*This post is sponsored by Witt Pilates. All opinions are my own.*
My first experience with pilates was a tape my college dance professor recommended. Up until a few weeks ago I had only taken mat pilates classes. So when Witt Pilates reached out to me and offered to let me try out their studio, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve noticed the studio a few times in passing since we moved to the area, but was a bit intimidated to make the plunge and take a class. So this was the perfect introduction to the studio! They offered to let me try out three different classes, so I tried to pick three completely different options to report back to you guys! I will say I had such a lovely experience at the studio, and plan to continue to take classes in the future (I just signed up for re*FORM*ation).
The classes I attended:
If you’re looking for a great introductory class to pilates, this is the one to take! It is required for all new students, and will teach you the basics of pilates & the equipment. It does seem intimidating when you make your way over to the reformer for the first time. But I had no problem picking up all the instructions. My first class was with Patty, the owner of Witt Pilates. I would recommend any new clients to take their first class with Patty. You really get a sense of the studio when you’re in her class. I felt welcome and invited as a new pilates student. Although I was working new muscles I haven’t worked since before having A, Patty is a character and had us all laughing through the pain!
B.O.B. (Buns, Obliques, & Bikes)
When I initially signed up for this class I thought it would be something completely different than what it turned out to be! So needless to say, I GOT MY BUTT KICKED…in a great way of course. Half the class is spent on a RealRyder® bike, and the other in the studio room working those abs and buns. Halfway through I thought I might not make it, but even a small break can go a long way. I took the class with Kelly, and she did a great job at easing me into the RealRyder® bike. It does take some getting used to, but it will work those abs like never before! I’ll definitely take this class again when I’m looking for a challenge on the bike.
Belly Up Barre
I’m always eager to try out a new Barre class because every instructor is different. If there’s one thing Witt Pilates is going to do it’s MAKE YOU WORK. I’ve attended a few classes at various studios where the instructor doesn’t take the time for each student, and also just doesn’t engage. Meredith, the instructor I had for Sunday morning Barre was fabulous. She takes the time to make sure you’re getting the most out of the class, as well as point out an aspect of the class you’re succeeding at. I was definitely feeling it the day after as well!
A few notes about Patty & the studio:
I had a chance to sit down and talk with Patty about her background and the studio. Patty has an impressive background with Pilates, and is even a 3rd generation disciple of Joseph Pilates. She took private lessons with Mari Winsor (Winsor Pilates), who urged her to start her own studio! Patty talked about her high expectation to keep up the integrity of the studio, which I can attest to the success of this. She is currently in the beginning stages of franchising Witt Pilates!
So why choose Pilates?
My push to take classes at a pilates studio is the direct correlation to dance, but after having A (and injuring my hip during childbirth) I needed to find something that would be easy on my joints-and body in general. Pilates is a great choice for mothers, and anyone looking to gain strength, flexibility, and long, lean muscle. Pilates helps you learn to move in a safe pattern and can be done at nearly any stage of life. You’ll also be working large and small groups of muscles throughout each class.
Pilates is a great choice for new mothers who are looking to gain back strength, specifically ab strength that is lost during pregnancy. Since it’s safe on your joints, it’s the perfect choice of exercise for mothers who are looking to ease their way back into fitness. And as soon as you start, you’ll become addicted (as you’ll be able to see from my Instagram).
Witt Pilates offers a wide range of classes and times that work for anyone’s schedule. Patty also offers a 30 minute complimentary class to all new students. Their schedule and more information can be found on their website: Witt Pilates.