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How to Handle the Hypermobile Client

By Sharon Goldman | December 23, 2011 |

Many Pilates clients fight to increase their flexibility. Some struggle to touch their toes, for instance, while others work hard to stretch their shoulders and some are barely able to sit cross-legged. But how do you handle the ones who are as pliable as Play-Doh and fight just to hold themselves in place?

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Teaching Pilates Mat Work, Part 2

By IDEA Authors | October 28, 2011 |

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.

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Lolita San Miguel’s Living Legacy

By Rosalind Gray Davis | October 24, 2011 |

“Boundless energy,” “intense creativity” and “an enduring devotion to Pilates” are all phrases that Pilates professionals use in describing Lolita San Miguel. A first-generation master teacher, the 76-year-old San Miguel has taught and inspired Pilates teachers and students for more than 50 years.

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Demystify the Points of Opposition

By Erika Quest | October 12, 2011 |

As a Pilates instructor, you have a responsibility to help students and clients extrapolate every ounce of joyful challenge from each exercise. You’re also constantly multitasking as you calculate safe setup, initiation and movement pattern and apply appropriate cues. One skill that can take your Pilates repertoire to the next level is knowing how to create a trajectory. From this line, you instruct the anatomical and energetic points of opposition.

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Introducing Pilates to the Overweight Client

By Rochelle Rice, MA | October 11, 2011 |

Pilates instructors working with an overweight clientele are passionate about their work. As with any special population, there needs to be a deep sense of compassion and understanding, great patience and a willingness to shift one’s approach to meet a client’s needs. Instructors must walk their talk by staying grounded and being present and attentive during their work; they must also create an energetic connection to clients that assures them they are safe.

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From a Dream to a Multinational Brand

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | October 11, 2011 |

Angel Garcia, co-founder and co-owner of Akro and Akro Studio, Toledo, Spain, knew when he began his physiotherapy career that he wanted to combine physical therapy services with exercise training. Garcia’s studio achieved licensed teaching center status from STOTT PILATES® in 2005, and Garcia quickly became a leading instructor trainer in the Spanish-speaking world. Today, Akro is a four-story, 1,000-square-meter [10,674-square-foot] facility that has served more than 6,000 clients. Akro Studio has trained 2,387 new instructors since its inception.

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How Do You Address Misconceptions About Pilates?

By Mary Monroe | October 11, 2011 |

Dispelling Myths With Great Instruction

“‘Pilates is mostly for women.’ Because of this myth, we work hard to make sure our men’s class is outstanding. We designed it to enhance running, cycling and surfing, and all of our men comment on how the class has positively impacted their sport. It’s fantastic to see strong men get blown away by the subtle posture corrections and use of the core muscles. By the end of a session, they are sweating and high-fiving us for a great workout.

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Pilates Touchdown

By Peggy Gregor, AFAA, ACE | August 1, 2011 |

My teenage son is a high-school football player who suffered a season-ending concussion last fall. Once his doctors had cleared him to exercise, he began attending my Pilates reformer classes and incorporated some mat work at home.

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Conscious Movement in Relationship to Gravity

By Joy Keller | August 1, 2011 |

Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, director of the Pilates Center of Austin, is a pioneering voice for Pilates. From her start in yoga in the early 1970s, she plunged into Pilates during the 1990s, studying with first-generation Pilates elders and developing a reputation as a “teacher of teachers.”

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Pilates Transformations

By Mary Monroe | June 30, 2011 |

?In the world at large, real transformation doesn’t happen every day. In the world of Pilates, transformation is all in a day’s work—or play. Ask instructors about clients who have made dramatic changes through Pilates, and the stories pour in.

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Partner Pilates

By Jennifer Golden Zumann | April 29, 2011 |

Partner Pilates is an innovative way for you and your clients to harmonize those inner and outer connections. While you enjoy the physical benefits of a Pilates workout, you simultaneously develop communication skills and learn about yourself as a partner.

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How Safe Are Pilates Programs?

By Mary Monroe | April 29, 2011 |

As more people of all ages and fitness levels practice Pilates, and instruction becomes more diverse, concerns about safety have also become more prevalent. How safe are Pilates programs today? We asked instructors to tell us what they think are the most important safety challenges in the industry.

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A Career Path for the Pilates Instructor

By PJ O'Clair | April 19, 2011 |

With 8.6 million participants, Pilates is the fastest-growing exercise activity in the United States, according to a recent report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (Rovell 2010). The 2010 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends report found that 90% of facilities represented in the survey offer Pilates, up from 63% in 2002 (Schroeder 2010). What’s more, many facilities provide both group and private training, as well as fusion formats (e.g., Pilates-yoga). So it’s not surprising that Pilates instructors today have many career options.

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