I was just having this discussion with another Personal Trainer about the +/- of fusion classes. I’ve been teaching Pilates for almost 6 years and recently began a yoga teacher training program. He asked me if I’d teach yogilates classes or some such hybrid. My initial response was “no.” In the hybrid classes I’ve taken one discipline has always felt shortchanged and not been taught very well. Yet as I believe was already mentioned, we all teach based on our experiences, training, mood, so in some ways I’ve been teaching hybrid classes ever since I added the NASM certification to my PMA certification. I just can’t imagine teaching classes with catchy compound names. *smile*
As Karin touched upon above, the fact that Pilates is not trademarked or regulated legally, allows for the widespread use of the name to promote anything an everything. The risk with fusion classes is that the Pilates technique is not well established or rushed through – or a fusion class intended for intermediate/advanced students is full of beginners who know nothing about Pilates technique….which can lead to injury much more easily. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who have said, “PILATES!? NO WAY!! PILATES TOTALLY BROKE MY BACK!”. So, based on a poor first experience with Pilates in Fusion-type classes (one’s first experience with pilates would ideally be in a class that concentrates on teaching the technique, moving on only as students begin to grasp the method) the client’s idea of what Pilates is is totally scarred. It’s when I’m able to convince one of these people to come and try a class with me that they have a Eureka moment and say, “So THIS is Pilates?”.
I like the idea of Fusion and I’m all for creativity, but it’s a shame when instructors are so fixed on creating something fast & furious for clients instead of maintaing the integrity in what they are teaching (I’ve had similar experiences with yoga).
But until there is any official regulation – Pilates will be whatever anyone wants to sell it as!
I’ve been teaching a version for 2 years. Sometimes words keep people away. They tend to label a class. The term “fusion” also leaves room for instructors to include whatever they may find appropriate for the group. With Pilates, particularly, there are non-hardcore (for lack of a better word) people who love the abdominal/core work but also want/enjoy weight training and yoga stretches included in a class too. It just appeals to a larger group.