Gym: Sport & Health Ballston
Address: 4238 Wilson Blvd # 3018
Arlington, VA 22203
Class: Pilates XPress
The Instructor Makes a Normal Gal Feel: Like a close talker
The Classmates Make a Normal Gal Feel: Slightly awkward
On a scale of 1 (waste of time) to 5 (bring the stretcher), for a normal gal this workout is a: 4. I felt the burn.
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I don’t know why I seem to forget past experiences when contemplating them would prove useful, but I’ve done it again. I seem to forget that every time I try to cut corners, I pay for it in the end. In college I hated organic chemistry (duh), so I tried to get orgo 2 over with via a four-week summer course so that I didn’t have to face it for a full semester. This resulted in me facing it for a full semester plus a summer. A big fat D in orgo on steroids meant I was taking it twice.
It would have been smart to reflect on that experience before I attended Pilates Xpress, a mat class crunched into 30 minutes. Because the class is half as long as usual, I thought it would be half as hard. Instead, the class is just done in double time. I have never had to do so many reps in pilates as in Pilates Xpress. On the bright side, by only 6 PM I already felt like my ass had been handed to me at the gym and I could go eat a meatball sub, which I did.
Pilates Xpress was a good workout, and against my better judgment I’d probably do it again. Next time I’ll probably act less awkward, though. I walked in and the mats were all facing horizontally (AKA the opposite of what is normal), and it threw me off. Without knowing it, I had put my mat DIRECTLY in front of the teacher’s, so that we were basically having a starring contest throughout the whole class. I felt particularly weird about this when I realized that this was one of the classes where the attendees all come every week and know each other. So, it’s a good thing I showed up new and went straight for the center of the room.
I got a lot out of the class, but I found the teacher a little off. I know I really have no authority to critique people’s form in pilates, but every time the teacher went into plank her butt seemed to be way up in their air. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure planks are flat. So that was weird. But regardless, her verbal instructions were helpful, and for the first time ever I found myself profusely sweating in a pilates class.
There are also many pluses to attending classes at Sport and Health Ballston, which is connected to the Ballston “Mall.” These pluses include Panera, Noodles and Company, a food court, and Cold Stone, where you can get a “Gotta Have It-”sized lard with sprinkles on top once you’re done at the gym. To quote Michael Scott, this is a “win-win-win.”