No Pain No Gain: My Fitness Career Blunders Revealed

If you’re still not convinced that I’ve had enough experience on stage to become a seasoned motivational speaker then aerobicshere’s another list of the blunders and mishaps that have happened over the course of 30 years of teaching group fitness.

  • Realizing I had bright red striping on my legs from the quick dry-shave before class
  • Bouncing myself forward from doing a squat too close to the mirror behind me
  • Teaching aerobics too soon after giving birth and seeing pee streaks all the way down my legs (before “dri-fit” fabric)
  • Chatting with students after class and then seeing the massive lipstick smear down my chin from the microphone screen
  • Ditto with mascara smear
  • Bouncing the battery pack off my belt which yanked it off my head
  • Teaching class with the flu, excusing myself during class to go throw up, coming back and finishing the class
  • Slipping and crashing flat on my sweaty back from off the top of a stability ball
  • Lunging backwards off the stage
  • Leaning too far back on a Bosu and rolling into a backwards somersault
  • Endless hairdo hysterics
  • No spare batteries – projecting loud-voiced for an hour
  • CD player not working – singing, chatting and coaching through a whole hour
  • Too thin yoga pants that completely showed things during downward facing dog
  • Discovering that the lump in my tights was static-clinging underpants from the last laundry – pulled them out and showed my class
  • Handling the lady in the front row who was stinking drunk
  • Handling the non-conformist who was doing jumping jacks while we were all doing grapevines
  • Handling the bulging ceiling tile that gave way during class – forever known as our “Flash Dance” routine
  • Handling a student storming out of class because I offered to correct her form
  • Fashion feauxpas: thong leotard, drooping crotches, too wide headbands (I have a low forehead to begin with), white leotard (nipple city), matching neon belts and leg warmers…
  • Injuries: too many to mention

I’ll stop there.  I’m beginning to think I’d better stop teaching.  But I know I won’t because I love what I do for a living: cooking, exercising and speaking.  And for every 1 mishap there have been a thousand successes.  But we all know the successes don’t make for the good stories.  It’s the stories of these blunders that connect us with our audience and hopefully make for lasting inspiration to live a healthier, happier life.

From your motivational speaker who swears by waterproof mascara and black fitness wear.





Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Oh my gosh! Funny motivational speakers and fitness speakers and trainers, this is for YOU! Which would be ME! I'm laughing so hard – not AT you, by any means, but WITH you for sure. But I have to say – the image of you pulling the static clinging underwear out of your tights in the middle of a class threw me on the floor! Brilliant!

  2. This motivational speaker doesn't even know what a Bosu is, but it sounds funny! Still howling at the panty reveal remembering my own pair that worked it's way down my jeans while walking through an airport. A woman was kind enough to tap me on the shoulder, point backward and let me know I "dropped" something. The Flash Dance moment hysterical! I want to go to your class Polly as I know it would be a blast!

  3. Oh my gosh, Colette, I thought toilet papert stuck to a shoe was embarrassing but yours takes the cake!!

  4. Yes, the panties out of the leotard was hilarious!  Colette – I can just picture you thanking that woman in the airport and laughing about it!  Me, just the time I welcomed a group in Alaska to my seminar and my button popped off.  Those guys in Alaska must have thought it was going to be a great speech!  Not nearly as excited as the audience was when I was introduced as Marilyn Chambers – yes, famous porn star.  Kinda funny, but it's happened on 3 different occasions.  Can  you say Freudian slip???

  5. This is hysterical Polly!!! And I hope you realize that every blunder makes for a GREAT story on stage. You just up'd your humor by a thousand!!!!! And kudos to the person who will work out even when drunk! :) 

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