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You're Worth Taking Care Of

You're Worth Taking Care Of

One of my very first teaching jobs was a beginner Pilates class at a tiny gym in the outskirts of Charlotte, NC. The class was held on Saturday mornings to accommodate working moms and I quickly gained a group of regulars despite being a nervous newbie instructor. The group was a far cry from the tight-bodied, chic, confident women I have so often encountered in my years of dance, Pilates, and barre. Ragged sweatpants and their husbands’ big t-shirts seemed to be their apparel of choice, oftentimes accompanied by a baseball cap pulled low over their faces as if they were trying to remain invisible for the hour-long workouts. It was obvious the weary group spent 99% of their time catering to their families and I’m not even entirely sure that they devoted the remaining 1% to themselves. Their baggy sweatpants couldn’t hide the years of missed workouts and poor eating habits.

Despite this, they caught on to Pilates quickly and I was amazed at their progress and dedication to the class. Little by little, I noticed subtle changes in their dress. The t-shirts were replaced by tank tops, the hats by headbands and ponytails, the once bare faces showed signs of mascara. I’m pretty sure the nearby Goodwill gained several pairs of giant gray sweats. I noticed the biggest change when I walked into the studio after the holidays and was greeted by 15 women covered in brand new workout apparel with giant grins on their faces. It became very apparent that the classes were giving them a brand new way to look at life and their new apparel was giving them the confidence they needed to step out of their shells. I added new exercises weekly to keep up with their incredible progress.

The message behind this story isn’t to run out and replace all your tired gym clothes; it’s to take the time to convince that tired, overworked individual in our lives that they are worth taking care of. Oftentimes the struggle is not as obvious as the situation I was presented with, but I guarantee you a person exists in your life that just needs some encouragement. You will see, that when they finally do go out and purchase their first pair of fitted black workout pants, the change in them will be evident. And when that happens, be sure to tell them how fabulous they look because it’s a sure sign they are on the right track!

AUTHOR: Kaitlin Vandura

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Accelerate Capri - Black
Aim Tank - Black
All Time Tear Away Pant - Black
Alley L/S Tee - Black
Alley L/S Tee - Lt. Heather Grey
Anchor 7/8 Tight - Auburn/ Black Stripe
Anchor 7/8 Tight - Black/ Multi Stripe
Anchor 7/8 Tight - Dk Heather/ Multi Stripe
Apres Sweatpant - Black
Ashby Tank - Army
Ashby Tank - Black
Ashby Tank - Dk. Heather Grey
Ashby Tank - Dk. Heather/ Lt. Heather Grey
Ashby Tank - Lt. Heather Grey
Ashby Tank - Navy
Ashby Tank - Sol
Ashby Tank - White
B. Ball Reversible Bomber Jacket - Black
Bandit Tank - Black
Bandit Tank - Harbor
Bandit Tank - Lt. Heather Grey
Bandit Tank - White
Bandit Tank - White/ Multi Peace
Bardot 7/8 High Waist Tight - Army
Bardot 7/8 High Waist Tight - Black
Bardot High Waist Tight - Black
Bardot High Waist Tight - Heather Grey
Base High Waist Tight - Black
Base High Waist Tight - Harbor
Bonus High Waist Tight - Black
Brushback Tank - Off White/ Havana Red
Cannon Tight - Harbor/ Sol/ Off White
Catch 3/4 Raglan Sleeve - Off White/ Havana Red
Cool Down Pant - Black
Deux Crop Pullover - Harbor
Distance Tight - Black/ Marigold
Distance Tight - Havana Red
Distance Tight - Hawthorne/ White
Distance Tight - Vintage Blue
Double Play Tight - Black/ Off White/ Havana Red
Dugout Full Zip Jacket - Army
Dugout Full Zip Jacket - Off White
Edge Pullover - Dk Heather/ Multi Stripe
Endurance Hoodie Vest - Black
Epic 7/8 - Black/ White Jacquard
Fly Crop Tank - Black
Fly Crop Tank - Harbor/ Off White
Focus Bra - Army
Focus Bra - Black
Force Tight - Black/ Auburn/ Powder Blue
Force Tight - Navy/ Kelly/ White/ Black
Fuel Capri - Black/ Lt. Heather/ Midnight
Gift Card
Half Pipe High Waist Tight - Black
Home Run 7/8 Tight - Azure/ Off White/ Havana Red
Home Run 7/8 Tight - Harbor/ Black/ Off White/ Sol
Icon Sweatpant - Black
Incline Tight - Black
Jarvis Bra - Black
Jordan Tight - Black/ Off White/ Sol
Jordan Tight - Hawthorne/ Black/ Heather/ Marigold
Jordan Tight II - Black
Kym Tight - Black
Kym Tight - Heather Grey
Layover Pullover - Black
Loren Seamless Bra - Army
Loren Seamless Bra - Black
Loren Seamless Bra - Black/ Off White
Loren Seamless Bra - Chevron
Loren Seamless Bra - Havana Red
Loren Seamless Bra - Heather Grey
Loren Seamless Bra - Vintage Blue/ Off White
Loren Seamless Bra - White
Mile Tank - Black
Motion Bra - Azure/ Off White
Motion Bra - Black/ White Jacquard
Motion Bra - Harbor/ Off White
Nova Capri - Black
Nova Capri - Lt. Heather Grey
Official Layering Tee - Black/ Off White
Official Layering Tee - Off White/ Army
Pace Half Zip Pullover - Black
Parachute Tank - Black
Parachute Tank - Heather Grey/ Off White
Pitcher Tight - Black/ Off White
Practice 7/8 Pant - Harbor
Qualifier Seamless Capri - Black
Raquel Flared Tight (Long) - Black
Raquel Flared Tight (Long) - Heather Grey
Raquel Flared Tight (Short) - Black
Raquel Flared Tight (Short) - Heather Grey
Raquel Flared Tight - Black
Raquel Flared Tight - Heather Grey
Raquel Flared Tight - Navy
Runway Culotte Sweatpant - Lt. Heather Grey
Series High Waist Tight - Black
Shine Hoodie - Black/ Off White
Shine Hoodie - Vintage Blue/ Off White
Signal Tight - Black
Sinker Tight - Roulette/ Lt. Heather Grey
Slide Pant - Black/ Off White
Slide Pant - Vintage Blue/ Off White
Slope Tank - White/ Auburn
Speedplay Tight - Black/ Marigold
Sprint Short - Army/ Off White
Sprint Short - Black/ Off White
Sprint Short - Hawthorne/ White
Stand Bra - Black
Stitch Hoodie - Off White
Stride Capri - Black
Strike 7/8 Pant - Army
Strike 7/8 Pant - Off White
Swing Tank - Black
Tag Cropped Tank - Off White
Tempo 7/8 Tight - Army
Tempo 7/8 Tight - Black
Tempo 7/8 Tight - Midnight/ Lt. Heather Grey
Tendu Stirrup Tight - Black
Trainer Tank - Sol
Transition Full Zip Jacket - Black/ White Jacquard
Tryout Short - Off White
WarmUp Pullover - Azure
WarmUp Pullover - Off White
Wave 7/8 High Waist Tight - Black/ Vintage Blue/ Havana Red