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.
Pilates teaches you to accept yourself as you are today. Once you start training you are in the driver’s seat and in control of conditioning and toning your own body to the level that feels best for you. We all have limitations and especially as we age. We also all have our own goals and physical needs. You will feel empowered knowing that you could look better and feel better in just a few weeks.
In a class of 4 people I may have 1 person who runs marathons, another who is dealing with chronic pain, another who loves attending classes for social interaction, and the last one who needs to tone-up and lose a few inches. They all have different goals and I enjoy helping each person attain them. What is important for me as a Pilates instructor is to ensure that the process is a positive one. Pilates training advances a person’s physical conditioning so quickly that my students often forget what they couldn’t do 2 months ago. So a gentle reminder helps to inspire them to go further.
We all have days when we want to give up. Give yourself the permission to take a day off or simply do a few of your favourite exercises. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your Pilates instructor when you feel yourself sliding into a negative headspace and straying from classes. Often a student has set their goals too high and they feel discouraged even after considerable improvement. Extra stress in a person’s daily life can also drag them into a slump. Sometimes a short break is the way to go with a committment to start fresh again in a few weeks when things have calmed down.
Pilates training progresses each body at the speed that is best suited to the individual. Exercises are easily modified for each person’s ability and there is no pressure for everyone to keep up with the others. As a Pilates instructor I am constantly having to remind people what they have going for them. As one student complains that they have tight hamstrings and can not imagine themselves ever being able to do what the person beside them can do, it is just as easy for me to point out that they have something else that everyone in the class envies, including me. We laugh and carry on.
Pilates is a journey. However fast or slow, you will progress, and that progress will help you in other physical aspects of your life. It starts with accepting your body as it is today. I look forward to helping you along that journey.
Pilates Instructor at Synergy Pilates in White Rock / Surrey, BC