You may be asking yourself, what in the world is trap pilates?! According to TrapPilates.com, it is when R&B/Trap Music meets fast paced Core Burning Pilates. Can I get a “heyyyyyy”?!
In my head, I’m thinking anything with Trap Music is going to get me going so why not try it. Plus, I’m all about my self-care and what a great way to work on me.
Of course when it comes to self-care, there are so many different things you can try but pilates has been studies and shown to improve our mental health in several areas.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pilates was developed fewer than 100 years ago (in the 1920s), defining it as “a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements.”
Low-impact, flexibility, strength, twerking?! Sounds good to me.
I walked in and immediately noticed the wall signs that I LOVED.
The class started with simple poses and had a great ambiance that make me feel at ease immediately with candles and low lighting. Everyone was on their individual mats and the instructor was placed in the middle of the class so that everyone had a great view of the next movement.
I have to be honest and say that I truly “assumed” that I would have a nice, relaxing workout but it was not that. It’s like Pilates 10,000! Just as the website says, “it’s like a club at your mat”. They played all different types of trap music but it was all familiar as it seemed to be many of the Atlanta artists.
There was never a dull moment as we twerked, worked, and flexed our stuff without any judgement. Everyone there was super friendly and it truly felt like a sisterhood with everyone motivating each other.
Pilates has been proven to improve our mental wellness by:
- Creating a calming mind and emotions
- Relieving anxiety and depression
- Relieving stress
- Sharpens the mind
- Treat insomnia
- Reduce negative emotions
I agree that this class did just that. Though there were some times of intense twerking (I found myself battling myself...lol), there were times of relaxation.
The hour long class fulfilled the slow and still moments you look for as well as a good cardio increasing movements. The class was so interactive, I didn’t realize that an hour had gone by.
Oh, and I can’t forget the ABS! Wooh! Doing this class within your regular routine, will surely get your closer to a flatter stomach. I found myself stopping several times but when I looked around and seen everyone trying, it motivated me to keep going.
Full Disclaimer: I was sore the next day but it was all worth it.
That night’s sleep was amazing and I woke up feelings so amazing. I could tell I had more energy and was way more focused during work.
If you're looking for a new way to incorporate some self-care exercises into your life, I'd give Trap Pilates a try. I'm planning to add the exercise to my wellness routine. It might be just what you need to add to your self-care practice to calm and de-stress your mind.
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