What's Your Favorite Way to Celebrate Your Pilates Progress...
It is always fun to see how far we’ve come. Who doesn’t love a great before and after shot of a home makeover, a weight loss success story or fashion makeover? But what about celebrating your Pilates progress…How far have you come in your Pilates journey? And how do you celebrate your Pilates progress?
Do You Remember How You Felt When You Started Pilates?
Sometimes clients actually forget how they felt, or what their body was capable of when they started. Do you remember how badly your feet cramped after only a few exercises during your first few Pilates sessions? How smooth was your roll in rolling like a ball? What other exercises or Pilates concepts seemed to make sense in your brain, but seemed impossible to execute in your body, and now they are a piece of cake, you barely have to think to move with ease! When was the last time you took a moment to celebrate your Pilates progress?
Did you know that Joseph Pilates celebrated “Champagne Moments” with his clients? Yep, when someone achieved a breakthrough, did an exercise that they’d been struggling with, or something fabulous and monumental while they were in the studio, everybody would stop their workouts, they’d pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, fill up little Dixie cups, cheer, toast, and celebrate the achievement. Quite a fun way to celebrate your Pilates progress don’t you think!
It’s important for us to remember the little moments in life when we’ve achieved “greatness!” But many of us forget our “Champagne Moments,” or don’t take time to celebrate them along the way…
I hate to see clients drop out of Pilates, frustrated, and feeling like they're not making progress. For new students often BIG changes happen right at the start, but most of the time it’s the accumulation of very small shifts and improvements that with time, make the biggest impact in our lives for better health and wellness. And achieving greatness takes time, patience, and consistency. But you can’t just celebrate reaching the BIG goal, you have to learn to celebrate your Pilates progress with all the little steps along the way. This is the motivation that can help keep you moving in the right direction.
It's good to have both short and long term "Pilates" goals to work on. With goals you have benchmarks. Every time you reach your next benchmark you have an opportunity to celebrate your success, and will have clear things to identify that can be “Champagne Moments” for you.
Take the initiative to keep the lines of communication open to stay in sync with your mind, body, AND Pilates teacher, to get the help you need to move forward so you can celebrate your Pilates progress. Whether you’ve been doing Pilates for a week, a year, or 20+ years, every Pilates workout gives you the opportunity to achieve greatness for a healthy, happy, well-balanced body.
Think about what you want to achieve, how you want your body to feel and look by practicing Pilates. What things in your daily life will improve? What things that are challenging for you now will be easier? What other sports and activities will you be able to enjoy? All of these answers will help you appreciate your efforts. Remember where you started, what you’ve achieved so far, and where you’d like to go to improve your strength, flexibility, and fitness for a healthy and active life. So now tell me, how do YOU plan to celebrate your Pilates progress?
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