That’s what I recently read on someones shirt. The person was standing next to me at a coffee shop, ordering a Vanilla latte with caramel sauce on top. I have no idea, whether this person had ever done Pilates or not.
This situation got me thinking – should this bother me, or amuse me? After all, Pilates is a method that was developed since the early 1900’s and Joseph Pilates worked on his method even during he was imprisoned in a camp in England during WWI. I get it, it’s supposed to be a joke. But is it really appropriate to make fun of a method that had it’s beginnings under the difficult circumstances of the early 20th century? Created by a man who devoted his entire life to perfecting his method? Doesn’t it deserve a high amount of credit instead? Let’s face it: After more than 100 years, the method of Contrology (how Joseph Pilates called it) is unlike many other fitness trends still alive!
Stretching out those stiff joints on the Ladder Barrel? Sweet!
Elongating the spine to take all that tension out of it? Sweet!
Managing to touch the mat with your feet during your High Bridge for the first time? Sweet!
Getting that excited “That’s it!!!” from your teacher after nailing an exercise that you have been working on for so long? Sweet!
Getting that internal shower going after a long, stressful day at work? – Sweet!
Of course, the sweetness of Pilates doesn’t come as easy as ordering a Pie and Latte. You have to work for it – and sweat for it. But other than having that Pie where the sweetness is gone with the last piece, the Pilates sweetness stays!
A Pilates workout gives you all those good feelings of happiness – it leaves you energized and satisfied. And the best part: No guilt feeling – unlike that Pie and Latte… Pilates makes you simply feel good about yourself.
And it doesn’t take long- in the same 25 minutes it takes to have a Pie and Latte at the coffee shop, I am done with my full Mat workout.
And the best part: After your workout, there is nothing wrong about having that Pie and Latte, but do you even want it now?