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I found Pilates when I was just 16 years old, and I remember seeing Mari Winsor's notorious infomercials and mine Forced parents to buy me their DVDs so I could do their training at home Mari, she literally made Pilates a name that previously existed in relative darkness.
Her body-shaping routines and abdominal training promised to lose weight and promote the connection of mind and body that we all so much desire, but back on the day when not many people appreciated it.
I trained religiously every day until I memorized them all. I'm not kidding, but I can still sleep in it. However, I know that women around the world would do the same with my workouts, making them an important, fun and accessible part of them, life and routines.
The YouTube video that started it all
I became a Pilates teacher when I was in college. It was an afterthought at my local 24-hour gym in LA, and I had about 40 to 50 "regular" students at 7:30 pm Pop Pilates class. After graduation, however, I got a job near Boston. And to keep my loyal followers, I recorded a training video and posted it on YouTube, which was really the only social media-like platform on the market, like in 2009.
At the time, YouTube had done this. An upload -Limit of 10 minutes (!), So I had to force all moves for a one-hour class into those intimidating, tiny timeframes. Since I had no experience with the #content, I thought at the end that the video looks good . (Find out how a bikini contest completely changed Cassey Ho's attitude to health and fitness.)
The audio was awful and the visual image was pixelated because I did not know about lighting. The only goal was to make my class accessible to my students who knew me and my message. That was it's.
It turned out that all the bugs in this first video did not matter. A month later, I found out that there were thousands of views and hundreds of comments from complete strangers who had enjoyed my training and found it unique, funny, easy to use, and accessible.
Claiming My Space in the Fitness Industry
When I first started posting on YouTube, there were really only two major fitness channels – and they were very unlike the contents I brought out. Both were body-conscious and had a really chapped man who was loud and in your face, and a woman with a similar personality. Apart from that, the training itself was clearly geared toward men.
But at that time I "did not compete" with anyone. My videos were still focused on my students. However, as I kept posting, more and more people, especially women, were following my content and saying that they were connected to my message because there was not really anything like it at the time.
I have been preaching from the first day that exercise should never be a chore – it should be something you always look forward to, so you do not want to skip it. You do not need fancy exercise equipment, a gym, or hours of free time to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. It turned out that many women found this idea very appealing. They still do it.
How social media has changed everything
The fitness industry has grown over the last decade and I've grown with it. This meant getting onto every social media platform and finding more creative ways to share my message. Today, more than 4,000 Pop Pilates classes are broadcast live live all over the world every month, and we're even preparing to host our first fitness festival called Puppies and Planks this weekend to keep my community in touch and continue to provide more fun and authentic ways to make fitness fun.
I will not lie, but it's getting harder and harder to keep it "real" since social media skyrocketed. What used to be shorthand (like the ten-minute YouTube video I posted many years ago) is now considered long-form.
This is partly because the everyday consumer has changed. We have shorter attention spans and want things to get to the point almost immediately. But in my opinion that has had many negative effects. As a content developer, it's almost impossible for people to actually get to know you. It's so much more about the visuals: the butt selfies, the transformational images and more that have given the fitness industry a different meaning. As influencers, we are expected to use our body as a billboard, which is fine, but the real lesson and message behind what makes fitness so amazing is often how much emphasis is placed on aesthetics. (See also: This fitness model advocate is a body image advocate as she is less fit now.)
With the plethora of ever-changing platforms, social media is becoming ever more intense, unconnected in real life , As an instructor and trainer, I think it is so important for people to gain real experiences, because here you meet friends, feel this really positive energy, and really get inspired and motivated.
Today's Day 1 is the # 100 challenge, and I'll do something I've never done, and frankly I do not want to do anything. , But since I asked you to take a picture before taking a picture, I wanted to become vulnerable and show you the part of my body that I'm the least convinced of. My abs. , From years when kids made fun of me because they were fat from years of mean comments that told me I was not fit enough to be a fitness trainer, I had a lot of resentment and hatred for my body abdomen. It's the one part of my body that I can not control, and that's why I sometimes feel like a failure. It is really sad that something so simple and so physical can be so emotional. , Anyway, I took this morning. It's Day 1 of the 100th grade and I'm really excited to use these next 29 days to train my abs to get stronger, and to train my mind and heart to like my body as well, how he can and not what he looks like. If fat loss and abdominal decline come, then so be it! If not, imma has the craziest and coolest core I've ever had !!! And you can be proud of that! , Did you already make the first day? The full training video can be found on YouTube.com/Blogilates! Bio-Link! #blogilates
Do not get me wrong, we're lucky enough to have such incredible access to Training to have social media. So if you have trouble getting started, be sure to follow the instructors online and be proud that you can do your training from the comfort of your own home. But for me, when I sit down with people in real life and train in each other's company, that positive energy pushes me. At the end of the day this is really about fitness.
We are all responsible for keeping it real
The rise in popularity of social media means that there are so many seemingly influential people to follow, making it hard to distinguish what is real and what not. It would be nice if platforms like Instagram were less saturated, but this is the market we're in – that I'm – and this is the reality in 2019. But here I am and others have As an influencer, you have the responsibility to create real, authentic, educational fitness and wellness content that can change your life – whether it's asking for beauty standards, sometimes feeling like a failure, or fighting your own body image. The goal should be not to get carried away with the look of things, but to focus on the message you are trying to preach.
If I had the "perfect" body throughout history, I would look like this. , Mid 2010s-2018 – Big buttocks, wide hips, tiny waists and full lips are in! Thanks to the Instagram models releasing "Belfies", there is an enormous boost in plastic surgery for butt implants. Even cosmetic surgeons are IG-famous for transforming women. Between 2012 and 2014, breast implants and injections will increase by 58%. , Mid-90s to 2000s – Large breasts, flat stomachs and thigh gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. It is the age of the secret angel of Victoria. She is tall, thin and always has long legs and a full chest. , Early 90s – THIN IS IN. An angular bone structure, emaciated appearance and super thin is what dominates the catwalks and magazine covers. There is even a name for it: "heroin chic". , 1950s – The hourglass shape is in. The 36-21-36 measurements by Elizabeth Taylor are ideal. Marilyn Monroe's gentle lust is in demand. Women are being promoted to gain weight from pills to fill in. Playboy Magazine and Barbie have emerged in this decade. , 20's – boy, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts and a straightforward figure! Unlike the "Gibson Girl" of the Victorian era, women hide their curves and tie their breasts with strips of fabric to create a straight figure for flapper dresses. , 1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance – Full-bodied, with a round belly, big hips and rich bosom. Good nutrition is a sign of prosperity and status. Only the poor are thin. , Why do we treat our body like fashion? "Tits are out! Butts is in! "Well, the reality is that making our bodies is much more dangerous than making clothes. Stop putting your body out of the way as if it were fast. , Please treat your body with love and respect and do not succumb to the standard of beauty. Embrace your body, for he is YOUR perfect body. #blogilates #theperfectbody
. As a consumer of these media, you also have a lot of power. Remember to always listen to your body and to be aware of what feels good to you, which feels indecent. It's so easy to follow a person you believe is authentic and authoritarian. Sometimes they even feel like your best friend. They believe everything they say to you as a fact. In reality, however, so many of these social media personalities are paid to say things and promote products. Often, because of their genes and their plastic surgery, they look the way they do. Not to mention that they probably train a lot more than they believe. (Related: People are angry after a Fit-Fluencer supporter has said, "Eat less food")
Looking into the fitness industry
While I feel we're in going that direction, the fitness community as a whole should work to accept what we have and find the best potential with which we are born as individuals. It's easy to focus on what you need to see outside. Instead, we should focus on your abilities, your talent and your mind. What I'm trying to preach through my program and through my presence on social media is that there is no one stop solution to lose weight, tighten the abdominals, or get a perfectly shaped booty. It's about creating a sustainable lifestyle that has ups and downs, but that will help make you feel good, strong, and confident over the long term.
As the fitness industry evolves, I hope that exercising is becoming increasingly fun and focused on being healthy and sustainable rather than just having body-related goals. I hope more people look beyond that and find a workout that they really enjoy. Health and happiness are the main goals. What your body looks like is a side effect.