Want to Power Up Your Sessions? Refine Your Cueing.

IncreaseChallengeRefineCueingClients 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. …

What I’ve Learned From Mentorship

WhatLearnedThroughMentorshipI’ve been fortunate to have had several amazing mentors so far in my career as a Pilates teacher. I can honestly tell you that I believe mentorship has made the most significant difference in my professional development as a teacher.

Warming Up Doesn’t Have to Be Boring. Why Nobody Should Skip the Warm Up.

More and more I hear teachers and clients say they’re going to skip the warm up. When I ask why, they say because their clients are strong and healthy or want the workout to be hard and so forth. I

Size Them Up, Build Them Up

SizeThemUpWhenever I travel I like to schedule Pilates at a local studio. It’s an opportunity to connect with teachers, learn a few new exercises, and get a great workout.

On a recent trip to Palm Springs with six of my …

What’s the Difference Between “Neutral” and “Natural”

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Recently, one of my amazing students at Mills College asked a great series of questions. I wanted to share them with you. She said:

“What I’ve noticed is that a neutral pelvis looks very different on each individual body. What

Using Everyday Items to Modify Exercises

ModifyExercisesAt one time or another most teachers will show up to teach a class and realize they need a prop to modify an exercise that the facility does not have. At such a moment, you have a choice: ignore the …

Using Postural Assessment Every Day

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Today, we have a contribution from Kristi Milner Quinn, STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and co-founder of Body Center Studio in Seattle, Washington:

Most Pilates instructors learn how to perform a postural assessment during their certification training, but many discontinue …

First Steps in New Client Programming

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One of the most important pieces of the teaching puzzle is programming. A program is targeted and specific to an individual’s postural needs and training goals.

During the STOTT PILATES® foundation courses we discuss programming. You’re given the tools to …

Pilates Practice Teaching Flashcards

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When you begin teaching, it’s tempting to try to cue every correction in each single repetition. Not only is this a mouthful, but it’s also difficult for clients to understand what they should be focusing on. I suggest trying to

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