Joseph Pilates: quotes from a genius
"Time and progress are synonymous terms--nothing can stop either. Truth will prevail and that is why I know that my teachings will reach the masses and finally be adopted as universal."
-- Joseph Pilates
Happy belated Pilates Day! People around the country celebrated the life and work of Joseph Pilates and his wife, Clara, on Saturday, May 3rd. My celebration was an eye-opening experience as to the extent that Pilates has (and has not quite) reached the masses. You see, I tend to live in a Pilates bubble. I have a Pilates t-shirt company, a daily Pilates Blog, I teach Pilates and manage a Pilates studio at Equinox Fitness. Plus, I attend lots of conferences and workshops and surround myself with people who, like me, LOVE Pilates.
As the Pilates Coordinator of Equinox Fitness in Woodland Hills, I couldn't wait to join the rest of the studios around the country in celebrating Pilates Day. I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to help establish our Pilates presence at the club, educate people about Joe and have them dying to sign up for sessions with our fabulously trained and highly skilled Classical Instructors.
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I would think that any Pilates enthusiast would jump at the opportunity to start their Pilates Day with Pilates Mat Class, followed by raffles that included Pilates Style Magazine subscriptions, Joe's Pila-T-Shop T-shirts, Toe Sox, GAIAM Pilates props and DVDs starring Ana Caban! (Thanks to the above companies and Ana Caban for their generous donations) Then, a 45 minute Magic Circle Mania workshop and MORE raffles. Then... an interactive workshop of exercise progressions using the Electric Chair and the Wunda Chair and STILL MORE raffles. Plus... a viewing of historic footage of Joseph Pilates.
I was hoping to see club members scrambling for mats and magic circles... but they weren't. Yes, our classes were well attended for a beautiful and sunny Southern California Saturday. And, yes, people were greatly appreciative of their amazing prizes. But, what I had envisioned was, perhaps, a little ambitious for a club that is merely 1 month old and where the majority of members still have no concept of Pilates. Yes, within the fitness club context, the number of Pilates enthusiasts is few and far between. Most people have no idea that Pilates is a workout let alone understand it's relevance within the fitness industry.
As Pilates professionals, we can't imagine our lives without Pilates. But for the average public, they have no idea why they need Pilates in their lives. Yes, Pilates enthusiasts are over 11million strong worldwide but, as I'm learning in the fitness club setting, we've still got a way to go to help Mr. Pilates fulfill his dream. I learned a lot this Pilates Day. I have greater perspective from which to build the Pilates program at Equinox. I have to think outside of my Pilates bubble and build the program from the perspective of the general population. But it's my intention to convert as many as I can into Pilates enthusiasts who will scramble for private, semi-private and group sessions in our beautiful , 2nd floor studio.
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