How This Time Can Be For You

Back in 2008 when the country and most of the world was feeling the recession I became a Pilates instructor. I got so busy I had to quit my “real” job.  In 2013 I found myself homeless, carless and studio-less and that loss cleared the way for the life and business I have today. Currently your life, routine, work and everything in between have likely flipped on its head. So, how can this time be for you?

  • Author: lesley.logan
  • April 2, 2020
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Back in 2008 when the country and most of the world was feeling the recession I became a Pilates instructor. I got so busy I had to quit my “real” job.  In 2013 I found myself homeless, carless and studio-less and that loss cleared the way for the life and business I have today. Currently your life, routine, work and everything in between have likely flipped on its head. So, how can this time be for you?

Evidence shows that in downtimes the greatest companies and inventions were started. Yep, it’s not during the “good” times that people take time to stop, pause, and fill a need. Nope, it’s the times when things seemingly cannot get any worse.

I know for me there were many times in my life when I thought “wow, my dreams are over.” And then I saw a door that was likely there all along but I was “too busy” to see it.

In 2001 I started college. I didn’t want to try to find a job right away so I waited a month to get my bearings. And then just as I was about to go out and ask for applications I got a call that planes had hit the World Trade Center. I didn’t even know what that meant to be honest. I mean how would that affect me?

Needless to say, no one was hiring anyone for the foreseeable future. So, I had to get creative. Figure out how I was going to make money and not work while in college. Oh, did I mention I went to a private school and had to ask my best friend’s parents to co-sign my studio loans?

It was early in 2002 though that I ended up walking the mall and applying at any store that had a sign they were hiring. I got a call that night an interview the next day and by the next week, I was working. I had that job for 7ish years and am still friends with the girl who I gave my application to. It was also at this job that a co-worker told me about Pilates.

That job taught me more about business than the college degree I got while working there. Within a couple years I went from cashier to Store Manager. And then a couple of years later that job helped me move to Los Angeles, take a leap and support me while I became a Pilates instructor.

If the day I originally intended to go looking for jobs hadn’t been 9/11. Had I gone out in August I likely would have been fired (for the only time in my life) or worse would have gotten a job that I could walk to (my original plan) and never met my friend who introduced me to Pilates.

During the recession, I was doing “ok” financially. I was living off my salary and using what commission I got as a bonus on paying off credit cards and student loans from my college days. But, I wanted more. I needed more. And I was struggling to find Pilates classes I could go to because the recession affected everyone. Including how many group classes studios were offering.

A teacher suggested I become a teacher. And, because I wasn’t so busy with work (which felt not great at the time) I decided it was a good time to have a fun side gig.

Little did I know that while many people were canceling their water delivery, cable and not shopping as much they wanted to feel and look good. I became so overwhelmed with clients that I had to quit my full-time gig. Not gonna lie. People thought I was crazy to give up a secure job for a non-secure job. But, I did it anyways and a year later that secure job had disappeared anyways. Yep, that store didn’t make it through the recession.

When I left my ex in 2013 I had no place to live, I totaled my car as I left his house. And then the studio that I rented space from was forced to close. Someone bought the building and didn’t renew the leases. But, I had evidence of that past 12 years to show me that in the “worst” times the path I needed to take would reveal itself. And, because I believed that the path did. And it lead me here.

Here, in “shelter at home” life. Just like you are and millions of people around the globe. And, while my studio is closed indefinitely, my renters cannot teach so I’ve lost that income, my workshops for the next 6+ months are canceled I know that this is all happening for me. It’s all happening for you as well.

With all this space in my schedule and in my day it’s easier to listen. To reflect. To miss or not miss things. And, my hope for you is that you are taking this time to see what good is coming this for you. Not just what isn’t going right or what you’re disappointed isn’t happening.

What about your old life do you actually miss?

What about this new life are you enjoying?

What books, movies, courses, training have you wanted to have time to start?

What if you did the things that you “wished you had time for?”

I sit here writing to you because I finally can do that consistently. I now can focus on my online Pilates members, my coaching clients, and I can make more room in the day for my practice, hobbies, dogs and lift.

Yes, there is some crazy, and possibly even scary moments to come. But, if you take the opportunity to see how this is happening for you the life you’ve been wanting to live may just reveal itself.

xx~LL

Ps I would love to hear how you think this “new normal” is happening for you in the comments below

By lesley.logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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2 comments

  1. I am becoming more spiritual as a result of having the opportunity to meditate, read and do self improvement courses. I have more time for self-practice which has benefitted me tremendously in this time. I am always listening for the next step and not obsessing on the end of the road so I feel confident that the future has best outcomes in store for me. I see myself as capitalizing on a niche that will have me plugging in my talent to help others in a way that fulfill all of my life’s needs.

    1. Selena, YASSS!!! Omg I love this! Thank you for sharing this with me. I agree, this time is here for us to get clarity and take the time to really dive into self-care and self-improvement. I’ve been diving in even more to my own practice and I’ve been pretty sore hahaha.

      Keep me posted on what you work on!
      xx~LL

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SUCH A TEASE

ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
No props on the Reformer.

See you in class,

xx~LL

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

UP, UP, & AWAY

ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

xx-LL

GATHER ROUND

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

We gather good things in circles…friends, flowers, pie! So let’s get our circles on! In this week’s Mat and Reformer classes we’ll be focusing on how the size and shape of circular work changes how we feel an exercise. We’ll even be adding some circular movements along the way! You won’t need any extra props and please, have your box for the Reformer class.

See you in class,
Tami

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, box and a reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

This week we will focus on all things Rowing! How do the other exercises help our rowing series and how does rowing influence the others! Finding the arm/back connection throughout the class is how we will Row Row Row Our Boat to the finish line!

Light hand weights needed for the Mat class!

See you in class,
Mindi

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light hand weights and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    STAND BY ME

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    The key to longevity is being able to get down to the ground and up again with as little assistance as possible. In this weeks class we are going to focus on how to stand in your feet no matter where they are in space.

    On the Mat we will have a playful ending that Joseph Pilates would do!

    The Reformer we’ll end challenging ourselves standing on our carriage. (Options to do the exercises off the Reformer too!)

    No props needed.

    See ya in class,

    xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    LOOK MA, NO HANDS!

    Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

    We’re going to focus on the muscles that help us get up/down to a chair, toilet, in/out of a car, and to the ground without the use of our hands to help.

    As we age, we can lose strength, flexibility, mobility in these leg and core muscles which results in us using our arms and hands to get up and down.

    Let’s keep these bodies as young as we can by practicing getting up and down with only our legs, our center, and our strong back.

    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac/Tower: Reformer box
    Mat: Theraband
    Chair: No props needed

    See ya in class,

    xx-LL 💋

    HANG 10

    ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

    Grip strength as well as upper body strength plays an important role in so many different exercises throughout the mat and all apparatus. Our grip can influence the connection from our wrists - to our arms - to our back. And building strength in our chest and upper back can help us connect more to our center in every exercise.

    All month long we’ll explore the feeling, the strength, and the position of our hands and upper body to see how our exercises change with a little extra focus. We’ll also play with ways to gain more strength and awareness in our chest and upper back to create even more connections to the exercises.

    Props:
    Chair - short pole* and a foam roller for balance
    *A thicker pole or roll down bar size might feel nice, but no worries you’ll find your connections no matter what you have on hand!
    Mat: a pole
    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac: No props needed

    See ya in class,
    xx-LL 💋

    I LOVE ROCK & ROLL UP

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    Finding some love for Roll Up and Open Leg Rocker isn't easy! But, these two exercises unlock the potential for so many other exercises. And what we don't like we often need. So, let's dive into what we need to rock our Roll Ups and Open leg Rockers and see how that changes the rest of our practice in the meantime.

    Mat: Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband
    Reformer: have your shortbox pole near by

    xx~LL

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, short box and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.