Literal. Clear. To the Point. I love it when a Pilates teacher does not mince words.
I thought I'd share a few of my faves.
1. My personal favorite and a Sandy Shimoda special.
I have heard this one many many times. Weekly actually. Making the exercises as painstakingly perfect as you possibly can makes for a tense, slow turn of events. Oops, almost forgot Sandy has another fine quote for that too.
The suspense is killing me.
This one popped out due to the glacial pace of my Thigh Stretch on the Reformer. Her comment was memorable. And my Thigh Stretch is the better for it.
2. My own commitment to connection.
It's easy to poop-out in the middle of the exercise.
To anticipate the lying down in the Roll Up. Oh, mat so comfy…
To rest when you roll up to sit in Spine Stretch. Cause sitting up tall is soooo easy…
To lie down for a little too long between reps of the Teaser.
Oh you know you've done it. We've all been there. I'm aghast when my teacher points up a little secret rest that's crept in unbeknownst to me. Gah!
My quote takes inspiration from Kerry DeVivo who was the first teacher to explain an ultimate goal of the Pilates workout. Use the exercises to find connection when you begin your workout and never let it go until the workout is finished.
3. Karen Frischmann of Vintage Pilates fame in top form.
Lessons with Karen are jam-packed with revelation. This one pertains specifically to the action of the upper back in the 2nd of the Stomach Massage Series on the Reformer. Mostly we (I) want to squeeze the shoulders together and back, essentially squishing the upper back.
Squishing is not really engagement.
It's just squishing.
Long the Back! Yes!
Squish the Shoulders!
I don't think so.
In the 2nd of the Stomach Massage series as well as its other exercise friends (Reverse Push Thru and Long Back Arms on the Cadillac, Backward Arms on the Wunda Chair) there is more to be had in the broadening of the upper back effectively relaxing the shoulders (in lieu of the squish) which will result in greater more yummy stretch across the chest.
And don't forget to Long the Back!
4. Kathi Ross-Nash gets extra points for gravitas.
I just think this one is hilarious.
I've tried to steal it, but I don't quite own it and it falls flat… But when it comes from Kathi I have to giggle. She says it in a sweet and gentle (mocking?) voice of false comfort while you wrestle with an exercise of outrageous proportion.
Reformer on the Mat anyone?
5. Cynthia Lochard gets right to the point.
I am guilty of this myself (of course) and it's a wonderful mantra for clients. It may seem like you need to take a moment to rest.
But maybe you don't.
What would happen if you willed yourself to continuously move for the entire hour?
Endurance. Stamina. Perseverance.
Not too shabby.
6. Jay Grimes always has a gem at the ready.
It's one of my favorites, really and it's always delivered in a silky-soft soothing voice while you sweat it out doing no less than the Twist with One Arm on the Reformer – ALL of it mind you.
7. Romana quoting Joe Pilates. This one's a keeper.
Pilates is hard, yo. And full of tough love.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger…yes?