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Is it the End of the Community Pilates Studio?

February 25, 2016

For as long as I can remember, I have been working on becoming a better Pilates instructor. But I have to level with you. Lately I’ve been in a funk. Heavy with doubt and uncertainty about my chosen field. Why?

With all the competition in the San Francisco Bay Area fitness industry it has felt like I’ve had to move faster and faster just to not get left behind.…

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9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance (Part 2)

January 31, 2016

So, in a recent post “9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance” we looked at how you could increase the attendance in your Pilates classes without much time and in ways that you could repeat for every single class. Now, let’s look at how your manager or mentor may be able to help you.

6 | Take a long, honest look

I truly believe that when…

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Why Pilates instructors are more like Narwhals than Unicorns

December 21, 2015

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…

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How I Created My Dream Job

August 29, 2015

Many Pilates instructors dream of owning their own studio. The dream is pretty common. However, looking back over the last 9 years of having my business, I realize that I had no idea what challenges were in store. I had no idea how much I would need to grow. I had no idea how hard and rewarding this path would be. And there’s no doubt I have made…

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What I’ve Learned From Mentorship

June 8, 2015

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…

Teachers In Training

Certification Exam Study Tips for the Busy Student

May 23, 2015

Chances are you’re busy. There is 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.

Erica, Blue Sparrow Pilates’ Education Coordinator and recently STOTT PILATES®

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Nervous About Teaching Pilates Group Class? Read this.

July 5, 2014

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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8 Ways to Protect Your Body While Teaching Pilates

January 7, 2014

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.…