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Are You a Pilates Nut?

10 Signs Pilates Training is Taking You Over (in a good way!)

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Updated August 19, 2011

Have you gone a little off the deep-end over Pilates? There are 10 sure signs below. Take a look and see if they sound like you. If so, don't worry. Things could be a lot worse than being crazy over something with as many benefits as Pilates training! Of course, I see it as my solemn duty to help you get as much out of your Pilates obsession as you can so I've added links to lots of Pilates info to keep you going.

1. You See Pilates Everywhere

You are not hallucinating. You are perceptive. Pilates is a huge trend in fitness. It's all over the world and people from all walks of life and with varying interests are doing it.  Not only that, but as a body, mind, spirit integrative practice, Pilates directly relates to many aspects of everyday life, so it's easy to see Pilates examples and analogies everywhere.  By the way, the Pilates Method was inspired by the movements of animals and babies.
Benefits of Pilates in Daily Life
Pilates Lessons from Animals

Who Does Pilates?

2. Your House Is an Obstacle Course of Pilates Equipment

Good for you. If your Pilates equipment is out of sight it's out of mind and who needs that? Besides, you're practicing concentration and control - two of the Pilates principles - just getting around the house. Just make sure you actually use your equipment. If things are really crazy, it might help to organize your home workout experience just a bit:
How to Set Up Your Home Workout Space
Learn About Small Pilates Equipment
Joys of the Home Workout

3. You Think Black Workout Pants Are the New Little Black Dress

Of course they are. Go anywhere. Do anything. Black workout pants do formal these days, I swear. Well, anyway, they are a must-have - as are some colorful ones.
Find the Best Workout Pants for You
Read Workout Clothing Reviews

4. You Delay Vacations So You Can Fit in One Last Pilates Class

And who wouldn't? Not only that, but you can take probably find a class wherever you are going. Don't be shy, be a "drop in."
How to Find Pilates Classes

Packing Pilates

5. You Have More Pilates on DVD than Movies

Me too! You can't have too many Pilates DVDs! There are, however, a couple of factors you should consider:
1. You have do the DVD workouts. Get tips on schedules.
2. You want to buy worthy DVDs. Read Pilates DVD reviews.

6. You Can Finish This Quote: "In 10 sessions you will feel the difference...."

One of our favorites too --  Joseph Pilates giving us a great pep-talk. Here is the whole thing: "In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body."

Read more Quotes from Joseph Pilates
Read Joseph Pilates' book Return to Life Through Contrology
Joseph Pilates, a Short Bio
The All New Body Pilates Workout Program (a free e-course)

7. No One Is Safe From Your Appraisal of Their Posture

You're only trying to help! Just be sure you've done your own posture check. Oh, and a little posture lingo will help your friends, and complete strangers, have confidence in you. Try these:
Kyphosis and Lordosis (sure to impress)
Neutral Spine
Human Spine Anatomy

8. You Know What Contrology Is

Love ya! Wouldn't it be great if everyone who did Pilates knew where it came from?
Contrology Defined

9. You Snort at 6-Pack Abs

Right on. You are not decieved by an overdeveloped rectus abdominis muscle. It might be evidence of a well-integrated, strong core, and it might not. You know it is entirely possible to overdevelop a surface muscle like the rectus without fully training the rest of the core, thereby missing out on the strength and structural integrity real core training, like Pilates.
Meet All the Abs

Get in Shape with Pilates
Why Pilates Works for Back Pain

10. You Would Rather Tweet Pilates than Eat, Sleep, or Get Off the Elevator

That's it. You're over the top.  At least you are in good company. I took the above examples straight out of my peeps tweets. We have lots of fun and share a tremendous amount of great info about #Pilates on Twitter.

Follow me, @Pilates_About, then check my peeps and follow them.  

11. Extra Credit: You Can Say "I Love Pilates" in More Than 3 Languages

Three is good, very good. Would you like more?
See "I Love Pilates" in languages from all over the world.

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