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In which Pilates has “gears”


I’ve been doing Pilates in some form or another for about 6 years.  I’ve been doing specialized equipment classes for at least 4 of those years, which is what makes the following conversation so funny.


Pilates has a bunch of equipment and classes from mat classes (self-explanatory: they’re done while laying on a mat), Tower classes (done on a Pilates Tower), Reformer classes (done on a Pilates Reformer) and now they even have Pilates Xtend and Pilates Stick classes.


I just tried this new Xtend stick class and it’s so difficult. Nonetheless, this post is about a conversation I had this morning while going to my weekly reformer class.  So I got to class and just went to lie down on the reformer before class hoping that my coffee would kick in soon.  (Don’t you love that? When you know you’ve had the coffee but you are still waiting for the kick in the ass the caffeine will provide?)


My instructor, Amanda, said to me:


Amanda:                     Lynn, you need to put that in First Gear


Me:                              Put what in first gear?


Amanda:                     The reformer


Me:                              The reformer has gears?


Amanda:                     yes, you know how to do it


Me:                              I have never done that.  In fact, I never heard of these “so-called gears”


Amanda:                     Well, they have them


Me:                              You’ve never mentioned them before


Amanda:                     you just don’t ever listen


Now this is true; I mean I LISTEN but I’m often spaced out


Me:                              ok, so what do I do?


Amanda:                     unhook the springs and move the stick


Me:                              the stick is the gear?


Amanda:                     yes, and then put the block in


Me:                              I can’t find any block


Amanda:                     good grief Lynn, here’s the block


Me:                              ok done … now what?


Amanda:                     put the springs back on


Me:                              why is it called first gear if it’s in the second slot?


Amanda:                     I don’t know.  I didn’t invent Pilates or the name


Me:                              well what’s the other gear called?


Amanda:                     negative gear


Me:                              that’s incredibly stupid


Amanda:                     if it’s ok by you, can we start the class now?


And I looked around and the other 3 people were patiently waiting for me to be a moron.  I guess I should say as per usual.  There was a new person there and on her first class she was better than I’ll ever be.  When I asked her about it she said she is a former dancer.  Those former dancers are always better at Pilates.  I can never remember the jargon.


Just today I totally forgot where the sacrum was even though not too long ago I wrote a post on it.  Pilates is a test for my brain too it seems.

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  1. Mayor Gia
    February 15, 2013

    Haha! I thought this was going to be about someone being like “CMON LADIES! TIME TO KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR!!”
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  2. Sheri
    February 15, 2013

    I have tried Pilates but my body will not cooperate – I have 0 flexibility, but I’m strong, really strong. Here’s my recent funny workout conversation:
    CrossFit Coach Tim: We’re going to work on core stability. You need to tap into your inner gymnast.
    Me: Great. My inner gymnast is a weight-lifter.

    That’s so funny in my head. I have no idea how it plays in the real world.
    Have a great Friday.

    • Lynn
      February 15, 2013

      Well I thought it was a funny response

  3. Jester Queen
    February 15, 2013

    Now I want pictures of all these various thingies. I have no idea what a reformer is, though it sounds like a medieval torture instrument to me. “The prisoner is a baddun”. “Right. Draw and Quarter him. But first, you’d better REFORM him”

  4. doug
    February 16, 2013

    Oh I say….

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