Plank Story: Moby Bring Sally Up

Matt will be very active with me.  He will hike, kayak, and a can be convinced to run once in a very rare while or if he’s worried I’m running somewhere unsafe.  While he likes movement, he loathes exercise.  Pilates would be great for him, but he’ll nearly never do it.  But I figured out his Achilles heel—the secret that will get Matt down on the mat. The trick involves Moby Bring Sally Up.

Last night I was inspired to sing to him, “Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? Just like me, they long to be, close to you.”  Those were the only words I remembered, so I sang them on repeat.  His face shifted to this look of angsty compassion.  His cringing brow declared, “I love you, but the sound coming out of your voice is causing intense pain,”  He wouldln’t admit it, but his face, and the bleeding ears, couldn’t hide the reality.  At first I thought he might just not like the Carpenters.  But then I realized it was me.  I stopped singing and asked if he wanted to try this plank challenge I’d heard […]

Plank Story: Moby Bring Sally Up2018-05-23T15:48:32-04:00

Eyes on the Prize…How to Make Exercise Easier

I’m not sure I’m an Eyes on the Prize kind of workout person.  No doubt when I’m running a race, the second that finish line comes into view I’ll hone in on it, and I’ll run faster.  But I’m not sure that makes running easier or more fun for me.

That's me in the blue focused on the finish line That’s me in the blue focused on the finish line

Half the fun is looking around and not being focused.  The distraction of nature or talking to a friend is part of what gets me out there in the first place.

Now, send me on a hike instead, and I have to work to simply enjoy the serene surroundings.  I want to reach the top and only then can I stop and enjoy my surroundings fully.  So perhaps, the scenario matters.

But if you are someone who doesn’t like exercise or movement, this video might be helpful.  It proves that you can change your perceptive about how bad exercise is.  You can change your motivation by coming up with realistic goals.  If you are starting a walking plan or a running plan or a biking […]

Eyes on the Prize…How to Make Exercise Easier2017-10-25T15:49:50-04:00

You are NOT a failure

The Full Roll-Up (One of the hardest Pilates exercises to get right.) The Full Roll-Up (One of the hardest Pilates exercises to get right.)

Many people struggle with the full roll up in Pilates.  It’s an exercise where you lie flat on your back, legs straight, arms overhead and roll up to reach over your toes without using any momentum.  Do it right and it’s really hard.  Struggling with an exercise, not getting it even after years of practice is not a fail.

You showed up.  You are there.  You are trying.  You’d be failing if you weren’t working on something that was good for your body.  Even if it is subtle, when you are trying there is progress.  And, trust me, the body thanks you for the effort.

We can be very hard on ourselves and think we aren’t doing enough or good enough at whatever it is we are doing.  Let’s retrain our brains to feel better about our accomplishments.  If you are attending a fitness class today or going for a walk, try not to put yourself down if you don’t achieve each exercise perfectly.  I’m a professional Pilates instructor and […]

You are NOT a failure2017-10-25T16:07:27-04:00