I recently had the opportunity to try out a one-on-one Pilates session at Urban Balance Pilates. I have only really experienced pilates in yoga/pilates fusion classes, never on it’s own. So when the opportunity came up to try it out I was all for it and plus, I’ve seen it on reality tv shows before, it looks totally easy……..Right.
Urban Balance Pilates is a beautiful private little studio in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. When I walked in I was greeted by an an adorable instructor, Kelly. She made me feel at ease right away. The first thing we did was talk about my medical history, my goals and Kelly also gave me some background about Pilates and her training. I have to admit was a little intimidated by the equipment but Kelly reassured me that she was going to tell me everything I needed to know.
We started the workout on the reformer. A reformer is kind of like a big rowing machine that you lay on with ropes and a foot bar. Kelly told me that in classical Pilates there is a certain sequence to the workout that is followed every time. In the warm up, the exercises were pretty basic but with the resistance from the reformer and the slow controlled tempo I started to feel them working my muscles. As we got into the workout even more the exercises became more complex and I definitely had to think about every move before doing it. Even though there were a few exercises I didn’t think I was going to be able to do (like all of the upside down ones), Kelly guided me through them perfectly and pushed me to go a little further than I thought I could.
I have to admit this was not an easy workout. I was challenged from the start and at the end I was drenched in sweat and my muscles were shaking. It was a lot different then I expected. I learned a lot about my own body and where I have some work to do, especially since my core was super sore the next day. It’s a completely different style then the high intensity type of workouts I am use to but now I’m super excited to explore Pilates even more.
Sorry the pic is blurry, my hands were shaking!!
Urban Balance Pilates
- Length: 50 min Sessions
- Equipment: Reformer, Pilates Cadillac, Pilates Chair, Pilates Barrel
- Investment: 100-120 for personal sessions, 50-70 for duet sessions
- What to wear: Tank, Capris or Tights and no shoes
- Difficulty level: 6 Because of the complexity of some of the moves
- Pros: 1 on 1 sessions tailored to your fitness level, building strength and body awareness
- Extras: Urban Balance Pilates also offers nutrition coaching for 100
I absolutely LOVED my time at Urban Balance Pilates and would recommend any one to start their Pilates journey here. For more information Visit Urban Balance Pilates on Facebook
***Please note: I am an ambassador for Fit Approach and Sweat Pink, and that’s how I received an awesome session at Urban Balance Pilates. I never give an opinion that is not my own, and I have a lot of them to share (just ask). ***