Exhilarating! That’s what I felt about teaching my first official POP Pilates class.
But first, let’s start from the beginning…
My birthday gift for my 30th birthday this year was the gift to register for the POP Pilates Instructor Training. One of my biggest motivation to pass this was so that I could workout and get to know fellow popsters (the community of guys and girls who do Blogilates aka POP Pilates) that I had met on my birthday month when Cassey Ho came to Singapore! There was a whole bunch of them and we became followers and friends of each other on instagram. I also met more Singaporean popsters afterwards on instagram as I randomly found them in the different hashtags used. I was excited and looking forward to meeting them and working out with them and just sharing the love we have for Cassey and Blogilates.
So the moment I passed my video evaluation I started planning a meetup and practicing my choreography. I went through my instagram and jotted down all those I knew would be interested and living within the “vicinity”. I made a digital flyer and posted it on instagram and tagged everyone. Then I prayed that at least one person would show!
Of course before that I asked some help from some POP instructors on the instructor’s forum and got some advice on how to start planning for a meetup (there is so much support there!). I had first planned for this meetup to take place in a park (Singapore Botanic Garden) and if you have more than 10 people you have to fill a form and get permission to use the park. A few weeks later that’s what I did. By this time around 3 people had rsvp’d with me already. Then I received an email back saying that I could use the park BUT (a huge but!) no music was allowed to be played. Um, what?? It ain’t POP Pilates if ain’t got music! That was the biggest hitch in my planning.
Luckily, I had a backup location (phew!). I felt bad having to change such a huge detail with those who rsvp’d but they were all nice about it and still agreed to come. Luckily as well, the second location was pretty near the first in terms of train station. So I edited my flyer again and updated everyone. I think this was actually a blessing in disguise because I was actually kind of worried that it would be too hot in the park (Singapore is freaking hot and humid!) and I knew some of my friends coming were quite self-conscious about working out in a public place. This second place was indoors with airconditiong and toilets so that was definitely a plus.
The date was nearing and I was getting excited. A few of my friends would be there to support me. More popsters were rsvp-ing and bringing their friends. So off I went finishing off the rest of the stuff that needed to be done by that day. Of course practicing my choreography each day, reminding those who rsvpd, inviting others on instagram again, painting and cutting out the POP Pilates banner, buying ingredients, making and packaging a gift for everyone…
Finally, the day arrived. I thought I would be super nervous like I was for my video evaluation but instead I was really excited! I seriously couldn’t sleep the night before. At the location the elevator up to where I was having the class on the 3rd floor was closed. Luckily I had made some signage and so put it up leading everyone up 3 flights of stairs (told them that was their warm up: =P). Right after I set everything up people started trickling in. It was just so cool and awesome to finally meet my insta friends and their friends. I just felt really touched that they would all take their time on a Sunday morning to workout with an unknown girl named Lerie.
We finally got started. I gave a little introduction of myself and what was to be expected for the next 55 minutes of class and then we hit the music! I was kind of worried that I would forget some of the moves or the sequencing of tracks but it all went rather smoothly (thank God!). I did get a little off for the sweeping saw at the beginning but of course I was the only one who knew (phew!).
I actually got breathless at one point and while showing some moves for the next track. I thought I wouldn’t be able to talk! But I got through it – we all did! Adrenaline kicked in and it seemed like I didn’t feel anything afterwards – just thinking, talking and moving. At one point I thought a few of them wanted to curse me but I think it was just the looks of concentration on their faces. Oh, and I totally loved it when I looked at them closely and could see their faces all flushed and dripping with sweat – it was working! Hearing the wooooh’s and ahhh’s! and seeing their smiles throughout was just very uplifting.
The 55 minutes flew by. It always does for me when I’m practicing because it’s just so fun. After some water I gave them my gift, a sweet treat to balance out their hard work. And of course we had a little photo-taking sesh! A few of us who were taking the #12daystopopmas challenge also took our challenge picture together. We got to talk and catch up and get to know each other a bit more and take even more pictures before heading off.
I was also really touched when some of them asked me if I would be having regular classes. They also asked if I would make more meetups like this. Afterwards, they messaged me to thank me and how much they enjoyed it and also it was great to be tagged in their instagram. Such sweet and amazing people seriously!
Yes, so one of my goals for 2017 is to have regular weekly classes and ALSO to plan and have at least 2 meetups similar to this one – with popsters and their friends. So much to look forward to. I was seriously doubting myself if this would work out, how I would do, would people come and would they enjoy it. But if I didn’t try I wouldn’t know and I’m so glad I stepped out and put that effort to make this happen.
This day is definitely one for the books for me. Thank you for reading as I documented this special day. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
(More details into how I planned for this meetup right here.)