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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 13 ANSWER KEY

ON THE FLOOR ASSIGNMENT

Q1. Timing is Everything - Mat Drill - 3-4 times this week do a full Intermediate Mat. - Time yourself. Post your dates and times each round.

At this point your Intermediate mat just over 40 Exercises. Joe’s mat was just 34. Intro variations like the Roll Down and Neck Roll were added. The Ab series was expanded later and the Side Kick series grew from 1 move to nearly a dozen. Teaser variations were expanded as well. That said try to keep your personal mat to 20 minutes or less,  and your reps to a minimum. This is in contrast to how we teach group but this is Joe’s formula. 3 - 5 reps and MOVE!

Q2.  Routine Swap - This week you are to spend some more time with the Wunda Chair. learning routines created by your colleagues.

Assess TWO routines according the following:

- Do they flow well?

- Do they make sense to your body (subjective of course).

- Is there a clear theme or idea that simply performing the exercises makes clear?

I would like to hear your assessments from a student perspective. Is this easy to follow, sensible and effective? Most of all, is it a challenge? Remember that Pilates is a Workout!

Q3. Flow Technique -  In all your Reformer and Cadillac workouts and teaching this week conduct your transitions and set ups working in one direction only.  From front to back and back to front to decrease transition time and enhance flow.

Describe your personal experience. Where is this the easiest? Where is it the hardest?

You should always come back to the most efficient organized set up for your clients. If you save time setting up you can fit in more content. At this point in your training, your setup should be smooth and expedited. At this point, there may be awkward transitions but not “hard”.

COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT

Q:  REWRITE this policy.  Make this sound better.  Using Positive Language. Instead of telling them the bad news - tell them the good news.

“Studio “X”  enforces a 24 hour cancellation policy for all appointments.  In order to reschedule your appointment you must notify a us at xxx-xxx-xxxx as soon as possible to avoid being CHARGED IN FULL by credit card or invoice for the missed appointment. Appointments cancelled within less than 24 Hours will be charged the full rate for that appointment. Please note that all Monday appointments will require Friday notification.”

What would it look like if you were to flip this on its head and say:

“You will NEVER be charged for appointments cancelled in less than 24 hours. To avoid charges for unused sessions, please cancel in a timely fashion.”

PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT

Q1. Theme Sheets!

Design a full One-on-One session on the idea of opposition or two-way stretch.

2. Create and Submit a new Theme sheet for your Group class this week. Make minor adjustments to last week’s class.

It is critical that you use consistent programming with minor changes rather than reinventing the wheel. In this way - we go “deeper” not wider. It isn’t more material that makes you a better teacher. It’s the deeper understanding of and access to better form and execution and results for your clients. Can you change a single thing, and change the workout?  A count, an exercise? Think about it.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!