Four Tips To Perfect Your Pilates Teacher Training
Posted: Feb 28, 2017
Do you want to be a Pilates teacher?
We don’t blame you - being paid to spend your day immersing yourself in the wonderful benefits of Pilates while guiding others on their journey sounds like a dream come true.
So what can you do to make sure that you’re receiving the best Pilates teacher training, and giving the most value to your new students? Here are four tips to perfect your training, and to help you on your way to becoming a successful Pilates instructor.
1- Practise makes perfect
One of the most integral parts of learning anything is to practise, especially if you’re going to become a teacher. During your training, you will learn many different parts of becoming an instructor, from matwork to Reformer tips, and by practising these and pursuing your own Pilates goals you’ll be an inspiration to your class! Attend classes, practise in your free time at home, and make the most of any Pilates instructors who offer one on one classes. This is great to pick up new techniques or verbal cues, so keep notes of any flows or comments that you found especially helpful. Then you can try your hand at instructing a session for family and friends. This will help you get used to leading a class, and you might find some parts of your instructing you’ve overlooked that need work.
2- Write class plans
Preparation is key for any Pilates class, so prepare yourself by writing a class plan out beforehand. The class plan is where you can outline your structure of the class, and use it to prompt you as the class progresses. Practice the plan yourself so you can experience it first, and iron out any creases that it may have before your students attempt it themselves. For Pilates classes using the Reformer, make sure that you understand the resistance level and any adaptations that your class may need.
3- Stay fresh
Like any job, you could become complacent. Your students won’t want to come to your class if they are completing the same routine over and over again, and their instructor is regurgitating the same prompts and information. Make the most of refresher courses and opportunities to upskill such as clinical Pilates, and ante/post-natal Pilates. You could also find yourself a mentor who you can glean information and motivation from, to keep you on track and abreast of any new Pilates developments.
4- Pick the right training institute
The most important step to perfecting your teacher training is to find the perfect training institute. Kaya Pilates instructors are all trained at Elixr School Of Pilates, who also offer regular intakes through Kaya Health Clubs for people who may wish to train. ESOP is Australia’s leading provider of Pilates training, with courses structured around the latest in industry-leading sports science principles. ESOP is endorsed by Fitness Institute of Australia and is certified by Fitness Australia, which is why we are proud to align our services with theirs. If you would like to train through Australia’s leading Pilates teacher training providers, please inquire at our reception.
Nathan Aron is a fitness trainer, who writes for many online journals and portals that are related to fitness classes.