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9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance (Part 1)

In keeping with the title of “insanely easy” I want to keep this information short and sweet. And not overwhelm you with too much all at once.

Now let’s get to it.

There’s one goal every business has in common: to make a profit. A Pilates studio is no different. After all, money keeps the business afloat, pays the bills, allows you to take home a paycheck, and most importantly…

Pilates Teaching Skills

Why Pilates instructors are more like Narwhals than Unicorns

Ah yes, the magical unicorn stands as a fabulous yet distant symbol of our modern obsession with a magic pill that will “fix” you. The lore around unicorns stretches way back to the ancient Greeks. Nowadays we see it everywhere with double rainbows coming out of its eyeballs. If you find your magical unicorn and possess the mystical candy canes, its special healing powers will heal its rider.

We…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Just Ask Questions.

This week I’m flying to New York City to spend a few days with my mom. I’m pretty excited to spend a few days just wandering and enjoying her company. While I’m there my mom and I are taking a session from Anula Maiberg at Sixth Street Pilates in the East Village Manhattan. Yay, Pilates!

Before I head off I wanted to share a…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Refine Your Cueing for More Success

Clients often tell me my sessions are really challenging. Yesterday I taught a reformer class all essential reformer. The basics, nothing fancy. After class, I asked if the students had enjoyed what I perceived to be my more gentle class. One of the students said, “It was really hard.” I was shocked because I had tried to tone down the challenge a bit. The student added, “You correct…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Nervous About Teaching Pilates Group Class? Read this.

Teaching is nerve-racking no doubt about it! You’re putting yourself out there with the hopes of helping others learn. So of course you will be nervous teaching a group class! Being nervous just means you care about what you are teaching.

Let’s play worst-case scenario here to hopefully dispel some teaching fears and make teaching a Pilates class a little less scary.

1- Generally the students in your class are…

Teachers In Training Teaching Skills

How to Create Programs for Individual Alignment

 

Your ability to program for an individual’s alignment is essential. It’s hugely important for determining goals and meeting them, as well as for safety and client retention.

It begins with assessment of each individual’s unique posture and alignment.

Begin by performing a postural analysis on your client (See Part 2: Your ability to assess alignment and “Using Postural Assessment Everyday”). Once the postural analysis is in…

Teaching Skills

How to Teach Group Classes in Small Spaces

A common dilemma I see when teachers select exercises for their classes is that they do not plan so that the students have room to move fully. Over the past 10+ years of working in San Francisco where space is always limited, I’ve taught in the tiniest spaces. Having spatial limitations just means that you need to consider the room and think strategically while planning for your class.

My…

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  • Back in San Francisco now. Such a memorable group of teachers and trip to China. I love traveling to teach Pilates because it gets you into another culture in a way that being a tourist doesn't. It's so powerful to be apart of a studio community. Thank you @merrithew @moira.merrithew for the opportunity!  The studio is so busy with teacher training there were 3 Instructor Trainers together: Nate from Taiwan, Khing form Jakarta, and me #bluesparrowpilates #pilates #hollyfurgason #thehatchery #pilatescertification #pilatesteacher #pilatescoach #pilatesinspiration #pilateswriter #pilatesceo #merrithew #pilatesinstructor #instapilates #pilatesbayarea #pilateslove  #pilateslovers #reformerpilates #pilatessf #healthandwellness #sffitness
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  • Today is my last day with this incredible course of teachers. Excited to go home tomorrow but have loved every minute. We had a feast together last night together.  Pilates has introduced me to the best people. I’m so grateful. #bluesparrowpilates #pilates #hollyfurgason #thehatchery #pilatescertification #pilatesteacher #pilatescoach #pilatesinspiration #pilateswriter #pilatesceo #merrithew #pilatesinstructor #instapilates #pilatesbayarea #pilateslove  #pilateslovers #reformerpilates #pilatessf #healthandwellness #sffitness
  • EUREKA CALIFORNIA get ready! Train with me for 2-days. Learn. Enjoy moving. Get inspired. Indulge curiosity.  @vidasanastudio @angeliquevpilates 
Workshops on SATURDAY Jan 25:
-  12:00pm Teaching Complex Reformer Exercises
-  2:15pm Fascial Movement Intro
-  4:30pm Client Retention: The Power of Cueing
SUNDAY Jan 26: 
9:30am-4:30pm  Total Barre Foundation training
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bluesparrowpilates.com/teacher-training/schedule/

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