Be an Extraordinary Fitness Pilates Teacher!
“Our body is really the product of our thoughts. We’re beginning to understand in medical science the degree to which the nature of our thoughts and emotions actually determines the physical substance and structure and function in our bodies”
DR John Hagelin Quantum Physicist and Public Policy Expert
Instructing a Fitness Pilates class means offering to pupils an extensive library of FP exercises and sequences. Each exercise will have progressions and adaptations, that you can teach depending on who is in your class that day. The class should include a warm up and joint mobilisation, standing, functional and travelling section, floor work including exercises in supine, prone, side lying and quadruped positions.
The Mind Body Link
It is important to create a relaxed teaching atmosphere where pupils can feel comfortable during the sessions. Even when the exercises levels are challenging, focus on the positive effects and feelings of each movement. Use powerful affirmations and declarations to engage the mind.
At the beginning of my Fitness Pilates class I ask my pupils to repeat a declaration with me.
“I am so happy and grateful now that my body is strong and flexible”
“I feel energised and healthy”
At first class members found it a little strange! But it sets a positive and fun tone to the class and encourages participants to feel good. I change the declaration depending on the group demographic.
Banish Negative Thoughts and Can’t do mind set.
Encourage pupils to adopt a positive approach to their Fitness Pilates class. Banish the “Cant do…….” Attitude and replace it with “I can do that exercise” When you par q new members ask them to tell you what they CAN do instead of what they CANT do.
“Happier thoughts lead to essentially a happier biochemistry. A happier, healthier body. Negative thoughts and stress have shown to seriously degrade the body and the functioning of the brain, because it’s our thoughts and emotions that are continuously reassembling, reorganising, re-creating our body”
Dr John Hagelin
Fitness Pilates is a true mind body fitness discipline. It requires concentration and focus to perform each movement accurately. Encourage pupils to, really, feel how each movement or exercises impacts the body as it is being performed.
Become a better Fitness Pilates Instructor/Coach
Once you have passed and competed the initial Fitness Pilates training you have taken the first step on your Pilates journey. This is only the beginning……. There is so much more to study, learn and enjoy!
Develop a thirst for books! Learn more to earn more!
Read everything you can on Pilates/Mind Body Exercises/NLP/Linguistics/Self Development & Mastery/Positive thinking.
I aim to read 2 to 3 books per week and use drills and exercises I have learnt in my classes with my participants.
You have so much time in an FP class to teach, guide and inspire your audience so fill your classes with the latest brain research information, back care statistics or whatever you find motivating. Iinclude as many interesting facts and info you can find out! Be a great and knowledgeable teacher that loves passing on yourself and insightful wisdom.
Be Open Minded.
Fitness Pilates epitomises cultivating an open mind to exercise and research. Read everything and apply different exercises and ideas to your classes. Keep an open mind to new and old ideas – keep learning and you will keep growing.
Where ever you are with your business you need to decide where you would like to you and your business to be. This needs to be crystal clear, so in relation to Fitness Pilates decide if you would like to set up a community class start by writing down exactly what it is that you want to do.
Goal setting is the master key to unlock your full potential. Without goals you drift and flow on the currents of life. With goals you fly like an arrow straight to your target.
Write down a list of goals in relation to your new Fitness Pilates Teaching Business.
Here are some ideas:
- Start FP Community Classes.
- Set a start date and time
- Brand your class and marketing.
- Get a sandwich board outside of the venue with the class details.
- Get a weather proof banner and drape on the outside of the building if possible.
- Set up a comprehensive Social Media campaign and engage with your friends and followers.
- Use Youtube to put clips of you teaching FP.
- Investigae Fitness Pilates Bootcamp options.
- Can you expand? Train other Instructors to work in your business.
- Write articles/VLOGS and BLOGS/ Become an expert or Go to person in yor area.
Create a time line and the date you will have completed each goal.
Ensure you TAKE ACTION every day – take small bite sizes chunks working towards your goals and very soon you will have an ever expanding community business teaching Fitness Pilates.
Enjoy your personal Fitness Pilates journey!