With the doors of PIVOT Pilates + Restorative Exercise in Union Square temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I've taken our name to heart and pivoted to creating videos. I even started a Youtube channel!
I've always been a little resistant to taking pictures and video at the studio. Clients aren't there to have their journey documented for the masses. Many studios stage their photos and videos, but it's just not something I wish to devote my time to do. When I'm not with clients, I prefer to spend my working hours studying the human body, honing my teaching skills, and mentoring junior instructors. And, to be completely honest, even though I don't spend much time on my daily appearance, the diva in me claimed there was NO WAY I was making a video without a lighting designer, stylist, and full glam squad.
Alas, it's a whole new world now.
So, armed with my iPhone and a cheap mount that someone else left behind in the studio, this Gen Xer started recording videos of herself doing my favorite sequences from Pilates and restorative exercise. Hair looks a little crazy, and my pedicure is months old. Full disclosure: one video didn't even make it to Youtube because my head was cut off for the entire 15 minute video. But I've pressed on, learning more each time.
Eric Bergmann, one half of the excellent Bergmann Fitness team, just wrote a blog about sorting out what you might regret spending your valuable time on during the Covid-19 pandemic. Would you regret watching CNN non-stop for virus updates? Probably. Would you regret taking more time for self-care? Learning a new skill? Helping others? Probably not.
So yes, I'm a little skittish about putting myself out there in the world wide web, all unscripted and with wild-looking bangs. But I am embracing it anyway. I know I won't regret it, especially if these videos help people keep moving during these quarantined times!
After all, we're all exposing new aspects of ourselves right now, whether it's in office meetings held in our bedrooms, or videos shot without a glam squad. The good news? We're in this together.
What are you embracing right now? I'd love to hear from you!
*Yes, it's also a Bible verse