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Teachers In Training

Why You Must Say it Out Loud

May 7, 2014

While I was observing one of my students practice teaching, she demonstrated a very clear method for practice teaching. Her process was such a great strategy for learning to teach, I wanted to map it out and share it with you. Take a look, and then try using this teaching model in your next practice teaching session.

Five Step Practice Teaching Model:

  1. Look at the manual and…

Business

The Movement Factory Owner Gets Real About Owning A Studio

April 18, 2014

This month begins a new series that will profile Pilates business owners.  I wanted to know what inspired these studio owners and entrepreneurs to start their own business and how they made their dreams into a reality.  I wanted to hear, first-hand, what these amazing entrepreneurs had to say.

I sat down with studio owner Alyssa Lee from The Movement Factory, Cleveland, Ohio. Alyssa is a high-energy,…

Teachers In Training Teaching Skills

Using Postural Assessment Every Day

February 18, 2014

Today, we have a contribution from Kristi Milner Quinn, STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and co-founder of Body Center Studio in Seattle, Washington.

Most Pilates instructors learn how to perform a postural assessment during their certification training, but many discontinue using this skill once they have completed their exam.  If you are one of these teachers, take a few minutes here to consider the…

New Teachers Teachers In Training

First Steps in New Client Programming

February 12, 2014

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…

Pilates

A Little History of Joseph Pilates

February 4, 2014

Every time I do Pilates I say a little thank you to Joseph Pilates. I can’t imagine my life without his incredible system.

The Joseph Pilates method of exercise was originally called contrology. At its roots lays the idea that poor posture, inefficient breathing, and the “modern lifestyle” are primary causes of unhealthiness. Both of the books authored by Pilates dealt with Contrology and how to create…

Teaching Skills

Mastering the Gaze

January 21, 2014

Helping your clients master their gaze when executing an exercise will greatly improve the overall movement quality, as well as reduce unnecessary tension in the upper quadrant.

Vision is an integral part of human movement, and its great impact can be traced all the way back to early child development. As babies increase their ability to distinguish what they see…

Pilates Teaching Skills

Be the Secret Behind your Client’s Success

December 27, 2013

As fitness instructors, we all look forward to the new beginnings, new habits, new energy, and transformations. Our clients come in with shiny new resolutions and goals. A we have the rewarding job of helping them succeed at their health and wellness goals.

Fast Company and other smarty-pants resources suggest using SMART goals. The best place to start is helping your client shape their resolution into a SMART goal…

Business Pilates

A Year of Accomplishments

December 18, 2013

As the year comes to a close, I find myself taking time to think through this past year and imagine forward to what comes next. This is hardly a new practice. The familiar idea of making New Years resolutions can actually be traced back to the Babylonians, who as early as 2600 BC took time to reflect on the old year and make plans for the new.…

Pilates

The Benefits of Taking Advanced Courses

November 6, 2013

You’ve been practicing and mastering all the material in your foundational courses. You know how to perform the essential and intermediate exercises. Your personal strength, endurance, and stability have grown throughout your course work. The intermediate exercises are becoming easier and you have seen your body make subtle transformations. Teaching the beginning and intermediate work is becoming more natural, you’re learning what props and modifications to use,…