It’s been some time since I updated this blog. However, my absence was not due to a lack of activity. In fact, I’ve been busier than ever before, pursuing my goals and staying active. It was only recently that I realised just how grateful I am for the opportunities that I have had.
And that is why I wanted to come back and share some of my experiences with you, including my journey with Pilates sessions in Kew East.
Back in 2019, I was struggling with my weight due to stress eating and joint pain. Weight-bearing exercises were not an option for me, which is why I decided to try Pilates.
I had heard great things about this form of exercise, including its potential to help with weight loss, muscle tone, and flexibility. I discovered that Pilates was originally and specifically created for the military to help with injury recovery, so I figured it was worth giving it a shot.
I found a fantastic studio in around my area with a certified instructor who made me feel comfortable and supported. Although I was nervous about starting something new, the instructor was patient and encouraging, and I soon found myself enjoying the classes.
I was also happy to discover that the other people in the class were supportive and welcoming, which made the experience even better.
During my first few Pilates sessions, I realised that this form of exercise was more than just physical movements. It also helped me connect my mind and body, much like yoga.
I learned how to breathe properly and engage my core muscles, which helped me maintain proper form during the workouts. The instructor also introduced me to various equipment, such as the reformer, which added an extra challenge to the exercises.
As I continued with my Pilates sessions, I began to see improvements in my body. I felt more toned, more flexible, and had more energy throughout the day.
Although I wasn’t seeing any dramatic changes in my weight at first, I could tell that my overall health and fitness were improving. Despite my busy schedule, I made sure to continue attending the sessions.
Of course, there were times when I felt discouraged. There were weeks when I didn’t see any changes or when I struggled to keep up with the other people in my class. However, I reminded myself of why I started this journey in the first place.
I wanted to feel better in my own body, have more energy, and be healthier overall. Pilates also became my escape from the stresses of work life.
Over time, my hard work began to pay off. My muscles became more defined, and I became more flexible, which helped in my daily grind. I also began to see a reduction in my weight, which was a great feeling.
Even my friends started to comment on the positive changes they can see in my body! It took months of hard work and I’m not there yet, but I’m quite optimistic about how things are going.
Then 2020 came and a lot of things changed. When the pandemic hit, I was worried about how I would continue my Pilates practice. Fortunately, the studio in Kew East quickly adapted to the situation and started offering virtual sessions.
Although it wasn’t quite the same as being in a physical class, it was still a great way to stay active and connected with my Pilates community. I got somewhat lucky that there is enough space in my home to create a “mini-studio” for my Pilates sessions.
As restrictions began to ease in 2021, I was excited to return to in-person Pilates sessions in Kew East. Being able to work out in a studio again and connect with my instructor and classmates was a wonderful feeling.
It was great to be surrounded by people working towards a common fitness goal. I was thrilled to show everyone my progress, even during the pandemic. Of course, there were a few pauses here and there, but overall, I am happy and satisfied with what I’ve accomplished.
Reflecting on my Pilates journey, I am grateful for the transformative power of this discipline and will always recommend it to others who want to start on their fitness journey!
For those who want to know more about pilates before you take the first session, you can read this article.