Women In Wellness:” It’s tough to look after your own health when you focus on other’s ” with Tamara Jones and Dr. William Seeds

It’s tough to look after your own health when you focus on other’s — Practicing what you preach can be difficult when you’ve just spent 10hours teaching others. This has taken me some time but setting boundaries and being firm about the commitments that keep you healthy definitely help with burn out. As a part of my […]

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It’s tough to look after your own health when you focus on other’s — Practicing what you preach can be difficult when you’ve just spent 10hours teaching others. This has taken me some time but setting boundaries and being firm about the commitments that keep you healthy definitely help with burn out.

As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tamara Jones, a Pilates Instructor and NASM CPT who launched her own business and class method this year; The Pilates Circuit. She breaks through the nonsense of the fitness industry, bringing it back to basics striving to educate and empower clients. Based in NYC she’s changing how New Yorker’s look at their bodies.

Thank you so much for doing this with us Tamara! What is your “backstory”?

Of course! I graduated incredibly determined to be a CEO/Corporate Executive by the time I was 35. I thought everything was a race and I was always thinking about how things would look on my resume; could I volunteer more, what boards can I join, etc. After 3 years working for an Investment Bank I had found my center at a daily Pilates class across the road in my lunch breaks. Out of pure passion I went for my Pilates Instructor Certification with little intention of ever using it. After deciding NYC was my next step and getting rejected in the final round of my dream job I flew to NYC with no job or long-term plan. I started working with my Pilates Certification and found the joy of teaching and interacting with people outside of a Financial/Corporate environment.

While in NYC, I found a thriving, diverse wellness market with huge demand. After working for other people for a few years and getting my feet wet in the industry I realized I had a concept I could market on my own — The Pilates Circuit. I now work passionately with my private clients and group classes teaching correct form and empowering people to trust their bodies.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?

Eliminate the Guilt/Stress: The most destructive part of a wellness plan is the guilt felt after consuming something unplanned or missing a workout. Brush it off and keep going. Health and wellness are so important but approaching with a compromise-free, strict approach you can take the wellness out of your wellness routine. Sometimes eating the cake is a step towards better wellbeing and mental health.

Walk: While I’m obviously an advocate for my own training program, if you don’t have the time or the funding walking is the cheapest, most accessible and effective training program. Wellness doesn’t need to be fancy — bring it back to the basics.

Eat exactly what you are craving: Be mindful when it comes to food. Avoid mindless snacking, favor whole foods and really think about what you are consuming. It’s so easy to get caught up with life and apply little to no thought to your food. Take your time, really think about what will make you feel good — again, this is a basic one but it’s been pretty life changing for my own relationship with food.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I first started, I was just eager to learn and absorb everything around me. I used to look up to anyone with more certifications or experience and devalue myself in comparison. It didn’t take long to realize that a certification doesn’t mean much if an instructor lacks social skills or doesn’t participate in continuing education. A passion and active interest in sport science and anatomy is what shines through.

2 years ago, I had a client approach me after several years’ experience with a well-known instructor in my area. I passed her onto a different instructor as I didn’t feel I was experienced enough in comparison. After trialing several instructors, she came back to me and asked if we could just try one session together. It’s 2 years later and I see her 5 times a week, we’ve completely changed her posture, significantly increased strength and made major progress with her injury recovery. We still laugh at the fact I tried to pass her off in the beginning. Lesson learned; be confident in what you know.

When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

At least now, it’s definitely on a smaller scale but I’ve been very grateful to work with many clients transitioning out of Physical Therapy and help them become pain-free with Pilates and movement. Additionally, I’ve had clients who as their strength has increased their confidence and body awareness has skyrocketed. When I teach, I care about every single individual in that room, I like to hope that my energy brightens their day and then they carry it with them through their days; ripple effect.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Ironically, my very first job in NYC was a challenging environment to say the least however the owner; vouched for me, provided insane exposure to clients from 14 to 93 and challenged my approach to the wellness industry. While we would approach every problem with opposing mindsets — I stayed there for 2 years and I cannot express how much I learnt over that time. At the time it felt like I was banging my head against a wall but I’m looking back now and laughing at how much I actually learnt particularly on the business side of this industry. I think you can learn more in adverse environments and while this industry isn’t perfect there are some great people in it.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

A genuine body positivity movement — while we have one, it hasn’t quite hit the mark. I know so many women — powerful and successful in so many ways who implode when it comes to weight and appearance. I’d love to see a real cultural shift, not towards obesity but away from perfection and towards strength. Appearance just means so much in this society it makes sense why we still have these insecurities.

What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

Just because people say they’ll do something doesn’t mean they’ll do it — I have amazing clients but anyone who is client facing will know what I’m talking about.

It’s tough to look after your own health when you focus on other’s — Practicing what you preach can be difficult when you’ve just spent 10hours teaching others. This has taken me some time but setting boundaries and being firm about the commitments that keep you healthy definitely help with burn out.

Don’t be afraid to be different — it’s such a diverse industry, stay educated and stay safe but be yourself.

If you could take one well known person to brunch, who would it be?

I think there are so many wonderful people in this industry, if I had to pick one I would probably take @naturally.sassy to brunch. Not only is she younger than me and incredibly entrepreneurial — I’ve watched her use her platform to advocate for charities and body positivity. In a world of luxury fitness options, she created an affordable online fitness library — there aren’t too many people making wellness so accessible.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Sustainability is a big one, I think we live in a city that’s privileged enough to have access to more sustainable practices. It’s definitely been an additional cost but I’ve done my best to integrated sustainability into my business; using recycled mats from Kiss The Sky and taking the additional time to ensure all equipment is sourced ethically. In this small business hustle it can be so easy to go cheap and not think through the ethics — I believe the wellness industry owes it to itself to think through the long-term implications.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Instagram, @thepilatescircuit and

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