Hello Pilates Certification Students!

As some of you in our Pilates teacher training program know, I have spent the last eight months doing a kind of training called Crossfit. While it is absolutely nothing like Pilates (well, at least to the naked eye it SEEMS not to be), I have found that it has helped me immensely in not only understanding and learning more about anatomy and how the body works, but in finding where my physical weaknesses are as an person and athlete. Sure, I can rock out some Balance Control Arabesque – but can I complete 50 box jumps in two minutes?

Some time ago, they had this list posted on their website, and I wanted to share it with you:

The 10 General Physical Skills

1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance

The ability of the body systems to gather, process, deliver oxygen.

2. Stamina

The ability of the body systems to prcocess, deliver, store and utilize energy.

3. Strength

The ability of the muscular units or combination of muscular uints, to apply force.

4. Flexibility

The ability to maximize range of motion at a given joint.

5. Power

The ability of the muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum forcein minimum time.

6. Speed

The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

7. Coordination

The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.

8. Agility

The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.

9. Balance

The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its base of support.

10. Accuracy

The ability to control movement ina given direction or at a given intensity

“You are as fit as you are competent in these ten skills. A regimen develops fitness to the extent that it improves each of these ten skills.” – Greg Glassman

So seriously – EVERY SINGLE ONE of these ten skills relates to Pilates! No question! But it is up to US as teachers not to forget ALL the different aspects of fitness. In other words, Pilates is not just “Accuracy” (we would say precision, same thing). You can’t have your clients working on Marching at an incredibly slow pace forever. At some point, they have to move – work on their “Speed”! Or take, for example, “Flexibility”. Stretching your clients is wonderful – but have you worked on their “Agility” lately? Note how it is defined as “the ability to minimize TRANSITION time from one movement pattern to another”. Sound Familiar?

I hope you get my point. I have taken some Classical workshops and classes lately, and the point about flow during the workout just kept getting brought up. It is a vital, essential part of what we do! Romana is quoted as saying to her students, “How can I correct you if you’re not moving?”

Pilates is wonderful for many things – be it injuries, dancers, or pregnancy – and to be the absolute BEST teacher you can be as during and after your Pilates certification, you should try to be as well-rounded as possible. Don’t be satisfied with only knowing how to train a 65 year old with a back injury – know how to give a hard, flowing and dynamic session to a healthy athlete! Both are equally as important – not only just for getting and keeping your clients, but for your clients to reach their maximum fitness potential. Think about it over the course of your last month as an apprentice.

This message is meant to inspire – I hope it does!