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What_to_expect_at_your_first_reformer_Pilates_class 10 Sep

What to expect at your first reformer Pilates class

If you’re thinking about taking a reformer Pilates class, but you’re not sure what to expect – you’ve come to the right place. The first time you take any new fitness class it can be slightly intimidating, but the good news is Dynamic Pilates TV classes are for everyone!

There are some misconceptions surrounding reformer Pilates, like needing to be ‘in shape’ and at a high fitness level, but this is not true. The Pilates philosophy is to build a strong core and then progress outwards.

What is reformer Pilates? 

To put it simply, reformer Pilates is Pilates performed on specialist equipment (the reformer), which allows for a more targeted and dynamic workout. Incredibly effective, Dynamic Pilates TV (DPTV) classes are a time-efficient full body workout, improving your strength, flexibility, posture and of course your mental health! 

It may help to know a few things before your first Pilates reformer class. We spoke with Pilates experts and Dynamic Pilates TV founders, Korin and Tiffany to get the rundown on what to expect at your first class. 

Five things you need to know before your first Pilates reformer class:

  1. Wear fitted clothing. 

Korin believes this is an important factor, she advises you wear tight fitted, comfortable clothing – such as lycra leggings and a fitted top. Korin explains, “this is not only for comfort and ease of movement, but to allow the instructor to see the shape and alignment of your body – in Pilates we focus on alignment, technique and posture – and all of these details need to be seen.” If you have a good instructor, you can expect the trainer to be correcting you, helping you stay aligned. 

For a better performance we recommend you invest in some anti-slip, gripped socks, such as Toe sox, for stability and for hygiene too. 

The editorial team at Stylist magazine have put together a roundup of the best sustainable and ethical brands to wear during your workout, and we quite like them too:  

  • Girlfriend Collective turn old plastic bottles and fishing nets into bras, leggings and shorts you’ll never want to throw away.
  • Manduka’s leggings are sourced from environmentally responsible materials.
  • Tala is an affordable, new brand made from plastic bottles.  
  • Silou is produced with dedication and care in sweatshop free production houses. 
  1. You will sweat! 

A lot! Especially if you’re taking a DPTV class. Tiffany explains, “as an intelligent workout, DPTV is choreographed to eliminate the start and stops you usually find in a fitness class, so your body is working longer – for a better overall workout.” 

Korin adds, “we like to think outside the Pilates box, DPTV has a contemporary feel as we blend exercises together; adding bosu balls, jumpboards, hand weights and resistance bands – making our classes a little bit different, keeping it fresh and fun!” 

Be sure to stay hydrated and have a towel handy.  

  1. This isn’t a mat class. 

The exercises that are taken from the mat to the reformer machine will seem more challenging. While the movements may be small and performed slowly – they’re controlled, to target specific muscle groups, many of which you may never work in your usual fitness routine. Reformer classes introduce a whole other element too, utilising the machine to add resistance and leverage to certain exercises. 

If you have a good instructor, they should be correcting you to improve your alignment technique – something to be aware of as this will probably differ from your usual mat classes. 

  1. When in doubt, slow down. 

Slow and steady wins the race. Tiffany recommends that “for the best results, concentrate on your form, not your speed. Considered, controlled movements target your muscles and provide the most gains for your efforts.” 

  1. You’ll be working your pelvic floor muscles. 

In Pilates we talk a lot about the pelvic floor and the importance of using these muscles. At DPTV we focus on supporting these deep abdominal muscles in every class. Korin explains that, “many people do not realise the importance of the pelvic muscle – these exercises are essential to maintain good posture and support the internal organs such as the bladder and uterus.” 

With a busy lifestyle, keeping your pelvic floor in tip-top shape doesn’t always come easy. In fact, according to the The Telegraph: “an estimated one in three women and one in 10 men have some sort of pelvic floor dysfunction.” 

The good news is that in many cases, this condition is treatable through exercise. Like any other muscle, your pelvic floor can be strengthened, but you need to be taught properly how to perform these exercises and engage your pelvic floor correctly – That’s where Dynamic Pilates TV comes in! This will benefit your workout and overall core strength considerably. 

 

Why DPTV is great for beginners 

As a DPTV member you will have access to weekly updated classes, ranging from 30 mins to one hour, as well as shorter ‘flows’ and fantastic beginner classes – providing you with plenty of options to make your first few classes a lot less daunting. 

If you’re a beginner to reformer Pilates and are thinking of joining DPTV but have some questions, feel free to contact Korin and Tiffany through our support page here or direct message our Instagram page here. 

Take advantage of the FREE 14 Day FREE Trial and explore our videos library & we look forward to welcoming you to your first DPTV class! 

If you liked this blog post you may be interested in reading more on the difference between classical and contemporary pilates here. 

 

Sources

L.Faye, Stylist Magazine, Sustainable and ethical activewear for your next workout

<https://www.stylist.co.uk/fashion/ethical-activewear-uk-women-swimwear-gym-clothes-yoga-eco-environmentally-friendly-sustainable-green/226744> 

September 2016, The Telegraph, Why looking after your pelvic muscles is just as important as a gym workout <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/pelvic-floor-dysfunction/importance-of-pelvic-floor-muscles/> 

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.
PREGNANCY-PILATES-AND-THE-PELVIC-FLOOR 15 Jan

Pregnancy, The Pelvic Floor & Pilates

Pregnancy is an exciting, beautiful, but sometimes overwhelming and challenging time, especially physically. It can be a time when we don’t know what is safe to do, we have minimal energy and don’t know where to focus it and we can read very contradictory advice. Pelvic floor and Pilates seem to come to the forefront and are often widely recommended, but often women think ‘well I don’t know where my pelvic floor is or how to contract it’ and ‘I’ve tried Pilates before and well….its boring!’

I’m hoping to try and help with these two common thoughts and show why Pilates is so beneficial to a pregnant woman, and as the wonderful ladies at Dynamic Pilates show Pilates is much more than lying on a mat, which is often the misconception.

The Pelvic Floor
So let’s start with the pelvic floor…and a bit of anatomy. This image is an aerial view looking down into the pelvis showing the pelvic floor in light pink extending from the pubic bone, at the front of the pelvis, to the coccyx at the base of the spine. It wraps around the urethra, vagina and bowel keeping us continent and contributing to sexual pleasure, and also relaxes to allow us to open our bladder and bowels – so pretty important!

 

Plant Based Diet 6 Jan

MEAT… it’s so 2019!

As it’s a New Year I could talk to you about the latest diet to go on and give you my top tips on “how to lose weight fast”. Cause that’s what we all like isn’t it? A quick fix! But I’ll be honest I’m no longer into ‘diets’ and quick fixes because I’ve come to realise that simply, they don’t work.

However, I am into feeding my body what I feel it needs and requires to function at its optimal strength and serve me well. In other words I’m more conscious these days about what I’m eating for health reasons, rather than the aesthetic reasons. Although, don’t get me wrong, I’m still a woman and I’m forever critical of my body, so I also eat well to keep my body at a weight I’m happy with!

It’s hard to ignore the current pleas to reduce eating meat, in order to save the planet and although it’s something (in all honesty) that I would have in the past ignored, this time I haven’t. Reducing meat in fact resonates with me now for a number of reasons:

1. I’ve been less bothered about eating meat since being pregnant
2. I’ve recently learnt more about the health benefits of cutting down on meat
3. I think we should all take some form of responsibility and do our bit to ‘save the planet’ where we can.

I know there’s a huge controversy around the subject and I’m not 100% sure myself if we get enough protein and iron by cutting out meat completely. But, I do believe that cutting down on meat and animal products can have huge benefits on our health.

So, what are the benefits of eating less meat and animal produce? 

Whether you chose to be vegan, veggie or just reduce the amount of meat and animal produce you eat, I believe it will all play a part in improving your overall health, as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

Just recently, I have started eating a vegan diet around 80% of the time. I would do it more, as I’m honestly preferring eating this way, but I’m all about convenience and sometimes it just isn’t that convenient! Plus, I can’t imagine life without chocolate!

So here are my TOP TEN RESONS TO EAT A PLANT BAESED DIET:

1. Eating less meat (especially red and processed meat) can increase your life expectancy, as you will naturally be reducing your risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

2. Dairy is one of the first things doctors tell cancer patients to cut out of their diet.

3. Cutting out dairy can improve your skin! Skin conditions like rosacea and acne are linked to dairy. Plus, cutting it out can also improve the texture and tone of your skin, so dermatologists say.

4. Red meat can take several months to fully digest, where as plant based foods pass through our system quick and efficiently.

5. Most of us don’t include enough fruit and vegetables in our diet, switching to a plant based diet will naturally encourage us to do so.

6. Eating a plant based diet naturally reduces our fat intake, as well as the amount of processed and sugary foods we eat, which as we all know can lead to obesity, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes and cancer. In turn, this naturally promotes weight loss.

7. Eating less meat reduces our carbon footprint by 50% as methane emissions from cows and livestock is one of the biggest problems our planet faces.

8. It requires 1,799 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of ground beef!

9. It’s cheaper

10. Meals are usually quicker to cook

I think people believe it has to be all or nothing. But why should we have to label ourself as vegans, veggies or meat eaters? Why not just reduce the amount of meat and dairy products we eat if that suits us better? Even if it’s just one day or even one meal per week.

And if you’re under the impressions that eating a plant based diet is dull and unsatisfying, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised as I have. Yes, you may need to do some research and arm yourself with a few new recipes, but that isn’t hard with the recent plant based boom! In fact, as we often get asked about our diets so much (as well as Pilates) we have decided to release some food plans which will host an array of plant based recipes, as well as meat and veggie recipes to suit everyone.

Watch out for these coming soon! 

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.

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.