Six months ago, I was not the kind of girl you would find rushing to an 8 a.m. Pilates class. Tabata? Yes. F45? Definitely. You see, if I’m going to spend an hour working out I expect to feel my heart-rate sky-rocket, my abs burn, and wake up the following morning with that so-satisfying ache in all of my muscles. It wasn’t until I tried a Jumpboard class at Karen Lord Pilates that I realised reformer Pilates could also have that impact.
For those of you who have never visited the chic New York City studio of Pilates guru and former fashion exec Karen Lord, picture a stylish, light-filled room equipped with a row of reformer machines. Classes are intimate and led by some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the business — all this I’ve known for years, but it still wasn’t enough to originally convince me to take-up regular practice.
It wasn’t until an exec from the studio told me about Jumpboard — “an incredible way to get your cardio and feel the burn,” she assured me — that Pilates started to seem appealing. The 55-minute reformer class promises to burn more calories than your classic Pilates practice, and is recommended to advanced clients rather than complete newbies.
Here’s how the class went down: The group of five women (numbers are capped at eight for this class) started with some light stretching and quickly progressed to the main activity — jumping and bouncing on the reformer machine. Over the following hour we progressed through classic Pilates movements, with each move intensified by quickly springing off the board and tons of repetition. It took about 20 minutes to feel a burn through my thighs, glutes, and abs, and I was out-of-breath during most of the sequences. This, folks, is not your average Pilates experience.
Perhaps the biggest tell-tale sign that Jumpboard fulfills its promise to tone and sculpt, is the pain I felt the following morning. My muscles ached as if I’d just finished a heavy weights session! An hour well spent, if you ask me, which is why I’ve added this particular Pilates class into my weekly fitness rotation (and you should too!).