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

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

Mastering the Gaze

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Helping your clients master their gaze when executing an exercise will greatly improve the overall movement quality, as well as reduce unnecessary tension in the upper quadrant.

Vision is an integral part of human movement, and its great impact can …

How to Replace Reformer Rollers

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Is your STOTT PILATES® reformer starting to show its age but you aren’t ready to trade it in for a new model? Well you can breathe some new life into your reformer simply by updating the rollers.

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The reformer moves …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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