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Have you ever taught 6+ hours of clients and walked out of the studio without making time for your own Pilates practice? I’ll be the first to admit, that I’ve struggle with this since founding my studio over ten years ago. But as instructors we need to be at our best for a host of reason — one of the biggest being we love Pilates and that’s why we got into this field!
So when Cara Hazelton from Precision Pilates approached me with this post, I had to share it with all of you!
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Believe it or not, being a Pilates teacher is a very demanding job. We push, pull, stretch, balance, stabilize and move our clients every day. We use heavy equipment that needs to be pushed into place, or even lifted. Our bodies demonstrate exercises for clients when we have not yet warmed up. To make things worse, we often put our own workouts on the back burner when the studio schedule becomes overwhelming. Read More
It’s tempting to try to cue every correction, in each single repetition. But not only is this a mouthful, it’s also difficult for clients to understand what to focus on.
Instead, try to cue something new for each repetition of the exercise. This way the client receives additional information about technique.
I’ve created some flash cards that you can download below to help you begin organizing your cues and corrections.
Before the first repetition, start by giving the exercise name, spring and equipment adjustments, and describe the start position. Then explain the “What” of the exercise or what the client needs to do to get moving. This will give the client necessary positional and movement directions, or the basic step-by-step breakdown of the exercise.
Next, cue the “How” and “Why,” using lots of descriptions of the muscles that should be working, exercise goals, and explanation of why the exercise is beneficial.
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Ok this may be a hilarious, even borderline ridiculously example of imagery. But imagery is such a powerful tool as a Pilates instructor. What makes sense to one client may not to another. Some clients need anatomical, visual, or tactile cues. While others relate best to imagery. So, getting good at pulling imagery out of your teaching toolbox is important.
You’ve completed your first Pilates teacher training course.
My first course was with STOTT PILATES® on the reformer. Now that my in-course hours are done, I need to also complete additional self-guided study. For my program I need to complete 40 hours of physical review, 25 hours of practice teaching, and 10 hours of observation.
You’ve just done a ton of work learning new vocabulary, anatomy, and over 100 pilates reformer exercises – not to mention navigating your way through breath patterns. It can feel like a lot of information, but these practice hours will help solidify all the new concepts you learned in class.
Here are some tips about what to do when teaching your first class.
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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! Read More