So, You’re JUST a Pilates Instructor? Oh… I See.

I love my Dad. I really do. But every time we talk via Skype (since we live in different countries it is the most convenient way to communicate so far) he asks me whether I plan to gain a new profession or apply for any job. “But Daddy, I have a job already: I am a Pilates instructor, a personal trainer, you know,” – “But it is not even a real thing!” And I am absolutely sure that every Pilates instructor experiences once in a while that questioning from others (not only relatives) whether their job is worth doing.  Read more

How Much Do You Charge For Your Pilates Class? …Are You Nuts?!

Perhaps, the question “Why are your classes so pricey?” is the most sensible one among other things you may need to get used to hearing as a Pilates instructor. So, today I want to share my personal story as a Pilates trainer and Pilates studio owner on determining what to charge for a class. It took me 6+ years to get used to answering the question about price without questioning my credentials and sanity afterwards, and I really hope this article will shorten this inevitable, but not such a pleasant journey for other trainers. So, let’s give it an honest (slightly biased, maybe) look at how much a Pilates class may/should cost.  Read more

A Christmas Devotional: What’s It Like Being a Pilates Instructor?

One beautiful day after a morning Pilates class, my client told me that since I knew a lot about Pilates, I needed to register in Quora – world question bank with answers-  and start answering various Pilates-related questions to share my passion and help other people.  So, after classes that day, I actually did it: registered in Quora, filled in my credentials and started looking for Pilates questions, ready to serve. The next minute, Quora joyfully informed me that the question of a perfect match had found me instead. Whohoo! The next minute or so, I laughed so hard my perfect core was aching because the question that popped out was “How many calories one burns while pooping?” Read more

Prenatal Pilates: Benefits, Regime Guidance and Precautions to Mind

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? What prenatal exercise regime is recommended? What are the best frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise? In this article, you will find the guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period, the benefits of prenatal Pilates and other workouts, and precautions.  Read more

Confessions of a Personal Trainer: What I Really Think about Your Last-Minute Class Cancellation

Almost a decade ago when I was young and naive, in the very beginning of my career as fitness and dance instructor, in the early morning of a chilly day in February (at 6:15 am to be precise), I was at my studio, ready for a personal training with a new client, scheduled for 6:30 am. At 6:27, she texted me with the message “Sorry, can’t make it today. Will call you later.” I felt, to say it mildly, upset, a bit lonely, rejected, and inadequate as a trainer. It was pretty hard not to take it personally, even if the cancellation was because of the circumstances beyond that client’s control. Read more

Pilates for Men: Twenty Health Benefits to Silence Your Inner Sceptic

“Do you want to kill me, Woman?”  – questioned my Pilates instructor’s sanity my husband after a 15-minute Pilates-inspired cardio workout one day… Oh, no, Honey, I certainly do not! I just did not realize that Pilates routine could be that challenging to you since you are extremely fit, go to the gym at least three times a week, and have a fancy Fitbit device to mind the quantity of hours needed for recovery after a workout.

So, how was it possible for him to find Pilates exercises challenging? After I had given this enough thought, I had to admit that I was biased. Shame on me. Despite being a Pilates instructor for more than 5 years, with 30 percent of my clients being men, a part of me believed that Pilates is, primarily, for tender ladies. And, as a consequence, I challenged my husband with the advanced Pilates exercises. Sorry))  Read more

Pilates For Weight Loss: Ten Tips on How, Exactly, Does This Work

Wondering, whether your Pilates routine will help you to lose weight fast? Do Pilates benefits include weight loss effect or the slim and well-toned body promises are just encouraging words from Pilates instructors? Just recently, I heard from a CrossFit trainer that “while Pilates has definite benefits, its strongest suit is certainly not weight loss.” As the fitness enthusiast with more than 25 years in dancing, all kinds of fitness training and mind-body practices, I respectfully disagree.

Triggered by those words above, I have done some research through hundreds of fitness forums and gladly present its results, completed with my personal journey as the Pilates institutor and observation of my clients, in the article below. Hopefully, this post will help you clarify how effective are Pilates classes for losing weight and whether Pilates is the first choice for weight loss purposes.  Read more