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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 10 ANSWER KEY

ON THE FLOOR ASSIGNMENT

Q: Time to focus on the Intermediate syllabus.  Practice your Reformer with 1 - 3 reps of every exercise and transitioning through the setup for each move with a “minimum of movement”. Use your sticky pad to help guide you through the Reformer order.

  • Make a list of your known and unknown transitions at this point.

  • What are you missing?

  • What do you know definitively?

  • Check your manual to see where you are missing information.

  • Share with the group IN DISCUSSIONS.

By now your practice should be picking up tempo. Remember that each transition is part of your workout and an exercise unto itself. There are no careless or haphazard moments in Pilates.  Mr. Pilates felt each transition should be done with “a “Minimum of movement for Maximum efficiency.”

Track your sticky pad from the first place you use it - the Long Stretch.

Bring it forward for the Stomach Massage

When you are at the next level the Pad will migrate steadily forward to the edge of the carriage for exercises like the Tendon Stretch and Thigh Stretch and Semi-Circle.

COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT

Q: Prepare a brief INTRODUCTORY speech for your group classes for your ongoing use in every class. Include something personal about you and something about what you’d like from them as your students.

Alycea’s Example:

“Howdy folks. Everyone ready for a workout today?

My name is Alycea and I’ll be leading class. We have a lot of exercises on the list today so if you come to something you have trouble with, use discretion. I’m here to help and guide you. I tend to laugh at my own jokes a lot so if you want to join me - please do. If not, no worries - I’ll be happy enough to see you sweat.

Let’s begin!”

PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT

Q: In this early stage of Group Classes it’s a good strategy to prepare ahead. Prepare your class ahead of time according to the outline I’ve shared with you.  Include each exercise in the class PLUS some back up emergency exercises in case you run short and need to do more.

HERE IS A SAMPLE THEME SHEET FROM A PRIOR STUDENT

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!