Confessions of a Pilates Instructor’s Husband – Part 5

The comparison between 2 stretches Week 1 and Week 6

The Pilates Police!

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog and I’m pleased to say that I haven’t given up.

I would like to say that this is purely down to my drive and determination to achieve my goals, but it also has something to with the fact that the Pilates Police are watching my every move – Jill!

My morning routine is not enough anymore.  Apparently, it now needs to be followed up by a question and answer session followed by a demonstration of my new found leg spreading, hip thrusting (sorry – tilting), wide squatting ability.  I’m not complaining because I am definitely reaping the rewards and life is becoming a lot less uncomfortable.


I think the best way to give you an idea of my improvement since I started my quest is to list a few of the everyday things that I struggled with previously.

  1. Get out of bed without bouncing to gain momentum.
  2. Walk downstairs normally first thing in the morning. I used to have to shuffle down one step at a time until I had loosened up a bit.
  3. Put my socks on without groaning and lunging.
  4. Ditto the above but with my pants.
  5. Kick a football without resorting to toe pokes or the need to take ibuprofen afterwards. My 8-year-old son is particularly pleased with this as I am now able to prove to him the fact that I taught Ronaldo and Gareth Bale everything they know about taking a free kick!

I am even occasionally doing things naturally, without thinking, and its only afterwards that I realise I wouldn’t have been able to do them 2 months ago.  Things such as jogging upstairs, picking up our dogs’ business without struggling to bend down and most impressively, flicking my pants up into the air with my foot so that I can catch them when undressing!

Job Done?

It is by no means mission accomplished as I do still stiffen up badly if I’m on my feet for any length of time. Standing around waiting or slowly mooching around shops is a really bad idea, so please take note Jill – when I suggest that I wait for you by sitting in the nearby pub while you decide which bag, scarf or woolly hat to buy, it is purely for medical welfare reasons.  I would normally love to be involved in the decision-making process but hey ho.

The quest to touch my toes continues, and as you can see from the photo’s there is improvement!!


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