What is with this obsession to exercise for our outward appearance? Even as I was googling articles about breaking this cycle, the sponsored ads that popped up included How to get a bikini body at my age and New Japanese Weight-Loss Method.
I can't count the times I've had curious souls reach out to me to enquire about attending classes only to follow up with "but I'm so 'out of shape'" As an instructor, I wish I could shake that feeling off them and show them that we're all here to learn, to play, to challenge ourselves. We're all in the same boat together.
I do, however, understand the apprehension. Take me for example, I hold an EQF Level 4 PT certification. I have been awarded the National Qualification in Health, Exercise and Personal Training and yet I am often terrified to walk out onto a gym floor. It's easy to scoff "oh it's all in your head" but those feelings are very real for the person who is feeling them.
When I began my training as a fitness professional, I was so disheartened to see the huge focus that was placed on the "purpose" of each exercise being to change the outward appearance of the body. That was never the reason that I fell in love with exercise.
I was miserable in school and exercise (dancing, running) gave me an escape; a release. Exercise made me feel good.
I want to be clear that not all studios, gyms, instructors/PTs will place such a focus on physical appearance. This is also neither “good” nor “bad.” This is empowering for some and, if that's you, then please continue to enjoy what you do.
I merely want to show people that it doesn't always have to be the case.
"People should know that there are places where the teachers are more interested in showing someone who doesn't think they belong that they are capable of doing amazing things with their bodies" - Maiberg https://www.wellandgood.com/this-stunning-photo-project-will-make-you-rethink-what-a-pilates-body-looks-like/
There is more than one road to Rome. Heck, you don't even have to go to Rome if Ibiza is more your vibe. Play around with different approaches and, I promise, you can find a way to move that makes your mind and body feel absolutely fantastic.