In this conversation I talk with Lesley Logan of Profitable Pilates and Online Pilates Classes. We share our thoughts on the current situation with COVID-19 lockdown and the closure of Pilates studios around the world.
Both Lesley and I see this as an amazing opportunity to “Reset to Factory Settings”, to let go of things you have been holding on to out of fear or inertia. It is also an incredible time of change and opportunity in the Pilates industry. Things are not going to return to the way they were before – here’s how we think you can take advantage of this seismic shift and turn this into an amazing opportunity for yourself, your teaching, your clients and your business. And we want to encourage you to charge what you’re worth!
These beliefs are our compass: We think they should be yours too
Challenging times call for clear vision, optimism, creativity and agility
- The value of an instructor lies not in equipment or premises but in the client’s experience, results, and emotions
- Classes are not a public service but an exchange of value and should be priced as such
- People can learn physical skills to a high level in a purely online format
- The present restrictions will probably continue until the end of 2020
- This situation represents a fundamental paradigm shift and a massive opportunity for Pilates instructors, studio owners and the Pilates industry
- After restrictions are lifted, things are unlikely to return to the way they were before: The industry worldwide will have new norms, new technologies, new competitors, new consumer expectations, and ultimately a vastly different competitive landscape
- We don’t know what the world or the Pilates industry will look like in 12 months, so the best way to prepare for success is to develop agility, resourcefulness and resilience
- Instructors and studio owners who wholeheartedly welcome the challenges and leap into the new opportunities inherent in these times will flourish
Online classes have many benefits for clients and instructors including:
- greater class numbers without crowding
- no travel time, transport cost, or parking required
- because of no travel time, classes can potentially be done at any time of day including during work hours
- increased opportunity for social connection
- increased geographical catchment area
- multiple clients in same family can workout together potentially for one price
- no child-minding needed
- no queue to sign-in or use the change room
Clearpoint Legal have provided this free liability waiver for you. All you need to do is add your ABN and send it to your clients.
Here is some further general advice from Helen at Clearpoint:
To be effective, the waiver needs to be informed – so participants need to be provided the waiver prior to completing their first class so that if they aren’t comfortable providing the waiver then they can elect not to participate;
Instructors should keep a record of exactly who the waiver has been provided to by ensuring they collect full names when people register, and cross check this against the names of class participants;
Even though the waiver and release is being completed, Instructors should still take a reasonable level of care, so if there is generic advice they are able to give about things like how much space participants should clear prior to starting the class, this would minimise the risk of participants trying to make a complaint notwithstanding the waiver;
There is a line around use of video footage/photos for promotional purposes, so that if participants don’t consent they should let the Instructor know. Best practice however, if any of the instructors want to use footage or stills for social media or other marketing, is to get the specific consent of anyone who can be identified in the footage;
Obtaining insurance would further reduce any personal risk to instructors, as I imagine a lot of them will be operating as sole traders in their own name, so won’t have the limited liability that operating through a company offers. This might be more of a “nice to have” at the moment though, as it could be a large expense;
Instructors should also familiarise themselves with regulations around advertising their classes so that they avoid potentially misleading conduct, the ACCC has some useful resources here, as well as ensuring they comply with any relevant Facebook, Instagram etc. terms when advertising their business.
How to keep optimistic
- Do things for other people
- Avoid negative news, movies, books and people
- Start your day with something that inspires you – read a book, workout to music, meditate
- Write down or tell someone 3 things you’re grateful for each day
- Contribute to your community
How to add value to your clients and your community
Don’t just try to do what you did offline, but take it online. People need a whole constellation of things that aren’t included in “here’s a sequence of moves to do”
- goal attainment
- Management of Vestibular Migraine: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1756285611401647
- Vestibular rehabilitation – For whom and how? A systematic review https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14038190701526564
- Final Diploma of Clinical Pilates dates: https://breathe.edu.au/diploma-courses/
How much do Pilates instructors earn in New Zealand?
The average pay for Pilates instructors in 2019 was $45 per hour according to Payscale.com. However by definition, half of all instructors make less than the average, and half make more. So how much can YOU expect to earn?
3 years ago Charlotte Griffin walked in the door at KX Pilates Norwood as a client. She had no savings and no Pilates experience.
Now she is co-owner of both KX Magill and The Fit Space, and has become a powerhouse in the SA fitness and Pilates industry.
In this conversation, Charlotte talks through the ups and downs (mostly ups!) of her meteoric career in Pilates and fitness so far. She also shares her occasional mistakes, doubts, and honestly reviews what got her so far so fast.
Charlotte is an incredibly down-to-earth, humble, and warm person. I loved talking with her and I think you’ll be fascinated and inspired by her story.
- KX Pilates Magill – https://kxpilates.com.au/
- The Fit Space – https://www.thefitspace.com.
- Charlotte’s awesome accountant (now also my accountant!) Josh at Growth IQ: https://growthiq.com.au/
Michael has been one of our biggest inspirations, and has given us endless happy tears throughout our journey together. He is a STAND OUT human being who has also emerged as an incredibly skilled teacher. He also just so happens to be 78!
I challenge you to not find his joy, passion and laugh contagious 🙂
Read the research
People with low back pain tend to have INCREASED activation of abdominals and low back muscles
- Discriminating Healthy Controls and Two Clinical Subgroups of Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain Patients Using Trunk Muscle Activation and Lumbosacral Kinematics of Postures and Movements (Dankaerts et al. 2009)
- Changes in muscle activation patterns and subjective low back pain ratings during prolonged standing in response to an exercise intervention (Nelson-Wong & Callaghan, 2010
Read Greg Lehman’s informative, science-based and hilarious blog post
Sarah Michael is the founding trainer of VIVE Active in Sydney Australia, where she is all about giving the client the best experience.
In order to do this her philosophy is to let go; let go of all the baggage of who you think you need to be, which way your toes are pointing or, for Pete’s sake – safety.
This was a real, hilarious, liberating conversation that will be highly relevant for you if you suffer from anxiety, imposter syndrome, or feel a pressure to fit yourself to a mould shaped like someone else.
Read the research
- Activation of mTORC1 signalling in rat skeletal muscle is independent of the EC‐coupling sequence but dependent on tension per se in a dose‐response relationship (Rindom et al., 2019)
- Increased hypertrophic response with increased mechanical load in skeletal muscles receiving identical activity patterns (Eftestøl et al., 2016)
- The Mechanisms of Muscle Hypertrophy and Their Application to Resistance Training (Schoenfeld, 2010)
John’s energetic, warm and engaging style of teaching and his incredible popularity are the stuff of legend. In this candid conversation John and I talk about age, being awesome, and many other things!
This conversation with Anula Maiberg from Anula Maiberg Pilates & Things grew out of an email conversation, that we both felt was a conversation that needed to be had in public.
Together, Anula and I consider whether as a profession, Pilates instructors have a compelling value proposition, or even a clear definition of what it is that we offer our clients; why we feel the need to define ourselves by reference to made-up pathologies and special micro-limitations, and of what, precisely does good studentry consist?
Read the guidelines:
- Acute-Pain-Management-Scientific-Evidence (2015)
- An updated overview of clinical guidelines (Koes et al., 2010)
- Evidence-based management of acute musculoskeletal pain_(2003)
- What does best practice care for musculoskeletal pain look like? Eleven consistent recommendations from high-quality clinical practice guidelines: systematic review (Lin et al., 2019)
- Clinical practice guidelines for the management of non‐specific low back pain in primary care: an updated overview (Oliviera et al., 2018)
Sarah is a women’s health physiotherapist, and co-owner of Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. She went on to get a Masters of Science in Women’s Health and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008.
In 2009 Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health, and Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS).
Sarah and I talk about pregnancy and exercise, what you should and shouldn’t do with a pregnant client, pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, and what you as a group exercise instructor can do for your clients with pelvic girdle pain. We talk about diastasis recti abdominis or abdominal separation, and finally we spend quite a bit of time on Sarah’s favourite topic, urinary incontinence, on which she has recently published a book.
Towards the end of the interview Sarah gives in-depth instructions on how to do a pelvic floor contraction, and how to cue one. And, when to cue pelvic floor and when not to mention it!
You can purchase the Elvie Kegel Trainer here
Dani looks like the perfect Pilates teacher, but she has had struggles which are invisible to the eye.
This is the story of how she is overcoming anxiety, perfectionism and an eating disorder through Pilates, and the transformative power of realising she didn’t have to fit a mould, which allowed her to find her authentic voice as a teacher and as a human.
Cat Webb graduated with the Certificate IV in Pilates in 2015, and the Diploma of Clinical Pilates in 2016. After working full-time as a Pilates instructor for 3 years, in 2018 she opened Good Times Pilates in Melbourne’s Fitzroy.
Cat is a community builder, an advocate of making Pilates (and all exercise) fun, and her Instagram ( @catwebb__ ) presence is lighthearted, inclusive, and honest. Not only that but she has managed to build a successful, paradigm-breaking Pilates studio in the heart of one of Australia’s coolest suburbs.
Cat shares her thoughts on starting and running a business, finding your voice, and how to make your way in the industry – you’ll enjoy this conversation!
What is the difference between a disc bulge, disc herniation, disc protrusion, disc extrusion and a disc sequestration?
What about terms like focal, posterolateral, and circumferential?
Learn it all in this quick, simple video.
Read the Research:
Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD in kinesiology (what in Australia we call exercise science or human movement) from UCLA. She is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and an adjunct faculty member in biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of confidence and autonomy support in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke. As an investigator in the recent ICARE clinical trial in stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Lewthwaite co-designed with Carolee Winstein the investigational Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) around skill acquisition principles common to OPTIMAL theory. She was an intercollegiate athlete in two sports and a coach on a national championship softball team at UCLA. She and Gaby Wulf co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Dr. Gabriele Wulf is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and the University of Munich. She is a UNLV Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. She has published approximately 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books, both of which I have read, and they are both excellent!
Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and given the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s (NASPSPA) Distinguished Scholar Award. She has served as President of NASPSPA and the Founding Editor of two journals in the movement sciences. Dr. Wulf has given keynote addresses to national and international societies in movement science and physical therapy. She and Rebecca Lewthwaite co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Read the Research:
- Fear-avoidance beliefs—a moderator of treatment efficacy in patients with low back pain: a systematic review (Wertli et al., 2014)
- Enhance placebo, avoid nocebo: How contextual factors affect physiotherapy outcomes (Testa et al., 2016)
- When words are painful: unraveling the mechanisms of the nocebo effect (Benedetti et al., 2007)
Watch this short video by Canadian physiotherapist Nick Hannah:
Read the quote from Joseph Pilates
Return To Life Through Contrology (Pilates, 1945, p34)
“Therefore, in the reclining exercises, be sure wherever indicated, to keep your back full length always pressed firmly against the mat or floor.”
Read the research
I did a whole blog on the research on spinal flexion versus neutral
Read the Research:
- Triple play: Additive contributions of enhanced expectancies, autonomy support, and external attentional focus to motor learning (Wulf et al., 2018)
- Optimizing motivation and attention for motor performance and learning (Lewthwaite & Wulf, 2017)
- Understanding self-controlled motor learning protocols through the self-determination theory (Sanli et al., 2013)
Watch the Shining Eyes video with Benjamin Zander:
Read the Research:
Relaxin levels during pregnancy are not related to pelvic pain
- Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and its relationship with relaxin levels during pregnancy: a systematic review (Aldabe et al., 2012)
- Association between the serum levels of relaxin and responses to the active straight leg raise test in pregnancy (Vøllestad et al., 2012)
The sacroiliac joint basically doesn’t move – even in people with diagnosed “pelvic instability”
- Movement of the sacroiliac joint during the Active Straight Leg Raise test in patients with long-lasting severe sacroiliac joint pain (Kibsgård et al., 2017)
- A radiostereometric analysis of movements of the sacroiliac joints during the standing hip flexion test (Sturesson et al., 2000)
Pregnancy is characterised by widespread tissue hypersensitivity
- Pregnancy is characterized by widespread deep-tissue hypersensitivity independent of lumbopelvic pain intensity, a facilitated response to manual orthopedic tests, and poorer self-reported health (Palsson et al., 2015)
You can’t palpate movement of the pelvic joints (even if you think you can)
- Manual palpation of lumbo-pelvic landmarks: a validity study (Kilby et al., 2012)
- Inter-examiner reliability of four static palpation tests used for assessing pelvic dysfunction (Holmgren et al, 2008)
- Clinical tests of the sacroiliac joint: a systematic methodological review. Part 1: reliability (van der Wurff et al., 2000)(a)
- Clinical tests of the sacroiliac joint: a systematic methodological review. Part 2: validity (van der Wurff et al., 2000)(b)
The biggest predictor of recovery from pelvic pain is – belief that you will recover
Read the Research:
- Clinical outcomes of a scapular-focused treatment in patients with subacromial pain syndrome: a systematic review (Reijneveld et al., 2017)
- Exercise for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a systematic review (Littlewood et al., 2012)
- Subacromial decompression versus diagnostic arthroscopy for shoulder impingement: randomised, placebo surgery controlled clinical trial (Paavola et al., 2018)
- A self-managed single exercise programme versus usual physiotherapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a randomised controlled trial (the SELF study) (Littlewood, 2016)
- Effects of Scapular Stabilization Exercise Training on Scapular Kinematics, Disability, and Pain in Subacromial Impingement: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Turgut et al., 2017)
- Sham surgery versus labral repair or biceps tenodesis for type II SLAP lesions of the shoulder: a three-armed randomised clinical trial (Schrøder et al., 2017)
- Operative versus nonoperative treatment for the management of full-thickness rotator cuff tears: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Piper et al., 2017)
- Arthroscopic decompression not recommended in the treatment of rotator cuff tendinopathy: a final review of a randomised controlled trial at a minimum follow-up of ten years (Ketola et al., 2017)
Read the Research:
Read the sources:
- Attentional focus and motor learning: A review of 15 years (Wulf, 2013)
- Strength training as superior, dose-dependent and safe prevention of acute and overuse sports injuries: a systematic review, qualitative analysis and meta-analysis (Lauersen et al., 2018)
- The Training-Injury Prevention Paradox (Gabbett, 2016)
- The Pilates In America Study (PMA, 2016)
- Return to life through Contrology (Pilates, 1945)
Blossom Leilani Crawford was originally trained by Kathy Grant, one of Joseph Pilates’ personal students. Later, Blossom was also certified by Romana Kryzanowska. She is currently the principal at Bridge Pilates, NY as well as a prolific contributor to Pilates Anytime and Pilatesology.
In our conversation, we cover a lot of ground, including historical reflections and insights, thoughts on the evolution of Pilates and most importantly a powerful message of hope: What we do is not rocket science, just get people moving fearlessly.
Blossom is on tour in Sydney, Australia in late August 2018. Details from Pilates On Tour Sydney
I was inspired to write this by Jenna Zaffino’s story in episode 52 of Pilates Unfiltered – I don’t want to put words in Jenna’s mouth so you should listen to the episode after reading this if you’re interested to understand her point of view.
As movement teachers – Pilates professionals, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists – for years we have operated on the assumption that understanding anatomy, physiology and biomechanics are foundational to being an effective practitioner and teacher.
I think this assumption is wrong. You don’t need to know anything about anatomy, physiology OR biomechanics to effectively teach Pilates or help people rehabilitate.
Yep. Anatomy is not important when teaching Pilates. In fact, I think it gets in the way of good teaching.
I will even go so far as to say, you don’t need to know ANY anatomy, physiology or biomechanics in order to be a great teacher and practitioner. The less the better.
Kristi Cooper is the co-founder of Pilates Anytime, the world’s most popular online Pilates classroom that is bringing Pilates to a new, wider audience and making it possible for any Pilates instructor to learn from the greats in our industry.
In this conversation, Kristi talks about the genesis of Pilates Anytime, and it’s evolution to her current vision. We also talk about where online learning and online practice sits in the Pilates world, and what she has learned about teaching and coaching from working with many of the greatest teachers in the Pilates universe.
Kristi is also a key figure in the Pilates Legacy Project.