Pilates instructor Lisa Hubbard is not your general fitness influencer. You can’t expect an international Pilates authority with more than 20 years of training and teaching experience to have a grudge against Jim and a passion for Taco.
But local Instagram followers in California are drawn to his simple, detailed instruction with one goal in mind: to feel better.
In his Beachbody-Exclusive, three-week program that uses only one mat, Hubbard seeks to prove that Pilates seeks to spread his contagious joy for all and for the discipline of fitness.
We talked to Hubbard about his training method, how he made it by following his social media, and a few common misconceptions about Pilates.
Beach: Where is your interest in Pilates?
Lisa Hubbard: I always wanted to be a dancer when I was younger. So when I finally started dancing, I discovered Pilates, and that’s how I fell into the world of fitness.
I was certified (through the National Pilates Certification Program), and about seven years later, I became a faculty member of BASI Pilates. I have traveled to Washington DC, Beijing, and Hong Kong (as well as places) where Pilates teachers are being taught.
When I was in Hong Kong, I was in an expo teaching mat class, and there was a panel of presenters doing music.
I kind of dropped out, so I created Rhythm Pilates, a continuing learning activity for Pilates practitioners. I’ve started going all over the world to teach it, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
I offer it online and I have a home studio in Newport Beach. I will study for the rest of my life.
What do you enjoy about Pilates?
I love helping people. I just love to see people feel good. You have people with problems with your buttocks or spine. You have a dancer who has an injury or wants to improve his technique by increasing his speed range. Or older people who just want to feel better.
Pilates is amazing. And it’s for everyone. And I love it.
How did you transform your education into social media?
I went on Instagram and, when I realized what I could do with it, I started creating my content by doing Pilates videos.
I decided that I would do something every day, and over the years, I just kept building and building, connecting with people using that platform.
These people are not asking about your food. They say, “The step you took – can you do more? Can you do more backwards or more?”
I just listen to my followers and give them what they want.
What is your training philosophy?
My philosophy is to teach the person in front of you. You can’t expect everyone to be able to take advanced steps.
Even if you never set foot on the mat, I promise you that I will take you to the right position, understand you well and point you out clearly. I’ll take you there.
My goal is for you to perform to the best of your ability and keep it safe. The basics are for everyone. I always go back to the basics.
What do people get wrong about Pilates?
It’s a girl exercise, and only women do it. This is a huge misconception. Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, was a German man. He was a boxer, a circus performer and a whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking badass.
It’s not just for girls or dancers. It’s for everyone.
Do you do workouts other than Pilates?
I love to dance, and I love golf. We live on a golf course, so my husband and I will go out on Sundays and play nine holes.
I’m doing some clinics with women on Wednesday mornings. It’s just really fun and relaxing. I also love to walk.
What would you say to someone who is about to start Beginner Pilates?
Those of you who work with me, I want you to feel empowered. I want you to feel proud of yourself and stay well about your body. I want you to feel different, and you feel different.
Your back will be less tight; Your shoulders will be less tight; You will be open to the upper part of your body; You’re going to feel the tone; You’re going to feel more comfortable because in Pilates we breathe a lot.
You’re going to feel amazing.
What is it that people may not know about you?
I have a 35 year old son, and he’s just amazing. I was a young mother and just persevered. And that’s where Pilates came in and really changed my life.
He’s in the military, and he can make a perfect lunge. He always teases me that I need to work with my form.