Old Man Starts Exercising, Writes Blog: Part 11
I just ran up the stairs for the first time in I don't know how long.
Time was when I dreaded the staircases that wind their way up my two-and-one-half-story century home, in downtown St. Catharines.
Whenever I was working on a home-improvement of any consequence, I would always insist that She-Ra be my helper. While I made it seem to be that it was only fair that we share the work, it was really because I hated running up and down the ladder, up and down the stairs to fetch some item or tool that was invariably needed.
Whenever I was in the loft (where my home studio is) or in the cellar, I would carefully manage my trips up and down to minimize my steps.
What the hell is a Pilates?
Do I think that my renewed abilities are the result of 12 weeks of training from Compassionate Body Pilates and Diane Archer? Yes I do.
Do I think you should do it too? Same answer.
The workouts (I was reluctant to call them that earlier, but now have changed my tune) are low impact and high result. I came in with no knowledge of Pilates except that a dancer friend of mine from years ago had a studio in Toronto.
She was always super fit and I understood from the sidelines that strength, conditioning and balance were on offer. It kind of made sense that someone with her physique and abilities would want to work on their “core” (whatever the hell that is).
I, alas came in to Diane’s program unfit, with a train wreck of a physique and limping from an old sports injury.
Today I am still unfit (but way more fit than when I started), I have lost a few pounds (looking in the working mirrors at the Pilates Studio was a big motivator) and I am no longer limping.
Is Pilates for you?
If you are the type to need to know what Pilates is before you sign up, I can tell you.
It’s twice a week.
It’s under $100.
And it’s running up the stairs.
By Dan Willis
Diane Archer, Pilates Instructor from the UK now living back in Canada. Blog of tips, thoughts, home challenges.