JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 251 :: pilates surprise

8 Sep

I officially started Pilates today. And I’m sore.

In the spirit of peak performance I am surprised at how sore I am… the moves were so simple, yet so powerful.

The session started off with a body assessment. Stretch this way. Lean that way. Touch your toes. Bend at the knees. I learned a few things about my body:

1. My arms and chest and shoulders are so very tight from the surgeries
2. My left leg appears to be longer than my right leg!
3. My left calf muscle is larger than my right

And most important, I learned that all too often athletes overuse their muscles. To the point of exhaustion which then turns off the power of peak performance.

(There is in fact a way to overtrain to the point of no results.)

Which means small moves are big.

Hard to remember in a world of bigger is better, faster, stronger, more, more, more! Sometimes you need a professional to remind you of something so simple… and yet profound.

To slow down. To breathe. To focus on tiny moves.
I think it’s a good lesson that goes beyond the reformer, or the mat, or the court. It’s a reminder for any playing field or that big game of life for that matter.

And it’s a good mantra for me as we begin the last part of this year of peak performance.

Small is big.

More tomorrow.


 {what small thing will you do?}

One Response to “JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 251 :: pilates surprise”

  1. Diane Neal Emmons September 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM #

    Some times I feel as if I don’t do any size thing! But you are an inspiration –

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