September 12th, 2011


A tiny update

Today I went to the gym at work for some cardio AND went to Pilates at the Y for the first time in ages. It was warm and humid in the Pilates studio and I got overheated and kind of felt the little black prickling at the corners of my consciousness that's one of the four or so stages of passing out (next stage is stars, next stage is very limited field of vision, final stage is blackout). But I worked hard to keep cool and take it back down to a level I could manage, and as my reward I got to do a new exercise: "picking flowers." It goes thus:

Stand on an extender pad on one edge of the reformer (slidy platform on springs) and the other foot on the reformer platform. Push out the reformer so the platform slides away from the end of the machine and you are basically sort of doing the splits. Then, at the max of the stretch, arch your back forward, curving your arms together, so you are about bent in half. Start contracting your feet while slowly curving your body back into a standing position; then bend backwards so your sternum is pointing at the sky while opening your arms again. Close your arms and resume standing with one foot on the reformer platform and the other on an extender.

It's a great exercise for getting both kinds of motion in your back (forward bending and back bending) but let me tell you holding a bent forward position while you're pulling your legs together from half-splits is HARD WORK.

With that, it's bedtime.