So…it’s not everyday that I share a pic of me all sweaty and stinky, in weird poses, feeling very vulnerable…but here goes nothing.
Are you familiar with the boutique spa and fitness center on Clifton Blvd called Be Studios? OMG…if you aren’t you should be, it’s a gem of a fitness & wellness destination. The other day I met up with owner and pilates instructor Christina Anderson of Be Studios for her to walk me, step by step through a typical Pilates class series.
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. You have to concentrate on what you’re doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements. This was not easy, but in Pilates the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.
Christina guided me through a basic footwork series, then we worked on legs, abs and lastly arms. To say it was a challenging workout is an understatement! While I had little expectations as to what Pilates was or how hard it would be…it sure did give me a run for my money… and I LOVED it!!!
Pilates at Be Studios is offered most days and at a few time slots. The classes are kept small (I believe the max is 6 students) so you receive a lot of teacher/student attention as you glide up and down on your reformer machine. It seriously was a game changer with regards to a strength training experience. I can’t wait to go back.
Pricing for classes runs somewhere between $20 for an individual drop-in class all the way to $300 for a 20 class package. However for a limited time, if you want to swing by and take a lesson, they are currently offering half off to all new iheartcleveland students at $10 a class. Want to go check it out? I promise you won’t regret it. Can we even talk how I was sore for almost 3 days post-workout? The best kind of sore that is, but honestly it was such a nice feeling to feel muscles engaged that might not have been otherwise.
So give it a try…if I can do it you can too. Pilates…it’s sorta amazing!
Be Studios is located on Clifton Blvd at 10400 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44102