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The one where I do reformer Pilates for the first time and get my brain in a twist over fitness in general…

Yesterday I went to see a physio to check why my left knee isn’t letting me kneel or sit cross legged. The good news is that nothing is ‘injured’ as such. The bad news is that pretty much all my muscles are tight, my left knee is a bit inflamed because of that and my core and glutes are too weak.

She taped up my knee, which is supposed to help with the inflammation and gave me a series of stretches to do twice a day. No running or CrossFit recommended for this week πŸ™

I usually run on Wednesdays but today I went to a reformer Pilates class instead. It’s Pilates that’s done on one of those machines: reformer

Luckily for me there was only one other person there so the instructor could run me through the basics beforehand and guide me through every movement during class. She commented about all my tight muscles every other second 😐 I enjoyed the class but it wasn’t a hard workout as such, it didn’t give me that feeling that running or CrossFit gives me. I’m sure most of it is because it was my first class ever and the focus was on form and not on intensity.

So even though it was good to stretch for an hour, I feel a bit glum right now. Running makes my muscles tight, CrossFit makes my muscles tight, twice a week stretching doesn’t seem to help, sports massages don’t seem to help. All of this seems just too difficult right now – running, strength training, stretching, mobility, etc. There are just too many things to do to be ‘fit’ and none of these things are cheap 😐

Of course I could just stretch at home… and do push-ups at home… But firstly – my stretching at home doesn’t seem to be effective, so obviously I have no clue as to how to do it properly. AND – I LOVE the running and the CrossFit – I just don’t want it to break my body because I can’t figure out how to stretch and recover properly.


I never thought stretching was so complicated to figure out. I never thought muscles could get so tight and locked. I never thought the more you get into wanting to be ‘well’ from head to toe, the more complicated it gets…

Double Ughh.

So for now I will do the stretches prescribed by the physio twice a day until next Monday when I see her again. She better tell me then that she’s seeing an improvement. I NEED to know it’s possible to stretch yourself at home without spending all this money on the Pilates…

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    July 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Wait a minute. Why am I just seeing this post now? πŸ™

    But, if you figure it out, I’d really like to hear the answer. I *suck* at stretching apparently. And every time I visit my massage therapist she comments on how tight my muscles are and how I should do more stretching. Stretching every day. Twice a day. Every free moment.

    And pilates gets recommended. And that I strengthen my core and my hips and my glutes.

    But. Weekly massages ain’t cheap (even if I find the Thai massage immensely helpful as it’s all stretches) and gym memberships and pilates classes aren’t cheap either…

    Plus. If I run four days a week, do strength training at a gym twice a week, have a 90 minute massage once a week… Where am I supposed to fit in pilates if I want one rest day as well?!

    So. Yeah. Get where you’re coming from. πŸ™‚ Not much help though.

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      July 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Yeah, being fit is hard work and time consuming! I have been stretching for about 15 minutes every night and then whenever I can during the day. I think every little bit counts, right?

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    July 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Argh, I so feel your pain!!! I love Reoformer Pilates and have had some really HARD workouts. But that was year ago (read: before I became a CrossFit monster, haha…). Joking aside though, have you heard of the Yoga Studio app? I use that at least twice a week to stretch myself out and it’s cheaper than going to a yoga studio (although I love that too). Hope you feel better real soon.

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      July 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I’ve just updated my ios so I could try out this app πŸ™‚

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        July 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        Have you tried it yet? How did you like it?

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    June 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I totally need to take you to Bikram. Honestly, I couldn’t do without it now!

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    June 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Ahh I feel you! I am out from running this week because of a minor hamstring strain. Mainly because over use and not stretching… So I’m stretching every chance I get. I think you just have to incorporate it into every day life until it becomes a really natural thing. It sucks though πŸ™

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      July 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I’ve been keeping this in mind and stretching whenever I can – in the lift at work, at home while brushing my teeth, etc. I think incorporating stretching into everyday life is the only way it’ll stick and become second nature.

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    June 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I’m exactly at the same point as you – perhaps a few weeks ahead:) I went to see a physioterapist for back pains, got told there’s nothing else wrong with me than a bit of a bad posture, weak glutes and a LOT of tight muscles, was recommended Pilates, took my first class (not reformer though, regular mat one) and found it ridiculously not-hard and not-sporty but again was told all my muscles were SO tight… I’m now doing one Pilates class per week but not a beginner one, an advanced one… and it’s so frigging hard you can’t believe it:) Definitely harder than any of my running!

    I’m also with you on the price of Pilates. I got some LA Fitness vouchers off Groupon which I now use… and I know a place in Bloomsbury where they charge Β£12 per class, that’s probably as cheap as it can get?

    I also make a point of stretching my hamstrings at home at least for 10 min every day. They’re so tight I can’t do any of the glute excercises in the Pilates class – they get cramped:(

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      July 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      The reformer pilates here is Β£22! I am trying out some yoga apps so see if there’s one I can get into and stick with long term. I also have to find some exercises just to strengthen the glutes… (computer keeps autocorrecting this to ‘flutes’ πŸ™‚

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