Why Pilates instructors are more like Narwhals than Unicorns

Ah yes, the magical unicorn stands as a fabulous yet distant symbol of our modern obsession with a magic pill that will “fix” you. The lore around unicorns stretches way back to the ancient Greeks. Nowadays we see it everywhere …

Just Ask Questions.

Fit4Real_JustAskQuestionsWe’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.

I’m flying to New York City to spend a few days with my mom. I’m pretty excited to spend a few days just wandering and enjoying her company. Well I’m there my mom and

Lessons Learned From Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone (& Why You Should Take Your Pilates Certification Exam)

I just returned from a week of learning and testing at the STOTT PILATES® headquarters in Toronto, Canada. I was being tested on my knowledge of the Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels in order to increase my Instructor Trainer credential to

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 …