For those of you who didn’t know, yesterday was the US’s first National Fitness Day! It was organized by Class for a Cause when co-founders realized there wasn’t a dedicated day they could use to raise money for various fitness-related causes. With the addition of a National Fitness Day, they chose to fundraise for Girls on the Run – an amazing organization that works to empower young women through running.
Being the first year, fundraising classes were piloted in New York, San Francisco, and LA, however that just wasn’t going to work for me. In an effort to bring it to Chicago, I reached out to my dear friend Madeline at Pilates ProWorks. She put me in touch with studio-owner Amber and together we were able to organize two 7am classes at a discounted rate with all proceeds going to Girls on the Run. I cannot speak more highly of working with Amber – she answered all of my silly questions (this was my first time organizing a class and I had a few too many – whoops), provided a ton of pictures to use for promotion, and sent out multiple emails to her members. She really went above and beyond anything I expected!
As I mentioned, there were two classes offered: Pilates Pro and Bootcamp. Although I partook in the Pilates Pro class (and had a blast), I heard nothing but great things about Bootcamp.
This was my first reformer workout and man was it tough! This class was all about slow and controlled movements to target certain muscles – something that I am not used to. For me being a first-timer, Madeline did an amazing job explaining each of the positions, demonstrating, and then adjusting us as necessary – something that I really appreciated and was thankful for it being a smaller class. Lauren, who took the Bootcamp class had similar feedback and really appreciated Abbie modifying her form, especially when using the TRX bands.
All in all, it was a very successful first National Fitness Day and I cannot wait to see it grow over time! A HUGE thank you to Amber, Madeline, and Abbie at Pilates ProWorks West Loop – you helped to bring the movement to Chicago and raise $225 for Girls on the Run! I could not be more thankful!
If you ever have the opportunity (or just need to try out a new routine), I highly recommend checking out this amazing studio.
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