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The End of Pilates?

The Globe and Mail published an article last week stating that Pilates is a fad and will soon go the way of step aerobics and Jazzercise.

Click here to read the full article.

My favorite part is when it says, “More and more people don’t want to have to work for months getting a handle on Pilates principles like control, breathing, centering or flow. They just want to hit the gym and feel like they’ve got their butts kicked without having to worry about breathing techniques”.

Yeah!  Who wants to worry about breathing?  It’s not like we do it every day all day.  Saying people just want quick results is like saying we should all quit eating for a few days to lose weight.  You’ll get results and you won’t have to think about it!  But wouldn’t it be better to learn how to eat RIGHT so it can become part of your lifestyle rather than just a quick fix?

While it’s true that gyms may be seeing a decline in Pilates class attendance, it’s only because people are moving to studios where they can take classes in the setting Pilates was designed for. No one is going to see results in a 40-person reformer class!  Pilates is based on precise movements that  create dramatic change in the body.  Skilled instructors and intimate class sizes allow for everyone to do the movements properly.

As my grandmother always said… if you’re not going to do it right, why do it at all?!

What do you think?

(In other news:  Jazzercise is making a comeback.  So there, Globe and Mail.)