So, we’re just over three weeks into January, and the excesses of Christmas and the New Year are but a dim and distant memory as we plough head-long into 2015. Here at The Pilates Pod, January is always a very busy month, with lots of new people using the new year as inspiration to try something new and make changes to their lifestyle. We also always look forward to welcoming back our regular clients, many of whom take a well earned rest over the festive season.
When Michelle and I first came up with the idea of opening a studio, we spent quite a long time thinking about how it should feel to come to the Pod. Obviously, we wanted people to feel that they had enjoyed a thorough, and rewarding Pilates workout. But more than that, it was important to us that the experience of becoming a client of The Pilates Pod was an enjoyable and rewarding one in itself.
I’ve never been a ‘gym-bunny’ kind of person. I’ve been a member of a gym on a couple of occasions, gone hell-for-leather for a few weeks before missing a session then bit by bit losing motivation. Personally, I always found the gym to be a rather intimidating experience and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. So when we set about creating the Pod, we had it at the front of our minds that we wanted the Pod to be a warm, welcoming and fun place where people who maybe weren’t into the gym, would feel more at home and hopefully more motivated to establish a regular exercise routine.
So far this year, we’ve been delighted to see so many of our classes being so well attended. Just taking a look down the schedule, we’re regularly seeing 7 or 8 people in a class (8’s our maximum don’t forget!), and our Intro Courses in January have been filling up to. It’s a great sign that people are understanding the benefits that Pilates can bring to them, and we also take it as a compliment that we’re getting things right.
But we also know that keeping up with something new can be difficult. Life can get in the way, coughs and colds are only too common in January and February and sometimes by missing a session here or there, it’s easy to fall out of the habit. Apparently it takes 21 days to form a routine that sticks, so it’s really important to KEEP GOING. Because once you’ve formed a regular habit of coming to classes or 1:1s, you’ll really start to feel the benefit on and off of the mat. You’ll meet new, friendly people, learn some new techniques and start to feel like a stronger, leaner and taller version of yourself with every session.
Don’t let yourself get bored either – mix things up with a different class or time, maybe try a twin reformer class or an equipment class for a bit of variety – it’s the spice of life y’know.
Anyway. Well done you. You really are doing great – now, keep it going. And if you haven’t started yet, there’s no time like the present.
Cheers. Ed x
Ed Smith is the quiet director at The Pilates Pod
You can follow him on twitter @ed_p0d