Today I had the chance to be taken through some movements on the Pilates Reformer.
To say it was humbling is an understatement.
After a killer strength day yesterday that left me pumped and feeling on top of the world, I woke up sore. not just ooh i feel that...more like "ahhh my bloody glutes" sore.
As I got to the gym I spent about 30 minutes foam rolling the hamstrings, glutes, and IT band alone.That's when I got the question.
"You want to go through the reformer?"
Pumped and energized to learn something knew I said "Of course!"
Whenever there is an opportunity for education I take it. I love it. Gaining new information and learning new movements is my favorite. There is nothing more fulfilling than working to perfect my craft.
I did not know what was in store for me...
Boy I did not even think about how hard, yet simple this thing would be.
This not only challenged my body, but my ego.
This little torture device left me feeling like a newborn trying to stand....
I was falling over in every way imaginable.
It was so bad I couldn't help but laugh at myself.
I've always known that I am tight, but working out as much as I normally do I figured it wouldn't be too hard to sit on a Pilates machine and do some simple movements.
We started out with what seemed like some pretty easy movements, Little did I know Crew was saving the torture for later...
It was almost like he wanted me to think it was easy and then kill my spirit...
I swear that was his plan.
Make Mikey feel weak, inferior....He deserves it
Well no, not really.
But what Cres did do was expose me to my imbalances a bit more.
I often tend to over look them because I can do movements pretty well, I can workout hard, I can lift decently heavy for my size. I can condition hard, and I can fight through a good burn.
Overlooking it is not making me better though, I may get stronger, but I will still continue to have the same imbalances which could possibly lead to injury or pain later on down the road.
It was an awakening session for me.
I know what I am good at.
I know what I am bad at.
I do work on both, but it is obvious that I need to spend more on my faults.
As I tell my clients, we have to make our weaknesses stronger to improve.
I simply tend to overlook it sometimes.
This experience has made me really open my eyes to my own training regimen.
I know I am doing the right things, I simply need to do more for my weaknesses.
So thanks to this humbling experience I have decided to write up a new program for me.
I have come a long way the last 3 years, physically and mentally.
I must continue to improve.
I will not give up my strengths, but i will correct my imbalances.
It is important to have these experiences.
To keep me on my toes. To keep my training fresh. and to keep educating my clients.
The number 1 rule we have at CFA is to practice what we preach.
I ensure you all that I do this, and will continue to do this for the rest of my life.
My goal is not simply for me, for If I keep improving, You do as well.
I want you to reach maximal results, I want you to have these Aha! moments as well.
In good Health,
God loves you, Mike(y) loves you, So love yourself