I first missed the regularity of my pilates practice, as I am a creature who does better on a schedule. I also missed my pilates people, the ladies and occasional gent I shared a class with, and Kim most of all. When Kim offered the ZOOM opportunity, I was all in! On the morning of my first class I panicked because I didn’t understand and was fearful of the technology, especially when the tiniest glitch surfaced—really, it was my not knowing how to navigate the system. I tried to back out, but Kim wouldn’t let me. She immediately called and walked me through what was in hindsight a minor issue. She will do the same for you, and you know that about her!
Your question might be Reformer/Table VS Mat Pilates. Right? I had never taken a Mat class before and had wondered about what I sometimes saw going on behind me in the studio. I never questioned Kim when she started me on the Reformer and I quickly grew to love it. In every session, Kim would help me refine particulars of one exercise or another, and when she judged me ready, she added another exercise. I like that!
I can tell you with conviction that Kim’s ZOOM Mat classes are no different! One exercise at a time . . . demonstration and talk through the exercise . . . blended into the next one and into a routine . . . correction and refinement . . . time taken to break a movement down and zero in . . . SURPRISE, today we’re doing something different and fun! . . . and always, always Kim’s explicit, crystal clear analysis and explanation of what she wants you to do and feel. In fact, I didn’t have video in one recent class, and Kim’s direction and teaching were so clear and precise that I could do everything she was teaching! We joked about that afterward, but I place such high value on Kim’s explicit, precise, crystal clear teaching. She never gives up and tries a new visualization or explanation, gets a new prop to demonstrate, offers a new accommodation.
Kim exudes the most important quality of an excellent teacher, and that is that she genuinely cares about us, each and every one of us! She wants us (READ: YOU!) to feel good, secure in our daily activities, and as strong within our bodies and minds as we age as is possible.
I urge you to try a ZOOM Mat class. Commit to several classes and see if you don’t agree with me. You CAN do it. You WILL get a good workout. You WILL strengthen your body. You WILL feel better and more capable. You WILL improve your mindset and attitude. You WILL like it. And in doing all of that, you will contribute to helping Kim keep her small business in our community afloat. It’s a perfect WIN-WIN!
In the spirit of LIVE. LOVE. PILATES.