I was reintroduced to pilates last year at Fine Tune and I really enjoyed it. It’s something that I don’t typically do because I’m not flexible and like lifting weights – I have since learned that this should have been a very clear indication that I should absolutely be doing Pilates!
In an effort to stay on track (and get limbered up!) we headed over to Misfit Studios for a little lengthening and leaning action with their famed Get Lifted class. This class is all about the mind, body and soul – connecting you to yourself all while getting a decent sweat on. The promise is to work you out from your fingertips to the tip of your toes and I would have to say I was surprised how hard you can work your body on a mat with three light balls – man do those balls get heavy quickly!
Misfit is in the coolest space, an old church in the Queen West West, hood. The chilled out vibe is laid out as soon as you cross the threshold and head up the stairs passing a mural of cascading dancing bodies that twirl up the stairs. The smell of incense fills the air and once in the studio an alter that houses many deities (hello, Elvis) you know you’re in a cool spot. All at once serene and playful.
Our teacher, Robyn, walked us through every move encouraging us to connect with our breath to move us past the more difficult moments. Robyn, was focused on getting us to set up our movements with strange preparatory shakes and wiggles and it wasn’t until halfway through the workout that we realized how necessary those were.
The class was tough especially for those of us who need to work on our flexibility (namely, me!) but at the end we all felt great. Inspired, strong and stretched – what more do you want from a workout? Plus the playlist was AMAZING! I am literally nothing without good music.
If you’re looking for a great spot for a workout and a little moment of calm check out Misfit Studio.