I own Pilates Body by Valentin, a studio that has a higher-than-average population of males—enough so that I can [offer] a men-only class. I have retained their membership for 6 years because they see results. The men are on time, in uniform—with shirts tucked in (yep! see photo!). My teaching method is far from flowery choreography, and cuing is in terms to which they can relate. In fact, as an experiment, I taught the same class format three times on a single day (7:00am, noon and 5:00 pm), with the same verbal cues.
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In the first installment, printed in August, we looked at how Pilates mat workout is practice for life movement and introduced a four-step system to follow when teaching an exercise. In this installment we explore sequencing guidelines and how to apply all four steps in a Pilates exercise.
From 2007 to 2008, Pilates participation dropped nationwide for the second year in a row, according to the 2009 SGMA Sports & Fitness Participation Report released
by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. Participants decreased by 3.3%, to 8.9 million—but those figures still reflected a 471% growth rate from 2000. When analyzed by segment—
casual, regular or core participant—
the greatest decline (21%) was among regular participants, those practicing
50–99 times per year.
T“The Future of Pilates,” a unique, innovative and thought-provoking panel discussion, was presented to an overflowing room of enthusiastic attendees last September at the 2008 Inner IDEA Conference, held at the La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs, California.
Footbar position #4, pulleys cover #1, 1 spring
Standing at one side of Reformer facing footbar, one knee resting on carriage, with foot against shoulder rest and hip extended. Other foot on floor slightly in front of pelvis, knee flexed slightly. Arms reaching overhead to hold same-side strap, elbows soft. Spine extended slightly with gaze upward.
As a teacher of the Pilates method, your job is both a science and an art. You want to plan your class scientifically, with a warm-up, a workout and a cool-down. You also want to develop the art of engaging students—because if you can teach them to focus, to do more than just go through the motions, they will leave with a newfound sense of connection between mind, body and spirit.