9 Tips to Boost Your Confidence as an Instructor

1. Study with the best.  Great instructors remain students at heart and never lose the desire to learn from the best.  Develop relationships with mentors and keep up with your continuing education.  Do workshops that dive deeper into a particular focus.  Take fitness classes outside your niche to open your mind to different cues, stretches, and movement patterns.

2. Work on your voice.  Vocal energy has a huge impact on your leadership role when teaching a class (or training one-on-one.)  Think of people you greatly admire.  Chances are they have great voices.  At the very least make sure people can understand and hear you.  Consider a local voice class as part of your continuing education or check out YouTube for vocal exercises to increase your range and protect your voice. 

10 Ways To Grow Your Business in 2017

As the year winds down and the holiday parties crank up, I encourage you to carve a little time for yourself and reflect upon this year.  Visualize what you wish to transpire in 2017.  They say it’s about the journey, not the destination, yes?  As I get older I am starting to understand more of what that euphemism really means.  It may appear a small thing to do one thing for your business every day, but over time these things add up.  Before you know you it, you’ve created a body of work that is your selling card to prospective clients.

As a small business owner and Pilates instructor, I find great irony in the desire to grow your business and have a full teaching schedule.  When I am teaching the close to my maximum hours per week, I find it challenging to find time to focus on the big picture of my business.

Safe and Responsible Fitness Programming for the Postnatal Client

Working in the fitness world, I’m sure you’ve been approached by a new mom dying for you to help her get back into her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.

We celebrate women who do amazing physical feats quickly after having a baby (running a marathon for example) without realizing we may be encouraging something that nature is not intending to happen so soon.

A woman getting her post-baby body toned and fit again is entirely possible.  The problem with women rushing to the gym too soon to get that “sick body” is that they often speed through a vital stage of healing.  It’s essential that the body have time to properly repair and strengthen muscles that go through immense changes through a pregnancy, namely the pelvic floor and transverse abdominals.  

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