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The Hatchery by Blue Sparrow Pilates, is a resource for inspiring and seasoned Pilates pros. Creator Holly Furgason launched the site to share with you her Pilates teaching experience. We hope you'll learn skills, strategize, and build a more successful Pilates career.

 
New Teachers Teaching Skills

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance (Part 1)

February 1, 2016

In keeping with the title of “insanely easy” I want to keep this information short and sweet. And not overwhelm you with too much all at once.

Now let’s get to it.

There’s one goal every business has in common: to make a profit. A Pilates studio is no different. After all, money keeps the business afloat, pays the bills, allows you to take home a paycheck, and most importantly…

Business Teaching Skills

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…

Pilates Teaching Skills

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…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Just Ask Questions.

November 24, 2015

This week I’m flying to New York City to spend a few days with my mom. I’m pretty excited to spend a few days just wandering and enjoying her company. While I’m there my mom and I are taking a session from Anula Maiberg at Sixth Street Pilates in the East Village Manhattan. Yay, Pilates!

Before I head off I wanted to share a…

Featured Teachers In Training

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone (& Why You Should Take Your Certification Exam)

November 3, 2015

I just returned from a week of learning and testing at the STOTT PILATES® headquarters in Toronto, Canada. I was being tested on my knowledge of the Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels in order to increase my Instructor Trainer credential to include teaching instructors on these apparatus. It was a ton of work to prepare both physically and mentally, but now that it’s all said and done,…

Business

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…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Refine Your Cueing for More Success

August 5, 2015

Clients often tell me my sessions are really challenging. Yesterday I taught a reformer class all essential reformer. The basics, nothing fancy. After class, I asked if the students had enjoyed what I perceived to be my more gentle class. One of the students said, “It was really hard.” I was shocked because I had tried to tone down the challenge a bit. The student added, “You correct…

New Teachers Teachers In Training

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…

Business

On the Air

April 13, 2015

Hey guys!

I thought you might get a kick out of hearing a commercial I did for Constant Contact. It was really fun to go into the recording studio. But much harder than I thought it would be! Does anyone like hear ing their own voice!?!?!

It’ll be airing through June on the following radio Bay Area radio stations.

Yours truly,

holly-Furgason_sm

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