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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 8 ANSWER KEY

ON THE FLOOR ASSIGNMENT

Keep Time. Time your teaching this week. For each session you teach, mark the time it takes to teach an Entire beginner session Including Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac.

Q.  What did you discover? Are you keeping within the guidelines of ~30 minutes Reformer/ ~ 15 minutes Mat/ ~ 10 minutes other equipment? What is your strength and your weakness with respect to timing at this point in your training.

Q. While teaching this week demonstrate quickly getting into Pull Up on the Wunda Chair.  Did it help? What did you learn while demonstrating?

If your time management is lacking, check your transition times and setup times. You may be losing unnecessary time in these areas. If, on the other hand, your sessions are running short, check your reps and the depth of your work. Perhaps you are teaching a bit too superficially and need to dig deeper into the movements to help your clients find harder work and draw out the sessions just a wee bit longer.

When demo-ing the Pull Up, you should have experienced the weight shift required to mount and dis-mount the chair requires you to keep your center of gravity well over the chair throughout the process.  You literally never lean back, only forward. This pattern is repeated over and over in many exercises. Going forward requires a weight shift forward but often going back and down, also requires a forward weight shift.

ALIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT

Consider this statement: “Tightness in one part of the body is often matched by weakness on the opposing side.”

In your response,  first assume the statement is true. include the exercise name, the difficulty you observe, the body part you believe to be tight and where the weakness might be.  

Finally, state whether you think this the statement is actually true for this particular client and this particular situation.

Q: Can you think of an exercise a client of yours has difficulty with that illustrates this example?  You do not have to use anatomical terms but if you can, please do.

Example:  My client has a very tight lower back. She has a pronounced lumbar lordosis and has trouble articulating through her low back whether it’s the Roll Up or the Rolling Like a Ball or the Pull Up on the Wunda Chair.  When I see her struggle to get up in the Roll Up - I notice her struggle to tap into her abdominals. Therefore I think - tight back = weak abs.

For this client I checked her Pilates push ups and some of her Abdominal Series and while I do think she has some weakness I think the back tightness is actually predominant, meaning the abdominal weakness isn’t necessarily causing the lumbar tightness.

HANDS ON ASSIGNMENT

Read the article: Blood on the Gym Floor about Universal Precautions - Link Here

Be prepared to describe proper hand washing techniques and the 5 steps in Universal Precautions.

Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.

5 steps include Education, Wash Hands, Protective Barriers, Clean Up and Disposa

COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT

Imagine yourself with a newly married client who tells you they are trying to conceive a child in the next few months.

Q. What would you say to them? (Hint: Keep it simple)

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

ANSWER #1

  • Women trying to conceive should be in the best condition possible. From the moment your client marries you want to stay on top of any family planning schedule. Having said that - by the time a client tells you they are “trying” - they may already be pregnant. Explain to your client that she’s in the perfect place for her body, Pilates will help before during and especially after the baby is born.

  • Your immediate plan should be to  make some general assessment about her existing level as of today.  This will be your benchmark going forward to measure any declines and provide you with a goal post for post-pregnancy training.  Before pregnancy, strengthening the abdominals, low back, upper back as well as arms and legs is key to helping your new mom maintain fitness throughout pregnancy.

SYSTEMS ASSIGNMENT(S)

Pilates is a system! 

Q. Can you think of one exercise on the Reformer that might help a completely different exercise on the High Chair or Wunda Chair?  Describe how you think working this move would help improve the other.

Try not to repeat any one else’s choices.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Hamstring Curls ----> Table (Upper Body Range of Motion with Trunk Stability

  • Knee Stretches ----> Footwork  (both develop rhythm and deep hip flexion with spinal stability. (I’m reaching here to give you a slightly unique perspective on different moves).

PROGRAM DESIGN ASSIGNMENT

Q: SWAP TIME! Often in a studio you will teach someone else’s client. This week we will swap our programs and you will teach your peer’s week three (3) homework to a client. Teach their entire program design for week three (3) from beginning to end to a client. You will choose a program from a link provided on Canvas.

  • Include the number program you selected in your answer. Describe the experience of teaching someone else’s program. For example, were there exercises you don’t usually teach? Why do you think that is?

  • Did you add or change anything in the program?

The act of teaching someone else’s program is not necessarily natural. Your exercise selections are often organic or spur of the moment.

If you taught exercises that you wouldn’t normally choose, ask why? Are you less comfortable with certain moves?

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!