Deplaning Into the High Excitement of IDEA World Fitness Convention
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
As I flew into Las Vegas from San Diego this morning, the ambient temperature was 40 degrees higher than it had been at home, but the weather wasn't the only thing here that was hot. It was a treat to land just as the first full day of the IDEA convention was starting to simmer. My first stop was PJ O'Clair's session, STOTT PILATES® Programming on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer. If you're a Pilates instructor and you haven't discovered this equipment yet, you have some excitement in store, gauging by the participants’ comments that I was hearing. What makes it special? "With this equipment, you've got everything!" said one attendee. "With imagination and experience, the possibilities are unlimited.” The combination moves I was seeing certainly reflected that—even the veterans were moving their bodies in new ways. One thing before I move on, though—where are all the men? There was just one in this workshop. Isn’t it time we saw more male participation in Pilates classes? Is anyone having any real success with this? My own training is in yoga. I love yoga, and it’s my great wish to make more time for it again—life has been complicated the last few years. To be honest, when I watch yoga workshops at IDEA events—which I’ve been doing for more than 10 years—the level of technical proficiency among attendees concerns me. They are often long on enthusiasm and willingness, but short on alignment and presence. I see beginners more than I see advanced students. And that’s fine, of course, as long as people are aware they’re beginners. Yoga (as I know from experience) develops slowly and only with a lot of practice; I hope we’ll all persevere--the effort is so worthwhile.