I have had a very real taste of the most renowned and exclusive form of Pilates, and now I just want more.
Kay’s is a Classical Pilates studio instructed by Kgosi Moncho. He asked me if we could meet up to put our brains together in order to build the early foundations of his business. We did an old-fashioned trade exchange, my skills for his. I was given a couple of one-on-one sessions in his studio, while I spent my spare time designing business cards and editing the shoot.
A little while ago at a Thanks Giving dinner Kgosi confirmed that Pilates was life changing. “Thank God for Pilates” he said and laughed as we went around the circle expressing what we were most thankful for. Pilates really has the ability to change your life. It seriously changed this instructor’s life when he decided to take his first class, he is now a professional instructor with a powerful body and a healthy attitude to his everyday lifestyle. This is something that most people have desired, but never seemed to grab hold of it.
My body could eat up Pilates, it loves being pushed and stretched using its own forces to get stronger. This is what I discovered through my sessions at Kay’s: many (myself included) have the completely wrong perception of Pilates. Pilates, is in fact not fun stretches that women do on mats. Pilates is a form of strengthening core exercises that are performed using the power of your own body, whether it is on a mat, stretcher or specialised equipment. Pilates is for everyone.
Stepping in to the studio completely changed my ideas and expectations for lessons. The Studio greeted with interesting equipment in a fresh environment surrounded by the greenery of Houghton. Equipment is a large component for classical styled Pilates training, these include the Cadillac and the Reformer. The equipment uses springs and straps which mediate your own physical power to perform exercises. In between sets, stretches are performed. These are not the archetypal stretches, but rather a healthy dose of some painful muscle flexing on the ballet stretcher.
While performing all the various exercises and stretches, I was confronted with the realisation that I wasn’t as flexible or as strong as I thought I was. My weaker parts were sorely revealed to me. This was partly because, prior to my lessons, I had had the wrong idea of what it meant to stand up straight or how to do a simple sit up. Crazy. I am now more aware of my posture and how I look after my back.
Pilates has opened my eyes, and I don’t think I can close them again. I want to go back and exercise more. Push myself more, feel strong and good. I love that every single exercise, whether it is for your arms or gluteus, requires you to work your entire body. Gosh, my stomach muscles burned the days that followed my lessons. After my first lesson I messaged Kgosi and I said, “I don’t know if it’s psychological or real, but I have never felt this strong”. I meant it. In all sincerity, I feel more confident about my body than ever before.
I encourage you to book a Classical Pilates lesson and see for yourself. Get on the Reformer, and you will know what I am talking about! All bookings and enquiries can be sent to Kgosi: firstname.lastname@example.org or inbox me for more details.