“Spring” into action and motivate your clients

“Spring” into action and motivate your clients

The days are longer and are finally getting warmer and for those of you living in colder climates, you are beginning to shed the extra clothes you’ve been wearing to stay warm since the fall. Spring is like a breath of fresh air—you feel invigorated and excited. Let that excitement spread to your clients. Make sure you let them know how happy you are to see them each time they walk in the door. March is just about the time when those folks who made New Year’s resolutions about losing weight and getting into shape begin to lose their motivation and drop off. It’s important to keep them interested in their workouts. If they don’t seem excited, find out why and make it your job to keep them coming back. You already... Continue ...

Posted on March 27, 2008 By

Do you encourage and reward your Pilates clients?

Do you encourage and reward your Pilates clients?

Retention is an important part of maintaining not only your Pilates business, but consistency is also how your clients receive the benefits of The Pilates Methods. Keeping the interest of your clients as you know requires some additional effort. It would be nice if we could totally depend on clients to show up for their weekly slotted appointment(s), but that may not happen as often as we’d like. Do you call those clients weekly and check in with them? How do you foster the instructor/ trainee relationship? What happens the minute the client pulls into their parking space? How do you conclude the session? You are the expert. You know your client’s body inside and out. Once you are able to observe them walk through the... Continue ...

Posted on March 24, 2008 By

“In the Know” in the Pilates industry

“In the Know” in the Pilates industry

What is going on in the Pilates industry? Better yet…what is NOT going on in the Pilates industry? Our industry is exploding and we want to keep you “in the know”. If you are in the sports arena and you haven’t tried Pilates, chances are, you have thought about it. Pilates is the missing piece to many sports enthusiasts programs. I have come across many Pilates websites geared to one specific sport including tennis, horseback riding, kayaking, golf and more. It is exciting and we are working to bring you more of this exciting training information. Hear it from those in the industry who are already practicing what works. I recently wrote about golf and Pilates for Pilates Digest and the March 2008 issue of Golf... Continue ...

Posted on March 20, 2008 By

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

All golfers know they need to work on rotation, balance and stability. This is stating the obvious. There are also a handful of exercises that benefit the golfer that might not be so obvious. Of course, we know each golfer has individual needs, as with all athletes, but these three simple Pilates exercises should be a part of every golfer’s routine.  If you are a Pilates instructor and want to know more on how to identify and correct
 golf swing faults using the Pilates Method we have written a manual called Pilates for Golfers. Pelvic Tilt This is actually a warm-up exercise, but great to help create more mobility and coordination in the pelvis, hips and lumbar spine. All of which are important during the golf swing... Continue ...

Posted on March 18, 2008 By

SEO vs. SEM What’s the Difference?

SEO vs. SEM What’s the Difference?

For many people SEO and SEM are interchangeable terms, but to me there is a difference. And if you don’t know this difference you could be SOL. ;) SEO is an acronym for Search Engine Optimization and SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing. In their simplest form SEO is what you do to your site and SEM is what you do outside of your site. Search Engine Optimization is the process of increasing a web site’s rank and the amount of quality traffic sent to it via the organic search results of a search engine for specific keywords by optimizing various elements of each web page within a site. Phew! That was a mouthful. For those of you less technical and unfamiliar with some of the previously mentioned terms I’ll... Continue ...

Posted on March 5, 2008 By

Pilates Obliques Exercise Video

Pilates Obliques Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Pilates obliques exercise. This exercise is great for rotation, flexion and strengthening pelvic stability. The Obliques exercise targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, and obliques. Only take the legs as low as pelvic stability can be maintained. Keep the transversus abdominis engaged throughout the entire exercise. The elbows stay wide and open, as the scapulae stabilizers stay connected throughout the exercise. Feel the shoulder move toward the opposite leg, not the elbow. Modify this exercise by keeping the legs in the tabletop position, with a ball between the knees, or bring the feet to the floor. Increase the challenge by speeding the breath pattern or hold a fitness circle... Continue ...

Posted on March 2, 2008 By

Principles of Pilates

Principles of Pilates

If you have experienced true Pilates, the many principles behind the practice of Pilates have helped you to achieve the most from your sessions. Pilates is amazing and because of these principles that work together in each exercise – breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization and head and cervical placement, you will see unbelievable results safely and effectively. As Joseph Pilates says, “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body”. We will discuss each principle in detail so you can understand their importance and physically feel them. The first principle we are going to discuss in this article is breathing. Breathing, not... Continue ...

Posted on March 1, 2008 By

The Training of a Pilates Instructor

The Training of a Pilates Instructor

There are many organizations that are training Pilates instructors, with more developing all the time, but how do we know if they are reputable and have a good quality training program. Organizations are usually referred to as Classical Pilates or Contemporary Pilates. Classical Pilates teaches exactly the way Joseph did. Contemporary Pilates is based on Joseph’s teachings, but has also researched what we have learned about our body over the years and applies the principles of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. STOTT PILATES ® began their first original Studio in Toronto in 1988. Moira Merrithew and Lindsey Merrithew began to manufacture professional Pilates equipment in 1993, with their education program following... Continue ...

Posted on March 1, 2008 By