If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “But Pilates is so expensive!” I could afford to pay for your Pilates sessions.. ☺
I was shopping in Marshall’s the other day buying cute-little-somethings for my brand new Pilates studio (eek!) when I came across the aisle of baskets and organizing containers. Perfect, I’ll use this for balls and cleaning supplies, I thought as I rummaged through the shelves.
The woman next to me looked perplexed trying to decide on the perfect shape and size basket for her organizational needs. She looked at me and asked, “What are you going to use that for?” I looked at her with excitement and a huge smile on my face and proudly said, “I’m going to use it in my new Pilates studio for props and balls, and things.” (and thank you very much for asking!)
“Oh, you just opened a Pilates studio? Congratulations!” Beaming, I said thank you very much. She continued to tell me how she knows she could benefit from Pilates and would love to try it and asked if I had a card. (Do I have a card??! You know it, sister!)
Then she asked about the cost of a session. I let her know that I’m offering an initial session for only $49! She froze, her eyes bulged, and she asked, “What do you mean? Why so much?”
I paused, smiled, then went on with a very thorough description about the extensive Pilates training we go through, the equipment that’s used, the continued education we participate in, and the very tailored, one on one attention one receives in her specialized session.
Yes, I get that people are used to paying monthly gym fees so they can come and go as they please. Let’s be honest, how often are gym memberships used?
Some also like to pop into a mat/barre/yoga/group class of some sort at 15 bucks a pop with 20 or so other participants, which is perfectly fine, too! I love a good yoga class!
More often than not though, after a client attends said classes they then come to me because of an injury they’ve acquired in this large group setting.
I look at Pilates this way. It’s preventative care, you’re not only strengthening and lengthening your muscles from the inside out, but you’re also clearing your mind with the deep breathing used to engage your abdominal muscles, plus you’re stretching your stress away.
Pilates Instructors are trained to make you strong and keep you safe while doing it. As a Pilates Instructor, my focus is entirely on your body, your form, and your breathing technique.
A Pilates Instructor is required to continue to learn and earn continuing education credits. We’re trained to treat your aches, pains, and physical limitations.
Ok, so now that you’re up to date on how costly it is to become and maintain a Pilates certification, let’s break down the amazing benefits Pilates offers any and every body type. And I do mean everybody—from the chronically ill, to the professional athlete, Pilates is tailored to meet your body’s specific needs.
1.) Prevention: This alone is enough reason to practice Pilates. Why wait until your sick or broken to take care of your body? You could be saving in medication, doctor visits, Physical Therapy, health insurance, therapy, and so much more.
2.) Wellbeing: Pilates isn’t just for your physical well being, it also benefits your mental and emotional wellbeing. I have clients who have come in stressed, anxious or depressed, then leave feeling more calm, relaxed and rejuvenated.
3.) Joy: Not only do my clients feel more calm and relaxed, but their spirits are lifted and they leave happier. Endorphins, baby!
4.) Physique: And, yes we’d all like our clothes to fit properly, and not have our favorite jeans suffocate us. Making a minimum commitment to practice Pilates twice a week will do wonders for your physique.
5.) Family: “Exercise creates endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don’t shoot their husbands.” –Elle Woods
Usually, when we’re tired or in pain, or when we’re not happy with our health/body, we’re more irritable and snappy and more apt to lose our sh*t with our loved ones. Let’s spare everyone involved, and carve out some time in our day to amp up the endorphins, eh?
In the end, you really do get what you pay for, and with Pilates, investing in yourself is well worth it.
hugs & kegels,