Discoveries and Revalations

2017 was a big year for fitilates. As the in-person instructor training had taken off 2 years prior to that, it was time to put some time and effort into the online component. And so, fitilates online certification and fitilates for you were launched. The feedback to both was great, we certified instructors across the country and were starting to build a community of fitilate-ers at the same time. And then 2018 hit.

We had some major decisions to make regarding our bricks and mortar studio, Infinite Fitness and I had set a major personal goal for myself that took the majority of my year (still waiting to see how that turns out). It became very apparent very quickly that I wouldn’t be able to do it all, at least not do it all and do lit well, so I gave myself permission to leave the online world.

I quit instagram, facebook, the blog, the website, newsletters, everything. Now in hindsight, maybe just stopping wasn’t the best move but at the time it felt like my only move. And, if I am being honest, it actually probably was my best move because I finished 2018 with more clarity than I have had in years. I took the time to focus and discover what it was I wanted, and I mean this in all aspects of my life, not just fitilates. I made some major changes to my businesses and lifestyle and came back to my whys.

So what did I discover:

  1. I missed writing. I feel like I write blog posts in my head constantly. Writing is cathartic to me. Sometimes I want to write about anatomy and exercise physiology, other times goal setting and leadership and other times, motherhood and lifestyle.

  2. fitilates is an extension of me. It’s more than fitness, it’s more than Pilates. It encompasses a wide range of activities from running to weight training to Pilates to mindfulness. Like me, it must stay true to the science of exercise but my true goal in this industry is to inspire you to be more active and therefore healthier through sustainable, proven methods.

  3. I can only serve others by serving myself. If I am too focused on what it is I think you want, I ignore/miss what my true message is. The more I educate myself and push myself to grow, the more I can share with you. Some of it will be relevant to you, some of it might not be. That’s ok, take what you need and remember you are exactly where you need to be.

  4. I missed my community (aka YOU). I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to involve you more (maybe you can let me know what you need below) but I do know that I want more of you in my life.

  5. The fitness industry is a bit nutty. Ok, possible understatement of the year. It’s a lot nutty. I struggle with images of half naked twenty somethings, who look great but haven’t bore a child or struggled with the demands of a full time career, kids, aging parents, a significant other, etc. As good as they look, it’s hard for me to find them relatable, yet I was constantly comparing myself to them (insert eyeroll here).

Discovery was step one. But what did it mean to me otherwise, what did it mean to fitilates?

  1. I am going to blog again. On whatever it is I feel like sharing. Sometimes it will be all about proper alignment and how that’s way more important than core strength (see previous post), other times it will be the random thoughts running through my head. As I said, writing is cathartic for me and by sharing all parts of me, I am hoping we can connect deeper and I can inspire you to be the best version of you (because I think that’s all we really want).

  2. fitilates isn’t here to compete with other methods of training. It’s here to give you a community of like-minded individuals and provide you options of workouts depending on where you are at that day. It is not a fad or a trend. You will start to see more workouts and exercises for everybody and every body.

  3. This one is pretty self-explanatory. As I quickly approach forty I am very aware that I haven’t even started yet. My goal in life is to inspire those around me to lead their best life. That means continuing my education and sharpening my skills.

  4. I am back (hopefully you are too). But without the pressure. Sometimes life with four boys, a business, a husband, friends, etc, is just too full without the added pressure of online prescence. I am going to do my best to be here for you but I am not going to put my in-person life on hold (and you shouldn’t either). I want you to live your best life, which means you have to go live. Not everything needs to be online and that’s ok. Let’s be those kind of friends that you know are here when you need them but you can also go a week or two without speaking.

  5. While the nuttiness is probably not going away anytime soon BUT I’m going to do my best to not have it invade fitilates. I promise what I am teaching is always the best that I know. And as I continue my commitment to #3, I promise to always share and do better.

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Cheers to 2019 - let’s see where we go!

Jess.