There’s a conversation starting on a separate thread but rather than ‘split it’ unnaturally, I thought I would start a separate discussion on the fitness topic of Pilates.
Let me state it unequivocally, …
I LOVE PILATES
The reason is that I am fitter now at 45 than I was at 25 because of back pain. I damaged my back somehow, and then office work and bad habits like lounging on sofas combined to really hurt my back and make any activity painful.
A combination of Osteopathy and Pilates got me fit enough to cope with two growing kids and now I’m largely pain free.
It is an activity that looks a little odd, and needs a good teacher (and so is not cheap), but I highly recommend it. I suggest you do learn from a dedicated teacher and with the equipment first, and then decide if a matt class (exercises on the floor with little extra equipment) might be enough for you.
There are actually a couple of places I know about that you can practice it locally:
Studio One - a brand new dedicated studio on Dalmain Road - now on this site as @StudioOne
Sunflower Centre - not SE23 but close and good equipment & teachers
Forest Hill Pools
Let me know if you like it too. I know the new place in SE23 is about to open officially, (though I think some early adopters like @Gary_Brown may already be using it), but if we can coordinate, we might be able to schedule new 2-1 or 3-1 equipment classes.