5 Actions to Take RIGHT NOW for Pilates Excellence

1.

5 Actions to Take RIGHT NOW for Pilates Excellence

Pilates Enthusiasts

Get this one done. Schedule the lessons and keep yourself on the path to excellence. The benefits of Pilates are too numerous to list here, but consistency is the key (see #5). Learn your mat exercises to maintain your workout during the week between lessons and you'll have a workout 3-4x/week. If this doesn't sound like your M.O., you might want to schedule 2 lessons/week. Or more…

Jus' sayin'.

Teachers

This one is a biggie for me. In a recent issue of Pilates Style there was a question about what to do if you cannot afford regular lessons, or how to find discounted lessons. Although the question was answered in a very detailed manner, I was surprised that regular lessons were not given a higher regard.

…private sessions do not need to be taken on a regular basis and can be one-off, special events.

It was also advocated that 1 lesson per month would be sufficient. I have to disagree. I believe 1x/week is the minimum and I'm gonna tell you why.

  • I would not recommend that a client come 1x/month for lessons. As a teacher, we must be held to a higher standard.
  • Weekly lessons are an investment in your business.
  • Your depth of understanding of the method skyrockets exponentially.
  • To teach effectively we need to remember what it's like to be a student.
  • Joe Pilates was his own walking billboard. It can't hurt.

Thanks to technology internet lessons are also an option. Put a line item in the budget. Make it happen.

 

2.

5 Actions to Take RIGHT NOW for Pilates Excellence

Today there are continuing education events offered throughout the year in hundreds of locations. You may not even have to travel very far. You can find inspiration and learn from online video classes as well such as the lovely Pilatesology – as a supplement of course, not a substitute for actual they've-got-their-hands-on-me-and-I'm feelin'-it workshops with 1st and 2nd-generation teachers. Of course if possible run to as many workshops as you can, but at the bare minimum go to 1. I like to joke that I need a sponsor to support my ever-increasing Continuing Education habit.

Sponsors, if you are reading, Kathi Ross-Nash would also like one for wardrobe. Thanks.

Workshops contribute to our experience, expertise, they inspire us and connect us with peers and mentors. Which brings me to #3…

 

3.

5 Actions to Take RIGHT NOW for Pilates Excellence

Surround yourself with teachers that are better than you. Ones that have more experience and want to see you to up your game as well. A true learning environment is a great atmosphere for a studio. The clients can feel it. When you are around teachers that genuinely enjoy what they are doing it is infectious and everyone will rise to the occasion.

 

4.

5 Actions to Take RIGHT NOW for Pilates Excellence

Fill your schedule. Jay Grimes refers to the diploma you receive from your training program as your Learner's Permit. Now you will begin to teach and it is your clients who will truly be your teachers. The more you teach the more experience, confidence and expertise you will gain.

And then you can take all those private lessons you have been fantasizing about…

 

5.

5 Actions to Take RIGHT NOW for Pilates Excellence

Practice your exercises diligently with the fixed and unalterable determination that you will permit nothing else to sway you from keeping faith with yourself. At times you may feel tempted to “take a night off.”

Don't succumb to this momentary weakness of indecision, or rather, wrong decision. Decide to remain true to yourself.

Joe Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology

Workout at least 3x/Week minimum. A little bit every day is even better. You'll have a laugh at the ridiculous I-have-now-drunk-the-Kool-Aid things you say:

I feel amazing!

Hey, this Sh*!! really works! (Duh…)

Consistency. The benefits of the Pilates Method are cumulative. This one fits perfectly with #1. Your weekly lesson can help to inspire you and jumpstart your own workouts.

With a full schedule of teaching it can be challenging to attend to your own workout after a long workday. Feels kinda like you are still at work, I know. Don't be fooled by how many others you make do the Neck Pull.

It doesn't mean you have actually done it yourself.

Consistency will keep you in top form, ready for even further challenges presented by your teacher. There is so much to be had in every exercise of the method. I am always surprised by the depth and intelligence I continue to find within these wonderful exercises.

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3 Amazing Words = 1 New Pilates Equation

3 Amazing Words = 1 New Pilates Equation

The original Pilates equation we all know.

Strength + Stretch = Control

I propose an additional one.

Pilates: Focus+Flow=Excellence

An article by Janice L. Marturano found me this week.

It got me thinking about Pilates. Imagine that.

1. Focus

Center.

(OH yeah)

Concentration. Attention.

Pilates trains the mind as well as the body. As a teacher and practitioner of the Pilates Method I must show up and respond during my workday and I must pay attention during my workout. Pilates requires one to focus on the task at hand.

We are born with the capacity to be present.

When we train this capacity of the mind, we are learning to cultivate the space we need to make conscious decisions about how we spend our time.

It is in this space that we can bring all of our experiences, education and inner wisdom to the moment.

It is in this space that we begin to reveal our humanity and embody our passion to make a difference, to lead with excellence.

The more focus, the more one is truly present and therefore the greater the capacity for excellence.

Even the Pilates environment is conducive to focus. A place for everything and everything in its place. Pilates allows you to give yourself and your clients the respect of being present and engaged in what is going on right now in front of you.

3 Amazing Words = 1 New Pilates Equation

Eckhart Tolle has a lot to say about savoring the present moment.

As you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease…whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love – even the most simple action.

So our ‘simple action' is the Hundred and what follows it on any given day.

2. Flow

Flux. Circulation.

Movement.

Huzzah!

To honor the present moment is to be in the psychological state known as flow.

From Wikipedia:

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning.

In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.

That's me, positive and aligned… So in this state of flow we engage in our flowing movement. Trippy.

3. Excellence

Accomplishment.

You've done something.

Quality.

It's good.

Virtuosity.

Remarkably good.

3 Amazing Words = 1 New Pilates Equation

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