It’s corny but it’s true. It can also be hard to live by even though it’s true. Pilates trains you how to engage muscles you may never have thought about. That means that while you may think you can’t do a sit up or a roll over, it’s more likely (assuming you don’t have any injuries) that your muscles have just never learned how. You need to train them by practicing.

I have seen clients, after sometimes months of struggle, show me that they have practiced an exercise and now they can do it. It is thrilling to watch someone learn how to use their body. Sometimes they have conquered obstacles that seem small, like breast stroke prep, but are really very difficult. Other times they have worked on exercises everyone struggles with like teaser, roll over, or plank.

When you practice an exercise and you finally reach your goal and complete the task, it is worth every ounce of energy you put forth. You won’t be disappointed. I know people can do anything if they really put their mind to it–literally. You have to train your mind to engage the right muscle groups. I believe you can do it. Now here comes the hardest part, often harder than the practice. You have to believe you can do it. Once you know you can, practicing won’t seem like such a pain.