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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…

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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…

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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…

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What I’ve Learned From Mentorship

I’ve been fortunate to have had several amazing mentors so far in my career as a Pilates teacher. I truly believe mentorship has made the single most significant difference in my professional development as a teacher.

If you’re a Pilates instructor who’s looking to improve their teaching, I encourage you to find a seasoned mentor.

Through a friend, I was introduced to my first Pilates mentor, Aimee McDonald-Anderson. I had just…

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Confidence & Vulnerability

Over the years as a studio manager and owner, I’ve had the opportunity to hire many wonderful instructors that are new to teaching Pilates. Even the best new Pilates teachers can struggle with confidence; it was huge roadblock for me too.

It’s common for these teachers to be knowledgeable, smart, eager, and passionate but it’s almost as if they want to be so good that they sabotage themselves. By…

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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…

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What’s the Difference Between “Neutral” and “Natural”

I love getting questions. One recent question was so great, I had to share it with you!

“What I’ve noticed is that a neutral pelvis looks very different on each individual body. What are your suggestions for assessing new clients who don’t understand what neutral alignment looks and feels like? How do you as the instructor familiarize yourself with an individual’s anatomy? Neutral alignment (which is synonymous to ideal…

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First Steps in New Client Programming

One of the most important pieces of the teaching puzzle is programming. A program is targeted and specific to an individual’s postural needs and training goals.

During teacher training courses, we discuss programming. You’re given the tools to begin to understand how a program can be developed for an individual’s needs and goals. As a class we discuss sample client profiles in the Support Materials Manual. Reviewing…

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8 Ways to Protect Your Body While Teaching Pilates

Protecting your body while your teaching is essential. During courses safety is a big focus. But once you start teaching 15+ hours per week and make a significant portion of your living through teaching.

So, here are easy ways to protect your body while teaching:

1. When adjusting springs on the reformer think about ergonomics.

Changing springs is a repetitive task when you do it multiple times per hour.…

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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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