The Importance of Imprint

“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 …

Mastering the Gaze

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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 …

8 Ways to Protect Your Body While Teaching Pilates

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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, consider the following 8 Ways to

Be the Secret Behind your Client’s New Year’s Success

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As fitness instructors, we all look forward to the new beginnings, new habits, new energy, and transformations that each New Year brings. Our clients come in with shiny new resolutions and goals. A we have the rewarding job of helping

How to Use Your Manual During Practice Teaching

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When practice teaching, it’s tempting to just read directly from your manual. But it’s not possible to have your head in a book while learning to watch and respond to your client.

Check out the video above demonstrating a few …

The Power of Play

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Have you been wracking your brain for the umpteenth healthy, fit gadget to hand out to your clients?  A little more TLC and a lot more play can help you keep your teaching crisp and relevant, especially during the long

Scaffolding Learning for Group Teaching Success

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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 …

The Benefits of Taking Advanced Courses

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You’ve been practicing and mastering all the material in your foundational courses. You know how to perform the essential and intermediate exercises. Your personal strength, endurance, and stability have grown throughout your course work. The intermediate exercises are becoming easier …

“My Ribs Hurt” During Longbox on the Reformer

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Have you ever had a client constantly complaining about their ribs hurting on the long box? One easy work-around I commonly see is placing a pad under their ribs to soften the surface. But adding the pad under the ribs …

Stabilize Your Scapula

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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.

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Explaining the …