Have you ever taught 6+ hours of clients and walked out of the studio without making time for your own Pilates practice? I’ll be the first to admit, that I’ve struggle with this since founding my studio over ten years ago. But as instructors we need to be at our best for a host of reason — one of the biggest being we love Pilates and that’s why…
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.
“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,…
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…
First, check out American professional cyclist Katie Hall in this quick video. When we were filming Katie, we literally had a hard time keeping up with her — in a car! Her speed and power on the bike is simply astounding.
Katie is a fierce competitor with an infectious positive attitude. I met Katie in the off season, while she was preparing for a…
Ignorance. We all have it.
I’m going to tell you how you can overcome your own ignorance, not only by learning to deal with criticism, but by hungrily seeking it out. And not just in your first year or two of your teaching career — for your entire career.
Boom. That’s a mic drop kind of statement.
Everyday I teach Pilates.
Yes, it’s “just” exercise. But in these uncertain times, I’m realizing it goes beyond fitness. Let me start with a little background.
About ten years ago I set out to open a Pilates studio in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Both the location and the name of my business were no coincidence. I came up with…
Where Should I Be Feeling This? A Reformer class for uncertain times
1:00 – 3:00PM
This will be a workshop trouble shooting those moments where students might not understand what we are prepping for, may be feeling too much or too little and how we can keep a class or session moving though mild discomforts or lack of sensation and how both are totally acceptable.