How to Become a Remarkable Pilates Instructor: 10 Must-Have Character Traits

Deborah Myers Health

By John Lloyd at

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.

A man is as young as his spinal column.”mat_class_259135538_std
– Joseph Pilates

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…

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The Breathwork

544324_572393436125576_2078407585_nBreathing is a fundamental biological rhythm that sustains life, a functional mechanism of moving air in and out of the lungs for the purpose of maintaining blood gas levels to sustain other physiological functions. The automaticity of this crucial function often times denies it of our attention.

Recent proliferation of studies and practices about breathing proposes that it interacts and influences therapeutic, homeostatic, psychophysiological and spiritual functions. It can be noted that the celebrated practice and concept of conscious or voluntary breathing comes from different cultural practices that touches spirituality, meditation, and health. These cultural and religious practices and rituals that emanates from the core concept of voluntary control of breathing spans from Taoist Yoga,  Buddhist meditation, therapeutic breathing such as Buteyko Breathing and Holotrophic Breathwork, physical activities like Pilates, Tai Chi and Qi Gong and many obscure practices (Courtney, 2009).

The advent of trans-disciplinary and multidisciplinary practices alongside alternative medicine has created an avenue to maximize the emerging science and evidence in this field. Among health compromised and health conscious individuals, the holistic and spiritual impact of mindful and conscious breathing and its carryover to health and fitness is widely supported and practiced.

Pilates practice anchors on this practice: Breathing.

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Note: This is a term paper from school 😉 I’ll post the rest sometime later.

Pilates: Is it safe? Is it for everyone?

by Jamie Alcantara, PTRP


Spirit of fun withstanding, it is always wise to know the methods and demands of a specific exercise or sport activity before engaging into long-term practice. Check if they are complimentary to your goals. You might want to  start by asking  yourself, ” What are my motivations for doing this?” and “What am I willing and prepared to do physically?” These questions and your corresponding answers will lead you to realistic goal settings. If you are injured, you might want to get checked with a health care professional regarding your injury in order to build a specific rehabilitation plan for your condition. If you want to build more awareness and coordination, mind and body exercises would be a better fit for that. If you want to build big symmetrical muscles, body building would be the best for that. If you want to be a better athlete, sports specific training is the exercise you want to be doing. You can engage into any of these but are they safe for you and at the same time can it be effective for you? Here are a few tips before committing your time, money, and effort into any fitness regimens.

1. Ask for your doctor’s approval if you are fit to exercise especially if you have any medical concerns (hypertension, diabetes, etc.)

2. Know the background of the fitness regimen that you want to follow and if the benefits are fit for your goal settings.

3. Find a gym/studio which has instructors/trainers knowledgeable about their practice and if you have a consensus on where the both of you are heading.

4. Always start with the basics and gradually progress your exercises. Your instructors know the exercises but you know your body more. If an exercise causes pain or discomfort, ask your instructor if that is normal or if it is possible to change or modify the exercise.

5. Don’t just follow others people’s advice and don’t experiment on your own. Try to research from credible sources and always ask your instructor for guidance if it is your first time to do the exercise.

6. Lastly, learn  and observe your instructors, from your community, from your experiences on how your body works and how to make your body more efficient. Some things cannot be taught in words or demo. You have to feel it, adjust and modify to what feels right, stable and sustainable. Learn from yourself.

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