Interview with Pilates Instructor Nicole Martin

We met with the Pilates instructor Nicole Martin to talk about Pilates, sportswear and about her view on what a beautiful body is.

Nicole is a mother to one high-spirited five years old girl, a wife to a wonderful artist and architect. Physical movement is her life. And one thing that we really admire about her, is her ability to celebrate everything. Below Nicole is sharing her view on Pilates, her life motto, what a beautiful body is and much more.

My life motto is, that everything you want, is possible, and also, don’t sweat the small stuff.

Right now, I am extra curious about, “allowing”. I just recently turned 40 and I feel like a great deal of my 20’s and 30’s were spent controlling things and MAKING things happen. What if things don’t have to be that demanding or difficult? What if you just enjoy the ride a bit? Allow what you want to unfold, in a less forced way. I think, “allowing” for the universe to work with me, instead of the idea that I have to prove myself, is so much more interesting and fun….. and why not try it on with your body as well? Why not allow your workouts to be a chance to feel something new and allow yourself to move and enjoy. 

A beautiful body is, a body with suppleness, length, and a happy face. It’s so obvious when someone feels good in their body and that is beautiful.

Pilates to me is, streamlined magic. One workout method is all you need for life. It uncovers your best body and it always meets you where you are and challenges you in unexpected ways. I’ve been doing Pilates for 14 years, and I find it more challenging and even more enjoyable than when I started. I also like my body better at 40 than I did at 26 (minus the collagen, I miss that terribly).

Nicole Martin Pilates Instructor

The perfect Pilates outfit is, all about the fabric staying put, but not feeling like plastic. I would say a good pair of high waisted leggings and a cotton crop top. The fabric should feel soft and lux but do its job too. I love black everything. And, I want to feel like I can just throw on a flannel or denim shirt, feel put together,  and go pick up my daughter. 

My favorite Pilates move is, stomach massage and the short box series. These two series helps me open up my whole back and feel tall.

In my opinion, Pilates is such a good workout, because you work everything and your results are exactly what you want. In fact, you had no idea what you wanted until you started Pilates, and then the possibilities unfold. Pilates done correctly produces an evenly toned body that is low maintenance. Those little muscles need to be worked even more than those larger ones; and no other workout does that. I’ve never been so strong in my life!

At my home Pilates studio, in East San Diego I offer private sessions. I also offer zoom sessions. Our home is a 50’s ranch so everything is mid century. My husband is the designer in the house, so I leave the details up to him, but I’ve been told it’s very cool. My space has tons of light and I usually have the door open for that California breeze. You can expect to learn about your body and leave with something new every time.

Keep a look out for my upcoming events, that I will host at my new studio that I am building at my backyard. In Spring 2021, I am hosting a Pilates Instructor event. 

Three reasons why you should do Pilates are, first of all in order to discover a quieter mind, secondly to uncover your best body, and thirdly to elevate your spirit.

This post was updated 2020-11-13

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