The Real Pilates Standards of Training are distinguished by our focus on 4 key elements. Your weekly assignments are designed to develop your skill in each of these areas as well as your Anatomy, History and more.
WEEK 17 INDEPENDENT WORK
LINK: WEEK 16 ANSWER KEY
POST ANSWERS IN CANVAS:
ON THE FLOOR ASSIGNMENT
ATTENTION: BE SURE TO READ EACH QUESTION AND ASSIGNMENT CAREFULLY AND ANSWER EACH ITEM THAT HAS A “NUMBER” OR A “LETTER” NEXT TO IT.
Q1. Top to Bottom Cueing:
Practice Drill - perform your own workouts this week with an internal dialogue that corrects your form from the top of your body to the bottom and then starts again from the top. For example: During the hundred, you might remind yourself to lengthen the back of the neck, soften the chest, curl up one more vertebra, draw the low abs in and up, press the upper inner thighs together, etc. Work on your own imbalances and asymmetries.
Teaching Drill: Perform the same visual scans on your clients this week. Observe from the top of the head to the feet and then start again from the top.
1. What did you observe in your own body? Were you able to sustain your own corrections? Were you able to identify your own issues?
2. How did your clients respond to this cueing strategy? Were they able to maintain the corrections you gave them or did you have to re-state your cues?
3. Did you find this to be helpful in your teaching? If so, explain how. If not, why not?
Q: THE BENEFITS OF PILATES
1. Explain the complete benefits of Pilates to someone at a cocktail party. Go from top to bottom. Be clear but concise.
2. Suggest to a new client what a “complete” Pilates program might look like if they only want to do this as their exercise. What would you suggest to provide a complete well rounded program?
2a. Would your suggestions change for the student as she progresses? Are your suggestions the same for her today as they will be in 3 or 6 months? Explain.
PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT
Q1. Top to Bottom!
Design a class or session this week on the theme of Top to Bottom.
Use your Theme Sheet:
Use your cueing and sequencing to identify, instruct and deliver exercises that convey the Top to Bottom. You can be literal and express cues from the top to the bottom of the body for several similar moves. Or you can use images and connections to try and teach your client how certain exercises focus on the top of a body part and certain others focus on the bottom. You could also develop a whole class that integrates top, bottom and middle ideas or moves in any way that inspires you! Be certain to complete your sheet fully and explain why you chose certain exercises and HOW this will work to reinforce your theme.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!