In addition to the physical benefits, my friends and I have a chance to chat and rant and plan and support and encourage and reassure and praise and reset. We do this in-between moves - it works for us, since there are only a few of us and we aren't beginners anymore. Our children play together with a babysitter while we "workout" - which is what they understand their mamas are doing. This arrangement has also worked really well for Baby - she loves the sitter and her friends, and feels so comfortable in the environment. It has given her a chance to play in a small group setting with kids her age, and the regularity of the routine has also been beneficial. I cannot think of a better way to attend a pilates class!
I'll also add that since we moved to Chicago, I don't have many running partners. I do run with Baby (!!), my husband, and whichever Sticks happen to be in town, but I'm not in a club or on a team and I don't attend group runs (although almost every running store has at least one organized group run - usually free). But my schedule doesn't really allow for that now, and I've adjusted to the solitude. I don't mind running solo at all, but I do miss the conversation that would often elevate an ordinary group run. Not to mention connecting with other runners and meeting people like me. So, in a way, pilates workouts have allowed me that chance to socialize during a workout.
Here's a pic my friend took at yesterday's workout -
First Note: despite my silliness posing on the reformer, we are all business during the hour long workout...I'm just a goofball and that is NOT a pilates pose ... ;)
Second Note: We rarely use the reformer during our classes, though we have on occasion. We typically do mat classes.
Third Note: I highly recommend pilates for core strength and flexibility - especially if you are a runner! But that is just my opinion. No one paid me to say that.