So you have seen that Saturday was fairly active … well Sunday was too!
On a Sunday I usually get up early and do a mini cardio and weights session in the gym to stretch everything out after my long run the day before. However, as the weather was amazing on Sunday I decided to use the NTC app and do the slightly embarrassing thing of working out … in my shorts and crop top … in my communal garden. Yep I was that crazy person at 9am jumping, squatting, lunging, sliding, grunting and sweating for all residents to see :D!
I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out the new Jessie J “Wild Alive” workout. It’s a 15 minute workout which you can find in the Intermediate section of “Get Toned”. In hindsight it wasn’t the best idea! Just as I thought after listening to Jessie J at the Nike Event she is an absolute animal when it comes to squats, the girl could go for days! Squat jumps, squat pulses, double squats, wide squats, drop squats…not ideal for legs that are still tired after a lot of running and yoga the previous day! However, saying that the workout itself is brilliant if you are looking to feel the burn and don’t have a lot of time, I will definitely be doing this one again (but not so soon after a long run!)
Next quick shower and lunch with the gorgeous lady that is Harry at Peyton & Byrne (followed by frozen yogurt from SNOG … sadly no photo it was too good and needed to be devoured ASAP so no time to fuss with photos ;D)
Then it was off to Yotopia studios in Covent Garden as we had excitingly been invited by Simplyhealth to take part in a Hot Pilates Class as part of their Back Care Campaign.
Now yes it was a little crazy to take a hot class (we are talking 40 degrees hot with a humidity of 40%) on what appeared to be the hottest day of the year so far however, when the guys at Simplyhealth explained some of the benefits of Hot Pilates …
- Detoxification – Sweating on a regular basis allows the body to cleanse itself and release harmful toxins and waste from the skin.
- Immunity boost – Viruses cannot survive in high temperatures so increasing the body’s core temperature helps fight off infections.
- Healthy connective tissue – Hot Pilates opens the body’s connective tissues helping the muscles get in to more strenuous postures and positions.
- Weight Loss- Hot Pilates can result in weight loss because stretching deeper helps to build more muscle, which in turn burns more fatty acids and breaks down glucose.
… well who could resist having a go! So after having a quick group snap….
…we headed into the studio to start the class led by Amy Slevin, who had a pretty awesome physique if I may so, and was a great advocate for the benefits of Hot Pilates! Amy explained how the class would work and then took us through a series of movements including core work, imprinting, spiral rotations and sadly MORE squats, giving options for each depending on ability. She was hugely enthusiastic … maybe a little too enthusiastic when it was clear the small and precise movements were really testing us (:D) but all in all I really enjoyed her class and felt that my minimal experience of pilates was not a problem.
At the end of the class we were definitely all a little red faced, but I did not find the heat unbearable. It was just enough to feel a difference and add another element to those killer pilates moves!
If you want to find out more about Simplyhealth or Hot Pilates head over to their website … or if you are interested in learning more about how to help with back problems you can go over to the appstore and purchase their free app!
Thanks again to Simplyhealth and Yotopia for inviting us down to this great class! I will definitely be doing a hot pilates class again … though maybe not when it’s boiling hot outdoors!