Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rhinebeck Pilates: A Review of the Tower Class

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Tower Class in progress at Rhinebeck Pilates

Rhinebeck Pilates invited Hudson Valley Good Stuff to check out one of their Tower classes. I am still new to Pilates and it was my first time using the Tower equipment, that includes springs, bars, hooks, and other contraptions. I arrived for the 10am Tuesday Tower class about 10 minutes early, and saw the end of the cardio Pilates class. The five super-buff women were using the equipment to add resistance in what looked like a sliding back-bend. The women were super-toned, yet grunting through this challenging end of their class. I confessed to owner Elaine Ewing that I felt a bit intimidated watching them, but she put me at ease insisting that that is a totally different class, and not to pay attention to them.

The Tower classes are limited to five students, so it makes it a bit more intimate, and you do get plenty of individual attention. Since I was the newbie in the class, the instructor Kate helped me quite a bit. She did this all in good cheer, hobbling on one leg due to a running injury. In general, I’m not a fan of abdominal exercises because my abs are the weakest muscles I have. The core strengthening exercises I usually do (plank pose, crunches, getting into a V-position) make me so uncomfortable, and give me the shakes, but in the case of the Tower pilates class I found that having the equipment to help support me through certain positions really helped make it easier, and even fun at times! I did scissor kicks, teasers, 100s, and stretched out my legs using resistance bands. I felt a bit sore a few hours later, but overall it was a good kind of sore—the ache you get from waking up muscles that have been on vacation for awhile.

I’d recommend Rhinebeck Pilates if you want to try Pilates equipment, or want to fine-tune your Pilates practice. Rhinebeck Pilates offer classes for all levels, and using the equipment isn’t as tricky as it looks. A Tower class costs $35 for a single session, but discounted packages are available.

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