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How to Use Everyday Items to Modify Exercises

February 27, 2014

At one time or another most teachers will show up to teach a class and realize they need a prop to modify an exercise that the facility does not have. At such a moment, you have a choice: ignore the client’s clear discomfort or get creative. Of course, I recommend getting creative. As Tim Gunn would say: “It’s let’s make it work time!”

Everyday items that students bring to class can…

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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…

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The Importance of Imprint

February 4, 2014

“Now imprint your pelvis and lift one leg up to tabletop and then the other leg to meet it.”
 

You will hear this repeated at the beginning of many exercises, especially exercises with one or both legs off of the floor. Using imprint during exercises with an open kinetic chain ensures that your back is safe and protected when your legs are off the floor. Imprint…

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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…

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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.…

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…

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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…

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Why We Need to Teach Clients to Stabilize the Scapula

October 16, 2013

The principle of scapular stabilization is a new one for many clients. Frequently, people don’t realize that their shoulder blade just floats on top of their ribcage and has no bony attachments directly to their ribs or spine.

Explaining the importance of scapular stability will help clients protect themselves from injury and maximize their workouts.

Here are a few tips to help bring scapular awareness into your…

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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…