Tiffany & Korin In Michi Pilates Wear 5 Apr

The Best Clothing For Pilates To Get You Excited To Workout

We Explore The Best Clothing For Pilates

 

Tired of wearing old sweatpants to get your flow on and need some motivation? It’s time to upgrade your go-to-gear. We speak with owners of Dynamic Pilates TV, Korin and Tiffany for their top picks on what to wear – on and off the reformer. Between them, Korin and Tiffany have tried and tested hundreds of active clothing brands. By fluctuating through products, they have learnt what is right for their body shape and what feels comfortable for them. 

If you’re in need for some motivation, Tiffany says “ I have started doing 10 minutes of cardio every morning, no matter what my day looks like. It’s really helped with my energy levels in the day. Ten minutes of jogging outdoors or on the treadmill loosens and warms up my body. I’m a strong believer of doing cardio everyday. I don’t advise starting your fitness regime on June 1st –  building stamina and energy now is important, building your fitness in winter or early spring is more realistic. That is why I’ve started now.” 

Leggings

When it comes to finding the right pair, there are several things to consider. They need to be high waisted enough not to ride down when you sit or bend; have a four-way stretch to allow for a full range of movement so that the material doesn’t go see-through when you squat. Quality and fit can vary widely between brands. 

Korin looks for something that is made from a compressive material as she finds these much more flattering, providing a seamless look. Full length is preferred, a cuff right down to the ankle, to elongate the legs. “I tend to steer away from patterns as they are not too flattering on me, I prefer darker, block colours usually”, adds Korin.  

Top tip: For all pilates leggings, be sure to follow the washing instructions, which are generally a cool, delicate wash and laying flat to dry. They’re not as hardy as running tights and this will help them keep their shape for longer.

Sport Top

If you prefer a dynamic session, you’ll want a top with good ventilation. And depending on how rigorous your practice is, you might also want to look for tops with sweat-wicking properties. 

Korin and Tiffany prefer crop tops and sports bras that provide good coverage for working out. A shorter cropped top is also preferred as they are less restrictive.

Whether you’re up for a stylish splurge or down to score a deal, the best Pilates brands are right this way: 

  1. Michiny 

The high-end brand you’ve been searching for, providing high-quality, luxurious gear. With Michiny you really get what you pay for, infact Korin still uses their activewear that she purchased when the DPTV website launched two years ago.  

  1. Beyond Yoga 

This is Tiffany’s favorite brand, super comfortable, their buttery soft athleisure that your body will love – empowering you to feel good in your own skin. Made in California designed with the highest quality fabrics and materials.  

  1. Cleo Harper

Hands down the prettiest Australian activewear brand, providing quality gear at a reasonable price. Korin says: “They have a number of styles that suit me, flattering high waisted leggings at a long length, that aren’t too compressing” 

  1. Athleta 

This brand has fantastic brand values, Athleta are actively pushing fantastic initiatives that empower women. It is our favorite go-to brand with a good price point. 

  1. Beach Riot 

Bright fun designs that will get you ready and excited for sunnier days ahead! 

  1. Rhaika London 

A british super fun, sexy brand that ship worldwide. They provide something a little different if you want to revamp your activewear wardrobe. 

  1. Topissima 

Sustainable brand, Topissima makes clothing from recycled fabrics, which is a bonus as we love their gear. We’re big fans of their unique leotards also known as catsuits – they’re super flattering. Use discount code: KORIN15 for 15% off. 

Korin is 5’10 and wears a size medium. 

  1. Pilates Honey 

We love this pilates brand and their kick ass empowering statements. We also love that a portion of sales go towards saving the honey bees! 

  1. Heroine Sport 

By far the sexiest brand right now, a great way to get you feeling great. 

  1. The Sports Edit 

“This is a great go-to website for people in the UK – as it hosts all the top quality brands: Alo yoga, Girlfriend Collective, Lilybod. And you don’t need to pay the expensive shipping cost!” Says Korin. 

  1. Pilateskatt

A fun brand that allows you to create personalised hoodies and sweatshirts, adding your own logo or quote. 

  1. Move active is the go-to brand for Korin’s pilates socks, she recommends the toe socks for a good grip on the reformer, to avoid sliding off! Use discount code KORIN15 for 15% off. 
Starting Your Own Pilates Studio 1 Jan

3 Simple Steps to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

Today’s world seems to be in a continual state of flux, but some things stay the same. One frustrating example is the making, and subsequent breaking, of New Year’s resolutions!  

“Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.” That’s around 75% of people who fail each year, unable to keep their resolutions for longer than a few months. As human beings, we are notoriously bad at resisting temptation, especially (as research confirms) if we’re busy, tired or stressed. 

At Dynamic Pilates TV (DPTV) we think it’s important to set good habits opposed to making unrealistic resolutions that only last a month or two. We want to set goals that we can achieve and that will last and see us fitter stronger and healthier in 2021. 

 

Step 1 – Set Achievable Goals 

Focus on a small, daily effort: One of the problems we create for ourselves in trying to change the way we behave is that we often don’t give ourselves good guidance. 

We can be vague and too general: “I’m going to get into shape” or “I’m going to eat healthier.” Instead, be specific with what you want to achieve: “I’m going to eat three portions of greens per day” or “I’m going to workout on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.” Write it down and add reminders around the house if you need to – surround yourself with motivation! 

A simple way to do this is to label sticky notes with daily reminders, positive messages and your goal. Plaster them on your alarm clock, bathroom mirror, or laptop. They’ll serve as a constant reminder that you’ve got this!

And don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. Even if your goal is to complete three Intermediate/ Advanced DPTV classes, make sure to celebrate your first class, second, and third! You’ve improved, and you should be proud of yourself.

 

Step 2- Keep Calm, Choose One Goal and Carry on Being Positive!

We know too well that it can become overwhelming taking on too much all at once. It can be particularly difficult because establishing new behavioral patterns takes time and  effort. Focus yourself on achieving one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable.  

“The way we talk to ourselves is also important. Stating positive affirmations such as ‘ I can eat a huge array of healthy foods that will nourish my body’ as opposed to ‘ I must not eat any crap!’ will be much more effective.” Korin says. 

If you’re struggling to pick one specific goal, DPTV has a ‘ Weekly Line Up’ which Korin and Tiffany set each Sunday for the week ahead. It’s a selection of 5 hand-picked classes for members to complete as a weekly challenge. 

When we are on our own journey we sometimes can lose track, so having something as a guideline to help us keep on track is good motivation. 

 

Step 3 – Plan And Choose Your Goal Well In Advance

Picking your resolution wisely and putting in extensive planning are essential parts of achieving any goal. We suggest that you write down:

  • Ideas on how you will tackle a major behavior change
  • Include the steps you will take
  • The reason you want to achieve your goal
  • Ways you can keep yourself on track
  • Note any obstacles that might stand in your way and how you will overcome them

Korin and Tiffany recommend checking in daily and weekly on your progress. Plan time each week to review your progress. This can be an in depth review or a quick check in, even five minutes can be sufficient for staying on track! Schedule in some ‘you time’ within your calendar, so that you’re reminded to do it.

If you start working toward a goal without any type of plan in place, you may quickly find yourself giving up when faced with any sort of obstacle. For example, if your goal is to complete a class three times per week, what will you do if you’ve missed four days in a row, and how will you proceed if you need to take time off for an illness or injury?

By knowing exactly what you want to accomplish and the difficulties you might face, you’ll be better prepared to stick to your resolution and overcome anything that might sidetrack you.

And remember to be gentle on yourself, try to subscribe to the motto, “progress, not perfection” this year.  At DPTV we don’t believe in strict deprivation diets and anything that is too regimented, as it tends to eventually have the reverse effect. That’s why we prefer to set goals that are achievable and realistic. Making small changes gradually over time. Not to compare yourself with others, as we all differ and this is about making an improvement on our lives and our wellbeing to make us feel happier and healthier. At no point should your goal setting feel like a punishment, the end result should be a happier you. 

Good luck with your 2021 New Year’s Resolutions! We would love to hear about your goal, please tag us in your progress.

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Sources: 

A.Prossack, (2018) Forbes: This year, don’t set new year’s resolutions <https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2018/12/31/goals-not-resolutions/?sh=3a906ad03879>

28 Jul

A new perspective

As a physical therapist and pilates instructor who works with women during and after their pregnancy I had created my own idea of what I thought my journey would look like. Well… I learned quickly that things change and patience is the best thing we can give our bodies, babies, and overall well being. 

My pregnancy was for the most part very easy from the beginning. I did not have morning sickness or many abnormal aches and pains. My goal was to remain active, but be attentive to my body and do what felt best. I ran until 20 weeks pregnant, skied a few times (gently and only sunny days), and continued strength training, pilates, and yoga throughout the entire pregnancy. 

My labor and delivery was more than a little different than I thought it would be, not to mention giving birth during the COVID pandemic. I had a plan that was flexible and my health and the baby’s health were the most important. In the end, I ended up with an induction, 30 hours of labor, and a C-section. As a result of the epidural my first 3 weeks I struggled with leg swelling and foot drop on one side (I could not lift up my ankle and toes), which steadily got better with time. 

Navigating life with a newborn baby as a first time mom, with constantly changing schedules, feeding, sleeping, and prioritizing basic day to day tasks was a learning process. Not knowing what to expect, I envisioned easy workouts at baby nap time, and waking up earlier than they did. Again… I was wrong. 

I recall talking to patients and clients after they had babies, and when they would tell me that it was hard to find time, I would think to myself and ask them, “can you find even 5-10 minutes?”. I now have a whole new appreciation and understanding. I also want to soak up each moment with my baby as she grows and learns, that my priorities have shifted. 

As I write this blog I am 15 weeks post partum and steadily feeling more comfortable with my new life. My baby is thriving, although not the best day time napper, but she is full of smiles and energy. When putting together my initial post natal classes for Dynamic Pilates TV, I structured them in ways that you can pick and choose what you want to do and have time for. Focusing this first class on foundational movements and things that you can incorporate into your day to day movements with baby. Maybe you even do some of the exercises as you play with your new bundle of joy. 

I have created these classes based upon what I have done and what I would teach patients and clients. You may be able to progress faster or slower based upon your own personal journey. My overall message always is that our bodies were in constant change for 9 months, we cannot and should not expect them to be back to where they were in 8 weeks. I know I will and you will too, get back to the activities that we love, but day to day time with our growing babies goes by really fast. I have chosen to take my time, knowing that soon, I will have a running partner in the stroller and built in resistance to add to my squats and bicep curls. 

Be kind to yourself! 

Pilates Studio After Covid Lockdown 15 Jun

Silver Linings

I know we are all more then ready to get back to life as we once knew it. COVID’s restrictions have hit us all pretty hard.  Many of us suffered financially and or emotionally. As a business owner I not only worried for myself and my family but also for the teachers in my studio. We were all in the same boat. The unknown had to be the scariest part of COVID. How long would we be closed and what would the world look like when we re opened. 

I was one of the lucky ones, as my studio was only shut down for 45 days. Those first few days were filled with fear and anxiety until I came to the realization COVID was beyond my control. I could either spend my lock down looking for fear or perhaps find a few silver linings. 

I used the mandated down time as a opportunity to reset or reboot my business and teachings in a few ways. I sorted through many of my old class content and found new life in many forgotten flows. Took the opportunity to take zoom classes from teachers all over the world and began teaching zoom classes myself connecting me with teachers from all over the world. Zoom was definitely my one of the brightest silver linings for me. Not only did it provide income to help pay the bills (COVID did not lock down my financial responsibilities) but more importantly it connected me with teachers like myself going through the same issues. I loved our chats before and after class. Connecting with people who were in the same boat and facing the same fears and unknown as me really helped me through. Those little chats that grew into friendships made such a difference for me.

The second biggest silver lining was cleaning out my studio!  Before COVID I typically had the studio deep cleaned 1 time per month along with light weekly cleanings. My studio was clean, always dusted and nice looking. However 2 weeks before we were set to reopen I did a massive deep clean. We scrubbed the floors, walls and every hard surface with Clorox. I reorganized every last nook and cranny until the entire studio looked absolutely perfect. Spring cleaning never felt so good and helped me feel as if we would re open and we would be fine. I went about my reopening as if I was opening the studio for the first time. I wanted my clients to feel the enthusiasm and see the studio as refreshed and CLEAN. Since reopening we are maintaining the higher standard of cleaning. I feel like there is definitely a new standard in what a clean studio should be. It’s important your clients feel safe and you are doing everything you can to so. There is a new normal and those who adjust and accept it will go about reopening much easier.  

drinking wine in covid 19 6 Apr

Quarantini anyone?

As well as loo rolls disappearing of the shelves, there’s been another empty isle in the supermarkets too….booze! Hardly surprising really, I mean we all need some joy out of life over the next few months, don’t we? And a little tipple is bound to take the edge off a long day of attempting to work from home whilst having a shot at home schooling!
But the question is, how long can we afford to bury our boredom in a bottle of vino? Now, don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you that you should avoid alcohol completely – I’m no hypocrite! What we’re going through right now is so far from the norm its overwhelming and our lives have all drastically changed overnight. So, to try and cling on to some kind of normality; ie a social life aka ‘House Party app’ and a couple of drinks at the end of a long hard week, in my opinion is absolutely healthy and what we should be doing.
But, if you’re drinking way more than you would normally on a regular basis, (and feeling worse for it the next day) then perhaps it’s time to rethink things, so that we don’t end up creating new unhealthy habits during lock our down period. Let’s not forget that alcohol is in fact a depressant, and that’s the last thing anyone needs right now. Staying positive and upbeat and doing things that make us feel naturally good and healthy is by far the better habit to adopt if we can!
So, how can we ensure we keep our ‘treats’ to ‘treat nights’ and keep our ‘quarantinis’ to a healthy amount?
  • Try to avoid boredom (which is most probably a key factor as to why we may be drinking more!) Easier said than done right in these current times, BUT not impossible. Fill your days with a schedule. Start with an online workout to set your good intentions for the day ahead, eat well, catch up with friends on the phone, use this time to learn something new, perhaps an online course or something you’ve always wanted to learn, but never before hand the time. You’ll not get a time like this again, so make the most of it!
  • Save ‘having a few drinks’ for the weekend, like you may well have done before in more ‘normal’ times!
  • Ask yourself, ‘would I be having a drink now if I wasn’t in quarantine’? If the answer is no, then you know what not to do.
how I am dealing with the stress - Tiffany Burke 30 Mar

How I Am Dealing With The Stress Of Covid-19

How’s your anxiety level right about now?

On the surface and on social media I may look calm but I am not. Today I lost it at the breakfast table and began to cry. Our dog was barking, 1 kid was crying while the other one spilled a full glass of orange juice. All this while in the back of my mind was a list of all the classes I needed to film / edit for DPTV and, memberships I needed to place on hold or cancel for my studio because we are closing the studio do to COVID 19. Oh and do not forget about the dreaded “home schooling”. Thank god my kids are 3 and 5 years old because I am really half assing this parental duty. Just writing this has me taking deep breaths which is why I am writing this. Not only do I need a find a way to cope during this crazy quarantine life I need to find a way to thrive. My kids do not understand stress yet. To them this quarantine is life is just a really long weekend so they do not understand why mommy was crying at breakfast. The look on their faces when I began to cry was a bit of a wake up call. I need to do better then survive I need to find a authentic way of thriving for my sake and theirs. I say”authentic” because faking it will only cause me more stress. So after breakfast and another good cry I locked myself in my bedroom to breathe and press my reset button so to speak. 

Here are my top 4 steps to “reset” when dealing with stressful situations like COVID 19:

  1. BREATHE. First and foremost I BREATE. Breath is SO important when dealing with nerves and anxiety. Ever notice Olympic athletes such as figure skaters or down hill skiers take a deep breath just before their performance or race? I learned this technique as a competitive figure skater and still practice it to this day. Deep breathing comes from your diaphragm which causes your body to relax and can reduce anxiety. Taking long breaths from your diaphragm will also help:
    • Increase the amount of oxygen and release a sense of calm throughout your brain and body.
    • Lower your heart rate 
    • Relax your muscles
    • Focus your mind on your body and away from what is making you anxious. 
  1. GRATITUDE. Next, to put things into perspective I make a list of everything I was grateful for.  Finding gratitude helps my mindset big time. It also prevents me from feeling sorry for myself. 
  2. PRIORITIZE. With the stress loading building I find it helpful to make a lists. For me I make 3 lists. List 1: family, List 2: Studio and List 3: DPTV. Within those lists I prioritize which tasks are most important or time sensitive. 
  3. SAY NO TO NEGATIVITY I try my best to distance myself from negative outlets such as the media and negative friends. Negative energy can be contagious and damaging. I am not saying to bury your head in the sand but limit your exposure to the negativity. Setting some boundaries is very helpful fo me. 

I remind myself of a daily basis that worrying about things I cannot change or control  is counter productive and damaging to my mindset. Right now my focus is on the things I can control. COVID 19 will pass and my family and business will survive. I cannot let fear control me right now. I hope this helps someone. I am not perfect, I have spent a lifetime dealing with anxiety and this along with CBD (which is a post topic for another time) is what gets me through the tough times.

DPTV-Dumbells-and-Yoga-Mat 23 Mar

Your Home Workout Equipment Guide

It’s a funny old world we are living in at the moment, and without wanting to delve into our global pandemic on this platform (let’s face it we hear enough about it on a daily basis as it is!) Let’s try and focus on the positives and our physical and mental wellbeing.
Even more so than the physical effect of being cooped up all day, is how this is all effecting our mental health. Ironically, mental health has never been such a widely discussed topic and here we are today, putting each and every one of ours to the most extreme test it has probably ever faced. Now is the time more than ever we need a physical output, in order to keep ourselves marginally sane through all of this. The top and bottom of it is, we need exercise NOW more than ever before.
So, we realise that not everyone has fancy Pilates equipment in their own homes (we certainly don’t) so, with this in mind we are now releasing Dynamic Mat/floor work content and encouraging you all to move with us daily!
For many of our matwork classes you won’t need any props. However, props do make things more fun plus they can help challenge your abilities further.
So, what props do you need?
If I had to pick the basics that will see you through this spell, without having to invest too much or take up too much space in your home, I would say first of all a Mat, a Soft Pilates Ball, some Dumbells and some Loop Resistance bands.
Here’s my pick of the best:
Mat
If you don’t already have a mat, then go pretty! My Sugar Mat has the most gorgeous designs, they are super soft, plus they do these cute and convenient travel mats that fold up into a compact square.
Click Here To Discover The Sugar Mat Range
Soft Pilates Ball
These are so versatile and we use them a lot on the reformer as well as on the mat. They can really help assist and at variation to so many exercises, especially core work. You will need a 26cm ball (you could go slightly bigger).
Click Here To Check Out Sissle Pilates Ball. 
Dumbells 
Most people already have a pair of dumbells hanging around the house, and if you don’t then yes, you could use tins of beans etc, but in all honesty, they aren’t really heavy enough. I would go for a pair between 2- 5kg/5-11lbs for our workouts.
Loop Resistance Bands/Booty Bands 
These little bad boys are soooo good! They usually come in a pack with 5 different strengths and can be used for lower and upper body moves and adding that all essential burn factor! Plus, they are perfect for taking away on holidays for when all this is over!
VICTORIA HOOPER 16 Mar

What type of exercise can help boost our immune system?

Victoria Roper is a Stott Pilates Instructor Trainer and is passionate about anatomy and optimal movement. Check out her website for her up and coming workshops we have included a link at the footer of this article for you..
What type of exercise can help boost our immune system? 
It’s time to focus.
To focus on what we can do and not on what we can’t do
What we can do is look after ourselves (and loved ones) and most of all look after our bodies.
Before we start delving into what the science says about exercise and the immunity, I feel it’s important to mention that the clue is very much in the title…….immune SYSTEM.

This system does not work alone and therefore we must take into consideration what is already going on in the body. For example nutrition, daily habits, the gut brain axis, stress and psychological well being all play an important role in building a resilient immune system. There are still many fascinating studies ongoing that explore the role immunity plays within the body. The message, common within the conclusions of most research,  is that a balance of all the system within the body needs to be considered.

For example a poor diet, cannot be made up for by a multi vitamin supplement!
What we know for sure!
The benefits of exercise on heart health and maintaining optimum bone strength are all well documented and supported but what about training in such uncertain times. Can staying fit, keep us healthy? And if so what does the ideal fitness regime or workout look like?
Moderate intensity exercise over a long period has been shown to contribute to good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. Macrophages, the cells which attack bacteria, see a temporary boost in production and continue to flow through the body at an increased rate for a few hours, following moderate intensity exercise. The more seasoned an exerciser, the greater this benefit is thought to be. The rhythmic action of most moderate intensity exercise methods such as brisk walking, swimming, Pilates and gymnastics, moves the joints, ensuring the lymphatic system pumps fluid around the body to remove debris effectively.

Dr. David Nieman found that 40 minutes of moderate exercise on most days was most beneficial and decreased the number of sick days due to cold and flu symptoms by half.

In fact patients with mild cold symptoms and no fever, partaking in light or moderate exercise may feel better and actually boost their immune system.
So why not try a brisk walk in the park or a Pilates class? Neither of these need to last more than an hour and science aside, I for one have never felt worse for going for a walk or taking a Pilates class!
So what about high intensity exercise? The kind of exercise that takes 100%of our effort and energy and at times can leave us feeling drained.Although there is a time and a place for this kind of exercise, does it play a role in our immunity?
The risk of illness was actually found to be increased as the intensity of training increased in a study conducted by Nieman and Wentz
This was generally supported in the research papers I went on to look at. Heavy/endurance style training, (longer than 90 minutes) was seen to have a negative impact on the immune system. This was due to a surge in the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which remained elevated in subjects for up to 72 hours post workout. These stress hormones suppress the immune system, leaving exercisers more susceptible to illness.
So we can see that too much of a good thing is not great for the immune system and that we need to be aiming for 40 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, on most days. For women especially weight bearing exercise or resistance training is a hot topic right now for the prevention of osteoporosis and osteopenia.
One area that is being looked at in particular is the reduction of bone marrow and therefore stem cells as we age. The stem cells are responsible for fighting off infection and are produced by bone marrow. Therefore if we can find out workout of moderate intensity that includes resistance training we could be on to a real winner in terms of immunity and long term health.
Reformer Pilates anyone?
Those of you that have ever taken part in Pilates will know that it is very hard to think about anything else. There is a strong mind muscle connection during the session, that, in a nut shell teaches us how to use the right muscle, at the right time and for the right purpose. The breathing pattern promoted in Pilates helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and relax our body. Via the release of hormones this can have a calming effect on the mind and body. Psychological stress, when too high has been shown to impair immunity and lead to an increase in cold and flu infections. Therefore by calming both the mind and body and linking the two together through mindful movement, we can can have a strong and positive outcome in the control of our stress hormones.
So I hope this round up helps you to choose your exercise wisely in the coming months. There is clearly no need to stop doing anything, but we also don’t want to be working out so intensely that we put ourselves on the back foot in terms of staying healthy.
New Year Goals vs Resolutions 22 Dec

New Year Goals vs Resolutions

It’s just about that time of year again. Are you one to set goals or set New Year’s Resolutions?

I personally prefer to set small obtainable goals. If I go too big and set giant resolutions for the New Year, I often get side-tracked and inevitably lose sight of my original vision. Resolutions just never work for me. It’s like dreaming big to only be let down come February. 

I am a big believer in goal setting and the law of attraction. If I truly want to obtain a new goal or vision I first need identify the changes that need to be made in my daily life or behavior in order to obtain said goal. For instance, I once saw a picture of the most beautiful Pilates studio in a Balanced Body catalog.  At the time I had just opened my modest studio of 4 Reformers and 4 chairs.

The studio pictured in the catalog was fully equipped with 8 Reformers, 8 Chairs and 8 Wall Units. I really wanted my studio to someday grow into this beautiful vision from the catalog picture. However, I knew it would not happen overnight or even for a few years. I had to start small and set realistic goals.  I decided I wanted to earn enough money to buy 4 of the Wall Units from the catalog.  I cut out pictures of the Wall Units from the catalog and hung one on my refrigerator and one on the bulletin board at my studio. A bit of a bold move to post it for everyone at the studio to see. However, I wanted people to see it so it would help hold me accountable. I told my clients I was adding these new Wall Units to the studio in the near future. They did not need to know I did not have the money to pay for them yet.

Now that I had the end goal / vision, I needed a plan.

How was I going to get from the vision to the day I could finally place the order of my new Wall Units? I needed to generate an extra $8,000 and at the time that was a lot of money for me and my new business. 

So, I sat down and listed different ways I could save money and increase the revenue at my studio.  I set small obtainable goals for myself daily, weekly and monthly. Before you knew it was able to order my new equipment. Being able to order those 4 addition units was probably one of my first real victories as a business owner. In the big picture it was a small victory.  However, the momentum generated from that victory was huge for my business because I continued to find new direction and visions. I continued to develop and put forth new plans of action and continued to grow.

To this day I continue to chase new visions and set goals on regular basis. Whenever I feel like I’m in a rut I re-evaluate my direction and vision. If I am not working towards something, I tend to drift which usually ends with me in a rut. Sometimes my visions are small like finding more time to spend with family and sometimes my visions are big like co creating Dynamic Pilates TV.

Whatever the size they can all be obtainable if I set forth a clear plan of action with realistic goals.

How Hard Do I Have to Work to Get Results from Pilates? 21 Oct

How Hard Do I Have to Work to Get Results from Pilates?

How Hard Do I Have to Work to Get Results from Pilates?

Go Hard or Go Home right?

I’ll be honest, I used to think that pushing myself to the extreme and working out every day was the only way to get results. But I’ve had a change of heart this last year or so.

Yes, I love to get sweaty and yes I love to feel the burn, but I don’t need to feel like I’m about to faint and I’m running on empty! Life is busy enough and I need some energy for the rest of the day, so I’d rather be kinder to myself.

And that’s what I love about Pilates, it’s a smart way of working your body efficiently and effectively, without leaving you burnt out or riddled with aches and pains (well not the bad kind anyway!). I know that when I’m working my body in this way, my mind is connected as well as my core and not only am I working towards being stronger, leaner and fitter, but I’m also continuing to train my body how to move correctly and bringing some calm to every day life. It’s literally like therapy!

So, how do you get results without overdoing it? Consistency. Pure and simple dedication to yourself and your body is the way to get results and to make it a way of life. Yes, you want to work hard enough so that you come away feeling like you’re making positive changes, but not only can you do that in a shorter space of time if you’re doing the RIGHT Kind of movement and doing it correctly, but you can also do it without biting yourself out!

I want to come away feeling exhilarated not exhausted, and that’s the feeling we become addicted to, which keeps us consistent.

How Hard Do I Have to Work to Get Results from Pilates? 21 Oct

How Hard Do I Have to Work to Get Results from Pilates?

How Hard Do I Have to Work to Get Results from Pilates?

Go Hard or Go Home right?

I’ll be honest, I used to think that pushing myself to the extreme and working out every day was the only way to get results. But I’ve had a change of heart this last year or so.

Yes, I love to get sweaty and yes I love to feel the burn, but I don’t need to feel like I’m about to faint and I’m running on empty! Life is busy enough and I need some energy for the rest of the day, so I’d rather be kinder to myself.

And that’s what I love about Pilates, it’s a smart way of working your body efficiently and effectively, without leaving you burnt out or riddled with aches and pains (well not the bad kind anyway!). I know that when I’m working my body in this way, my mind is connected as well as my core and not only am I working towards being stronger, leaner and fitter, but I’m also continuing to train my body how to move correctly and bringing some calm to every day life. It’s literally like therapy!

So, how do you get results without overdoing it? Consistency. Pure and simple dedication to yourself and your body is the way to get results and to make it a way of life. Yes, you want to work hard enough so that you come away feeling like you’re making positive changes, but not only can you do that in a shorter space of time if you’re doing the RIGHT Kind of movement and doing it correctly, but you can also do it without biting yourself out!

I want to come away feeling exhilarated not exhausted, and that’s the feeling we become addicted to, which keeps us consistent.