Long time fans of The Daily Triangle (and really, who isn’t a long time fan?) will remember my discovery of InsideOut Body Therapies in Durham last fall. At the time, I was just happy to find a new pilates studio with classes affordable enough to preserve almost all of Noodle’s food budget.
Now that I’m taking classes in Bethesda, I have to give InsideOut some additional props and North Carolina love. Namely, because their instructors universally avoid being the type of people who manage to both aggressive and passive aggressive in the same sentence.
At first, my classes in Bethesda were just fine, despite the fact that they promote “Power” Pilates. I hate how type-A cities have to take calm, zen practices meant to focus on things like deep breathing and make them more intense. Hence, the proliferation of hot yoga in New York, which is a great idea for those of you who find it more pleasant to twist into a pretzel in a room pumped up past 100 degrees. But, I was tolerating this “powerful” version of pilates until I took a class with a man I can only describe as “bitchy instructor dude”.
Sorry, but I’m not paying you to snap at the poor woman next to me every five minutes for being a step behind, belittle her confusion, or curse when she’s struggling to set up her space. Luckily I escaped this dude’s wrath by being a newbie, but yeesh – super uncomfortable, not to mention nervewracking.
And now that my rant is over, I can tell you that I can’t wait to go back to InsideOut once I return back to school – you don’t know how good you’ve got it ’til it’s gone! InsideOut has a cheerful staff, experienced instructors, beautiful equipment space, and just the right amount of challenge. See, I do think North Carolina does some things better!
Side story: on my way back through Bethesda one night, I stopped by the Barnes & Noble and popped into the bathroom. Parents of suburban teenagers, if your daughter tells you she’s going to hang out at the bookstore, she isn’t lying. But, part B is that she’s going there to hide in the ladies room with her friends, one of whom will pierce her nose.