Teaching with a theme within a Pilates instructional field

Teaching with a theme within a Pilates instructional field

The Pilates teaching field has emerged over the past century and has encouraged instructors to find a means of presenting material designed by Joseph Pilates. There are valued standards of presentation, some adhering meticulously to a specified regime and others using the prescribed formula that evolves from individual needs. Finding the means to describe and teach this information reinforces the common goal of finding essential tools of communication; this is the objective that unites the Pilates teaching field. One of these tools is to use a theme throughout the class to reinforce one or more ideas and communicate effectively to the Pilates student. With this in mind the work becomes enhanced, which is then implemented... Continue ...

Posted on June 18, 2011 By

Teaching the ABC’s of Pilates

Teaching the ABC’s of Pilates

We’ve all seen it happen. Some clients can only afford a handful of private Pilates sessions. Oftentimes, these are the bodies crying out for help with pain, misalignment and poor body mechanics. After working with thousands of clients from all walks of life, I’ve developed a unique teaching style that serves both the short-term client and the ongoing client. It uses a system of A-B-C vocabulary that is easy to remember and quite empowering for teachers and clients alike. Here’s how it works. Begin cueing with A, then move to B, then move to C. A = Anchor Point These help us manage body mechanics. We anchor each movement to make it more efficient and effective. Example: arm movements need to be anchored at the armpit,... Continue ...

Posted on April 30, 2010 By

Pilates in Costa Rica

Pilates in Costa Rica

It wasn’t but a couple weeks after the Pilates Roundtable in West Palm Beach, that I booked a flight for Costa Rica. The three week trip was part of my plan to decompress and take some time off for the summer. I enrolled myself in a Surf, Photography and Spanish program through School of the World in Jaco (one of the more popular beaches located in Central Pacific Coast). There I planned on brushing up on my picture taking skills, learning to surf and perfecting my Spanish accent. I checked one bag on the plane and boarded feeling a sense of wonderful learning opportunities in the horizon. I arrived 4 days early prior to my “lessons” starting as a way to scope out the scene. That’s when I took a day trip to the nearby... Continue ...

Posted on December 29, 2009 By

Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Amanda and her family I am one of the many, many Pilates Instructors who teach because I love the Method, not because it earns me a living.  To do that, I have a full-time job.  In addition, I have two children under the age of two.  Because teaching Pilates is such a personal choice, not often looked at as a “job,” Pilates Instructors must constantly search for ways to better balance their many commitments. Here are some tips that I, and other teachers I know who wear multiple hats, have found to work: Organization: Whether you have a paper planner or you use an electronic system, you MUST know where you are supposed to be and when, and with whom. I use an iPhone and have all of my classes and private lessons... Continue ...

Posted on October 6, 2009 By

Zen of Teaching Pilates – working through a negative mindset

Zen of Teaching Pilates – working through a negative mindset

There is a reason Pilates is called “mind-body” work.  Not only does the mind work in conjunction with the body to create flowing movements and firing specific muscles, it also sets the tone for how a session proceeds.  But what happens when your client’s mind is: Dead set on being negative Insistent upon speaking, through complaints or otherwise, throughout an entire class Convinced he or she does not or will not move beyond the comfort zone of familiarity Any of the above situations can set the tone for a long 55 minutes. Running out the door isn’t an option when a client comes in with a huff and a, “I guess I’m ready for you to torture me now.”  This is where the instructor’s mind-body work begins. Even... Continue ...

Posted on July 7, 2009 By

Kathy Corey of West Coast Pilates

Kathy Corey of West Coast Pilates

It’s been nearly 30 years since Kathy Corey founded West Coast Pilates and made the leap from fitness trainer and journalist to Pilates instructor, educator and innovator. Whether she is training students, instructors, doctors or university professors, Kathy’s unique methodology of teaching Pilates is world-renowned. Kathy began her career with Pilates as a determined writer would – with in-depth study, many interviews and hands-on practice of the Method itself. What differentiated Kathy from others was her opportunity to do all this work with the original Master Teachers who taught with Joseph and Clara Pilates in their New York studio. As the Publicity Director and feature writer for the Institute for the Pilates... Continue ...

Posted on January 19, 2009 By

The Art of Cueing – Oh, Those Words

The Art of Cueing – Oh, Those Words

Consider the awesome power of words. Just to begin the discussion, think of the many meanings of words. The same word can have many meanings and be interpreted in lots of ways. The word “position”, for example, can refer to the arrangement of your body in space, your job description, or a situation you find yourself in due to circumstances. Words have different connotations that leave them open to miscommunications. They may imply, hint, and suggest with subtle changes in meaning. Most importantly, words have power. They are the means of effective communication and make an incredible difference in the success of a trainer. Think again of the word “position”. Consider it as the frame of reference for your client that... Continue ...

Posted on October 21, 2008 By

Why Hire a Pilates Instructor?

Why Hire a Pilates Instructor?

The fitness industry is known for having instructors who are not fully qualified to accurately perform their job functions. Industry standards, while changing, have not been fully established and this has created some problems for consumers as well as qualified instructors. While prevalent in many exercise disciplines, unfortunately it may be more so with Pilates. Interest in Pilates classes has increased dramatically in the recent past and in their haste to get these types of classes on group fitness schedules, many clubs have hired instructors who are not adequately trained. In some cases, in the absence of a properly trained Pilates instructor, clubs will place a group fitness instructor and let him/her teach Pilates. Because... Continue ...

Posted on February 15, 2008 By