Can Pilates Thrive in a Fitness Setting?
Uniting the Industry: Pilates instructors share their thoughts on teaching traditional repertoire in “the gym.”
How can Pilates teachers be creative and still stay true to their roots? And what are the essential tenets that define “true” Pilates anyway? We asked several prominent Pilates instructors, who told us that keeping it real is about a lot more than just the exercises you choose.
Question: In the fitness setting, how can Pilates programs stay “true” to Pilates principles?
-- Norma Shechtman, MEd, MA, Pilates and fitness instructor for The Sports Club in Los Angeles and Orange County and for Equinox Newport Beach
Communicating the Pilates Approach
-- Cathleen Murakami, director of SynergySystems® Fitness Studio, Encinitas, California
Not Just What We Teach, But How
“Pilates teachers should be taught not only what to teach (think choreography of the exercises), but how to teach. Pilates professionals, and for that matter all fitness professionals, should have a deeper understanding of the stages of learning so that they can be sensitive to their clients and their unique needs, even in a group setting. Pilates is truly a movement system that is linked intelligently and with purpose. Pilates teachers who have this type of comprehensive understanding are able to work intelligently and effectively with everyone, from the deconditioned to the athlete.”
Kevin A. Bowen, director of education for Peak Pilates®, a division of Mad Dogg Athletics, Boulder, Colorado
What do you think? What constitutes “true” Pilates, and do fitness programs today respect those core values or stray too far from tradition? We look forward to hearing from you!
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