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You Are the Inspiration

Yesterday I posted this tweet on Twitter: "Ran 10 miles again today a little for an upcoming race but mostly to show my daughter I can do it. And so can she one day." It was kind of off-the-cuff and I promptly forgot about it after I wrote it.

But the response was lovely. People who normally don't chat me up wrote back with positivity and strength of their own. All agreed that there is no one else better suited than parents to set the example for good health. @Healthytravel even sent a link (click here to read it) with statistics backing up that statement. The discussion got me thinking...

As Pilates instructors, we are the inspiration to clients and potential clients. We are the motivators who encourage them to better health, good Pilates form and excellent physical fitness. If we don't make time to practice Pilates ourselves, it shows whether we like it or not. Our posture suffers and so does our core strength and aesthetic appearance. If we can't make time to get in our own training, how can we expect our clients to find the mojo to get through the studio door on rainy days?

It reminds me of when our insurance policy for our family changed a little while back. We had to find another primary physician and my husband and I "interviewed" some docs to see who would be a good fit. The first person I saw was a clinically obese man who vaguely smelled of cigarettes. (I have a nose like a deer - other people may not have caught it.) All I could was, "And I'm supposed to listen to YOU give ME health advice?" Needless to say, this wasn't the doctor for me.

Are you the Pilates instructor for your clients? Do you make time to take care of yourself and get in your practice? Or have your clients been thoughtfully questioning their commitment to you? Take matters into your hands and be the inspiration your clients need you to be!

So how are you going to do it? How do you become The Inspiration? We'd love to hear it! Share with us and we'll feature you on ModernPilatesTraining.com!

1 Comment

  1. Susan Sommers
    Susan Sommers01-31-2011

    Well said Kerrie, “As Pilates instructors, we are the inspiration to clients and potential clients. We are the motivators who encourage them to better health, good Pilates form and excellent physical fitness”

    If not us than who?…..

    My entire business instructing clients 50+ is based on the principal of inspiration and motivation. I’m 50+ just like my clients, an everyday girl who can do it. My philosophy that I teach is is if you do what ‘I say’ and do what ‘I do’ you can change your appearance and have a ‘Pilates Body’ too. I also stress Joe’s 10-20-30 theory and my clients see that it works just like he/I said it would…it keeps them coming back..

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