It’s Steph here (aka @xogingy on Instagram). Like Cayanne, I am a body-positive, self-love advocate. Why? Because I went through a very dark period in my life when I obsessed over my weight, the scale, the food I was eating, and my body. Through years of self-discovery (which is an ongoing process in my life), I am able to say I now live a much more balanced, happy lifestyle. In addition to embracing positive body image, I am a POP Pilates instructor, and teaching POP has been responsible for helping me achieve the balance and peace with food and body image I craved.
Why In The World Would Someone With An ED Enter The Fitness Industry?
Now, you may think that someone who is trying to regain a healthy body image SHOULDN’T enter the fitness industry, right? I mean, it’s full of body-obsessed people and the focus is on, well..your body. But for me, it’s different. POP is different. POP is about embracing all body types and fitness levels. We don’t care what you look like; we care how you FEEL. As a fitness instructor, I want you to look forward to coming to class not only because it’s a good workout, but because it’s fun and you’ll leave feeling amazing. You will get this feeling without looking in a mirror. How you feel is 100% more important than how you look.
4 Things I Learned As A Fitness Instructor That Taught Me to Heal My Relationship With My Body
- A workout is never an obligation
- Working out for the sole purpose of losing weight or changing your body isn’t mentally healthy
- Working out should make you feel happy, stronger, and healthier
- You should leave your workout feeling accomplished, proud and full of endorphins
As an instructor, I want to be a positive influence on my students. And let me tell you this, being obsessed with my body and how I look is NOT positive. So, it gives me even more motivation to love myself as I am and live a healthy, balanced life. No longer do I obsess over my body or work out compulsively, instead, I focus on being happy and doing things that make me happy. As fitness instructors, we have a duty, and that’s to inspire and uplift our students. During that hour, our hour, I can guarantee that you’ll have fun and leave with a smile. Becoming a fitness instructor was one of the best decisions of my life because I get to watch people thrive and it has improved my own body confidence immensely. If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a POP instructor visit the website or head over to my blog for more of my experiences!
@xogingy on Instagram
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