9 Sep

How To Become a Pilates Teacher

Want to become a Pilates teacher? Whether you’re thinking of changing career or just starting out on your career path; Pilates trainer is a popular choice within the fitness industry that can suit so many, from dancers to those who found Pilates through injury.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

The variety in Pilates classes is HUGE and first of all you need to establish what kind of Pilates you’d like to teach. If you’ve not done so already, I would advise going to as many different style classes as possible; classical, rehabilitation, dynamic, equipment based etc. I would also try classes held in gyms as well as specialist studios and of course online classes. This will give you a well rounded view of what’s out there, what possibilities there are and what you do and don’t like. It’s important to find a style that resonates with you and that you are passionate about.

You can of course come and train at our studios! In the UK: http://www.powerpilatesuk.com/ and in the USA: http://www.studiocorepilatesut.com/

Here are some studios we like:

  1. https://epochfitness.co.uk/
  2. https://www.mycorestudios.com/
  3. https://www.heartcore.co.uk/

GET GOOD AT IT

Practice makes perfect and if you’re going to teach and be a GOOD teacher, then you should practice your craft so that you fully understand it and you can do it with your eyes shut! Clients want to train with trainers who are inspiring, motivational and who know their sh**t! Pilates can take a while to grasp, I took classes for three years during my dance training before deciding to train to become a teacher. I would say it was only in the last year, training with a teacher I was motivated by, that it actually ‘clicked’ with me.

CHOOSE A TRAINING PROGRAM

Choosing a training program really does of course depend on where you’re located and there are so many on offer. Be wary of courses that can be completed over a short space of time, a good teacher training program should take at least several months and sometimes a few years to complete.

Once you have your Pilates qualification, practice teaching the basics for a good few months/years (the longer the better) so you thoroughly understand the fundamentals and how people’s bodies (and brains!) work when you teach them. Learn to spot the common mistakes people make and how to correct them. THEN you can take your teaching in which ever direction you chose with those firm basics under your belt.

With regards to teaching ‘dynamic’ style reformer, there are no official qualifications (as far as we know) but a few dynamic studios offer in house training programs, all of which will have their prerequisites prior to signing up.

Above all, find the reason WHY you want to teach. Ask yourself, what do you get out of it personally? A great teacher must be passionate about their subject and love what they do. And remember, there’s more to being a good teacher than just teaching well. You will be working with the general public, so you need to be good at customer service, compassionate, caring, patient, accommodating, flexible (I’m not talking about being able to do the splits, although in this job it does also help ?!) You will also need to have a good business head, especially if you’re opening your own studio.

I (Korin) trained at Body Control Pilates who offer world wide training courses. You can check them out here http://www.bodycontrolpilates.com

To be continued…

RIALTO Reformer 2 Sep

Which Reformer Is Right For Me?

As a Pilates teacher (Tiffany here) I get asked all the time about what reformers are best to buy for home use or new studios. There are so many Reformers out there with so many benefits it can be hard to choose. Here are a few things to consider….

1. Body Size

Taller bodies….I am 5 feet 10 inches and I fit best on the Studio Reformer by Balanced Body. The carriage and frame size is a bit bigger then most. Plus the spring bar has multiple gear settings. Meaning it can adjust to accommodate the smallest of bodies to the tallest of bodies. Many other Reformers do not!!! I feel like a giant gorilla on Gratz and Peak Reformers. The Balanced Body Studio Reformer also come in a “Stretch” length with 6 extra inches on the frame. This is really nice tall bodies! I have had 3 of my Balanced Body Studio Reformers for about 10 years and they age nicely and the maintenance is fairly simple. For the money these are hands down the best choice if you are looking to buy a Reformer that will last forever and needs minimal maintenance.

If you are a smaller to average size individual the Allegro 2 by Balanced Body is pretty slick. I feel like a giant on this Reformer because the carriage is about 3 inches shorter then the Studio Reformer ?. However it is pretty cool. It feels a bit heavy to me but the moving foot bar is really fun and opens the door to more movement options. In my experience people either love or hate this Reformer. At first I was not a fan of the Allegro 2 but I think it was because I was comparing it to the Studio Reformer. The two Reformers are so different it’s really hard to compare. For me, I prefer the Studio over the Allegro but I know lots of people who feel differently.

2. Space

Do you have enough space for your reformer? If your space is limited and you want to be able to stack your equipment or push it under a bed look into a Stott Reformer. Korin has Stott Reformers in her studio and I really like them. Many studios in cities like London are limited size wise so it’s nice to have the option to stack your Reformers without losing quality.

Price

Balanced Body just came out with a less expensive Reformer model called the Rialto. It looks like the Studio Reformer but about 1/2 the price. They definitely cut a few corners and used materials that are less expensive to save on costs but people are liking this cheaper option. Definitely worth looking into. I probably would not buy this Reformer for a busy studio but I would definitely buy it for my home. If you like the Studio Reformer but not it’s $4,000 price tag, then checkout the Rialto.

If you have any questions about the 3 Reformers I have mentioned feel free to email us at hello@dynamicpilatestv.com. We are both always happy to answer any questions you might have.

Dynamic PilatesTV 17 Mar

How to recover from creativity burn out

No matter how creative one is we all experience “Burn out”. I believe it’s all apart of the creative process. Burn out is pretty much inevitable and that’s ok as my best flows come after the burn out phase. Flow creations go through 4 phases.

Phase 1- “the spark”. When something you see or feel creates the spark you need to create something new.
Phase 2- “the build out”. When that spark progresses from a idea to actively building and developing a new flow.
Phase 3- “flow peak”. When your new flow is feeling new, fresh and F’’n fabulous.
Phase 4- “ehh”. When your once fabulous flow is feeling worn out and not so fresh.

Now, how do I get back to phase 1?
For starters take a break from that once fabulous flow to help declutter your creative process. It will feel fabulous again in a few weeks. In the mean time watch other people’s movements, from your own clients, other teachers, social media and DPTV. I’m not saying copy everything but maybe you will see one tiny movement that will give you a new perspective. When teaching workshops I often get new ideas from watching other teachers try my workshop flows (BTW, by the time I get to share a flow in a workshop it can feel worn out to me). Seeing my flows on other bodies and seeing their creative additions gives me a whole new view of what else could be done. Just adding a new movement here and there can give the tired flow a “pick me up”. Also, sometimes my client’s simple mistakes may spark a idea. Have you ever had a client turn the wrong direction and you think “wait a minute, that could work”. You never know what will create that “spark” so keep your eyes open and never stop looking? In the mean time tune into dynamicpilatestv.com and steal our moves.

what is dynamic pilates? 1 Mar

What Is Dynamic Pilates TV & How You Can Benefit From Joining?

Like everything, Pilates has been ever evolving since it began wayyyy back with Mr Pilates himself. And today we have so many interpretations of the Pilates technique, some closer to its original form than others. Dynamic Pilates (whether on the reformer or the mat) is a fusion of classical Plates exercises and more athletic style exercises such as lunges, push ups and squats, all performed with the fundamental Pilates Principals in mind, such as breathing, posture, core connection and alignment.

Let’s Explore What Dynamic Pilates Is…

As well as the variation in exercises, the PACE of a Dynamic class is generally a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that technique is compromised, as the exercises themselves are still mainly slow and controlled, but the transition from one exercise to the next is quick, meaning less rest periods and more of a challenge!

But even the name ‘Dynamic Pilates’ can have so many various interpretations, and here on DPTV we aim to show you as much diversity and styles as possible. We are excited to introduce to you our guest trainers who will all demonstrate their own unique styles.

Personally, we like to create FLOWS which is a series of movements, with minimal spring changes, so that you can literally flow from one move straight into the next…ouch! Don’t underestimate the power of the MUSIC!

Now, on our channel you might not find any music for filming reasons, but in our studios, we love to crank up the music with a playlist that inspires us to move and push that bit harder! It’s surprising how much your clients will work when they are inspired by their favourite tunes!

So, what are the benefits of Dynamic Pilates?

Fitter, Stronger Leaner. The proof is in the pudding as we say in the UK…or should we say CORE OF STEEL? So what are you waiting for! Try our 14 day FREE trial and full access to UNLIMITED Videos.

 

what is dynamic pilates? 1 Mar

What Is Dynamic Pilates TV & How You Can Benefit From Joining?

Like everything, Pilates has been ever evolving since it began wayyyy back with Mr Pilates himself. And today we have so many interpretations of the Pilates technique, some closer to its original form than others. Dynamic Pilates (whether on the reformer or the mat) is a fusion of classical Plates exercises and more athletic style exercises such as lunges, push ups and squats, all performed with the fundamental Pilates Principals in mind, such as breathing, posture, core connection and alignment.

Let’s Explore What Dynamic Pilates Is…

As well as the variation in exercises, the PACE of a Dynamic class is generally a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that technique is compromised, as the exercises themselves are still mainly slow and controlled, but the transition from one exercise to the next is quick, meaning less rest periods and more of a challenge!

But even the name ‘Dynamic Pilates’ can have so many various interpretations, and here on DPTV we aim to show you as much diversity and styles as possible. We are excited to introduce to you our guest trainers who will all demonstrate their own unique styles.

Personally, we like to create FLOWS which is a series of movements, with minimal spring changes, so that you can literally flow from one move straight into the next…ouch! Don’t underestimate the power of the MUSIC!

Now, on our channel you might not find any music for filming reasons, but in our studios, we love to crank up the music with a playlist that inspires us to move and push that bit harder! It’s surprising how much your clients will work when they are inspired by their favourite tunes!

So, what are the benefits of Dynamic Pilates?

Fitter, Stronger Leaner. The proof is in the pudding as we say in the UK…or should we say CORE OF STEEL? So what are you waiting for! Try our 14 day FREE trial and full access to UNLIMITED Videos.