What Can My Body Do?

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by Katelyn Temple

Like many people who are active, I grew up with and always maintained a fitness lifestyle that was high impact and high intensity. I always though that more was better, even if that meant ignoring warning signs from your body. Especially with running; my focus was always on the numbers. I needed to be faster, I needed to train more, and I needed to be skinnier. After years of having this mentality I found myself dealing with a constant cycle of injuries as well as an eating disorder. The goal of anything I did was always weight related, and I was consumed by thoughts about my body image. Eventually, the demands I was putting on myself took a toll on both my mind and body.

My last major injury left me unable to do any impact-based exercise, and being sedentary began to trigger past behaviors associated with my eating disorder. Knowing that I needed to do something to keep my body and my mind healthy while I was unable to run, I started taking Reformer classes twice a week at Niche...and I have been hooked ever since.

I fell in love with Pilates when I realized it truly is a mind/body workout. I always left Niche feeling stronger and more confident, and after a few months the physical benefits also became evident. 

For the first time in my life, I found myself able to focus on the awesome things my body is ABLE to do, rather than my perceived flaws.

After 6 months of restricted activity due to nerve damage, I made enough progression in my healing process that I was able to start running again. When I returned to running, I also incorporated Pilates 6 times a week to be sure my alignment was always in check, to regain my strength, and to work on any muscular imbalances. Fast forward to almost a year later and I’m back to trail racing, and for the first time ever, I haven’t needed to see a physical therapist for a full year!

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Practicing Pilates at Niche and joining the team as an Apprentice Instructor has been the best thing I’ve ever done for my overall wellness. I love the environment because everyone focuses on what our bodies CAN do. The focus is never on the need to be doing more, and I’ve never heard anyone make negative comments about their bodies in the studio. I still love running and will continue training to race, but my ultimate passion is now spreading my love for Pilates, along with the message that we should be kind to our minds and bodies...and hopefully I can give someone else the incredible experience I’ve had with Pilates!