The Single Best Decision of My Life (Part 1)

We are thrilled to share this inspiring three-part series by MOVE Trainer Tony Brutz about his journey from running his first 5K to becoming a certified Pilates Instructor. Enjoy Part 1 below and watch for the next two installments over the next two weeks.

So here I am, after almost one year of taking classes, studying, practice teaching, and starting my Pilates apprenticeship. I am now an official trainer at MOVE Wellness. All that hard work has paid off. Being a trainer allows me to help others lead a healthier life and share my passion for Pilates. How did I get to this point? Why did I decide to become a trainer? So glad you asked. To answer those questions I have to go back a few years. Don’t worry; it won’t be that long of a story…well maybe a little long…ok, I promise it will be shorter than War and Peace.

It was October of 2014 and I had just finished my first 5K. Even though I should have felt great about running a 5K, I use the term “running” very loosely. I felt a bit depressed. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy that I finished the run, but after training for months my health still hadn’t improved much. The weight wasn’t coming off, and if anything I had gained weight. Even though weight is only one part of health, it was a big issue for me. It has always been tied to my lack of self-esteem and feelings that I was in some way less than others. Ok, this just got a little heavy. Don’t worry, just stay with me, it gets better. I wouldn’t be writing this post now if it didn’t. It was also at this time that it really started to play on my mind that it was only six months until I would turn 40. This was a big deal because I never thought I would make it to 40. Taking care of myself the way I should have just wasn’t a priority. In part, because I just didn’t believe I deserved that kind of care. Treating myself better, both physically and emotionally, had to become a new priority. It just took a few more months to make that priority a reality.

Kicking It Up a Notch with Pilates

Mid December of 2014 I had enough. January 1st, 2015 I was going to do it, I was going to take much better care of myself. First off, I needed to work on my eating habits. Eating whole foods and staying away from premade/prepackaged food was going to be the plan. Also, that year I was not going to eat anything deep-fried, no fast food, and no pizza. Spoiler alert, I did it, I didn’t eat any of those things for the whole year. Trust me that was big accomplishment because I love me some pizza! Now that I had a nutrition plan, it was time to set a plan for the exercise part. I decided to run at least one race per month from April to December. A friend of mine gave me a few running schedules to start training for my future runs. Now that I had my plan set, it was time to put it into practice.

The first few months of 2015 were going great. I was sticking to the plan and it was working, not just physically but mentally as well. My mood was improving and my confidence was getting better. Then I decided I wanted to kick it up a notch. Surfing the web I found a bunch of gyms that offer fitness classes. That is when I came across the website for MOVE.   After my research, I made what I believe is the single best decision of my life – I walked through MOVE’s doors.

To be continued…


Tony Brutz teachers Gentle Pilates class at MOVE on Tuesdays at 6:00PM. He is also available for private sessions Monday & Wednesday evenings (5-8PM), Tuesday and Thursday mornings (7-9AM) and Saturdays  (9AM-1PM).