Sometimes you get an email that you have to read, read again and then whoop out loud. I couldn’t believe my luck when I received an email to let me know I’d been chosen to be part of a blogger swap with Malaysia Airlines, spending a weekend in Kuala Lumpur with a Malaysian blogger. I was paired with Evelyn from Missy Blurkit. We spent a day together in London a few weeks ago where as well as taking her to a Project Awesome session, we took in the main tourist sights- Changing of the Guard, Big Ben, the London Eye, Borough Market, Tower Bridge, and Afternoon Tea.
This weekend I took my trip to KL and I have so much to share with you. It isn’t my first time to the city, but I haven’t been for 5 years during my gap year- a lot has changed, including me!
One of the things I was really keen to experience was a workout class whilst in KL, and the team at Malaysia Airlines went all out. Evelyn and I were treated to a private class with the lovely Ginny at Vision Pilates in Petaling Jaya. (Petaling Jaya, also known as PJ is the city next to KL, and easy to get to by train or 20min taxi).
After 3 hours sleep thanks to jet lag, I knew that a workout class was just what I needed to wake myself up- that and a few coffees with breakfast. We arrived at the studio whilst a yoga class, and private Pilates class were in session. The machines were slightly different to the ones I’d used in London, and really did look a little like torture devices!
We began with a bit of warm up standing on the floor before moving on to the machines. As runners both Evelyn and I had extremely tight quads, hamstrings and hip flexors, so we focused on working these.
There was no slacking off with Ginny watching our every move, she corrected us, ensured that each move was performed accurately. There were occasions when she would give us an instruction, and neither of us were able to do it, so she had to change her style of instructions, such as ‘imagine I’m going to pinch your bum’. It really worked!
My abs and glutes were burning, with Ginny shouting out ‘5 more’ on pretty much every set. We completed some moves I haven’t done in class before, including my new favourite where we stood on the reformer with one leg, pushed back with that leg whilst raising our other leg into a standing splits style move. We had to repeat this numerous times at speed- certainly raised the heart rate.
A great start to an amazing weekend! More to come tomorrow!