I love a good challenge! Especially a specific fitness related challenge (30 Day Plank Challenge anyone?). They keep me focused and motivated. I had a lot of fun doing the OktoberFIT challenge in October and thought I’d run another one for the month of December. I don’t like when a challenge has too many details though. So I wanted this new challenge to be straight forward and simple. One of the things I have decided to focus on right now is deepening my personal Pilates practice. This will include some new training, workshops, studying, taking classes with other instructors, etc of the Pilates movement system. Not just to become a better student, but to also become a better teacher of the movement.
Then I thought, “Even better! Let me share this experience with others!” So the idea for the “Pilates Every Damn Day Challenge” was born.
Joseph Pilates said about his exercise system “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see a difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body”. He also said that everyone should do at least 10 minutes daily of the mat Pilates exercises. Romana Kryzanowska was one of the first students of Joseph Pilates, and later inherited his studio. Romana has been known to say that if you only have time for a short workout, to do everything in the mat series up until the exercise Spine Stretch Forward. So that is what we are going to do!
The “Pilates Every Damn Day Challenge” will focus on short Pilates workouts every day. Through doing these short workouts every day we will build strength and flexibility, as well as the other benefits of Pilates. Commit to at least 5 to 10 minutes of Pilates practice every day. If you want to do more, then GREAT! If you want to go take a class, either mat or on the Pilates apparatus, that will count as well. Just do a little bit of Pilates everyday through the month of December. Easy, breezy, beautiful!
I think this challenge will also be great for beginners to try out Pilates for the first time. What do they say about building a habit? “It takes 21 days!” You can use this challenge as a starting point to build a Pilates practice. If you are already someone who practices Pilates regularly, allow this challenge to take you deeper into the world of Pilates.
So how is it going to work?
The challenge will kick off on Monday, December 1 and run until the end of the year. On Monday I will post a video of the mat exercises up to Spine Stretch Forward here on my blog. This video will be the base of the challenge. You just need to, at the least, do this video every day. Also, throughout the month, I will post other Pilates videos (between 5 – 10 minutes long) that you can add on to your daily workout, or to do instead. I will also keep you motivated throughout the challenge by checking in with you, and providing some great information and fun facts on Pilates.
Everything for the challenge will be posted here on my blog, as well as shared on my Facebook page. I have also created a Facebook Group page where we can share and motivate each other. Please feel free to join the page so we can connect. I will also be doing different bits of the challenge through other social media such as Twitter (follow me @Om_Boy1) and Instagram ( follow me @Om_Boy). For example, I may ask on a day for you to post a pic of yourself in one of the Pilates exercises/poses. Teaser Tuesdays!! Anytime you post about the challenge on any social media outlet use the hashtag #PilatesEveryDamnDay so we can find each other.
I’m looking forward to doing this challenge with you, and also connecting more with you all. Get ready!