The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Try this motto for the New Year: “Be kind to you body.”
I have watched with fascination, people putting their bodies through the wringer during gym or boot camp workouts. Their faces look pained as they push their bodies one more time. Worse yet, their pain over-shadows any attempt to worry about correct body form. Unfortunately, many do not understand what the correct form should be as they focus on the concept that “more is better”. If they are lucky they finish their workout with no injuries. Their bodies have just practiced a variety of exercises with poor posture, hunched shoulders, curved spines, slack abdominals……
*The body learns and remembers what has been practiced. If you train a body to perform with imbalances then that is what it will remember when you leave a workout.
I listen to stories from my students of how they dreaded going to their gym or doing boot camp. They started with great enthusiasm, but after a short time the novelty wore off and the workouts happened less and less. The grim realization that it was going to take months to achieve their goals, not just a couple of weeks, discouraged them. Even though they knew it took some time to get out of shape they were still discouraged at how long it was taking to see results.
Pilates for Beginners is a full body workout. What surprises most new-comers to Pilates is: 1. How fast they see results. 2. How relaxed and energized they feel after a class. 3. How fast a 1 hour class goes by!
If your current or past exercise regim isn’t working well for you, try something different. To stick to an exercise regim you need to find something that is a treat, not a chore. Pilates focuses on good posture and correct alignment every exercise. The request I get the most from people coming to Pilates is that they want their posture and core strength to improve. They are aware that their poor posture is causing pain and muscle tension throughout their body. Anyone who has experienced back pain knows how tiring it can be.
If you are a Pilates Beginner and you have set the goal to become stronger and pain free in the New Year, give us a call at 604 809-9463 and ask for Julie. We will help you take the first steps – they are the most difficult.
Julie Akin – Pilates Instructor – Synergy Staying Fit Pilates –White Rock / South Surrey