"I used to drive to the fitness center, teach for an hour, drive home, and I was done. Oh, and I got paid, too! I never knew how good I had it."
I’m still very grateful that I have this space, and that IKEA is closed so we can’t even go buy a bed if we wanted to (I really want to). But that guest room has been put on hold because now it’s my You Tube studio. Yep, like so many others, maybe even YOU, I’m officially a You Tuber. I know for a long time I have made fun of a lot of the You Tubers my kids watch, wondering how people can actually make a living posting videos on-line, but, honestly, this shit is HARD. My last 37-minute Pilates video took me 3 hours to film, and 6 hours to upload (make that 7, because there’s still an hour and 32 minutes left, as we speak). What the f*@k? I used to drive to the fitness center, teach for an hour, drive home, and I was done. Oh, and I got paid, too! I never knew how good I had it.
Yesterday I filmed my first Pilates Circuit class, a class I invented (I’d like to think) and started teaching over a year ago. I have taught this class every week, sometimes twice for quite awhile now. I used to have to prep, now I could do it on demand, anytime anywhere. It’s a GREAT class! I shot it on two cameras, one froze halfway through, the other turned off with 3 minutes left. I reshot the last 3 minutes thinking I could just “splice” the two videos together, but then the storage on my tablet was too full and I couldn’t upload it to my google drive, to load it to my desktop, to load it into my movie editor that I don’t really know how to use anyways, to FINALLY upload it to You Tube. Whew…that’s like 4 hours of my life I’ll never get back. But, that was actually quite a blessing in disguise because during the video I had tripped over my weights at one point and the lighting made me look like I didn’t have legs, just a very dark mat.
My husband tried to talk me into reflooring our office and repainting the background wall, and also moving my sewing and craft table out so I could create a studio space and film from our desktop computer. Seriously? This is temporary, right? It’ll only be a few weeks, they said. Just practice social distancing and we can send the kids back to school in April, they said. We brought a lamp into the GUEST ROOM, and a clock so I wouldn’t run out of time, and I filmed the class again. I’m actually really happy with how it turned out, and now we’re down to an hour and 23 minutes left to upload it. Things are looking up, I say. Oh, and did I mention I did all this for 26 subscribers? Yep, I have a following.
I love teaching fitness classes, and I LOVE my students. Of all the things I have at stake during this super odd time in my life including a small business, being my kids fumbling “teacher”, having no time to myself to binge-watch Grace & Frankie on Netflix in the middle of the afternoon, my biggest worry is that my participants, those that come to yoga and Pilates every week, will stop practicing. I’ve always been a group fitness enthusiast. I do not work out at the gym alone, like ever. I like schedules, and being around other people who like what I like, and instructors that I’m used to their style. I know that’s why my students come, that’s why my classes grow, and that’s why we all commit to our well-being, and to each other. That’s why I’m doing this. There’s a million online classes people could take anytime, for free. But they come to me, so I have to be here for them. Not to mention the amazing six-pack I am going to have from doing the same class 3 times in a row just to get it right for the 40 minutes my 26 subscribers will see.