Jessica chats about how she discovered Pilates, why it's her favorite way to sweat, her favorite Way of Will products, and shows us a core workout.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m Jess! I love discovering the most optimal way to move for people of different physical backgrounds. It’s almost like a game and requires a lot of problem solving. There’s no better feeling than helping curious bodies rediscover what’s right and what feels good for them. And one of the best parts about guiding movement in a studio class is the energy created by the group. We flow, breath and look inward together.
What is your favorite way to sweat?
Pilates. Some people think it’s glorified stretching but they are so so wrong! You definitely work up a sweat because you awaken muscles that you didn’t even know existed. Athletes who lift heavy can find it challenging using 5 pound weights in different planes during pilates. That’s the beauty of it! Then there’s the cerebral component. You solidify the signals from brain to muscle and begin to become very aware of where your body is in space.
What was your biggest learning of 2016?
I left a 9-5 desk job to become a pilates instructor. These changes are so exciting but the first few steps, like most major changes in life, come with A LOT of self-doubt. I had no teaching experience and was leaving a secure job in my mid 20s just when it felt like everyone’s careers were taking off. I was very hard on myself and let negative talk balloon in my head even though I never showed it. Because of this, I might have missed certain opportunities or prolonged the beginning stages of my journey. But things pick up when you’re too busy to doubt yourself. I’m not perfect now but I look back at myself and think I was nuts! I speak for myself and a lot of women out there: we need to have more confidence and realize our self-worth.
What keeps you motivated? What inspires you?
Being around people who are passionate about what they do and are pursuing something bigger than themselves always gets me fired up. Something as simple as walking into a coffee shop, seeing the heart and soul the owners have poured into the space, and the knowledge they have for different roasts, beans and brewing methods can inspire me to hone in on my own craft (I have a thing for coffee, hence my IG handle jesspilattes).
In what moments in your life do you feel most powerful?
It’s a pretty great feeling when you help someone accomplish something with their bodies they never thought they once could do. When you see your efforts begin to spark positive change then you’re doing something right.
Do you have any advice for our Way of Will Community?
Set your goals and go for them! You’ll get told “no” or get some shifty eyes but it takes only one person to see your potential.