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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.…

Teaching Skills

How to Get A Group Learning

November 22, 2013

Everyone has, at one time or another, been in a movement or fitness class where it felt like they were the only one that wasn’t getting the exercise. You feel like you barely got the movement before the teacher moved on to the next exercise. This can be frustrating.

As a teacher it’s important to being sensitive to this situation especially when teaching group classes. Your goal…

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,…

Teachers In Training Teaching Skills

Learn to Teach through Observation

September 18, 2013

One of the most important and effective ways you can learn to be a better instructor is through observing other teachers. But what should you look for when you are observing?

Here are a few observation ideas that will help you not only pass your examination, but also become a fantastic, sought-after instructor.

1. Write Down the Exercises

Writing down the exercises the instructor selected may give you insight into how…

New Teachers

8 Rules for Successful Sessions

September 9, 2013

You have just been hired by a studio to teach Pilates as an Apprentice Pilates Instructor. Yay!

You know your stuff. You have studied the exercises, know the goals of each exercise, and have practiced cuing them over and over. You studied your anatomy and can tell a client what muscle is working when. But what exactly should be your general goals for your first session with a client?

Here…

Pilates

A Dancer Finds Strength: Emily Jones’ Path to Pilates

May 13, 2013

I love getting an opportunity to highlight teachers! And to find out more about what got them teaching Pilates and what makes them tick. Below is a conversation I had with Blue Sparrow Pilates instructor Emily Jones.

H: When and how did you first learn about Pilates?
E: My Pilates practice began somewhat on accident as a teenager. As part of ballet and modern dance classes, my teachers would…