Pilates Teacher Mentorship - things to look for

The Pilates industry is an interesting place when you think about how mentorship plays, or doesn’t play a role in the professional growth of a Pilates teacher. Most often, we are led to a Pilates program to train to teach by a teacher who inspires us, makes us fall in love with Pilates, advises us on where to train to teach, and helps us through the training with all of their wisdom, and then probably offers us our first teaching jobs. Often times the programs that they recommend are connected to them. Assuming that this teacher, business owner, trainer has the best intentions at heart for their students (which I always assume and wholeheartedly believe), they recommend the program because it is where they themselves trained, or its their own program that they wholeheartedly believe in.

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5 Steps to Success when teaching Pilates to first-timers

I have taught hundreds of first time Pilates students. No joke. My guestimate is around 300 and counting. The context? I teach at a high-volume, big box gym that gives complimentary sessions to all of its new members.  When I started, I wasn’t great at converting them to Pilates die-hards, and I had a lot of empty spots to fill in my schedule, and a lot of new members to teach Pilates to!

When I first started out, there was a huge learning curve. I knew how to teach beginner sessions to beginner clients- BUT beginner clients who already had a pretty good idea of what Pilates was, and who had already committed to intro packages and knew they wanted to do Pilates. After a lot of training and trial and error, I’ve come up with the five most important steps to success when teaching first-timers. You can implement these elements, no matter what setting you teach in. Making sure all of these steps are covered will help you on the road to converting Pilates first-timers, to Pilates-diehards, or at the very least, have them walking away knowing how Pilates will benefit them.

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Two Boundaries to Never Slide on in Your Pilates Teaching Business

I will never ever ever teach at 6am. Or earlier. Ever. Sorry guys. Don’t ask.

Why? Because I believe at my core that you should be in bed until it’s daylight outside. I am fully aware that I live in the northern hemisphere, so I know that it is a bit of an unrealistic worldview given my current latitude, so I compromise with a few early morning clients here and there. But, I know that I am not 100% at my best in the early mornings, so I choose not to try to be an early morning teacher for the sake of the people who take Pilates with me.

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One Conscious Shift for Better Client Retention

In this week’s blog, I talk about the single shift I made in my sessions that boosted my client retention by a thousand percent, and made me happier too!

Maybe a thousand percent is an exaggeration, but it feels like it is so. To be honest, I haven’t actually done the hard math, but I know I haven’t had a client move off of my schedule since last fall unless they actually moved out of the state. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s backtrack to before then for some context.

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Making Connections -Why community matters in your Pilates business

Generally, I like to think of myself as an introvert. I love to sit alone in quiet spaces to think, or work, or just hang out with myself. I joke that I don’t like people, but that is the opposite of the truth. I value true connection, and feel most in flow when I am with my people and engaging in social interaction. I one of the reasons why I enjoy my days teaching Pilates so much is because I get to be in conversation with people all day.

As Pilates teachers, we have two types of community, and I see them as a venn diagram of two circles overlapping in the middle.

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Pilates Teacher Self-Care part 2 + resilience

One day in college, one of my professors asked us all to bring something to class that inspired us for show and tell (Yes, I had show and tell in college, gimme a break, I was a dance major, ok?). While at the time I didn’t put much thought into it, and just brought a picture of my favorite dance company, a classmate brought her journal from middle school.

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Pilates Teacher Self-Care

Self-care is so hyped these days, especially when directed toward the fitness professional. I am the first to eye-roll at blogs entitled “self-care tips and tricks.”  Why? Because there is no universal one-size fits all self-care routine that will magically make you feel amazing. But here I am, sharing my secrets in hopes that it will help at least one person.

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The Value of an Infinite Goal- Becoming a Better Pilates Teacher

The first day I started teaching Pilates, I asked myself one question: How can I be the best at teaching this amazing method?

I am the first to admit that I am competitive by nature, and a recovering perfectionist, so as a new apprentice busting-ass to be the best Pilates teacher in the world, that quickly spiraled into a lot of self loathing and feelings of inadequacy.


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