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I took my first Pilates class today. It seemed like the right thing to do, although the fashion of it irritates me and I have failed at most class-based fitnesses in the past. Aside from my running group, which was more like play than anything, even for me, the lazy-ass slowpoke who always brought up the rear while getting yelled at to pick it up. I did yoga for a while at a studio on my block in New York, until I caught a cold that I continue (probably unfairly) to hold against yoga. We were really packed like hot sardines in there, and one guy kept moaning out loud every time we held a pose, plus in general I don’t like sweating that close to strangers. Also it seemed like a total head game to me: there was just too much down time while you listened to yourself breathe and stared at your own armpits. No thanks.

As for Pilates: I loved it! There’s complicated machinery involved, which lends the whole affair the imaginary risk of medieval limb loss, and it moved at a snappy pace so I did not fall asleep. In other words, say hello to the new Kari! Exactly the same as the old Kari, only very very wise.

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