quickly back and forth from one leg to two like you were dancing. I enjoyed this because even though my yoga has increased my ability to balance, I saw my lack of stability when I added some more movement. There’s always more room for improvement!
As far as equipment, you use two different sized exercise balls, a resistance band and a mat (all provided there). C2Pilates doesn’t require socks which is kind of nice because sometimes it’s nice to workout barefoot! You clean your mat after the workout and it’s all ready for the next group.
This class actually felt like it was geared towards a runner more so than your yogi or Pilates guru. Don’ t think that you need to be graceful or delicate to go to these classes-these are perfect for cross training and injury prevention for an athlete! C2Pilates actually has a flier that says why Pilates classes are good for runners!
I have 7 more classes to use up at C2Pilates and I’m looking forward to learning more about their technique, taking fun pictures with Carolyn, and strengthening my body for my running comeback!
Now that I’ve been to C2Pilates, and you might be wondering if I have a favorite location. Honestly, I think that I like all flavors of barre. It may depend on my mood and what I’m looking for that day. I’m going to try a few other studios too and I will let you know what mood I may be in to go to each studio!
PS. You have to read this Carolyn’s story on some of her past-I found it when I Googled her and I think my jaw dropped!)
Are you in touch with any childhood friends?
I have a few that I’m closer with and some that I just see once in a while because we all live in the area.
Do you like to have multiple studios to go to or are you dedicated to one?
I like to have variety and also some instructors I like teach at multiple studios so it’s nice to visit them at each location!