A lot of people take Pilates and learn how to strengthen their
core, how to maintain proper balance, how to breathe and how to improve their
posture. Here’s what I learned:
The right side of my body is frighteningly strong. It’s confident, athletic, flexible and hard
as a rock. I guess you could say it’s
even a little conceited.
The left side of my body is a whimpering, weak, pathetic, insecure
freak with no friends.
Neither of these two sides of my body like each other, and
rightly so. My goal as a Pilates student
is to teach the left side of my body that it needs to toughen up so it can kick
my ass (the right side I mean). I haven’t
told my instructor this yet, but I’m planning to secretly stop using my right
side altogether and only work out my left. I believe this new way of training
will bring me an inner peace that I would have never been able to achieve with
traditional Pilates. I will finally
learn to love the side of myself that constantly humiliates and sabotages
me. I will become, for the first time in
my life, a whole human being. There’s also an excellent chance that I will fall
and hurt myself very badly.