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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 1 ANSWER KEY

ALIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT

  • Observe from behind, side and front while teaching the Short Box this week.
  • Look from bird's eye (overhead) and side view while teaching the Running and Pelvic Lift.

Q: What angle do you prefer? Explain Why?

SHORT BOX - SIDE VIEW ALLOWS VIEW OF SHOULDERS OVER HIPS AND SPINAL ALIGNMENT.  FRONT VIEW ALLOWS YOU SEE THE “BOX”.

RUNNING/ PELVIC VIEW: OVERHEAD VIEW ALLOWS YOU TO SEE THE STABILITY OF THE HIPS AND ALIGNMENT OF THE KNEES, ANKLES AND FEET.  SIDE VIEW ALLOWS YOU TO SEE SPINAL ALIGNMENT AND WHETHER OR NOT SHOULDERS ARE HUNCHED.

HANDS ON ASSIGNMENT

  • Practice placing varied clients feet for Footwork
  • Assisting a client's Curl up for 100 using one hand in the front and one on the back of the body.
  • Facilitating a client’s C-curve for Spine Stretch Forward

Q. Pilates is Resistance Training. How have you used your hands to provide Resistance this week? Give specific examples.

ON LEGS IN FOOTWORK

ON HANDS IN STOMACH MASSAGE TWIST

ON ARMS OR BAR IN ROLL UP ON MAT

ON ARMS IN DOUBLE LEG STRETCH ON MAT

ON SPINE IN SPINE STRETCH FORWARD ON MAT

ON ARMS AS THEY WORK THE ARM WEIGHT SERIES

ON KICKING LEG OR HIPS SIDE KICKS - SIDE

COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT

Your voice is your most important tool as a Pilates Teacher. As you begin to teach this week, you will find yourself developing habits and cueing that come naturally to you.  

Q1: Observe your colleagues and mentors this week and write down 3 things you observed that were very different in each teacher’s cueing style.  How do they communicate in different ways to their clients?

Q2: Think of 3/4 words  for the Buttocks. Do not repeat anyone else’s words. List them.

BOTTOM, BACKSIDE, REAR, RUMP, SEAT, BUTTOCKS

TUSH, TUCKUS, GLUTES, GLUTEALS, FANNY, KEISTER, BUM

SYSTEMS ASSIGNMENT(S)

Do some independent research about the exercise "culture" in the years 1925 - 1935.

Q1: Who were the frontrunners or influential names that peppered the landscape.  

Q2: Do you think that Joseph Pilates was influenced by them?  If so how? Explain your reasoning in no less than 2 paragraphs.

WEBSITE REFERENCE

  1. EUGENE SANDOW

  2. ADRIAN PETER SCHMIDT

  3. TONY SANSONE

  4. BOB HOFFMAN

  5. ROBERT KIPHUTH - HOW TO BE FIT

  6. INDIAN CULTURE OF BODYBUILDERS

STRONG MEN PEPPERED THE “EXERCISE CULTURE” LANDSCAPE IN THIS DECADE WITH INFLUENCES AS FAR AS INDIA AND AS NEAR AS THE WEST SIDE OF NYC. PILATES WORK WAS CLEARLY INFLUENCED BY THE AT HOME WORKOUTS, THE BODY BUILDING BOOKS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS AS WELL AS THE MANY GYMNASIUMS OF HIS DAY. 

2. Pilates History - Read the first 4 Chapters of Your Health

Q: What did Joseph Pilates believe was to blame for many of the modern day health problems and poor posture? Where did you find this answer?

YOUR HEALTH - “CIVILIZATION IMPAIRS PHYSICAL WELL-BEING”.  JOE BELIEVED OUR ILLS WERE TO BE BLAMED UPON THE SEDENTARY LIFESTYLES WE LEAD INCLUDING POOR ACTIVITY, SITTING IN A CHAIR ALL DAY AND REMAINING INDOORS VERSUS OUTDOORS.

PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT

Create a Beginner session for a new student who just walked in and wants to tighten her rear-end. List all the exercises you would do, in order from beginning to the end in a 55 minute session.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!