Chickens! They are fun, friendly, and productive members of any farm. But are your chickens fit? Are they strong and balanced? Are they flexible? Are they breathing correctly and using their core? Probably not. They're chickens!
If you'd like to try and teach your chickens Pilates go right ahead. That would be awesome! If I could teach my chickens anything I would teach them to not only lay the eggs but also prepare them into a delicious plate of Eggs Benedict. Yum!!
However, this article isn’t about teaching chickens Pilates, it’s about teaching you how to conquer your fear of Pilates, i.e. being a chicken.
Now being a chicken is not a bad thing, often times it’s a good thing. Fear of sharks, snakes, spiders, clowns, are all reasonable fears. All of those things could kill you. But many fears we tend to manifest are not always legitimate and I believe that Pilates is among them.
Throughout my years of practicing and teaching Pilates I have heard many different reasons from people as to why they haven’t tried it.
1. “It’s too hard”
2. “I’m not in good enough shape”
3. “I hate working out in front of people”
4. “Those machines look scary”
5. “It’s too expensive”
While I do understand that these are all legitimate reasons they should not prevent you from experiencing what could be a life changing event; you’re first Pilates session.
Allow me to put your mind at ease.
1. Difficulty: Yes, it’s hard, but that’s good! Challenging ourselves is an important part of growth and development, not only physically but mentally. However, it is up to your trainer to monitor your progress. If you are finding yourself straining through the exercises then it is too much and you need to back it up a step. Pilates is not about “muscling through.” Pilates is a system based on precision. Ideally each movement should be mastered before moving on to the next.
2. Physical Condition: You do not need to be in any kind of “shape” to do Pilates. The beauty of Pilates is that it is for everyone. Fat or skinny, young or old, weak or strong, anyone can do Pilates. Even Para and Quadriplegics do Pilates!
3. Social Fear: For those of you who don’t like crowds, many Pilates sessions are given in the form of private lessons. One-on-one with a skilled and knowledgeable instructor. That means just you and me. Conquering the world!
4. Intimidating Apparatus: The machines are not as scary as they look. As a matter of fact, they are really quite fun. Did you know you can jump horizontally on the Reformer? Hang upside down on the Cadillac? And break into a full sweat just by working on the Chair? The machines offer such a diverse variety of exercises, you will NEVER get bored!
5. Expense: Yes, it’s expensive. There is no getting around that. Good instructors are highly trained and continue to educate themselves throughout their careers. This often means traveling to seminars and classes which can be very costly. Quality equipment and insurance is expensive. Did you get that? Quality equipment and insurance is expensive! These costs are reflected in studio pricing….. BUT when you consider your Pilates practice as a means of preventative health the cost is minimal to what you might be facing in medical bills obtained from a sedentary lifestyle. Your health is priceless. Priceless!
So put aside your fears and come see me. Pilates will help you feel the best you’ve ever felt! I guarantee it. Give it a try.
And please feel free to bring your chickens.
Hope to see you soon!