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

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.

Exam Prep To Go: Study Tips for the Busy Student

StudyTipsChances are you’re busy. There is no doubt that balancing work, family, and daily commitments while training to be a Pilates instructor can be a lot. So it’s important to find ways to squeeze in study for your certification exam. …

Nervous About Teaching Pilates Group Class? Read this.

CurbTheNervesTeaching is nerve-racking no doubt about it! You’re putting yourself out there with the hopes of helping others learn. So of course you will be nervous teaching a group class! Being nervous just means you care about what you are …

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 …

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

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

A Year of Accomplishments

Thank You

As 2013 comes to a close, I find myself taking time to think through this past year and imagine forward to what comes next. This is hardly a new practice. The familiar idea of making New Years resolutions can actually …

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 …