I think for most of us, going to a new gym can be a bit intimidating, at least at this point in my life it definitely was for me. For the majority of my life, I was an athlete, but now I am out of shape, plain and simple. I knew I needed to find something and had tried several places in town and a couple of personal trainers. While they were great, they were just not what I personally needed.
On my 39th birthday, I wanted to do something fun and different for my birthday. At the time, I could not think of what I wanted to do and began searching online for ideas. Randomly, I came across an ad that was advertising an aerial class at The Little Apple Pilates Company here in Manhattan, KS.
Of course, my next thought was, could I do that? In fact, I can still remember messaging Hilary, the owner, and asking the big questions. You know the important ones like fitness level requirements, will I hurt myself, and of course how sturdy is that fabric?LOL Without hesitation, she said anyone, can do this! My next thought was, HA, I will be the judge of that, but what is the worst that could happen?
With blind faith and my forever partner in crime humoring me, my bestie Joey, I signed us up for an aerial class to celebrate my 39th Birthday! I am pretty sure I told her the same thing I was telling myself, "What's the worst that could happen?" I have to say, it was so much fun! We spun, flipped, and most importantly we laughed so hard at ourselves. Hilary was great in supporting us and encouraging us every step of the way. Little did I know where this one little random ad would take me.
As we were leaving I walked past the reformers and wondered, could I do those as well? I definitely don't meet the body type of a typical yoga/Pilates person. Yes, I know better, but we have all been there!! Anyways, a few weeks later I messaged Hilary again, only this time it was about the reformers. Her answer, 100% the same, yes, they are for everyone! I scheduled my first class and I was instantly hooked! For months I have gone for two sessions every week with Hilary and I feel great! My years of back pain from working in healthcare have basically gone away along with my dependency on regular Chiropractic care!
I surprised myself with how religious I was about attending every session. Rarely did I miss it, it was on my calendar and that was it, I was going! After several months of working on the reformer and getting to know more of the instructors, I wondered what other classes I could do. While I enjoy consistency, I do know that life is lived outside our comfort zone and so far it has really worked out for me.
The class I would take on next was Dance Cardio. While this was a laughable choice for me since I had not danced since my middle school dance team, that is a different story! Regardless, Hilary encouraged me to take Cardio Dance and again I thought, what's the worst that could happen? Without hesitation, she said, "you will be fine!" To which I replied, if I think I am going to pass out, I will just leave....she said that was fine! LOL So we had a deal and again, I signed up.
My first Cardio Dance class at Little Apple Pilates Co. was a total learning experience! My feet and arms were all over the place, but thankfully the lights were low so it made no difference to anyone else that I was totaling screwing up. In fact, after I attended more classes I learned, our mistakes are laughed away. What a concept in today's society, a place where it is 100% ok to make mistakes, and when you do, just laugh, and dance on! As you might have guessed, Dance Cardio has been added to my "must-do" and I try to get there when my schedule allows.
When people ask me about Little Apple Pilates, I echo Hilary and say, "It's for everyBODY!" If you are looking for a place that has so much more than one defined program then look no further than Little Apple Pilates here in Manhattan, KS. At Little Apple Pilates you can begin or continue your Pilates practice, learn to fly, attend TRX classes, Barre, and various mat classes, or even come to dance your day away.
If you are nervous to go alone, DON'T BE! If you are worried about screwing up, DON'T BE! I still screw up but, at Little Apple Pilates you just keep on going! If you are worried that you are not the right, size, shape, fitness level, type of person, or whatever, DON'T! Everyone is welcomed exactly how and where they are! After all, we are all a work in progress no matter where we are in our lives.
One of my favorite quotes is, "One Day or Day One, you Decide!" Today is your day to decide!
For additional information or class schedules, you can find information on The Little Apple Pilates Company Website or the Facebook page. You can also download the Mind Body App and sign up for classes online!