Before I discovered Pilates, I wasn't very good at exercise. I pushed weights, jumped over steps, grunted through body pump classes—you name it, I tried it. And I got no results.
I blamed my lack of success not only on my "genetics” but also on the fitness methods that seemed to always fail me, no matter how much time and effort I put into them.
When I discovered Pilates and learned how to exercise with skill, my body experienced a massive transformation. I became leaner, longer, faster, and more powerful, and I loved it. I believed I had found the right exercise for my body type and rejected those fitness regimes that had yielded me so little.
I became certified and taught Pilates for a dedicated 15 years, honing my skills as I harnessed a masterful level of body control for both myself and my clients.
After many loyal years as a Pilates instructor, I moved to a new city and struggled to find a Pilates studio to call home. In my own practice, I was going through the motions during class, feeling burnt out and uninspired, and that scared me. The fitness method that had literally changed my life was no longer "my everything." I knew I needed a change and that I had to take a risk and turn back to those fitness methods that were a source of such deep frustration so many years ago.
Taking a leap of faith, I signed up for an early morning bootcamp program. On my first day, we began with a 10-minute run, 20 jumping jacks, 20 mountain climbers, 10 cherry pickers, and 10 push-ups. We repeated the series two more times then launched into a blistering upper-body routine, each shoulder set framed by a 200-yard sprint.
Heart racing and eyes tearing, I suddenly realized something: I'm actually enjoying this.
Getting out of my comfort zone taught me three things: