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

How I Created My Dream Job

MyDreamJobMany Pilates instructors dream of owning their own studio. The dream is pretty common. However, looking back over the last 9 years of having my business, I realize that I had no idea what challenges were in store. I had …

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. …

Confidence & Vulnerability

ConfidenceVulnerability_blogOver the years as a studio manager and owner, I’ve had the opportunity to hire many wonderful instructors that are new to teaching Pilates. Even the best new Pilates teachers can struggle with confidence; it was huge roadblock for me …

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

Ahhh….Jerkout!

JerkoutMany of us have someone in our lives who gets “hangry,” or angry when they are hungry. I personally don’t have this issue. But recently I realized I needed to coin a term for my similar issue. When I miss

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 …

How to Create Kick-Butt Programs for Individual Alignment

How to Create Kick-butt Programs for Individual Alignment (2)Just like a table won’t stand without all four legs, your effectiveness as a teacher stands on your understanding of four components:

1- Your understanding of the exercises and their goals

2- Your ability to assess alignment

3- Your ability …

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 …