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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Learn to Organize Teaching Cues (Try these Flashcards)

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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Make Pilates imagery magic

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Make Pilates Imagery Magic
“Now, do the same movement as though you’re pulling a rabbit from a magician’s hat.”  As soon as the words left my lips, both my client and I burst into laughter.

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.

Holly Furgason Pulls a Pilates Rabbit from her hat

Here are some of my favorite imagery cues:

Exhale through pursed lips like you’re blowing out a birthday candles.

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Go from teacher training to your first class with confidence.

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♥ Written by Mary CobbGo from teacher training to first class

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.


Gulp So Much To Study

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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How One Simple Trick Can Help You Convert More Clients Into Regulars

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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

I Teach Pilates Everyday.

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.iteachpilates_hollyfurgason

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.

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