I finally took my second SLT class on Monday (SLT, short for Strengthen- Lengthen- Tone, is a Pilates-inspired class that uses an apparatus called the Megaformer, which is basically the standard Pilates Reformer on steroids.) This time, I took the class with Natalie Uhling Pozatek, an instructor who also teaches at Barry’s Bootcamp. I had heard some great recommendations for Natalie but the kicker was when Kira Stokes mentioned her and said that Natalie was a stickler for form too! I knew my next SLT class HAD to be with her since really, praise like that doesn’t come every day. When it comes to any workout method a form stickler for me is a good trait, but in something so new and challenging like SLT, it is an absolute necessity and that missing piece was what kept me from adoring SLT the first time I took it. I liked it a lot, but didn’t love it.
On Monday morning, I finally made it into Natalie’s class. In person, Natalie is just as stunning as she appears in all of her fitness modeling gigs but much more importantly, she is ridiculously charming and personable. She has a sweet, goofy side that made me immediately like her. Natalie is just so comfortable when she starts to teach and most importantly VERY sure of what she is teaching. Seriously, nothing charms me more than that. Charming and commanding is a hard line to walk and she does it with ease.
In SLT, like in Pilates, it makes all of the difference if you are doing the moves correctly and the moment Natalie started the class, I knew we were in good hands. Her instructions were clear, concise and with almost every move she demonstrated it long enough to make sure that we were all doing the move before hopping off and making the rounds to each of us. She was very hands-on and I LOVED her for it. The moves are really challenging in SLT and it is easy to over compensate by leaning out of alignment, but she never once let anyone of us get away with any cheat at all. She would quickly move over to anyone doing the move wrong and correct us. Even though Natalie’s corrections made the moves a million times harder, it also made the class intense, exciting, AND a fun experience – because even though I knew I would be sore the next day, I also knew her keen eye wouldn’t let me hurt myself by doing something wrong. That is a huge big deal, if I know an instructor is really watching, correcting and intensely engaged with making sure I am doing the move right, I will do anything asked. Two days later, I was still sore (seriously there were some crazy moves that apparently hit muscles in my inner thighs that I didn’t know existed) BUT I am now completely smitten with SLT, which is exactly what I had been hoping for when I walked into class on Monday!
I can’t wait to take another class with Natalie…
Top and bottom images from SLT’s website. Middle image of Natalie Uhling Pozatek from a recent photoshoot by Coty Tarr via Natalie’s Facebook page.