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GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU MOVE YOUR FRAME

07.09.20

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE COMING BACK TO IRL CLASSES

By jayne

Reunited and it feels so goooood

“Have you been Back Yet?”
“Is the vibe a bit… weird?”
“Does it feel safe??”

So this is a random sampling of my Instagram DMs after I posted a photo on my stories on my way to a class at Frame a few weeks ago. So many questions. Turns out that even some of my most exercise-hooked friends – the type who have been known to get out of bed in the pitch black and freezing cold to squeeze in a pre-work class in deep midwinter – haven’t quite made it back to IRL Framing yet.

To answer the questions first. Yes I have been back about once a week – the first class was a shock to the system, no doubt about it. No, the vibe isn’t weird at all, I am glad to report that the joyous Frame spirit is alive and well. Yes, with temperature checks and personal cleaning kits it feels safe and clean and responsible – and healthy, too, which has never been more important.

But I totally get where the questions are coming from. In lockdown I was still working out – or at least, I thought I was. I was running – but only when it was sunny, and not if it was too hot, and not if the park was really busy. I was doing live classes at home – but what with being interrupted by my family and my dog and the postman, I wasn’t always all that focussed. At the time I thought I was keeping myself fit, but looking back it was kind of….half-hearted.

Twenty minutes into my first post-lockdown Reformer Pilates with Robin at Shoreditch, I remembered what a proper session feels like. The way it wears you out but somehow makes you feel amazing for the rest of the day. The energy you get from a smiling-but-brutal instructor. How good it feels to be in a team, working together, for 45 minutes.

I’m back. And it feels good. Except for my abs, which are absolutely killing me.

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