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Welcome one and all to another segment in this lovely adventure. December is upon us and you either are loving it or hating it, there is no in-between. Stay safe out there. And if you are having a bad day, just remember that the Monstars blew a 66-18 lead to the Looney Tunes back in 1994.
I am pleased to announce that this week I have another special DUDEWITHPOTS interview! I might be a little biased because this next guest is my cousin, but she has some really useful exercising insight that JUST MIGHT CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Part 1 – Pilates
HELLLO there my good friend (and also my cousin) Rachael Turner. Thank you so much for allowing me to pick your brain this week on my blog. I think the followers will really enjoy reading about your take on fitness and the career in Pilates that you have chosen! I am excited to start firing questions at you haha. So, without further ado…
Let’s start with what it is you do for a living and maybe explain that in detail a little bit for those of us who have no idea what Pilates is!
“Pilates is an exercise system that was developed in the 1920s by legendary physical trainer Joseph Pilates. The series consist of controlled movements that engage the body AND mind. Pilates is most known for building core strength and improving flexibility. It’s performed on specially designed apparatuses and is taught by extensively trained individuals.”
How did you get into/discover the world of Pilates?
“I took my first Pilates class when I was in high school. It was recommended to me by my physical therapist who was treating me for a spinal stress fracture. (It sounds awful and it was awful). I was a young ballerina and the last thing I wanted to be doing was rehab, but Pilates is different. It was engaging enough and challenging enough to keep me motivated, and you can’t argue with the results. I haven’t had a single back problem since.”
If you had one sentence to try and convince a random stranger that they need to try Pilates, what would that look like?
“I may not be able to convince you to do Pilates with one sentence, but I bet I can convince you in one session.”
A lot of the people reading this blog have difficulties with exercising and being upright. How can Pilates help them to get part of their life back?
“The Pilates method was born during WWI when Joseph Pilates began attaching springs to hospital beds in an effort to rehabilitate soldier’s muscles, even while they were bedridden. Many Pilates exercises are done laying down and can easily be tailored to fit your needs. The goal of Pilates is to give you a workout that improves your physical and mental state, despite any restrictions you may have.”
Do you have any inspirational stories of struggling clients that you witnessed first-hand the benefits of Pilates improving their fitness and overall wellbeing?
“Every client I work with has had some victory, large or small, because of Pilates. I have clients who gotten rid of their chronic back pain. I have clients who say they have better bodies than they did 20 years ago. I have a client who says that her balance has improved and she’s no longer at risk for falling. I have a client who’s had both hips replaced and can still do the splits. People come back to Pilates because its life changing.”
What has been the most rewarding part of owning your own Pilates studio? The most challenging?
“The most rewarding part of having my own studio is being able to run the show. I’ve always been bossy, just ask my cousins, but now I have a reason to be and people actually listen. I love to see how my teaching can help someone to work deeper, more effectively, and transform themselves. Fitness is empowering and I get to introduce my clients to that feeling every day.”
“The most challenging part is actually running the business. Teaching is second nature, but I put my generation to shame when it comes to social media. Also, I had to learn about search engine optimization. I’m still not sure I fully understand what that is…”
Where did the name of your studio come from?
“Inertia6 is a play on Newton’s first law. Also referred to as the law of inertia, it states that an object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. At Inertia6, our job is to keep your body moving. If your body has been at rest for too long, we can be the outside force that changes the course of your health. A body in motion stays in motion.” *Side note – My reference to Isaac Newton in part 2 was done before I even got these responses from Rachael. Genius runs in our blood*
“The 6 comes from the six principals of Pilates: Control, Concentration, Centering, Precision, Breathing, and Flow. All six principals are important and will play a key role in your exercise program.”
What is your favorite “junk” food and how often do allow yourself to eat it?
“Dark chocolate with sea salt. I eat some every day, but just a little bit.”
As always Rachael, you are the best! Thank you for spending a few minutes answering questions and educating us. Next time I am in your neck of the woods I would love to come in and get a training session. I would probably need to start out in your ADVANCED class though 😉 ha ha thanks again couz!
For more information on Inertia6, follow this link to their website (also located in the “Virtual Bookshelf” on the home page).
Part 2 – Family Trees
This will be short and sweet. My new hobby lately has been researching my family tree. I have been using Ancestry.com and it is super cool. It costs a little bit (I bought a special on veteran’s day of 6 months for $99), but it is totally worth it to give me a fun activity to indulge in!
Of course I was hoping to find out I am the descendant of someone awesome like Isaac Newton or King David. The ideal situation would have been to trace my lineage back to Adam and Eve. But most branches of my tree can be verified back to about 5 generations. There was one line I was able to trace back 33 generations to the early 1000’s from a document that was discovered on one of William the Conqueror’s ships, but no one of any significance was on there haha.
I am fascinated with family history. It is weird for me to think about having ancestors that were walking around doing normal people things back in the 1800s. I also think that we will be in contact with our distant relatives more than in the past due to the advancement of technology. Back in the day, when a person would move to a new town they essentially lost all contact with their family. Kind of sad to think about (unless you don’t like your family in which case you hate family trees…). All I know is if you wanna learn Pilates from a kick-ass instructor, hit up my family tree and give Rachael a holler!
*Also yes my wife’s name is Rachel. Different spellings but both super rad people*
That’s it for this week!
Disclaimer- I was not paid or given any product/services for free. This review was made purely from my own will.
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Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS.
P.S. Here is a neat pic of Joseph Pilates