I use a little tiny studio gym at the bottom of road. It's joined up to the local footy club, on the oval where the schools and big boys play cricket and football and soccer. The local council have a playground and a couple of tennis courts along side, and there's a scout hut too. From the gym at 6am on a Monday morning, to the 18th birthday party hosted with bunting in the hall on a Saturday night, to the sausage sizzle on the sidelines on a Sunday, it's a hub of activity, quite literally.
And on Thursday nights there is a new session. Pilate's. Run by the lovely and very funny and evidently most experienced Melanie, who is a scream, it's a new venture. I was tempted by the idea for no other reason that they were offering a free trial to try and russle up participants.
The Pilate's classes are held on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm, so I have half a chance of persuading the lovely husband to be home by then to take over the kid wrangling.
To be frank, I honestly thought I would go along to the freebie session and then move right along.
But when I got home from my first session, where it was all blue Pilate's mats and balls and bands and circles and core strength, I was mildly surprised and impressed.
The lovely husband asked me "Are you all pilated now?" I am not sure how I was supposed to feel, but all I can compare it too is like doing the biggest most sensational stretches, all over your body, for over an hour. Not scary hurty undignified weird positions. Just nice comfy sensation stretching - releasing and pinging all my muscles, and sending me to a nice calm place.
Now I sound like some ol' hippie, don't I?
But, after the first evening of Pilate's, I realised I truly WAS more calm, and that night I slept and slept like a baby. No 3am wakings, for once.
So I went again. And again. And again.
I bloody love it! The calmness stays with me for more than a few days. All that stretchy stretching good vibe feeling remains until Monday! (And lets face it, aside from A class drugs, I am not sure that any thing can really send anyone calm into a Monday morning?).
So the problem is only this - what to wear to Pilate's?
Initially I just rocked up in my usual tracksuit, t-shirt and very very supportive knickers and bra and sneakers.
Then I realised the vibe was so much more chilled than that.
Comfy stretchy clothes are needed for my comfy stretchy calm making Pilate's.
Now bear in mind, whilst I have lost a load of weight, I am not a skinny minnie. So my criteria for gym clothes are this:
- Not too synthetic sweaty stinky
- High quality - faded and saggy after three wears is no good to me
- Supportive but not restrictive
- Washable without losing their shape
Did I mention flattering?!
Anyway, Melanie at Female for Life showed me her range, and immediately I was keen to try the all in one yoga suit. It didn't disappoint.
But more than that, the site itself is very user friendly - you can see the clothes on real normal sized women. Go and have a look. The models are bloody gorgeous and every day, with real curves and healthy fit bodies of normal women, just like you and me. I am SO comfortable to shop with these chicks! There is a very cool body shape calculator too, which makes me feel like a goddess.
Disclosure - this is not a sponsored post at all. But I was sent, at my request, an article of clothing to try, for free, from Female for Life. However, all of the above is my very own unpaid for opinion. As you all know, I never blog about a product unless I genuinely love it. And I love Female for Life. I have since happily ordered more stuff from them, at my own cost.