I get these questions in various forms from friends, acquaintances, and people on social media; however, I am always hesitant to answer for several reasons.
My journey and experience are not your journey and experience.
First, exercise is part of my job. Many of my workouts are research and development for classes and programming that I want to offer you. You shouldn’t expect to devote the same amount of time and energy to fitness (unless you want to, and that’s great too). To the average woman, what I do may look crazy. I get that 100 percent. Just because I do something doesn’t mean that you should do something.
I typically do some form of movement six to seven days a week in the early morning hours. If you hear that, you might think well, there is no way I can do that, so what’s the point of even trying? That is not what I want for you.
My goal as an instructor is to show you your options and facilitate you in trying out those options. What works for me or Jane down the street may or may not work for you. Concentrating on what will work for YOU and fits into YOUR lifestyle is best. I will happily talk about that and would be thrilled to help you with your journey.
Second, in the age of curated social media, you may see celebrities or fitness instructors showing their exercise routines to the world. How often have you seen headlines like “trainer to ______ celebrity show you how______ celebrity got into shape for a ______ role?” While I think it’s fun to see, I also know, and you should know, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
Two things tend to happen when we see that kind of content. One, you start to think that workout is the end all be all because said celebrity looked fantastic and was kicking butt in that movie. Two, you think there is no way I could do that (or would want to).
It’s essential to remember that the fitness instructor showing the workout would also be knowledgeable about the particular situation of the celebrity in question, so they have curated a workout specific to their needs (not yours). Second, their lifestyle and your lifestyle are probably vastly different, and you can’t compare what works for them with what works for you or what’s possible for them compared to what’s possible for you.
My goal is to inspire you to move better, get stronger and live the life YOU WANT.
The key to staying consistently motivated to exercise is finding something YOU enjoy, effectively meeting YOUR goals, and fitting into YOUR lifestyle and circumstances. Do I do the same workouts that I program and film for you? Yes, absolutely, because they work and are fun to do! Part of the reason I program 30 minutes or less classes is that I have found that to be a manageable amount of time most people can regularly devote to exercise (i.e., It fits into most people’s lifestyles without sacrificing much). My goal is to get more people moving their bodies and doing Pilates, not to try to get you to do the same workout routine as me.
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