In summary, I'm sort of stumped for ideas specific to winter as I see it as an all year round activity. I've come up with a few (below) - and would appreciate your ideas too - either privately or by posting a comment below:
Thanks - Simon
Anne, this is actually harder than originally envisaged because Pilates is the perfect exercise the whole year round – it compliments most other aerobic type activities in that it is a method of engaging the correct muscles to protect lower spine and is phenomenal for toning.
I am going to circulate this quandary for you on the LinkedIn Pilates groups and canvass my peers/clients for their input too .
Also, having re-read the specs and, noting you only wanted ‘dot points’, I’ll refrain from adding my particular style of narrative and Brit Wit (oxymoron anyone?).
- 6 month lead time to loose winter layer and get toned for summer (I always add several kilos in winter)
- Tend to wear baggy trackies in Winter that hide a multitude of sins – so no excuse for feeling awkward attending a winter Pilates class
- Is something that can be done inside while the driving ice, hail and sleet pour down – heck, you can do it at HOME without needing to embrace the ‘black ice’ as you drive to the gym (can you tell which hemisphere I am from?)
- I find I'm more lethargic in winter (physically and mentally) – which assists with the Pilates moves, designed to be performed mindfully, with control and S-L-O-W-L-Y….
- In Australia – most classes seem to get very busy the 3rd week in January (new years resolution – “sh1t, really MUST work off the xmas excess to fit into that new summer outfit” syndrome. Next few months are very popular. So, reverse the logic – you may well find better / cheaper deals for Pilates (most likely at the dedicated Studios) in the winter months.
Well, that’s 5 – and I was struggling. As I say – will canvass others and get back to you.