We normally associate Pilates with women. Actually, it was originally created by a man named Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Pilates was formerly called Contrology (“the mind controlling your body to create movement”) and was initially designed for military men as a fitness discipline before it became a favorite of dancers. We men are tight in general. We tend to prefer lifting weights which shortens and tightens our muscles. Pilates is a great neutralizer because it both strengthens and lengthens the muscles. Here we see a man over 70 years of age doing Pilates.
CONTEMPLATION is the 2nd Stage of Change in The Five Stages of Change. This is the period in which the person weighs the costs and deliberates what it will take to become healthy and fit. Costs may include time, effort, program effectiveness and finances. They may be considering joining a gym or weight loss program in the near future. Having googled the closest gym and having found out the pricing doesn’t mean this person will take action. In fact, someone can stay in this stage for months or up to years! Although this may seem like a step in the right direction or taking action, it really is not. Why not? Because there is no commitment. He hasn’t actually driven to the gym to see the time it will really take nor has he paid any money to see how it will affect his finances. And most of all there’s no accountability to himself, to a workout partner, or to a trainer.
This can be a frustrating and/or deceiving stage because it is often characterized by uncertainty towards which approach to follow and fluctuation between decisions towards an action then away from it.
I recently met with a former client who expressed to me how he misses the fitness level and weight loss he attained while training with Sommet Fitness. He wants to come back, but it’s been almost a month since we talked. And I know he is not doing any other fitness activity. So what is stopping him from starting or re-starting a fitness program? It could be time, willingness, or any number of factors.
If you are in this stage, it is good to recognize it so that you are not deceived that you are taking action when you aren’t. Remember, finding out information, putting it in your budget and/or schedule are still only contemplation until you actually go do the activity or workout. My challenge to you: Make an appointment at that gym and show up; or at that trail you are thinking of and hike it; or that tennis court you’ve planned to see and swing that racket. You’ll be glad you did.