Confessions of a Pilates Instructor

Hello there stranger!

Last week I was so consumed with the prAna #7DayStretch that I feel like I neglected my little special space on the web! And after completing that challenge, something came to my attention that I thought I would address today. To the outside eye, it may appear that I am obsessed with working out and honestly that isn’t the case. And trust me, I definitely don’t have it all figured out. I am just someone who has found a passion and LOVE sharing my passion with the world.

There will be some changes coming to Cohesive Fitness. You may have noticed the change in logo design, it’s slightly less girly and more functional. My husband is working on getting his degree in Kinesiology and he and I have dreams of owning our own fitness center someday which will be called Cohesive Fitness. 🙂 Because of this, I want to start gearing this website and blog towards that direction. Now, this isn’t going to mean that I will be delivering less quality content, in fact it means that I will be opening the door to him to share information as well! I will also be focusing on more content geared towards Pilates which is my true specialty, and he will be (at some point in the future) taking more of the general fitness approach. That being said, these changes are coming down the pipe but not happening tomorrow or anything. 🙂

Also, you may not know that I am scheduled to take my exam to become a full Level 1 certified STOTT Pilates® instructor and I can’t be more nervous, scared, and excited! My exam is September 29th so please send positive vibes my way! Okay, now let’s finally get into todays topic at hand. confessions of a pilates instructor

These are my confessions…

My posture isn’t perfect

The thing about Pilates that is great and wonderful is that it can help correct the imbalances in your body and improve your posture. I have clients telling me all the time that they stand taller and feel leaner. These are all benefits that come from strengthening your core and improving strength in small stabilizing muscles that are often neglected in typical workout programs. That being said, my posture is definitely not perfect, and I am okay with that. I think it’s good for my clients to know that we ALL struggle with certain things.

I can’t train myself

Honestly. Anytime I have a “free hour” because of a last minute cancelation, I immediately think “yes, workout time” and so I start with footwork and hundreds and then get side tracked changing the music, then start trying new things and reviewing my manuals. Next thing I know, I have spent an hour on exactly two exercises. It’s not the worst thing, I am bettering myself as an instructor, but I need to take class from someone else. I also like to cross train so I lift weights and implement cardio as well.

I don’t workout all the time

Truth. Many of my clients assume I must workout all the time, but when I am training someone I am so focused on them and their needs, that I am pretty much just standing, walking, squatting and sitting. My clients are spending good money to spend an hour with me, and I feel like if I were working out with them I would be taking away from them. On occasion I have done class with a client who has asked me to because time is of the essence in my schedule lol, but for the most part I don’t workout with clients.

I put sugar in my coffee

GASP! Yes, you read that right. Sometimes I get a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, and I don’t feel guilty about it one bit. Can’t wait for September 8th!confessions of a pilates instructor

My diet isn’t perfect, it’s something I have always struggled with

I never claim to be perfect in the diet department. I crave sweets like it’s nobody’s business. I struggle constantly with this, and I know a lot of you do as well! I hope you know that I am real and I have cravings like we all do. I also am an emotional eater, which I am working on. I have tried decreasing my sugar intake and it’s so hard. If anyone has tips please let me know!

Sometimes I want to stay home and take a nap 🙂

As much as I absolutely LOVE being a Pilates instructor, it’s still sometimes a struggle to get to the studio. I can’t complain one bit about what I do, but as we have all experienced I am sure, sometimes a nap or Netflix are begging us to stay in.

Workout clothing is my uniform

I haven’t touched any of my work clothes from corporate for the past three months. They are collecting dust in my closet. Honestly it’s become so bad that I have had serious conversations with myself about hanging up my workout clothing in the closet and packing the business clothes under the bed. It will probably happen before the new year. Thank goodness I have received some free clothing products recently to keep me afloat. Oh yea, and workout clothing is a tax write-off now, along with my Spotify account. YAY!

I hope you learned a little more about me after this post.

About Stephanie

Stephanie Benton is a STOTT PILATES Certified instructor and recently became a mom! She holds a BA in Dance from California State University Long Beach, and has a passion for helping new moms reconnect with their physical and emotional selves after starting a family. Cohesive Fitness is a place to learn to simplify your life, health and family priorities.

  • Jen Rawson @ Pretty Little Gru

    I love these confessions! I totally put sugar in my coffee too, every single day and I don’t care.

  • adailydoseoffit

    Loosely translated, this means you are real and relatable. Wonderful qualities in a fitness professional because our clients are real, too. Love this post.

  • Thanks Tara! i never pretend to have everything all figured out with my clients and I think they respect that tremendously! 🙂

  • Tess

    L-Glutamine for sugar cravings 🙂 Works wonders!