Pilates on Zoom was an absolute lifesaver for me during lockdown.
Pilates has been holding me together for the past 25 years, for the past 12 years with Louisa and colleagues in Winchester. I’ve always told people it’s all about being in the studio, on the machines, with all the variety of exercise they can provide and being taught as an individual even within a group, doing tailored exercises. But in lockdown I was so desperate to do Something that I asked Louisa if I could join a Zoom class and I never looked back. Once a week, I spent an hour on Zoom with three others, being talked through a well thought out series of exercises, which varied quite a bit each week. For equipment we each had a physio ball at home, but otherwise grabbed whatever was in the room to be a weight or a roller or a leaning post. I absolutely loved it, it gave me energy and strength, my core was looked after and so was my head. I always felt fantastic afterwards. It was quite a meditative experience, a lot about listening and less about watching, but Louisa was always watching us individually to prompt when needed so we made the most of the exercises and didn’t go wrong.
Fitness wasn’t difficult during lockdown, with walking or cycling that part was easy. But keeping the balance by continuing with Pilates was really important for me. A quick hour one morning a week, with no need to travel, my cup of tea at hand, it became a great routine. For anyone already familiar with Pilates I would really recommend it. I’ll certainly be taking up a Zoom slot when I can’t come to the studio.