When most people hear the word ‘Pilates’ they think about the many Hollywood starlets who swear by this exercise modality and mention, in every single magazine interview that they go on, how their Pilates instructor helps them with maintaining their gorgeous physiques.
Yes, Pilates is a great way to develop a super set of abs and many people flock to the gym and sign up for a class with the hopes that they will get that sexy bikini body that they’ve always wanted. Many instructors of this discipline often hear their students say that the only reason why they’re coming to class is to get a svelte midsection.
A fulfilling career choice
However, there’s so much more to a career choice in Pilates than just helping class participants to tone up their abs.
What many people don’t realise is that the core is not just made up of the muscles on the front of your abdomen. It actually also consists of the muscles that wrap about your lower back as well. Scientifically speaking, the core is made up of the following muscles: stabiliser and movers:
The stabilisers are:
- Transverse abdominis
- Internal obliques
- Lumbar multifidus
- Pelvic floor muscles
The muscles which are classified as the movers are:
- Rectus abdominis
- External obliques
- Erector spinae
- Latissimus dorsi
- Hip adductors
- Hip abductors
Many people who suffer from chronic lower back pain, or who have had back surgery, turn to Pilates as a form of pain management. By strengthening their core muscles they find that their back pain is alleviated. The greatest thing this is that the results aren’t fleeting as would be the case when taking muscle relaxants. The relief that Pilates gives clients is sustainable.
A holistic look at Pilates
As we’ve said in many of our earlier articles, you can’t expect to get the results that you want from any fitness regime – be it resistance training, cardiovascular training or Pilates – if you don’t take in the right food that will fuel you and help you to achieve what you want to.
This is why we’ve designed the Pilates instructor course package so that it includes our Specialised Nutrition Course. On it, you’ll learn everything that you need to about nutrition, from what a healthy eating plan consists of to what specific people – such as athletes and young children – need to be eating for the particular stage of life that they are in.
The marketing tools that you need
Today, there are a lot of Pilates instructors out there. This means that people have a choice of who to go to. This makes it a lot more challenging – but not impossible – for you to find work.
Luckily, with digital marketing and social media marketing you’re able to market your skills and services to a broader audience base. You have the opportunity to tap into the market that you never knew existed and that you didn’t know were even interested in Pilates classes.
This means that, in our Pilates package, we’ve also included our renowned Social Media Marketing for Fitness Professionals Course. When studying this, you’ll learn what it takes to make a success of your Pilates business and set up yourself as a go-to expert for world-class Pilates instruction.
What are the basic skills that a successful group Pilates Instructor needs to have?
- Extremely motivating as well as energetic,
- Understands pace in addition to rhythm,
- Keeps the workout balanced as well as safe,
- Able to deliver modifications for all levels and includes all participants in the class environment,
- Demonstrates a contagious passion for Pilates, and
- Knows how to feed off the group vigour.
What are the basic skills that a successful individual Pilates Instructor needs to have?
- Assist clients to establish, achieve and manage their particular goals,
- Assesses clients’ needs and designs appropriate programmes to meet them,
- Listens well and is patient,
- Demonstrates compassion,
- Encourages perseverance in clients and holds them accountable, and
- Remains self-motivated and is good at establishing fitness goals.
What communication skills does a Pilates instructor need?
For a Pilates instructor to carry out what they have learned in their studies they will have to communicate clearly and correctly to the individual or the group that they are teaching:
- They need to divide the class into a beginning, middle and an ending phase.
- Pilates instructors should encourage and teach correct body alignment at ALL times.
- It will be necessary for them to adapt sessions quickly, safely and efficiently.
- Good Pilates instructors need to verbalise the steps of the exercise for participants.
- They need to be able to correctly demonstrate the exercises and make sure that the individual or group is aware of the Pilates principles.
- A Pilates instructor should correct a participant gently and in a non-offensive manner. In addition, they need to be complimentary towards a client or group.
- Pilates instructors need to keep their focus on participants at all times and encourage feedback from the individual or group after a Pilates session. They also need to encourage feedback during a private session with a client.
The best offer for a Pilates Instructor Course
This Black Friday week, we’re making more accessible than ever for you to become a Pilates Instructor. When you purchase one of our Pilates packages and pay upfront, you’ll receive a 50% discount. For additional information on how this works, please follow this link.