Designed for instructors of Pilates and Yoga to bring into focus a variety of queries and topics such as cueing, correcting, programming, client retention and more. Extend is a place to share thoughts and ideas and to ask questions that are pertinent to teaching and working within the Pilates industry.

Knowing Your Client

With summer officially over, we’ve seen regular clients resume their workout routines while new clients resolve to commit to a weekly Pilates program. It is undoubtedly a busy time and often clients will switch to a different instructor’s schedule for whatever reason – a change, a scheduling conflict or a fresh perspective on a workout they’ve been doing for a while. Change is inevitable and very often a good thing. But a smart instructor will remember that each client has a different focus, a different idea in mind of what the hour should achieve and a different way of connecting into the exercises and their body. Knowing your client beyond their physicality is as much a part of their workout as the exercise program you create for them. Mastering an understanding of the exercises and modifications for common postural alignments or musculo-skeletal limitations is all good and well and absolutely … Read More

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Scheduling Realities

One of the benefits of working in the fitness industry is that we can often claim the status of independent contractor. This allows us to organize our schedules in a way that guarantees we are in control of them. For Pilates instructors who pursue other interests, such as dance, athletics, acting, academic pursuits, etc. being able to manage their own schedules can ensure that these activities remain priorities. As we work towards establishing and retaining a large enough client base that produces a steady and reliable income, we also have the opportunity via our scheduling to focus on personal goals. Below are 4 points to consider as you learn to organize your time and create a schedule that establishes a successful and strong client base. 1) Prime Times When establishing your schedule at any given studio, make sure you’re clear on the prime times. Often, having a good reading of … Read More

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Studio³ Continuing Education Program

In March 2012, Studio³ will be introducing a 2-streamed Pilates Continuing Education program. Designed for the Pilates professional, we are committed to providing workshops that are informative, affordable and time-efficient. The Studio³ Cornerstone Series® are workshops aimed to inspire instructors to go deeper with what they’ve learned in prior educational programs. The workshops are designed to provide a more thorough understanding of how to find new programming ideas and focuses within a time honored repertoire of Pilates exercises. Additionally, the Cornerstone Series® will present workshops that focus on the business and time management aspects that are vital parts of the Pilates industry. Our March Cornerstone Workshop will take a better look at the Introductory Pilates Session. In our April Cornerstone Workshop we’ll work on creating a more exciting and diversified Intermediate Equipment-based workout. The Studio³ Specialized Programming Series® will focus on providing instructors with workouts and programs that place an … Read More

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6 Ways to Be an Even Better Instructor (Part 1 of 2)

Below are some great ideas to think about as you begin or continue your career in the Pilates industry. Not only for new instructors, but also for those who have been teaching Pilates for a while and have watched their client based grow, this first part of a two part series provides some fresh ideas or good reminders that have worked well for those in the Pilates industry. 1)   Follow up Whether it’s a new client or one you’ve worked with for a long time, it’s a good idea to follow up after the session with either a quick email or text. By asking them how they feel after the workout or congratulating them on completing a particularly challenging routine, you’re reinforcing your commitment to both their workout and your professional relationship with them. 2)   Recollect, recall and KEEP NOTES! Regardless of how long the client has been working with … Read More

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Revisiting the Inhale

One of the things I have discovered as more clients’ progress towards an advance Pilates workoutis that as instructors, what we choose to emphasize through cues, corrections and use of imagery is very often embodied by the client. What we ask them to imagine or think of while working out can often become deliberate actions that are evident in their movements. In many ways, this is exactly the goal we aspire for them to achieve; as we cue a client to engage their abdominals and keep their hip bones pointed directly ahead when standing, we want them to take those images and integrate it into their everyday activities. But, by falling into a habit of overusing common cues and corrections we can lose sight of how they are interpreted and might limit their progress. For example, when working with clients at Studio³, I often cue a client’s breathing pattern as … Read More

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