Recently I read this great article, written by Lindsay Lopez of FORM Pilates in New York (find article here). I love her blog, she’s a hip, full-time Pilates instructor, wonderful writer, and always seems to be so down to earth. This week Lindsay wrote about her “dirty little secret,” declaring to the interweb that she has not worked out in months! Despite teaching Pilates on the daily, she had gotten out of the habit of working out and learned to dread her own practice.
I thought Lindsay’s story was incredibly honest, and is one I’ve heard many times before. We all get into this industry because we love movement. I’m sure every Pilates, or yoga teacher I know would be sitting behind a desk fidgeting away if not for the passion of movement bubbling inside them. That being said, we are not immune to becoming complacent with workouts, or losing momentum when it comes to the body.
Around January last year I found myself in a similar slump. My schedule was filled to the brim, I was taking on too many new classes and clients, I was exhausted, and felt that passion for movement slow to snails pace. Like Lindsay, “I was out of Pilates shape and nothing felt like it used to.” A feeling I never want to experience again. Luckily I have inspiring friends, and colleagues who helped me give my head a shake, and get back on the horse (or at least the reformer). Now I have my own practice that I love, and am oh so thankful for everyday. I make a point to tell my classes that I understand how hard the class is, because I’ve done it either earlier that day or earlier that week, I feel their pain!
You can catch me taking classes all over the city, at Ultimate Athletics in Summerhill, Body Harmonics in the Annex, or MISFITSTUDIO on Queen West. It’s the best to take classes with the people I teach (and torture) all the time, and to feel the burn alongside them.
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