It’s a Process

True confessions I’m a Pilates Teacher, and I still can’t do a perfect roll up. I’ve been working on it for years, and I’ve made progress but I’m not where I want to be yet. It’s frustrating at times. I should be able to do this effortlessly at this point shouldn’t I? I have students nail it in three tries!

Why is my body so challenging? Is it the abdominal surgeries, tight hips … I can come up with plenty of excuses. Or is it that we aren’t supposed to master Pilates in a day, week, month, or year?

The reality is if I’d mastered it the first time I tried would I have been so hooked on Pilates? One of the reasons I kept coming back in the beginning was because it was hard, and I could not do it all. I wanted to get better. I wanted to work at it and improve. I am a goal-oriented person, and I made conquering Pilates my goal. I have in some ways… but I’m still working in other ways. The thing is Pilates is not really something you conquer. Do you ever master Pilates … I doubt it. But you do progress, and you do improve, and you do master movements. There is always room for improvement.

Not being able to do everything in Pilates within the first few classes is also what gave me my quest for knowledge and desire to learn more and become a Pilates teacher. Does that mean if Pilates comes easy to you you’ll loose interest – not necessarily. I believe their are different levels of Pilates. In the beginning it is all about having your movement look like the teacher’s. Next it’s an exploration of where you feel the work and what you are using versus what you aren’t using. There is a fine tuning phase, and phase of trying more difficult choreography. Often there is a desire to go back to the basics and experiences that again from a more body aware space. The goals in Pilates are not as simple as getting the basketball in the hoop or running a desired pace.

In a workshop I attended a few weekends ago, the instructor shared with us a story about her Yoga practice and a conversation she had with her yoga instructor. She explained she’s been doing yoga for several years now but still does not do some of the movements like the instructor. She questioned the instructor and asked, ‘Why does my ‘specific movement’ not look as good as yours?’  The instructor replied, “Have you done it 100,000 times? Because I have.”  It’s a good point – practice, practice, and practice some more. Don’t compare yourself to someone who has done so much more than you. It takes work. It takes time. It takes a willingness to learn and maybe fail for a while. Learning new movement patterns and unlearning old ones is challenging but maybe that’s also why we love it and keep coming back for more!



3 thoughts on “It’s a Process

  1. Lucie, This is Bart Laube (username ADMIN_1992) we used to work together at Interbrand, for some reason your blog showed up on my linked in and I check in on it from time to time. I get what your saying in this post, I do a lot of drawing, guitar playing and various other distractions that are all about process. I could focus on what is NOT happening right now or goals I have not achieved but if I only do that then my entire life will be spent wanting. I would rather spend it appreciating. I suffer from mild depression so I constantly struggling to stay afloat. I can get bogged down in other peoples negative thoughts. And preoccupied with news stories. All leading me down a rabbit hole. I am happily married and hope you don’t see this reply as some sort of creepy come on (too old for that), but I wanted to say you are doing great! keep up the good work!

      1. hey Lucie! I hope this message finds you well. I just logged into this profile after I lost touch for what looks like a couple of years. I am listening to Pilates Unfiltered no 98 and hoping to hear your voice again. I listen to podcasts everyday so it is nice to hear something different. This is probably more info than you want but, I am diabetic now and met with a nutritionist yesterday. I cut sugar and carbs out of my diet but have plateaued on weight loss. I was doubling down on saturated fats though to make up for the lack of flavor. I need to cut that out. Anyway I love that you are so dedicated to your fitness goals. What motivates you? anyway, stay in touch… Bart

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