Proper cuing is the essence of teaching Pilates. The learned skill of communicating effectively to a client on all levels is a critical ingredient of top-notch cuing. Moira Merrithew, STOTT PILATES® co-founder and executive director of education, says that successful cuing has the effect of “getting [clients] to move efficiently through an exercise, so they get the most out of it. . . . A quality instructor will be well-versed in different types of cuing, which will help address each individual client.”
Today’s fitness facilities offer a dazzling variety of activities, exercises and subspecialties. But all this diversity can make it difficult for fitness directors to evaluate instructor performance and safety, especially when it comes to a detail-oriented method like Pilates. Even if you don’t possess a strong working knowledge of Pilates principles, you can still make sure instructors are providing a high-quality Pilates experience for members. This article covers basic assessment concepts and provides a comprehensive evaluation checklist.
A group of school children at St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey, got the chance to experience and share a newfound love for Pilates thanks to Pilates Day, created by the Pilates Method Alliance™ (PMA). This special occasion brought awareness to the benefits that Pilates provides to every age group, while promoting healthy living.
Your female clients don’t have to forgo their Pilates workouts if they become pregnant. With appropriate exercise adaptations, moms-to-be can benefit from traditional mat work variations to modifications on the reformer throughout pregnancy. Working on the reformer has three main benefits:
In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review,we asked: "What is your favorite and least favorite thing about working with the Pilates reformer? How would you describe your relationship with this piece of equipment?"
The popularity of yoga and Pilates has spawned several fun and effective fusion offerings. This particular class uses “traditional” fitness-based exercises as the foundation and then layers on Pilates moves and yoga postures. The design trains strength, balance and flexibility in a conscious manner.
In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked: Is there a particular exercise in the Pilates repertoire that you tend to struggle with in your personal practice? How do you approach this challenge?
The National Athletic
Trainers Association (NATA) recognizes the benefits of practicing yoga, tai chi
and Pilates. The organization has released a 10-step guide to help people of
all ages improve their quality of life by reducing physical stress and preventing
back pain. One of the 10 recommendations, “Make yourself mobile,” notes that
poor posture and muscle stiffne...
This program is intended to be taught by certified Pilates instructors only!
STOTT PILATES preferred, but could easily be modified for other methods.
1.Participate in a strengthening, toning and increased flexibility exercise program.
2.Become familiar with Pilates,...