Don’t Waste Time in the Gym

Don'tWasteTimeInGymSometimes I want to go to the gym to zone out on the elliptical and read a magazine or stream Netflix (my secret guilty pleasure.) But every time I go, I find myself biting my tongue when I see people …

A Little History of Joseph Pilates

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Every time I do Pilates I say a little thank you to Joseph Pilates. I can’t imagine my life without his incredible system.

The Joseph Pilates method of exercise was originally called contrology. At its roots lays the idea that

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

Blue Sparrow Pilates - Erica in the Badlands - photo by Nicholas Vasilakes

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

Using Your Manual

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

Blue Sparrow Pilates - Eryn at Play

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

New Prenatal Pilates App

Prenatal Pilates App Blue Sparrow Pilates

Prenatal Pilates App Blue Sparrow Pilates

“Whether you’re a mommy-to-be, or eager to drop those p

ostpartum pounds, Prenatal Pilates is made for you! Designed by STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer and Blue Sparrow Pilates studio founder Holly Furgason, Prenatal Pilates addresses alignment and postural changes that …

Pilates During Pregnancy Helps Babies Brain Develop

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Third Trimester Prenatal Pilates

Third Trimester Prenatal Pilates

With a decade of certification in Pregnancy Fitness/Postpartum Rehabilitation and many wonderful trainer-client relationships in the field, my passion for promoting fitness and health throughout pregnancy has never ceased to grow. I have seen the powerful …

Are You 80% Cookies or 80% Spinach?

Blue Sparrow Pilates spinach-cookie

Blue Sparrow Pilates spinach-cookieBelieve it or not, 80% of your body composition is what you eat.

One of my favorite teachers John Garey, founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates in Los Angeles, put it best when he said,

“Great abs

Occasionally I Enjoy Being A Quitter

Quitter

QuitterKnowing when to push and when to back off is a skill. This is especially true for Pilates and fitness instructors who come from a dance or athletic background where pushing hard is normal. Learning how to tell when you’ve …

Learning to Teach through Observation

One of the most important and effective ways you can learn to be a better instructor is through observing other teachers. In fact, it is so critical that the biggest teacher training programs such as Merrithew require observation hours as …