Scoop of the Week: Pilates stuff I love!
According to the Balanced Body website, "Pilates is one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the world. In the U.S., Pilates participants have grown in number from 1.7 million in 2000 to 10.6 million in 2006 – more than 600% growth in just six years!" Isn't that phenomenal? It's exciting to know that so many people have embraced Pilates. Imagine; if they weren't getting the health and fitness benefits they anticipated, Pilates would've been another fitness trend that fizzled out years ago.
What does all of that growth mean for us as Pilates instructors? Potential. It's created a plethora of teaching and other opportunities that enable us to blend our Pilates backgrounds with other skills, talents and interests to create our own career destinies. Even within my circle of friends, there's such career diversity. My friend, Ana Caban, is a Pilates Video Star for GAIAM. Tannis Kobrinsky operates Pilates retreats through her company Healthabitravels. Plus, she's written articles for Pilates Style Magazine and Pilates-Pro. Shari Berkowitz owns The Vertical Workshop and is the Director of West Coast Education for Power Pilates. Ton Voogt & Michael Fritzke (2 of my first instructors) are international Pilates educators and creators of the TRIAD ball. My friends Carrie Macy and Alex Estornel have partnered together to launch the grand opening of their Pilates/fitness studio next month. Madeleine Butcher owns a beautiful home-based Pilates/dance studio. And I own the Pilates t-shirt company, Joe's Pila-T-Shop and am the Pilates Coordinator for the new Equinox Fitness location in Woodland Hills, CA.
We all have our niche within the Pilates community and collectively serve the greater purpose of sharing the Pilates Method with the world. This is just another thing I love about Pilates; the options for creativity and personal growth while helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.
Rock Your Powerhouse!