Gang, meet Sue, my insanely fabulous Pilates instructor. She’s a mom, a cool chick, and a decidedly normal (read: not intimidating or overly precious) Pilates teacher. But don’t be fooled by her soothing voice – I’m cursing her (silently, in my head) at least a few times each week.
When I first started working with Sue, I was still reeling from the aftermath of my mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. I was also worried about my stomach – while the diastasis I developed during Pax’s pregnancy had technically healed, I still had little-to-no core strength to speak of. I had a small, hard little post-partum pooch, looked pregnant in a bikini (only 2-3 months pregnant, but still) and was literally afraid to do sit-ups lest I make my stomach ‘punch out’. (Traditional sit-ups can actually make this whole situation worse.)
Sue helped me realize that I could regain core strength – Pilates is almost more PT than traditional exercise – and the one piece that has been crucial to both regaining that core strength and flattening my stomach is the traditional Pilates Ab Series.
This is a series of 5 exercises, 8-10 reps each. It’s simple enough that one could do them every day….but they’re pretty terrible. The good news is that the whole thing takes less than 5 minutes, and is insanely effective. I’m considering….maybe….the possibility….of doing them onceperday? Ugh – I know, I hate it too. But this girl isn’t getting any younger, and I’m starting to realize that if I want that flat stomach I’ve gotta fight for it. Not to mention that a strong core makes everything better.
So. Give the video a watch. And let me know if you want to join my little summer challenge: Ab series, once per day. You can curse me the whole time. (And Sue – I’ll be cursing you.)
Urban Front Pilates, thank you for letting us shoot in the studio. I’m so freaking glad I found you. (And Sue!!)
ps. Hey Philly – if you have any questions for Sue, or would like to start working with her, too, she can be reached either at Urban Front or here.