I took a "Pilates" class in Mexico last week, when we were on spring break in Puerto Vallarta. The hotel, The Marriott Casamagna, offers a spa with a small gym and some group classes. twice a week they have a Pilates class. Of course I had to try it.
I was hoping it would be great, and I missed my classes in San Francisco, I really wanted the Pilates to be "real". I was soo disapointed to realize this was not Pilates at all. I suspect the instructor hadn't actually taken a course, the 4! pilates exercises she did, during this 1 hour class, were all done in a very "different" way (like she had read one (bad) book maybe). AND no 100's, in my opinion there is no Pilates matclass without the 100s.
No extension (but one cat stretch at the end of the class) or twisting, just all flexion stuff, lots of yoga type excersises and stretches. Seems like she was making it up as she went, there was absolutely no flow.
It makes me mad actually.
Anyway, I am off to my reliable mat class at Simply Balanced studio in half an hour. It is always good and I love that the instructor is incredible knowledgable, she is great, Susan Powers. If you can, I really recommend that you try her class.