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Group Class Teaching Preparation Form - EXAMPLE

This form is intended be used to as an education tool foryou, the teacher. Please be as detailed and yet as concise as possible.

1) What is the theme of your class?  (In a few words or even one word)

Stability

2) Which 5 exercises will you use to reinforce this theme?

Mat: Hundred / Corkscrew / Shoulder Bridge

Tower: Long Back Stretch / Teaser

3) What props or pieces of equipment will you use to address the theme and how?  Give specific examples.

I will use the push through bar with teaser to show that the bar should not move while the legs lower and lift

I will use the resistance from the roll back bar for Long Back Stretch to demonstrate that the torso should not move while the arms are moving.

4) List 3 verbal cues (metaphors or analogies) you will use to illustrate the theme to your clients.  

     1.  Hundred/Long Back Stretch: Imagine your arms are trying to destabilize your     torso. It’s a war! Don’t let them win!           

           2. Imagine I’m balancing a stack of glasses on your body, don’t let them fall.             

           3.  Cement your hip bones to the mat.                                                      

5) List 3 key phrases you will use to remind your class of the theme they are focusing on.

     1.   Don’t let your head or torso move even a millimeter as your arms/legs move    

           2.  Hold strong                                           

           3.   Pull your belly in deeper to brace yourself.                 

6) Which of the six Pilates principles (Concentration, Centering, Control, Breathing, Precision, and Flow) would you like to emphasize in connection with your chosen theme?  

Control. The clients will need to control their body so that only the part that is supposed to move is moving while the other portions are staying still.

7) Think outside the box. Give one exercise that seems unlikely to fit your theme and then convince us it does!

Open Leg Rocker. Even though this is a rocking motion and the entire body is going back and forth, the body needs to maintain straight arms and straight legs. The way to do this is by using the core to balance at the top so that the body does not lose balance which may cause the arms and legs to bend or let go of one another.

8) Who says you cannot work up a sweat in Pilates? Tell us how you are going to insure your clients lather themselves in hard work?

I will continue to emphasize what should be stable in each exercise. In Pilates what’s moving should be moving and what’s stable should be stable. So I will tell them to make really big movements as long as they can keep the rest of their body stable. (Swimming, Single Leg Kicks, Side Kick Series, Corkscrew, Hip Circles, Leg Pull Up, etc.). This will provide a big challenge for their core.