May 26, 2014
The SCISSOR SIT-UP + Why I Love Group Fitness
Hope you are enjoying the extra long weekend and remembering those who served our country today. It was so nice driving to class this morning because there was NO TRAFFIC!!! I left 10 minutes later and got to class 3 min earlier. I was so happy 🙂
Now, listen up! I have an exciting new POP Pilates move for you. It’s called the “SCISSOR SIT-UP”. Imagine doing my sideways scissors along with a, well, sit-up in between. Yah. It’s amazing is what it is. TRY IT! And challenge your friend to do the video too. See if you can finish without stopping!
One thing to keep in mind is – do not look at the ceiling when you do this. You will strain your neck. Look forward through your thighs and lift with your chest and your abs. As you get stronger and stronger, you will know how to use your body the way you want to.
WHY I LOVE GROUP FITNESS
To date, I’ve been teaching group fitness for 7 years now and doing Pilates for 11 years. Crazy huh! Wow. I remember how nervous I was the first day I taught. I think I might have even been shaking the first time I put on a microphone and stepped in front of a full room of 40 people at 24 Hour Fitness in Whittier.
I didn’t know what to expect.
They had EVERYTHING to expect.
But after more and more practice, I became comfortable and I began to create a relationship with my students. I wasn’t just the teacher who came in at 6:00pm on Tuesdays to put them through a Pilates workout – we were friends and we looked forward to laughing and sweating together. Pilates class was my “healing place” throughout college. As you know, I went through some rocky times with my parents and my career path. We cried, yelled, and argued a lot. I mean, A LOT. They kept telling me to quit my job as a Pilates instructor and just study. They told me like, 1000 times.
Oh my goodness, what would have ever happened if I listened…
Between heavy schoolwork from science classes, my job as an Resident Advisor, and just the college experience in general…life was very hectic.
There would be days where I’d be so sad I didn’t want to get out of bed. But of course it was my duty to come to class and teach. So I’d take a deep breath, walk in, force myself to smile, and start teaching. You know what? After the first 10 min, I’d be all bubbly and happy. By the end, it was the best day ever. We all felt that way. That’s the magic of exercise.
Pilates took me through hard times in Boston too when I was having a toxic experience at my first corporate job out of college. But my 6:30 pms twice a week at The Boston Sports Club in Watertown saved me. Not only did I make great friends, but my class also began to get popular, and people really were loving my non-traditional style. It was here that I started to really live and breathe the POP Pilates that you see right now.
Today I’m at Equinox in LA. When I first started, it was a little difficult to adjust to my students’ style and see what they wanted from me. Classes dwindled here and there and then filled up here and there. It was only semi-consistent. And as an instructor, you begin to question yourself…whether you’re good enough…whether you’re giving them a great workout, pushing too hard, or boring them to death. It’s a game of Marco Polo until you find each other.
Though I’ve been teaching for a while, it doesn’t mean I can stop learning. NO ONE SHOULD. I constantly strive to bring new moves to class. Change up the playlist often. Have crazy energy. Talk to all of my students. Touch them. Adjust them. Make sure everyone feels good and happy. I love it when classes are full, the music is loud, and people are just WORKIN’ IT!
My students (you guys) allow me to have the most wonderful job in the world and all I want is for you is to have a good time too. I love group fitness because of how it makes me feel. Whether I am teaching it or taking a class, the energy in the room is unmatched. Everyone is there with one common goal of getting fit while having fun, and I am there to make sure that happens. Kind of like the host of the party!
Throughout my career, my directors have always told me that people don’t come to a class for the class, they come for the instructor. So I know that it is my ultimate duty to be a rockstar for my students every time we meet. Because what if one of them had a bad day? I want to be the one to make them smile and forget their troubles. (At least for 1 hour.)
…Hmm, this went longer than I thought it should!
I just wanted to say I love teaching. I never want to stop. I can’t EVER imagine life without group fitness. My sister Jackelyn also started teaching a a young age and she’s pretty much doing it full time now. We’re kind of fitness junkies…I remember when we were younger and didn’t have a gym membership, we would sign up for the “Butts & Guts” class at the local community college in the summer and take it for a semester. Oh man. Those were the days…
How many of you want to be a group fitness instructor one day? How many of you are interested in doing something related to health and fitness? Let me know if you have any questions!
Hope you have an AMAZING start to your week!
Love you so much,