something about how I’m a hooker

I’ve been going to a Pilates class for a few weeks now and I love it. Not just like it, but love it. As in I’m willing to get up at 5:15 twice a week for it. The only problem is, I can’t sit up (without flailing my arms or hooking my feet) to save my life. Thankfully the mats have straps for people like me.

Here’s what we we do at least 50 times each class. Step 1) Lie flat on your back, arms raised to the ceilings, heels anchored to the mat.

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Step 2) Slowly raise your head, then shoulders, rolling all the way up.IMG_0038

Step 3) Sit up tall.IMG_0037

And here’s me after step 2.IMG_0036

I get stuck.

The thing is, I’ve never been able to do a sit up without hooking my feet for as long as I can remember (and I can remember what I wore on the first day of school in first grade — Mrs. Hill’s class, pink shirt and plaid jumper. I cried and she let me sit on her lap in circle time). I thought maybe something was wrong with my lower back, like my lumbar just doesn’t curve that way… Therefore I cannot slouch very well either. But I digress.

I don’t think anything is wrong with me, I just have weak, tight hip flexors. Check out this post about “ending your lower belly pooch.”

So in an attempt to actually be able to sit up some day, I’ve been doing these quick and easy stretches and really paying attention to my lumbar position. No more hooking my foot under the coffee table to get up when I’m reclined on the couch. No more poking my butt out subconsciously when I’m just standing around. It’s hard.

I wonder how long it will take me to be able to sit up. Or maybe I’m just destined to have to hook.

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2 thoughts on “something about how I’m a hooker

  1. Ooh, I’m so eager to try these stretches! I think I might have similarly week muscles.

    Also, I used to do a Pilates video ALL THE TIME in undergrad. I miss it. I liked it more than yoga, I think…

    • The stretches are great! …I’m having a hard time remembering not to arch my lower back when I’m just going about my day.

      And I think I like Pilates more than yoga. I feel like I’m getting stronger rather than looser/flexible.

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