Giving Thanks to Pilates Students
From the desk of Danielle Gecht, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Yoga Instructor… With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I started thinking about things I am thankful for- my family and friends are of course at the top of my list. Thanksgiving is a time when we express our gratitude for what we have in life, but also a time to eat. How much turkey will you eat? How many of the delicious sides will you devour? How many pieces of pie will round out your meal? Everything in moderation, right? Most people don’t think like that on this food-centric holiday. So how will you take care of your body before, during and after Thanksgiving? I take care of my body with daily exercise- Pilates being the central point.
Practicing Pilates has improved my core strength, my posture and my overall flexibility to name just a few of the benefits. My practice has also improved my cardio and weight workouts, as well as deepened my yoga practice. I’ve been trying all sorts of gym classes for over 10 years. I know how scary it can be walking into a class for the first time, where everyone seems to know the moves, looks super fit and seems to handle the class with ease. I’ve never been much of a dancer, as most people with a Pilates background tend to be. It was a huge challenge for me to not only learn the choreography of each exercise but also be able to perform the exercise.
After my very first public Pilates mat class, I decided the best way for me to benefit from the experience was to make an investment in private lessons before committing to classes. I found an instructor who was able to go at a pace that suited my body. She was able to not only teach me the correct exercises, but she made me feel comfortable. I never felt bad if I was unable to learn the exercise the first time. She worked with me diligently and after about 10 lessons, I felt as though I had improved. I felt stronger in my workouts, now able to engage my abs while running on a treadmill. I sat up straighter at my desk, instead of hunched over. I had more energy in the daytime and a more restful sleep at night. I adjusted my workout schedule to include at least one private lesson and one mat class per week. I tried different instructors and found that I always learned something new. Sometimes I learned what I didn’t like in a class and other times I learned something I could do on my own at home.
Beginning my Pilates practice has been a huge improvement on my healthy lifestyle. There is always something new to learn, from taking lessons and from giving them. This Thanksgiving, I feel thankful that I added teaching Pilates into my life. I love helping students begin and continue through the Pilates system. Watching my students find their strength and improve week after week fills me with pride. So to all my students, I would just like to say “Thanks,” each one of you inspires me everyday. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, because you deserve it. And to everyone out there that is thinking about trying Pilates or starting a new exercise regime, come in and give it a try… then thank yourself for having the courage to start something new.
Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Yoga Instructor
Danielle has always had a passion for athletics and an overall healthy lifestyle. She found that Pilates was an excellent addition for a complete workout. Clients have found they have stronger and leaner muscles, as well as improved posture after just a few months of taking lessons. They also find that they have more flexibility through strengthening their core muscles. Danielle loves helping people meet and exceed their individual goals in a fun and motivating manner. She welcomes all levels to her classes and enjoys introducing new students to the valuable benefits of Pilates.
Danielle received her certification to teach Pilates through Power Pilates in 2010. She is also a certified yoga instructor, through YogaWorks, and likes to incorporate the flow of yoga in her Pilates sessions. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Maryland.