“Come on Baby Gut, get going!” This was the inspirational phrase my Pilates teacher chose to use mid class after I had shared with her my concern over my lack of hard abs 2 months post T’s delivery. While I was not in the least bit embarrassed, it did create an interesting desire to pull my shirt up and ask for thoughts on the supposed baby gut amongst my classmates. Relying on a phrase from childhood, I remembered that it isn’t always about me and continued on with class.
I have no patience for yoga, other than prenatal yoga where you are encouraged to not work too hard and stretch a lot. Pilates, however, is a life and ab saver. I love Pilates mat classes. Most gyms and many yoga studios offer this class and it is energetic enough to keep me occupied, and definitely challenging enough to whittle the middle. If you have not tried Pilates before, give it a go. It is less embarrassing than doing Zumba for the first time, and is the best thing I have found for toning.
What to wear to class? My current favorite tees are the GapFit Motion tees, which are a total knock off of Lululemon’s cult favorite, yet overpriced tees, but with a less delicate fabric and a nicer price of $34.95. The fit is snug, but not clingy. It’s long enough to not have to worry about flashing while bending, and it covers the upper arm area. I find I am more inclined to attend class when I am wearing a cute outfit. I never claimed to be deep.