I recently had an invigorating post-pregnancy wake up call at ABC Pilates for my muscles. They had been sleeping for um, the past year, and Amy Cady, owner and instructor extraordinaire, poured them one strong pot of coffee. Figuratively of course! WOW. I felt muscles I forgot I had! And although it made walking slightly painful the next day, I have to say it felt really good! It had been one long year.
If you are a first-timer to Pilates or an old (and by old I mean “experienced”) pro, ABC Pilates has something for everyone. Located conveniently right off the 5 freeway in Laguna Niguel, this serene, zen-like studio is the type of place you walk in and feel like you can exhale and leave your crazy day at the door. I forgot what it was like to take one whole hour to focus on myself. That in itself is priceless.
Specializing in pre and post natal fitness, they are accustomed to working with woman in all stages of pregnancy and postpartum. Amy, a mommy of two herself, has worked for the past 4 years to develop a series of exercises specifically designed for the pre and post-natal woman.
She wanted to know about my pregnancy and delivery and was incredibly knowledgeable. One thing I learned: when we carry those precious little babies in our belly, it causes the muscles to completely split in our abdomen, called “diastisis recti,” or separation of the abdominis muscle. When she pointed this out, I could actually see the divide in my tummy. They are there to help bridge the divide and bring those muscles back together, one exercise at a time.
During our workout she had great ways to explain how to properly do the exercise in a way I could visualize. She also had great tips on things to do at home and important tips on posture. I had been walking around with that post pregnancy slump. You know the one? Shoulders hunched, hips sort of swayed forward, and the belly hanging out in a “not so pretty” sort of way. Since working out with her, she has made me think about my posture every day since.
We did some floor exercises and then moved on to the “exo chair” with me. It was pretty amazing. It combines upper and lower body exercises. Talk about “feeling the burn!” That little chair was one powerful piece of equipment!
They offer a great schedule of private and group classes. If you are in any stage of pregnancy or beyond, or just looking for a great way to get in shape, I can’t more highly recommend ABC Pilates!
Special Tiny Oranges Offers!
* Mention Tiny Oranges and receive 3 private sessions for only $125 (normally $210!)
* Sign up for a privates package or 5-or-10-class group packages and get 10% off the package price
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Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me: Where did Amy get her certified training? Hint: CLICK HERE to find out! 10 lucky winners will receive a FREE private session with one of their fabulous instructors. I learned so much from doing a one-on-one workout, I guarantee you will too!
You can email all week, just have them in by next Friday, 11/20/09 at 3pm PST.
Happy Friday everyone! Have a fabulous weekend!