10 Things Pilates Instructors Know To Be True
- Creeper status: high
Hyper-awareness of how people around you stand and move can be an occupational hazard, particularly in social settings. The urge to help people stand and move better, is strong and always on, which means sometimes our helpful, postural creeper status is a little high. Sorry, not sorry.
- Active wear on point
There is an expectation that Pilates Instructors always have strong active wear game. (Like we need an excuse to spend on active wear!) #Blessed to spend all day in comfort and style; sorry bank balance!
- Not so neat feet
*Looks down* Yikes! When was the last time I got a pedicure?
- I can do anything you can do, better
You will, inevitably, encounter the amazing, hot, super fit client who can do your moves better than you! But that’s cool! We value and prioritise self-mastery, find challenges within on our own practice and do so at our own pace. It’s not a competition!
- Sporadic loss of numerical literacy
How many more reps? Where were we up to? Just keep going.
- Loopy cues
Sometimes even our most well-versed, go-to cues go missing during class, often resulting in substitutes being invented on the fly.
You know, the ones that kind of make sense, but they don’t quite fit because they’re either super random, morbid, silly or (accidentally) bawdy? On the plus side, they’re generally the cues that make clients laugh most!
- Demo drama
Even the most practiced Instructors have “those” days when mind, body and mouth don’t quite connect and demonstrations come unstuck. “Do it this way, but don’t do it this way!” You can only laugh!
- You secretly have a favourite class
We’re a social bunch, so it’s only natural to develop a rapport with clients you see sometimes multiple times a week!
- You’re a 24/7 Pilates Oracle
Family, friends and strangers will ask your advice on injuries, performance, fitness, weight loss, pregnancy (you name it!) because you’re a magical Pilates Oracle that can solve all manner of problems!
Tip: learn to say no (nicely), early.
10. Pilates is life
You can’t switch it off! You take it with you and find that it informs all aspects of life and the way you think about everyday tasks, and it makes you giddy with happiness! The End.