I’m starting my Pilates campaign part of my ‘Pushing for a Fitworxs Future’ this week @ Tolworth Girls School, Surrey! Teaching the year 11’s Pilates!
Just like last year when I worked at TGS, I will be initially just trying to make a 20 strong group of 15-16 year olds girls become marginally bodily aware; i.e. where their pelvis and spine is, trying to get across how important they are to look after AND get them to settle into one of Pilates most important principles: concentration!?
Think at this… What is your core?
Explaining to a sporty person or athlete that the small, endurance based, local stabilising muscles around your spine are classed as your core; and saying that if the core they possess isn’t strong enough you will overwork your big mobilising muscles, which will then eventually stiffen and spasm to cause you pain, it is normally enough to convince!
But for the girls…?? I try explaining that Lady Gaga does NOT do 300 sit-ups a day to get her flat stomach (like the glossy magazines they love tell them…? How they get away with that lie I don’t know…/!) but Pilates DOES? Well this explanation is mostly a winner…!!
Seeing these girls once a week for a 6 week block is not going to get Joseph Pilates or Lynne Robinson up on their postered walls but hopefully when the world of hard work, the gym and then possibly babies comes and grabs them by the horns (and the lower back!), they will remember they are supposed to possess something called a core, and that Pilates will help them find it!
If one girl remembers in 5 or 25 years’ time, well it’s worth it!
I would have ‘Pushed for a Fitworxs Future’ and WON!