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Dear Students…A Letter From Your Fitness Instructors

In my years of experience as an instructor, Pilates studio owner, and fitness studio consultant, I have seen and heard it all when it comes to students. And I know my fellow fitness professionals have too! We are blessed to work with dozens if not hundreds of students from all walks of life who come to us with inspiring energy and dedication. Yet I see many of them are still a little misguided about a few things when it comes to fitness. So here is what I think we could say to help:

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 04:24PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , | Comments1 Comment | References15 References

How To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Exclusive Training

As human beings, we like to get attached. We get attached to our favorite foods, clothes, places and activities. We become attached to doing things a certain way and we even get attached to people - people we feel a connection to, relate to and feel comfortable around.

Featured Teacher: Erin Haag

We’ve all been there before - the eager Pilates apprentice anxiously preparing to become a Pilates instructor. We were drawn to the Pilates Method, each for our own reasons, and decided to share our passion for it with others. As a former dancer, I was drawn to “The Method” because it reminded me so much of my dance training; the control and concentration needed to perform each exercise with perfect technique. As a Pilates apprentice in the Power Pilates Teacher Training Program, I absolutely loved the way Pilates made me feel! I loved putting every ounce of energy into performing exercises to ideal standards and perfectly instructing my fellow apprentices using the Power Pilates teaching formula. I remember being surrounded by other like-minded apprentices and thinking, “We are all awesome Pilates practitioners.” I was living on a so-called Pilates cloud nine, and I believed that everyone I taught would feel the same way about Pilates.

Leaders in Fitness Launches Continuing Education Platform for Pilates and Fitness Professionals

We’ve been following the trends in online pilates education for years now. A new offering in online fitness education looks to be a great web service for pilates professionals looking to continue their education and renew their certification. The service has loads of Pilates and Dance video courses on the website. We included a copy of the company’s latest press release here.

Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet

Pilates-Pro attended the Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet this May and it was quite an exciting event! It was a dreary and rainy Wednesday morning, but inside the Metropolitan Pavilion it was fresh and full of energy! Fitness Magazine put together a fantastic event! We were excited to network with other professionals who are as fitness-obsessed and love living a healthy lifestyle like us. We also had the opportunity to meet fitness bloggers, as well as beauty and fashion bloggers.

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:23PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , | Comments1 Comment | References5 References

Building a Business with Meaning

The problem, a friend said indelicately, is you have mistaken yourself for the pie maker. You can’t make the pies anymore. You traded that in for figuring out how to keep the lights on and the doors open. You’re the shopkeeper. Pies come second. Or do they? Roughly three years after opening my studio, it was clear to me that my business most surely had a hold of me rather than me a hold of it.

Pilates Day - May 5, 2012

Pilates Day is an annual event that takes place the first Saturday in May, and it was created by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Pilates enthusiasts across the nation participate in this annual fitness initiative by attending various events to promote their passion for Pilates! For business owners, it’s a great way to promote their studio and increase traffic. Studios will be hosting worldwide events to create fitness awareness in the Pilates industry. Pilates Day offers people the opportunity to network and participate in community activities with others who share the same enthusiasm for Pilates!

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 04:52PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

Pilates Hybrids

A proven method of fitness such as Pilates is the perfect workout foundation – when it is incorporated with other forms of fitness conditioning, what you’re left with is an innovative workout for the entire body and mind. With intriguing names like Spinlates, Yogalates and Piloxing, you can’t help but wonder what it involves, what kind of workout you’re going to get, and why didn’t I think of that?!

Plan Your Own Pilates Day Event Now

Pilates Day is only two months away (May 7th) and we all need to get into tabletop and start pumping! Pilates Day serves as an opportunity to bring the benefits of Pilates to the masses. It is only a matter of time before everyone is practicing Pilates. Wouldn’t you like to say you played a role in bringing Pilates to your community? Now is your chance.

What is Pilates Day?

Pilates Day is an annual community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May throughout the world. The focus of Pilates Day is to cultivate awareness about the Pilates Method. This is achieved through Pilates events that are made accessible and affordable to local communities. These events most often include free Pilates Mat classes.  Pilates Day is a program of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and events are produced and hosted by PMA members.

Free Pilates?! Is This Good for Business? Yes!

A free day of Pilates may seem like a strange idea but the benefits are many.

By hosting a Pilates Day event, you will build goodwill within your community, create networking opportunities, be part of a formally organized, international celebration and as a result gain new clients. What’s better than that?

Offering free classes is a great way to introduce your community to Pilates and gain publicity through your event. Once people are in the door, you can demonstrate the benefits of Pilates and the other offerings at your studio.  This is a great time to up sell new and current clients.

The PMA makes hosting a Pilates Day event easy. As a PMA member you will have access to their electronic Pilates Day Kit™. The kit includes artwork for marketing collateral, the PMA Pilates Day logo, sample advertisements, press releases, production time lines and the resources for production. The kit allows you to participate whole heartily without the worry of “Am I doing it right?”

What Will You Offer on Pilates Day?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to hosting your Pilates Day event. This is your time to show why your studio is the best place to practice Pilates. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Partner with your local community center and invite the different groups there to take a break from their regular activities and try a Pilates class.
  • Reach out to special interest groups such a Senior Citizens, Teens, Surfers, Musicians, you name it! Whoever makes up your community! Everyone can benefit from the core building and mental focus that Pilates provides.
  • Do you have access to a local park? Host a Paw-lates class! Encourage dog lovers to try a Pilates class with their pet. And of course, invite attendees to check out your studio when Fido is at home.
  • Generate sales on Pilates Day by offering special discounts that day only. It worked for APOGEE Pilates & Wellness Centers in Westchester, NY! Attractive offers are hard to pass up. By showing the value of Pilates with a free class, the discounted offer is sure to bring in sales.
  • Provide attendees with a small gift bag including a free pass to come back to your studio.
  • Hold a raffle for attendees to enter for a special prize featuring private Pilates training or other studio offerings. If you offer massage, a Workout and Relax prize would be a great option.

What will your event look like? Here are pictures from last year’s Pilates Day. http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=115966

Here at Pilates-Pro, we are committed to provide the tools for success in the Pilates Industry. We hope to inspire you to bring Pilates to your part of the world.  

 

 

To join the PMA, click here: http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=112962

Already a PMA member? Sign up to host a Pilates Day event by clicking here: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=pima&formId=76327

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 05:56PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Spring and New Beginnings

As the winter chill eases, there is a sense of renewal that sets in with spring. A time for new beginnings is upon us and Pilates-Pro is your partner. This month we will be posting articles about ways to wake up your business. Look for ideas on hosting Pilates Day, partnering with local businesses, and insight from a master trainer and industry leaders.  

May these articles serve as seeds to help “sprout” new clients for you.

Happy Spring!

 

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