Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
April 26, 2011
"Reformer sounds so Protestant! So Puritan!" My brother blackberry messaged me today.
I remember walking into the pilates studio for the first time ever and encountering the "Reformer". It is a machine made of leather and springs that looks something between gynocological stir ups and a nazi torture instrument. However, a friend of mine, now adept of pilates, has described the reformer with her artistic flair: "the esoteric handcrafted equestrian strangeness of it, the handcut leather and mattress-like springs..."
Like anything pilates, the reformer class requires full concentration, comprehension and perfect core strength. Exercises are performed laying down, sitting up and standing on the reformer. The stomack massage series has nothing of a massage to it (perhaps only the benefits) and the side splits are very demanding. Images are constantly evoked to make the exercise easier to remember. Take tree, with its long roots and strong trunk! Climb the tree and your spine is in a Burj AlArab shape. When we do elephant, I always think of Elmer ofcourse, but I have been trained to flatten my back and scoop my stomack while standing with my hands on a bar....like a Brooks Brothers lamb emblem, drawn upwards.
A good reformer class requires a constant pace. The better you know your equipment, how to use it with care, how many springs are required, the better your performance. It is also advised to link every exercise with good transitions. I have spent enumerable sessions panicking about the straps, the colors of springs and the jump boards. On occasion, and I quote my sister, "not every class is a successful one", I will get in trouble because I rely too much on instructions and corrections. But I believe I have gotten the hang of it now, six years later and I spring out of the class with a certain elasticity in my limbs.
To make a full circle back to my brother who thinks that the reformer sounds puritan, I can affirm that I have met his challenge by performing 3 sets of 15 atomic push ups. These entail the use of the TRX (which always reminds me of dinosaurs). When you can do long stretch on the reformer, you can do about anything else in a plank position!
Post Scriptum: my husband has complained about too many fitness related posts. He must be unaware of the sports magazines that are replete with such stories!
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!