In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, SHAPE hosted a Pilates class last night at Equinox – Franklin Street for a small group of the media. SHAPE further showed their support by making a donation on each guest’s behalf to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
I really enjoyed participating in this wonderful event, but before I recap it, let’s talk about Equinox.
As you probably know, I’m huge fan of super fancy fitness clubs, so I was psyched to visit Equinox last night. It’s amazing, and I was totally in awe of the facilities. I’m pretty sure Equinox is the nicest gym I’ve ever set foot inside. If a location was closer to home, I’d join in a heartbeat.
Can I just move in and never leave? Please?
The women’s locker room at Equinox was really something special. Naturally, it had a steam room and lots of fun beauty products (even disposable razors), but the thing that really wowed me was the designer sinks and salon-quality hairdryers. They were so much nicer than the ones at my own home. I think that definitely says something about this gym!
I’m a dork, so I get excited about weird things, but I also loved that the locks on the lockers were digitized and the water fountains were “hands-free.” Although, both of these features took me way too long to figure out. I’m not used to such high tech stuff at a gym since my current one has treadmills from 1995.
Ok, back to the Pilates for Pink event!
The event included a 45-minutes Pilates class followed by a small reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and raffle prizes.
I wore pink to the event!
The Pilates class was taught by two different Equinox instructors, who were both really great and made the class very challenging. I always thought Pilates was sort of like yoga, but I learned last night that they’re actually quite different. Pilates is NO JOKE, people. I was absolutely dying during the abdominal exercises. I always thought I had a pretty strong core, but last night’s class was really humbling. (I guess I need to step it up in that department.) Let’s just say, I’m definitely inspired to start taking Pilates classes at my own gym.
After the class, everyone headed downstairs to the (very fancy) yoga room for drinks and appetizers.
I wasn’t in the mood for drinking, so I passed on the wine, but I loaded up a plate with all sorts of food”” raw and marinated veggies, a variety of cheeses, and Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Not surprisingly, the food at Equinox was really delicious.
I didn’t win any of the raffle prizes, but I went home with a fun goodie bag from SHAPE. Inside was a Pilates DVD, which I can’t wait to try. I might even do it today.
Thanks for a wonderful event, SHAPE and Equinox! You guys definitely opened my eyes to the importance of Pilates in my regular exercise routine.