In a bid to lose her buldge, Nisha Khiani finds that STOTT PILATES, a contemporary approach to the traditional exercises, is more than just a workout for your body.
The Alis! mantra - Pilates, Pilates, Pilates - got me wandering abaut thismagic exercise that's meant to zip up all the bulges inside out. Only, the thought of lying on a mat, focusing on breathing, holding and squeezing sounded like a snore. But when I learned that Gold's Gym at Mumbai's Napean Sea Rood, was offering classes in the world-renowned STOTT PILATES, I thought I'd take a stab.
Developed in Canada, it is based on movements that use a machine called the reformer. Four of these magic devices - which cost between Rs2 and 5 lakh each -lined the basement level studio that's open to both gym members and non-members. At first sight, it resembled a medieval torture device-meets-rowing machine fitted with five coiled springs for resistance, complete with a sliding carriage and moveable harnesses used on your hands or feet.
The instructor, trained by STOTT PILATES in Canada, eased me in with a teaser workout. After an hour of working all my major muscle groups, mostly by varying the positioning of my feet on the foot bar, the number of springs used and sliding on the carriage, I felt like I had exercised but didn't break a sweat. Apart from the two minutes that my toes had cramped, there was no pain. This horizontal, full-resistance workout meant no time was wasted waiting to complete sets, adjust weights, have machines wiped down, stretching or cooling down It was all done in an hour and mostly while lying on my back. Was this workout nirvana? No post-workout shower required?