We tried a new position in pilates today called the frog. It looked a bit like this:
It was OK. We did quite a few other new ones but I can’t remember the names off hand. It was hard. It’s always hard. It’s brilliant for stomach (and abs) toning is all I can say. And our instructor is very, very good.
Though I can’t get my legs straight, I can hold this positon just about OK now:
A lot of it is about balance. My balance isn’t too bad.
We did a lot of different exercises. She very much puts you through your paces. I’m really into pilates now. Never thought I’d say that.
We do a lot of ‘downward dogs’ and the men, especially, really can’t get their feet flat on the mat. Too hard. We just don’t have the suppleness that women have.
Near the end we do our rolls. I quite like doing rolls. They start fairly easy (with your hands round your knees) but progress to rolling back with your legs out (a bit like the second image from the top) and ultimately with your arms out to the side. When I did that I went right over – landing in a heap – much to the chuckles of colleagues!
I then went to the gym (first time in a month!!!) and had a short-ish workout.