What a crazy year, am I right? It’s been a great time to sit back and solidify what you want in your life. This time has allowed me to focus on my movement practice more than ever before. After ten years of teaching and 20 years of dancing, I found it’s time to get back to the basics for me.
It’s so easy to fall into simple habits once we’ve found a groove in your workout routine. It’s easy to forget to focus on FORM when the movements seem familiar, and our strength has grown. When we try something new, it’s easy to compensate FORM for the action or activity. That’s why I developed the “Back to the Basics” Challenge. When I say “the basics,” I’m talking about finding your pelvic floor, connecting to your center, grounding through your legs, and so on. These are Basic Movement Principles that allow your body to feel its absolute best. It is perfect for any level. Even advanced students need to reevaluate their technique.
When you’ve finished this 5-Day challenge, I hope you have a strong sense of center and gratitude for all the miraculous things our bodies can do. Let’s dive into the fundamentals and reap their benefits.
Here are 3 Reasons we need Back to the Basics
If You’re A Seasoned Practitioner:
- You’ll refine what you already know. If you’re feeling stuck in your Pilates practice, it can be as simple as diving a little deeper into your technique to take your training to the next level. Something as simple as breathing deeper into your center can have a significant impact.
- You’ll learn something new. You never really stop learning. For the longest time, my back would irritate me in extension. When I took a beginner class, and they made me stretch my quads, game changer. Bye, bye back, the pain!
- You’ll appreciate how far you’ve come. It’s easy to look only at our body and practice for what it is today and forget all the challenges we’ve worked through to get here. It is a beautiful thing to realize how much you have learned throughout your days, weeks, years as a mover.
If You’re Brand New to Pilates:
- You’ll build a strong foundation. When you are beginning your Pilates practice, it’s essential to understand where your movements originate. For instance, are you using your core or your back when you do a roll-up? By stretching open your back, you’ll activate your core.
- You’ll learn modifications. There are so many movements that take time to build the necessary foundation and strength to execute correctly. It’s essential to understand what your body needs on any given day, and modifications are vital for developing a solid Pilates practice.
- You’ll complete a total body workout. It’s easy to think of Pilates as a core workout. The truth is you’ll be activating your entire body throughout the whole exercise.
Will you join me for this 5-day Back to the Basics Challenge?
- If you haven’t already signed up for your 7-Day FREE trial, you can START HERE.
- If you’re already a member of FORM, LOGIN, and begin today!
- THEN, snap a photo or video of your Pilates workout EACH DAY and tag me on IG @formbykatelyn and #FORMBasics
We can do anything for five days, so let’s do this together. FORM always follows function.
With an abundance of LOVE,