Fit4Real is a resource for inspiring and seasoned Pilates pros to learn skills and strategies for building a more successful Pilates career. I’ve been studying Pilates for over two decades. And I absolutely love helping teachers and entrepreneurs reach their potential.
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You know those teachers that always seem to have a full schedule and clients fight to get on it? Those teachers whose clients refer to them all their friends and family? And their schedule is booked way in advance?
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret.
In my experience those really good, busy teachers, the “Pilates Superheros” with full schedules, are the teachers that personalize each session their clients.
These “Pilates Superheros” not only address the client’s goals but they also personalize the program for the client’s postural needs and their adjust their cueing to speak in that client’s language.
To convert the client, you need to communicate the goal of the exercise and connect the goal to the client. Boom.
So, I want to share with you an insanely simple trick to get started taking your teaching up-up-and-away!
Well, it goes without saying that one of the most important aspects of teaching is understanding what you’re teaching. Seems obvious, right. But you don’t have to know literally everything there is to know about Pilates to begin teaching. The depth of your knowledge will develop throughout your career teaching. Read More
In the wake of recent events, I’m taking stock.
Everyday I teach Pilates.
Yes, it’s “just” exercise. But in these uncertain times, I’m realizing it goes beyond fitness. Let me start with a little background.
About ten years ago I set out to open a Pilates studio in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Both the location and the name of my business were no coincidence. I came up with the name “Blue Sparrow Pilates” out of the idea that the sparrow is a symbol of love, freedom, integrity, and commitment. I also connected to the idea of the sparrow symbolizing journey and homecoming as I pondered, what would it feel like to to be completely at home in one’s own body?
Fast forward to today, I still aspire to embody these “sparrow” characteristics, as well as help to bring them out of everyone who walks through my studio doors. I see these ideals demonstrated in this studio community through small acts of love and mutual support.
As Pilates teachers, we don’t often impact the world through big acts.It’s really years of teeny, tiny acts that positively affect how people feel.
American professional cyclist Katie Hall is a fierce competitor with an infectious positive attitude. I met Katie in the off season, while she was preparing for a series of races in Europe as part of the brand-new Women’s World Tour, which culminates in the La Course race in Paris, France.
Katie heard about Pilates from a teammate and wanted to see how adding it to her training regimen could boost her performance on the bike. When Katie came into the studio she knew exactly what she wanted from Pilates and told me with a huge smile, “I’ve heard Pilates can improve my core strength, strengthen my small, deep muscles, give me greater mobility, and overall more power on the bike.” And with then we got down to business.
Katie agreed to sit down and talk to us about the benefits of Pilates.
Check out this video of Katie Hall doing Pilates with Blue Sparrow Pilates studio owner Holly Furgason. When we were filming Katie, we literally had a hard time keeping up with her — in a car! Her speed and power on the bike is simply astounding. Read More
When it comes to group instruction, exercise selection is one of the most noticed components of the class. Program design plays the defining role in how a workout is perceived, and therefore, how successful the class will be.
But coming up with a class design that has flow is often a challenge for many otherwise highly-trained instructors. They may be indecisive about which exercises to choose, or by how many equipment setups to include, or they may second-guess how to sequence one exercise into the next, or how to make their class distinct from others.
Do these challenges sound familiar? If so, I have some great news for you.
When you focus on creating flow, your classes will dramatically improve. Attendance will grow. Your students will feel challenged without sacrificing quality. And you will feel the confidence to lead.
Designing a class with flow in mind doesn’t require any special skills.
All you need is a basic understanding of flow, a bit of creativity, and these 5 strategies to get started.