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 …

Scaffolding Learning for Group Teaching Success

Blue Sparrow Pilates - Amie/Erica Gyro

Everyone has, at one time or another, been in a movement or fitness class where it felt like they were the only one that wasn’t getting the exercise. You feel like you barely got the movement before the teacher moved …

The Benefits of Taking Advanced Courses

Blue Sparrow Pilates Holly-Chair

You’ve been practicing and mastering all the material in your foundational courses. You know how to perform the essential and intermediate exercises. Your personal strength, endurance, and stability have grown throughout your course work. The intermediate exercises are becoming easier …

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 …

Eight Rules for Successful Sessions

Flex Band Pilates

You have just been hired by a studio to teach Pilates as an Apprentice (or maybe as a Personal Trainer / CORE / TRX apprentice). You know your stuff. You have studied the exercises, know the goals of each exercise, …

Could You Be a Pilates Instructor?

Become a Pilates InstructorOne of my favorite things about being a Pilates Instructor Trainer is that I see people build careers out of their passion for movement. Sometimes it starts when a client says, ‘I really like doing Pilates, but could I learn …

6 Tips to Maximize Your Practice Teaching

PracticeTeaching

The top Pilates and fitness certification organizations require you to complete practice teaching. These practice teaching hours occur outside your normal course hours, and are essential in order to fully understanding the material. Here are six quick tips to help

100 Years Strong

I often stop and wonder how extraordinary it must be to excel in a sport, to be the kind of athlete that goes to the olympics, or wins an ironman. This summer marks the 100th year for the incredible cycling …

Meeting Our Heros

Moria Merrithew, Melissa Kennedy, Holly Furgason, & John Garey
Moria Merrithew, Melissa Kennedy, Holly Furgason, & John Garey

Moria Merrithew, Melissa Kennedy, Holly Furgason, & John Garey

A few weekends ago Melissa and I headed down to Los Angeles for the Merrithew Health & Fitness Mindful Movement Conference to learn some new skills. Two weeks have passed