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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 3 ANSWER KEY

ALIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT

  • Observe from behind, side and front while teaching the Rolling Like a Ball on the Mat this week.

  • Look from birds eye (overhead) and side view while teaching the full Beginner Mat on the Cadillac as opposed to the Tower.

Q: What angle do you prefer? Explain Why?

ROLLING LIKE A BALL FROM THE SIDE ALLOWS FOR BEST SAFETY. FROM THE FRONT AND BACK REVEALS ALIGNMENT ISSUES FROM AN ELEVATED/HUNCHED SHOULDER OR MIS-MATCHED ROTATION IN THE HIPS.

USING THE CADILLAC TO TEACH MAT HAS UNIQUE BENEFITS. NOT ONLY IS THE CLIENT RAISED IMPROVING YOUR OWN BODY MECHANICS BUT THE METAL FRAME OF THE APPARATUS ACTS AS A GRID. THIS ALLOWS YOU TO VIEW YOUR CLIENT WITH RESPECT TO THE RECTANGLES AND LINES AROUND THEM. SEEING YOUR CLIENTS ALIGNMENT WITHIN THESE FRAMES AND GRIDS WILL TRAIN YOUR EYE AND HELP YOU CUE TO EACH PARTICULAR BODY AND THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEED

HANDS ON ASSIGNMENT

  • Practice your hand placement on the Abdominals and Spine for different clients during Push Through. on the Cadillac. Practice giving the feeling of opposition or two-way stretch in this exercise. Keep guarding the bar.

  • Assisting a client's  Pumping, Pumping Parallel and Pumping One Leg with your Foot on the High Chair. Make sure you are guarding for safety and not doing the exercise for them.

  • Facilitating a client’s coordination during Single Leg Stretch. How can you help them with your hands to achieve the Hand placement?

Q: Demonstrate quickly getting into Stomach Massage this week with all or most of your clients. Does it help? What did you learn while demonstrating? What did you learn from your Hands On Practice?

OPPOSITION IS A KEY PART OF PILATES. IN PUSH THROUGH YOU CAN PRESS FORWARD WITH YOUR HAND ON THEIR BACK WHILE PULLING BACK WITH YOUR ARM AT THE WAIST.

THE BEST ROLE OF YOUR FOOT ON THE PEDAL IS TO GIVE RHYTHM AND PROVIDE SAFETY. IF YOU ARE DOING IT RIGHT YOUR LEG MAY EVEN GET A BIT TIRED FROM HOLDING IT UP RATHER THAN LETTING IT REST ON THE PEDAL.

SINGLE LEG STRETCH WORKS BEST IF TAUGHT FROM ONE SIDE CONTROLLING THE HAND PLACEMENT OF ONE HAND AND FORCING THE OTHER HAND TO ORGANICALLY LAND WHERE IT SHOULD.

DEMONSTRATING GETTING IN AND OUT OF STOMACH MASSAGE SHOULD REINFORCE THAT THIS IS A QUICK SMOOTH TRANSITION WITHOUT ALL THE FUSSING. TEACH YOUR CLIENTS TO USE THEIR POWERHOUSE AS THE MOUNT AND DISMOUNT AND MODEL THIS BEHAVIOR ON YOUR OWN BODY.

COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT

Imagine yourself with a new client who tells you right away that they really want to “just stretch out today”.  

Q1: What would you say to them?

Q2: How will this influence your plan for the next hour you are scheduled to work with them?

MAINTAINING CONTROL OVER A SESSION IS KEY FOR A TRAINER. BUT “FINDING THE YES” IS KEY TO SATISFYING YOUR CLIENTS.  STRETCHING IS A PART OF EVERY PILATES EXERCISE AS WE HAVE STRETCH MOMENTS AND STRENGTH MOMENTS . ASSURE YOUR CLIENTS THAT THEY WILL FEEL TALL AND LONG AND STRETCHED BY THE END OF TODAY.  EDUCATE THEM ABOUT DYNAMIC VS. STATIC STRETCHING. IF APPROPRIATE INCLUDE PILATES MATERIAL THAT INCORPORATES INCREASED RANGE OF MOTION.

Q3: Your brand new client wants to know how often they should do Pilates. How do you answer them?

MR. PILATES PRESCRIPTION FOR HIS METHOD WAS 3X PER WEEK. BUDGET AND TIME PERMITTING WE WANT ALL CLIENTS TO STRIVE FOR THIS. PERHAPS 3 CLASSES, OR 2 CLASSES AND A SESSION. ANY VARIATION WORKS. MAT CAN BE DONE EACH AND EVERY DAY BUT THE EQUIPMENT IS BEST WITH A DAY IN BETWEEN. FOR BRAND NEW CLIENTS COME AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE TO BUILD MUSCLE MEMORY AND REINFORCE THE LEARNING PROCESS.

SYSTEMS ASSIGNMENT(S)

Pilates is a system!  

Q. Can you think of one exercise on the Reformer that is similar to one on the Mat? Describe how it’s similar and how working on one exercise can make the other better?  

Do not repeat any one else’s choices.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • 100 = 100

  • Roll Up = Hug on Short Box

  • Single Straight Leg Stretch = Tree

  • Stomach Massage = Rolling LIke a Ball

  • Elephant = Spine Stretch Forward

  • Knee Stretches = Double Leg Stretch

PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT

Q: Create a Beginner session for a new student who just walked in and wants to work on her flexibility. List all the exercises you would do, in order from beginning to the end in a 55 minute session with any special focus on your cueing included.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!