Congratulations! I'm SO excited that you took the jump and joined the program. You're already on your way to a longer, leaner Pilates body. You will not regret this decision :) I'm excited to do this program with you. My body is also in major need of some TLC so we're in this together over the next 6 weeks.
Before we get started, let's dive into the details.
If you're new to Pilates I highly recommend that you do a little research to familiarize yourself with the method. This will help you understand how to perform the exercises safely and accurately. There is a lot to learn so be patient with yourself. Sometime before Monday, take a moment to read the following articles:
Your Pilates journey will be a process of learning and re-learning how to use your body in the most efficient and effective way. Remember to keep an open mind and ask questions as they arise :) To get the most out of your training you may want to take a Pilates private at a local studio to have things explained to you in detail for your body and needs. Or, you can always schedule a Skype session with me if you'd like to have a little one-on-one coaching during the program.
Track Your Progress...
I suggest taking a few pictures and measurements before we begin next week. That way you can compare your "before" & "after" and celebrate your success :)
It will be incredibly important for us to support one another and cheer each other on over the next 6 weeks. The more support the better! Interact on my website by posting comments and be sure to "like" The Balanced Life Facebook page so that we can stay in touch throughout the program. Don't be shy! Join the conversation so that you stay motivated and committed. Trust me, it will help!
Each week I'll provide a workout that is designed to tone and strengthen your entire body. In addition, most weeks will have a "muscle focus" to zero in on specific target areas.
WEEK 1 (11/7): Full Body Basics
WEEK 2 (11/14): Full Body + Arms
WEEK 3 (11/21: Full Body + Legs
WEEK 4 (11/28): Full Body + Extra Abs
WEEK 5 (12/5): Full Body + Back
WEEK 6 (12/12): Full Body + Glutes
A new video will be posted every Monday. We will all commit to completing the workout 4x during the week. The videos will be approximately 40 minutes long (short enough to do on your lunch hour if necessary!)
What To Eat...
As much as I WISH diet didn't matter, it does! Be careful not to fool yourself into thinking that you're working out 4x a week so you can eat anything and everything in sight. Doing so WILL stall your progress (I'm guilty of this far too often).
This particular program will not include dietary guidelines but I do recommend that you focus on eating clean, natural, nutrient-dense foods. Minimize processed foods, limit sugar and limit sodium. Everything else should be enjoyed in moderation. If you tend to over-estimate your calorie needs try using My Fitness Pal to track your daily intake (they have a great app). Don't be crazy about it, just be sensible. And remember to drink LOTS of water!
What You Need...
You will need a mat that is thick enough to provide adequate comfort for your spine. If you don't have a mat, perform the exercises on carpet or use a few towels for extra padding. There will be times when 2-3 lb weights are optional but definitely not necessary. You'll also need a computer with speakers and adequate space to perform your workouts while you watch the videos.
I can't wait to get started with you! Trust me, I am as excited to get my booty into shape as you are. If you have any questions before we get started next week, don't hesitate to ask!