L-I-F-E: The BIG things & the little things.

A teacher’s life lessons using a jar and some golf balls By a Professor This is a very important life lesson that a philosophy teacher taught his students. The teacher cleared off his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty mason jar. He proceeded to fill up the jar with golf balls until he could fit no more. He looked at the classroom and asked his students if they agree that the jar is full. Every student agreed that the jar was indeed full.

Jar filled with golf balls
Jar filled with golf balls

The teacher then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar with the golf balls. The pebbles filled all of the openings in between the golf balls. He asked the students if the jar was full. Once again, they agreed.

Jar being filled with pebbles
Jar being filled with pebbles

Now the teacher picked up a bag of sand and poured it into the mason jar. The sand filled in all of the empty space left between the golf balls and pebbles. He asked the class again if the jar was full. The students agreed it was technically full.

Sand bring added to jar
Sand bring added to jar

Finally, the teacher pulled out two beers from under his desk and poured both of them into the jar filling the empty space between the sand. Now the students began to laugh wondering how far this was going.

Flow chart of life - filling the gaps
Flow chart of life – filling the gaps

The teacher waited until the laughter stopped. “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life,” he started. “The golf balls represent the important things. Your family, children, health, friends, and passions. If everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles represent the other things in life that matter, such as your job, house and car. The sand—that is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand in first, there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are most important. Pay attention to the important things in your life. Enjoy time with family. Go to dinner with your spouse. Play games with your kids. There will ALWAYS be time to clean the house or take yourself shopping. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. The rest is just sand. You are dismissed.” Before the students left, one shouted out. “You never mentioned what the beer represents!” The professor smiled and said, “Well I’m glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room to have a beer with a friend.”

Pilates and Plyometrics

Plyometrics, or “plyos” for short, are a type of exercise designed to produce fast and powerful movements.

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Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, popular in Germany, the UK and the US. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States. Pilates called his method Contrology.Taking into consideration that “Contrology” is our means of regaining control of our bodies, by moving and exercising in a more controlled manner. By regaining control over our bodies so that we may move and workout in a functional, effective and safe manner.

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Plyometrics can be used on the Pilates Reformers using a Jump Board as a base. 

Jump BoardReformer Jump Board

 

Plyometrics improves the way the nervous system works and is usually used to improve your performance in sports, although it can be used in a healthy exercise regimen also. This type of exercise involves loading the muscles and then contracting them in rapid sequences. It uses strength, innervation and elasticity of the muscles and the tissues that surround them in order to jump higher, run faster, hit harder and throw farther, among other performance benefits.Which goal is reached depends on the way you work out and which goal you set. These goals are reached by raising the speed or force of the contractions of your muscles which leads to explosiveness for a large array of sports activities. Increasing & reducing the resistance of the springs will change the essence of the Plyometric exercises. Some of the most popular sports that use plyometrics in their training routines are rugby, soccer, track, and field, racket sports, basketball and martial arts

 

Research has shown that plyometric training can 

  • increase can increase leg strength, balance, acceleration and overall agility
  • Helps to enhance reaction time and balance abilities
  • Increases production of muscular force and power
  • Beneficial for those who play virtually any sport

Plyometric exercises require a lot of energy, because they are highly intense. They utilize the whole body and activate most muscle groups, therefore burning many calories in a single session and aiding in weight loss. The repetitive landing causes your entire leg muscles to contract, helping to improve overall tone and definition. Plyometrics combines strength training and cardiovascular exercise, allowing you to “kill two birds with one stone.” Make the BEST use of your TIME.

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So now is the time to take your Pilates routine to the next level, add  a JUMP class to your weekly routine and enjoy ALL the benefits of cardio, strength, balance and agility training.


No time like the present. We are all on the look out for the workout with a twist (not literally), JUMP it is “Legs, Abs, Back, Biceps, Triceps and Chest. Get it all worked out now.