By John Lloyd at latitudegroup.com
As more and more people recognize the health benefits of Pilates, the method has developed into a global phenomenon. If you qualify to teach Pilates, you can satisfy part of this worldwide appetite and create another lucrative revenue stream for your personal training business.
If you feel that you’re already set to go, sign straight up to the official Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates from Health and Fitness Education and get qualified. The course material includes more than 100 high-impact pages on how to become a Pilates training expert.
The following list was inspired by that course.
Here are TEN Critical Traits of a Pilates Instructor:
1. Excellent Role Model Qualities
It’s natural for a client (or class of clients) to look up to their personal trainer. By looking great and carrying yourself in a respectable way, you are living proof that your client’s aspirations are achievable.
2. Impeccable Posture
Pilates is a new concept to the majority of your clients and so they need the expert (you) to demonstrate the benefits of the method at all times. You can only teach posture if your own is noticeably perfect.
3. Clear Communication
There is no way a poor communicator could accurately explain how to execute the jack knife technique. The ability to break down complex movements into layman’s terms is essential.
Your energy and enthusiasm for the method will be contagious. If you half-heartedly explain the benefits of the main workout phase, the class will half-heartedly approach it. You are the specialist here and you have the right to be as energetic as possible – there is no room for shyness.
Suppleness of the body is obviously key when teaching Pilates but you also need to be flexible in your approach to work in general. By covering for colleagues when needed and adjusting your schedule to match times suited to your client(s), your reputation is enhanced.
6. Sharp Exercise Technique
The way in which you exercise at the front of the class is critical. The participants will follow your every move and if your form is tight, theirs will be too. Plus, any kind of sloppiness could lead to you or your client(s) sustaining a serious injury
People can be intimidated by figures of authority in the gym environment and may act nervously when around you. Put them at ease by speaking on their level and establishing a welcoming atmosphere within the Pilates group.
8. Time Management
Like with any form of teaching or management, your students will respect you if you’re always prepared for the class on time, and if you never let it overrun. It is critical for you to be punctual and demonstrate an astute awareness of time during the session.
9. Patience and Versatility
Unfortunately, some clients just won’t get it. Whereas you can’t allow this to hold up the momentum of your class too much, you do need to account for some hiccups when planning the session. Spare some time when possible.
Clients ask questions. Sometimes, they can be way out from leftfield and catch you off-guard if unprepared.
The mainstay of your Pilates knowledge can be gained from Health and Fitness Education and you can always refer back to the manuals for a refresh. But it’s also important to stay on top of any new variations of the method, which are surfacing in the wider industry all the time.
Take the first step!
Not every personal trainer has what it takes to learn, embrace and teach the complex method of Pilates. But if you want to expand your range of services (and your turnover), this is one of the best paths you can choose to follow.
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