Three things I love about Norma Jean Pilates Studio in Sag Harbor: the instruction, music, and setting. NJP is a small and cozy, bright oasis on Division, full of Pilates toys and sunshine. In chatting before class, one of the first things Hayley said to me was “Do what you love, it’s that easy.” Hello words of wisdom. The combination of Hayley’s positive words and her contagious bubbly demeanor instantly made me feel light and happy. I didn’t realize I’d be getting a life-lesson and a dose of good energy before class even began, but I’ll take it!
The 30-minute Pilates core class pushed me just past my limit, to the point that I was able to keep up, but definitely felt that painful burning sensation we all love to hate. You know, the one that speaks to you, saying things like “you think this burns now, wait until you wake up tomorrow,” but you push through because bikini season is just around the corner. Pushing through was only made possible by Hayley’s enthusiastic coaching, mantras like “honor your body TODAY!” and the incredible music playing in the background. Those oldies but goodies we all know and love, one after the other, think “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The combination of great tunes and the bright spring sunshine shining through the large windows transformed me right into a summer mood.
We packed a whole lot of Pilates into those 30 minutes, that’s for damn sure. Beginning with planks, planks, and more planks, (ouch) moving into some of the more traditional Pilates moves (the hundred, single and double leg stretch, teaser, etc.) and finishing using the “power tower,” every move was clearly calculated, allowing the class to flow smoothly, feeling the burn throughout. Once the half hour was over, it seemed like it flew by and I was instantly glad I’d done it. This is the perfect 30 minute class to tone that tummy, and more, for summer. If you’re looking for a burn that doesn’t quit, an insanely sweet (and wise!) instructor to make it as pleasant as can be, and fun classic jams, head to Norma Jean Pilates! From tower workouts to Aromatherapy Fridays, with Jess (AH-mazing!) there’s a mat for you!
One Healthy Breakdown: awesome classes, fabulous instruction, even better tunes.