The new year hasn’t really kicked in well for me, I have been to the gym but work, colds, strained muscles and a general ennui has mean that I hadn’t picked up the new year where I left the last.
I have achieved new PBs on Deadlift (70kg) and Leg Press (60kg) but have not been back to boxing and haven’t quite shifted the Lbs gained over Christmas. I’ve also bought myself some lifting shoes – though haven’t got round to using them yet!
So it was time to do something different, I’d read about Move Your Frame (MYF) in various places and followed them in Instagram but had thought it was a bit too trendy for me – the pictures on their website are all sleek ponytail, eyeliner and lip gloss. But I decided to take my head out of my arse and stop being afraid.
I’d been speak to my friend (the_llb) about Reformer Pilates and noted that MYF did a Basics class by way of introduction on a Sunday morning so I decided to give it a go. I was waitlisted initially so thought as I had taken the leap to do something I would book in to Frame Lift instead. I rocked up at 10am for the 10.15 class, their computer system was down so I couldn’t book in and had no idea where things were or how it all worked. Basically there are two studios, a personal training area and the reformer pilates room in the Kings Cross branch, as well as a yoga studio round the corner I believe. There’s a small cafe and waiting areas, some lockers and a changing room. The team were welcoming despite the computer chaos but too distracted to show me around or tell me how things worked. It was fine – some of the other people waiting for the class helped me out.
Oh I forgot – in the meantime someone had pulled out of the pilates class at 11 so I could have a space if I wanted……so Lift at 10.15 and Reformer at 11……maybe not my best idea ever but hey why not.
So lift is high energy, body pump type class. The music is good, is pacey and the 45 minutes flew by. My triceps need some serious work! I worked up a sweat and at the end of the class hot footed it over to the other side of the studio for Reformer.
What an amazing stretch after a lift class that was! I had no idea what to expect – I had never done pilates before and it’s been a while since my last Yoga class so I wasn’t sure how I would do. I did ok, just ok. It requires control and really using your core. Neither of which I have in abundance but I enjoyed it and the teacher (Corrine) was great. She takes time to explain what we do, how the equipment supports us, why we do it and how it will help us with other fitness activity.
Exhausted but elated I headed home (via a little Nike store trip) then out with the boy and the dog for a lovely roast. I rolled out my legs and back that evening but overall felt good. The next day my stomach was properly sore and that lasted a few days but my legs and arms felt good.
Later, when I was chatting with lovely FB on Sunday night and we decided we needed to get together in the week instead of just going for food and tequila (we have history) she agreed to accompany me to a Box Fit class at MYF at 7pm that Wednesday followed by a meal at the Grain Store in Granary Square.
Let’s start with it was brilliant – hard work, sweaty and fun. As we were heading out for supper afterwards we both used the facilities, the showers are good with good products provided, dryers and brushes as well as an brilliant 90s R&B soundtrack (I digress….). The class was a mix of aerobics and punching. I struggled a little with the punching (one does not jab with ones right hand) but boy did we sweat…….we were both so red afterwards that I couldn’t resist sharing a puce pic (here on instagram). Despite not being able to complete all the moves (damn you triceps) and being a hot sweaty mess by the end I really did enjoy it.
So much so that I am just back from my second two session Sunday with MYF – lift and reformer again today. To be honest I didn’t enjoy it – I wasn’t good today, found it hard and my coordination was off but I did it. I worked and didn’t quit/give up. It was a different teacher for Lift and was good again I just wasn’t!
We’re off to Rome next weekend of the 6 nations so no classes for me but I will definitely be back to try some different class and do more of the same. I may have been both the oldest and biggest person there but I didn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable – just really made to work.
Move Your Frame classes cost between £12- £20 per class but there are deals and packages. They run classes 7 days a week and have sites in Kings Cross, Shoreditch, Victoria and Queens Park. You can hire a towel there and they have a small shop with some great exercise and beauty products. Find out more on their website www.moveyourframe.com