Whether it’s a favorite shampoo brand, the way we take our coffee, or the tried and true route we take to work, we all like what we are used to because it is comfortable and we know what to expect. For better or for worse, this also applies to our workouts.
In recent discussions with our trainers, the importance of cross training came up. As an avid tennis player, I would rather be on-court working on my strokes and running after a ball than doing anything else in the club.
Kendra Harbaugh, one of our Pilates Instructors, decided to take up tennis and joined the TNT class. I then decided to try something new as well.
Full disclosure: The only time I am on the club floor is to take photos.
However, after hearing about the benefits of cross-training from Kendra, I opted to try a group exercise class. I was a bit apprehensive, as I didn’t want anything to impact my ability to play tennis every day.
I chose Kendra’s Pilates Mat Class. Kendra told me that Pilates could help my tennis game by stabilizing the large muscle groups through small muscle involvement. She ensured me that we would work to increase my core strength, which would ultimately help me play better tennis. Entering the Group Ex room filled me with fear, but within minutes I was relaxed.
With 10+ hours per week on-court, I thought my legs were in good shape. We were doing simple leg lifts, but I felt all my muscles engage as I counted down from 20. Not only was I working my inner thighs, but also my obliques and my abs. I tend to hold my breath during exercise, and this class taught me the importance of breathing properly. Fortunately for me, Kendra offered varying levels of exercises for those of us who are “core-challenged.”
Our Pilates Mat Classes are offered on Thursday at 6:30pm with Kendra and Wednesday at 10:00 am with Emily or Mandy.
I was pleasantly surprised to find how quickly the time passed. Before I knew it we had gone through a series of leg and ab workouts. Maybe Group Ex isn’t so scary after all. I’ll be back to Pilates Mat next Thursday at 6:30pm.
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