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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 6 INDEPENDENT WORK

ALIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT

  • Observe from behind, side and front while teaching the Neck Roll on the Mat this week.

  • Look from bird's eye (overhead), Front and Side view while teaching the Leg Circles on the Reformer.

Q: What did you notice or see in clients this week by changing your viewpoint?

NECK ROLL - TEACHING FROM FRONT AND BEHIND ALLOWS YOU TO SEE RIGHT TO LEFT SYMMETRY FROM YOUR CLIENTS. ARE THE ARMS WORKING TO THE SAME HEIGHT AS EACH OTHER? WHAT ABOUT THE LEGS? YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE MOTOR PATTERN, I.E. WHAT ARE THEY USING TO PROPEL THEMSELVES UPWARD? IS THE HEAD LURCHING UP OR ARE THERE OTHER SUDDEN MOVES THAT DON’T HELP THE CLIENT? WATCHING FROM THE SIDE ALLOWS YOU TO SEE THE RHYTHM AND SYMMETRY FROM FRONT TO BACK. DOES THE CLIENT LIFT UP VERY HIGH WITH THE UPPER BODY BUT NOT AT ALL HIGH WITH THE LOWER BODY?  CUE ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU SEE.

LEG CIRCLES ON REFORMER - STAND ON THE BACK FRAME OR THE FRONT FRAME AND OBSERVE THE CIRCLES TO ASSESS TORSO STABILITY AND SYMMETRY IN THE LEGS. ARE THE EQUALLY ROTATED? IS THE CIRCLE SYMMETRICAL WITH RESPECT TO THE TRUNK OF THE BODY? IS THE TRUNK SQUARELY ON THE CARRIAGE WITH EQUAL AMOUNTS NEGATIVE SPACE IN BETWEEN? ADDRESS THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS BY ADJUSTING THE CLIENT.

HANDS ON ASSIGNMENT

  • Teach an Entire Beginner session including Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac. Keeping the flow of the workout use hands on for at least one repetition of  every exercise that you teach.

  • Teach an Entire beginner session including Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac. Keep the flow of the workout and do not use any hands on.

Q. What was the difference between the two sessions? Did you notice that teaching one session was easier than the other for either you or your client.

IT MAY HAVE TAKEN A SHORTER TIME WITH NO HANDS BUT IT MAY HAVE BEEN MORE CHALLENGING TO MAKE CORRECTIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS. YOU WILL HAVE TO BE FLUENT AT BOTH STYLES TO ADDRESS THE MANY TYPES OF CLIENTS THAT YOU WILL TEACH. SOME CLIENTS DO NOT LIKE TO BE “HANDLED” - YOU WILL NEED TO RELY ON YOUR VERBAL CUEING. FOR OTHERS, THEY SIMPLY RESPOND BETTER WHEN PLACED IN POSITION.

Q. While teaching the above sessions demonstrate quickly getting into Elephant.  Did it help? What did you learn while demonstrating?

USING THE CLASSICAL MOUNT, “HAND, FOOT, HAND FOOT” - THE MOUNT FOR THE LONG STRETCH REINFORCES THE EASE AND EFFICIENCY OF TRANSITION. MANY TIMES, YOUR CLIENT WILL KNEEL ON THE CARRIAGE DIRECTLY AFTER WITNESSING YOU MOUNT PROPERLY. CONTINUE TO DEMO THE PROPER WAY AND NARRATE YOUR MOUNT. YOU AREN’T DOING THIS SO THEY SEE THE END RESULT. YOU ARE TEACHING THEM TO NAVIGATE THEIR EQUIPMENT SAFELY. EVERY TRANSITION IS AN EXERCISE.

COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT

Q: Imagine yourself with a new client who tells you they are getting married in three months and want to lose weight.

- What would you say to them? (Hint: Keep it simple)

- How will this influence your plan for the next hour you are scheduled to work with them?

ANSWER #1

WEDDINGS ARE EXCITING AND MOTIVATING.  LET YOUR CLIENT KNOW RIGHT AWAY YOU’D LOVE TO WORK WITH HER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE UNTIL THE WEDDING. PILATES CAN HELP HER LOSE WEIGHT IN A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS.

  1. PILATES IS RESISTANCE TRAINING. WE BUILD LEAN MUSCLE MASS WHICH HELPS YOU BURN MORE CALORIES.

  2. PILATES CAN BE QUICK AND SWEATY AND YOU WILL NEED TO WORK HARD TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. YOUR FASTER WORKOUTS HAVE A SOLID CALORIE BURN OF ~300 - 400 CALORIES DEPENDING ON WORKOUT CONTENT.

  3. THE SECRET BENEFITS OF PILATES WILL HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON HER APPEARANCE ON WEDDING DAY. A SMALLER WAIST, STRAIGHTER SPINE, OPEN CHEST AND INCREASED COORDINATION AND BALANCE MEANS SHE WILL LITERALLY “GLIDE” DOWN THE AISLE.

YOUR PLAN SHOULD GENERALLY INCLUDE:

  • WORK UP A SWEAT - FLOW

  • USE RESISTANCE - SPRINGS AND BODY WEIGHT

  • WORK POSTURE AND STRENGTHEN UPPER BODY (FOR DRESS STYLE)

SYSTEMS ASSIGNMENT(S)

Pilates is a system!  

Q. Can you think of one exercise on any of the Barrels that might help a completely different exercise on the Mat?  Describe how you think working this move would help improve the other.

Do not repeat any one else’s choices.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Arm Circles --> Double Leg Stretch (Upper Body Range of Motion with Trunk Stability

  • Leg Series Bicycle----> Single Leg Stretch/ Criss Cross (both develop reciprocal movement with the legs)

  • Stretch with Bar ---> Neck Roll (both help to open the chest)

  • Rest Position ---> Single Leg Circles (both can help reinforce good spinal alignment while lying flat.)

PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT

Q: Teach your week three homework. You will teach your entire program design for week three from beginning to end to a client. Make sure to actually print out your week three program and use it.

  • Evaluate your teaching.

  • What was your clients physical response to your teaching.  Did they feel what you wanted them to feel?

  • What would you add or subtract from your program design next time.

GET USED TO SITTING DOWN AFTER A SESSION WITH A CLIENT PROGRAM CARD AND MAKING NOTES. WHAT WORKED? WHAT DIDN’T WORK?  WHAT CUES FAILED? WHICH ONES SUCCEEDED?

  • WAS THERE ANY SPOTTING OR SUPPORTING THAT REALLY HELPED THE CLIENT? WERE YOU SAFE IN YOUR OWN BODY? SEEING THE WORKOUT PLAY OUT IN REAL LIFE - DO YOU THINK IT WAS A GOOD PROGRAM? DID IT FLOW EASILY FROM ONE PLACE TO THE NEXT? DID IT MAKE GOOD PILATES SENSE? DO YOU THINK THIS PROGRAM WILL PROGRESS YOUR CLIENT?

    YOUR CLIENTS ARE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS. THEIR ABILITY IS WHAT SPEAKS TO YOUR TALENT.  THE MORE THEY IMPROVE AND PROGRESS, THE BETTER TESTIMONIAL THEY ARE FOR YOUR ABILITY.  DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE ULTIMATE STATEMENT OF YOUR OWN PROGRESS - AND THAT IS THE STUDENT’S RESULTS.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!