Pilates Community Forum > Clients Switching Instructors

I recently went on maternity leave and the studio I work for hired someone full-time to sub while I was gone and then stay on after I came back. I am slowly returning to teaching and having my clients return to me. Some of my old clients prefer the new instructor. Is it appropriate to ask them why or to observe the new instructor and see how her style is different? I feel pretty insecure when I lose clients but don't want to be petty about it!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I've been on Mat leave twice, and because I have now returned only part-time there are some long-term clients that I've "lost" to other instructors, purely because the new instructor's schedule worked better for them. Also, sometimes the challenge of working with a new instructor can keep a client's workout interesting, as the new instructor may provide different variations of an exercise, have a different teaching style, or even perhaps just provide a different way of cueing that sinks in. Unless your employer or client mentions something to you directly, I wouldn't take it personally! Now that you have Prenatal experience, I would use that as leverage to gain more Prenatal/Postnatal clients! : )

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAvery