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The Hatchery by Blue Sparrow Pilates, is a resource for inspiring and seasoned Pilates pros. Creator Holly Furgason launched the site to share with you her Pilates teaching experience. We hope you'll learn skills, strategize, and build a more successful Pilates career.

 
Teachers In Training

Certification Exam Study Tips for the Busy Student

May 1, 2018

Chances are you’re busy. There’s no doubt that balancing work, family, and daily commitments while training to be a Pilates instructor can be a lot. So it’s important to find ways to squeeze in study for your certification exam. But I bet if you dedicate a few minutes everyday towards preparing for the test, you’ll make steady progress.

Here are some super smart tricks for carving out a little…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Learn to Organize Teaching Cues (Try these Flashcards)

September 17, 2017

It’s tempting to try to cue every correction, in each single repetition. But not only is this a mouthful, it’s also difficult for clients to understand what to focus on.

Instead, try to cue something new for each repetition of the exercise. This way the client receives additional information about technique.

I’ve created some flash cards that you can download below to help you begin organizing your cues and corrections.

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Let’s Make Pilates imagery magic

June 14, 2017

“Now, do the same movement as though you’re pulling a rabbit from a magician’s hat.”  As soon as the words left my lips, both my client and I burst into laughter.

Ok this may be a hilarious, even borderline ridiculously example of imagery. But imagery is such a powerful tool as a Pilates instructor. What makes sense to one client may not to another. Some clients need anatomical,…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Go From Teacher Training To First Class With Confidence

May 16, 2017

Many of my students that go through Pilates teacher training finish their courses and get started practicing. Then they realize that they learned so much that they don’t know where to begin. So when teacher in training Mary Cobb came to me with suggestion for how she organized her study time, I had to share it with all of you!

You’ve completed your first Pilates teacher training…

New Teachers Pilates Teaching Skills

How to Capture Clients & Intensify Your Core Message

November 1, 2016

Let’s talk messaging.

During a Pilates session, what is the most important message you aim to communicate to your clients? Or to say it in a different way: What are the key points about Pilates you want your clients to be thinking about during the session (and perhaps outside of the session later on)?

Seriously, take a second and write down a few ideas. I’ll wait…

So, I asked this same…

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