Pilates and Personal Responsibility

“An exercise does not jump out of a box and bite you in the ass.”

~ Lizz Roman (SF-based, Pilates mentor/teacher extraordinaire)

Not sure if I worded it exactly as she did, but Lizz Roman’s voice is what I try to invoke in those moments when I try to justify not doing certain exercises because “they are too hard” or because “they hurt me.”

Don’t worry, this is not a “no-pain, no-gain” apologetics diatribe, but merely owning up to the fact that I can’t blame the exercise for the pain. Because, in fact, that Teaser did not jump out of  a box and bite me in the ass hip flexors. Even if it felt like it did.

So, where does that leave me? It is my fault that I (often) hate doing Teasers? Am I to blame for having over-active quads? I mean, after all I am a Certified Pilates Instructor. Shouldn’t I have mastered this quintessential Pilates exercise? (If your not sure what a Teaser is, check out this video;)

That’s one way of looking at it.

But, it’s certainly not going to make my hips feel any better in a Teaser.

Thankfully, there is another way.

It is not my fault, but rather my responsibility. Responseability. My ability to respond. To listen to my body, and gauge where I need more control and where I need to let go.  Back to an innate and effortless way of moving. To scale back to the most fundamental level and gradually, gracefully move forward.

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p.s. This post was in large part inspired by the wise and supremely generous Rebecca Leone and her amazing Vimeo channel! I haven’t studied with her in person yet, but I hope to soon.

p.p.s. I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave your comments below.

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