If you’ve taken the time and money to schedule a personal pilates training session, both you and your instructor want to ensure the goals of the session are achieved. Not only will that give you a sense of empowerment and a stronger, more fit body but both you and your instructor will feel a sense of accomplishment and ready for the next session.
The reasons people use personal sessions are wide and varied from rehabilitation, to overcoming muscle imbalance, or simply to have more focused time and attention on your unique abilities. Too often though, once a student leaves a session that’s where the session ends and so does the learning. Neither you nor your instructor wants this. Improvement involves consistency. So unless you have at least a couple of personal training sessions a week, consistency is lost. So how do you overcome this? Well, it will take a unique collaboration between you and your instructor. What am I referring to? Homework. Yes, that thing that – if you have children – they (and we!) complain about, don’t make enough time for, and have a long list of excuses why it wasn’t done, at least to the best of our ability. The goal of “pilates homework” is not to do it every day but rather to get you, valued client, to move just a little bit more outside of your sessions. Below are few ways to do this:
- Take a notebook with you. Ask questions and make notes on what is said either during or right after the session so you can review when you are away from the studio. Ask your instructor for recommendations on videos to watch from home, how often to do the exercises, and other resources and tools that may help you achieve your goals. If that seems too overwhelming, then just take notes. As with all good communication, listening is key and that not only goes for you but for your instructor as well. Remember, this is a partnership and both of you want a successful session where both you and she leave feeling good.
- If there are two or three moves that will benefit you more than others that you’ve had during your session, be sure to ask to go over those again at the end of the session. This will ensure you have a solid understanding of what you aim to achieve. Minor corrections and additional information may also be gathered during this time as well.
- Set a goal for how often and what specifically you will work on between sessions with a way to track. This doesn’t have to be complicated. You can create a weekly spreadsheet with a pencil and blank sheet of paper or download one for free on the internet. Also, this doesn’t have to involve a lot of time. Are you waiting to add softner to the laundry? A phone call? Pizza delivery? Each of us has unique schedules but the fact is, no matter how busy you are, there is still a lot of opportunities for 10-15 minutes a couple of times a week to work on your practice. I guarantee you that in your next session you will feel more confident and see your pilates abilities grow faster than expected.
- Reward yourself. We all need a little bit of incentive so create one that is meaningful to you. The reward doesn’t even have to be pilates related. It could be buying a magazine, a new coffee mug, or a small sample of chocolate. Whatever it is, make sure it’s motivating enough for you to take the time to do the work.
If the above just seems too much to ask and a bit overwhelming, then start with awareness, e.g. how you hold your body both inside and outside the studio. This will still result with improvement. Sometimes, stopping for a moment and checking in with your posture is enough. Whatever you decide to do, always acknowledge yourself for the effort.
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