Getting Away From Everything…Except Pilates

August 19, 2009

By Kristin McGee

Pilates has become so much a part of my life now that I just can’t seem to take a vacation from it. Tim and I just returned from a weeklong getaway in Maine. My student, Pip, has an incredible house on the beach in Kennebunkport and he offered to lend us his home for the week that his family was away. We were so excited for the opportunity, especially since Tim has to head back to Carnegie Mellon for his second—and last—year of his MBA program. Tim insisted we keep his laptop at home and that I refrain from checking email or doing anything work related. I struggled a bit with the idea but agreed it would be best to have a break from being online, and this way we could really enjoy each other’s company and the magnificent beauty that surrounded us. The computer could stay in NYC, but the Pilates Power Gym, on the other hand, simply could not!

The beautiful Maine shoreline

The beautiful Maine shoreline

I’m very fortunate to be the Pilates expert for the Pilates Power Gym on the Home Shopping Network. The Pilates Power Gym is like a miniature Reformer/total-body gym all in one piece. The company discovered me through my Pilates presence and acting background, and ever since October 2008, I’ve been going to HSN almost once a month. I absolutely love to see how popular Pilates has become and I really support any kind of equipment that can bring Joseph Pilates’ brilliant method to a wider audience. If you feel like having a laugh and seeing me on HSN in the future, I’ll keep you posted on my next air dates through my blog and on twitter.

Anyway, I was hired to shoot a new set of DVDs to go along with the Pilates Power Gym and I needed to work on my routine. I figured with a whole week off of work in Manhattan, Maine would be the ideal location for me to have a little bit more space (instead of my tiny New York apartment) and free time (my teaching schedule is insane). I asked the company if they wouldn’t mind shipping a unit to Pip’s home and also told Pip it would be a house gift once I left. He was fine with it—but Tim was slightly upset. He could not believe I was having the Reformer shipped to Maine. He threw a stink for a little bit, but in the end he really supported me and gave me time to do some choreography and get some incredible workouts in. I felt amazing after each morning, moving on the machine and working all angles of my body while Tim lounged around. (I especially love using the leg straps and doing Leg Circles.) Afterward I could spend the entire day with him and I was a much happier fiancé. It also helped me stay connected to my core when we did our runs on the beach and our rowing in the kayaks on the ocean.

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