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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.

READ YOUR CONTRACT ASSIGNMENT

1.) How many hours total do you need to complete the RPTT program? 600

2.) How many practice teaching hours MINIMUM do you need to complete the program? 150

3.) How many Observation hours must you complete before your Intermediate 1 seminar weekend(I.E. the next 5 weeks)? 30 - thats 5 per week.

4.)In weeks 1-20, how many private and semi private sessions are you required to take per week? 1 private and 1 semi-private each per week. How many per week in weeks 21-30? 2 semi-privates per week. 

5.) How many hours will you have left over to complete after you meet ALL Program hourly minimums? 65

6.)What options do you have to fulfill these left over hours(name at least 4 options)? You are allowed to take on extra practice teaching, observation, self practice, take group classes, extra private sessions, do extra research/studying, or anything that your lead trainers suggest you need to personally work on.

PART 2: Use your tracking sheet in Google Drive to update your hours weekly.

1.)Make sure the you use your spreadsheet weekly- a weekly entry counts as one point towards your final homework grade. plan and stick to a schedule that works for you. time management is key, and it is very hard to catch up once you get behind. plan ahead for everything, and make sure to have a back up plans so your time in the studio is spent productively. Always reach out to your support via email if you have questions or road blocks. 

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!