Is your group fitness instructor ignoring you?
You're in a group exercise class - maybe lifting weights, or punching bags, or holding a plank, or dancing....
And you feel a little lost.
Should you be feeling this in your hip flexors?? Are your feet too close together? When your shoulder starts hurting, should you stop or push through it?
We love group fitness classes as much as the next person. The contagious energy, the instructor continually pushing you, the encouragement from peers and the competitive nature...
But with many of these classes filling with more and more people, how much individualized attention do you actually get from your instructor?
Do you feel like you have a good handle on all of the exercises and movements? Is your form continually being corrected to achieve perfection? Do you always feel safe? Do you understand 100% of the verbal instructions from the instructor?
We didn’t think so.
This is no fault of the instructor! This is simply just the nature of these classes. With 8, 15, or even 20+ people to continually watch over, there is only so much that an instructor can do.
These classes certainly serve a purpose, and they can be fun too! But how many times have you walked into a new fitness studio, taken a group class, and felt completely lost half the time?
We’ve certainly been there. . .
This is why one-on-one training is so important before jumping into a group class. It allows you to achieve a good understanding of the foundation of the specific movements, receive hands on cueing, and benefit from a specialist’s absolute undivided attention.
Especially if you are recovering from an injury - or even more importantly, if you have been suffering with specific pain or tightness for a long time - private sessions are KEY.
Before jumping fully into a group setting, where unfortunately you’ll get a lot of encouragement but very little individualized instruction or guidance, it's helpful to know exactly what you and your body need.
The goal should be mastery of form before jumping into a group class.
Unfortunately in a crowded group setting, because you are not being continuously watched, cued and corrected, you might hurt yourself because of poor form, develop bad movement patterns and habits, and feel SO lost in the process as well.
Does all of this sound really familiar? Are you currently taking group classes, but looking for more?
We would love to offer you a FREE one on one Pilates Taster session. You will get a much better understanding of the foundational principles of movements and Pilates, proper hands on cueing, individualized attention tailored specifically to your goals... and we ALWAYS promise you our undivided attention!
Apply here for your FREE 30 minute Pilates Taster to learn more about the benefits of one-on-one!
Do you have knee pain from your new COVID running habit??
Did you take to the road when COVID hit and gyms shut down? 🏃♀️
Needed to get out of the house, so you picked up running... either for the first time, or for the first time in a long time??
Are you now paying the price of pounding the pavement?
Months later we are now hearing a lot of our clients complain of new knee pain due to their new COVID activities. Often when we jump into new activities or different terrain (treadmill vs road), our bodies aren’t actually ready for them.
Most people think that running, because there isn’t much to it, is something we can just walk out the door and do. Which is true...but if you don’t have the proper strength, stability, or mobility you most likely will find yourself eventually suffering from knee pain, hip tightness, back soreness, or Achilles problems.
The biggest mistake I see people make is that they run to get in shape and not the other way around.
We should strengthen to run, not run to strengthen.
If there are weaknesses in your core, hips or ankles PRIOR to you running, they are likely only going to get worse... AND cause other problems in addition, resulting in aches and pains you weren’t expecting and now don’t know how to get rid of.
If you want to find out if you are strong enough to run, join our 5 day challenge where we will be walking you through a self assessment for knee pain. Email us to opt-in!
If you find some areas of pain, dysfunction or weakness when going through these tests, join us for our FREE Workshop in which we will explain the importance of this assessment, and what you can do to prevent injury when running!
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