There are some things in life that makes you feel hyper instantly -just with one clap. Ι felt like this, when I read Pippa shares the same hobby with me. I knew it from the first moment, when I saw her from behind holding her sister’s dress. Instinctively, I knew that she and I have something in common (all but the bum).
She was so perfect that day, I felt I wanted to share something with her,with the same way that I felt proud when another girl, in ‘higher rank’ than me, was wearing the same cardigan, bag etc.during those years of innocence.
Thanks to English tabloids, I found out that Pippa and I are more than keen in strengthening our core muscles,in other words doing Pilates! This business with Pilates is a bit like going to blind date.You have to find these muscles called as ‘core muscles’ and keep your back in a ‘ neutral position’? !. But if you get it right, without suffering for months the wolf’s neck syndrome, you feel great and full of energy.
During my ballet’s days(add up to 9 years in total) some years ago , Pilates was a ‘must’ warm-up exercise before wearing our pointe and swirling around. But of course, as little girls, we didn’t know anything about the name ‘Pilates’, we were just following Mrs. Vera’s instruction(our ultra-disciplinarian Russian ballet teacher).
It’s three years now that I’m into Pilates and I have really seen the difference in my body (and of course Pippa’s)!
The principles of Pilates according to Joseph Pilates (and the free information on Internet, bless the Wikipedia) are:
Pilates demands intense focus: “You have to concentrate on what you´re doing. All the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body”.
The center muscle of the body is the focal point of the Pilates Method.
Flow of efficiency of movement
Once precision has been achieved, the exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina.
The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many halfhearted ones.
Proper full inhalation and complete exhalation.
I’m not sure, if everytime I’m doing pilates I’m succeeding in doing right all of the above, but I’ trying my best and I think I’m on the right path.
Perhaps, I have to share my experience with Pippa, who at the moment has stolen the front stage from Kate despite her Prince. I’m suspecting the sisterly competition just started (if it has ever stopped ) in Middleton family.