I sat and discussed with him about the ‘cult’ of Pilates and how he felt about it. Given that he was someone these people would literally go out of their way around his reaction was refreshing.
His response was firstly a rye smile, followed by him saying how these people just ‘don’t get it’. He said how they literally believe it’s a solution to all physical ailments and the ‘only’ way to strengthen the body. I asked him why he didn’t try to get that across to them. He said ‘they won’t listen as they’ve been sold the dream and they’ve bought into it. They now disregard facts and only have beliefs’.
A man largely responsible for a huge chunk of the Pilates movement was dismissing it for what it wasn’t and embracing it for what it was.
What brought me to remember this conversation?
I’ve spoken with some of the industries foremost ‘evidence based’ practitioners over the past few weeks. All of which had that rye smile I remember. They’re fully aware that something they’ve been a large part of has gotten largely out of hand and turned into something it actually isn’t. Coaches looking for identity by following and basing their arguments on something they don’t fully understand.
Coaches who have lost all ability to critically think. To innovate or explore anything outside of what ‘science tells us’. For the most part the people in this current movement are insufficiently trained to even take scientific evidence and actually interpret it into any semblance of answers.
Science is a tool. It allows us to establish better start points in what we do. It allows us to make better decisions and to be able to coach with evidence heavily supporting us. Not to let it dictate but to let it have its democratic vote.
Thank you to Jose, Danny, Eric and Laurent for the reminder of this over the past few weeks.