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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Neal

Pilates Teaching Tips for Beginners: Creating a Positive Experience

As the festive season approaches so does the New Year and with it the influx of fresh faces to our Pilates classes.

So, I wanted to share some tips on how we can create a positive and empowering experience for any beginner clients in our classes this new year.

 

As Pilates Teachers our goal is not just to teach Pilates but to create an experience and environment for our clients. One in which they can feel confident, strong, and empowered not only in their first session but throughout their whole journey with us.


Here are some key considerations to help you ensure a positive experience for those taking their first steps into the world of Pilates.


1. Keep the Movement Patterns Simple:

When working with Pilates newcomers, simplicity is key. Introduce straightforward movement patterns that are easy to grasp, leaving clients with a sense of accomplishment. Exercises like Footwork, Arms in Straps, Seated Arms, and Bridges provide a solid foundation for beginners to build upon.


2. Use Clear and Simple Cues:

Communication is crucial. Utilize clear and straightforward cues, incorporating external references like the clothes clients are wearing or objects around them. This approach enhances understanding and prevents clients from feeling overwhelmed, ensuring a smoother transition into the Pilates language.


3. Use Repetition for Learning:

Learning is a process that thrives on repetition. Allow participants to perform a higher number of repetitions (15-20) to provide ample opportunities for mastering movement patterns. This not only aids in motor learning but also allows instructors to offer guidance and support where needed, especially for those new to the practice.


4. Provide Consistent Exercise Selection:

Consistency breeds familiarity. Maintain a consistent selection of exercises across classes to avoid overwhelming participants with an abundance of new movements. This fosters a sense of comfort, helping clients progress at a comfortable pace.


5. Give Them Positive Reinforcement:

Celebrate every milestone, regardless of its size. Regularly offer positive reinforcement and feedback to highlight clients' progress and boost their confidence. Creating a positive atmosphere encourages clients to see and appreciate their own improvements.


6. Be Patient and Understanding:

Acknowledge the challenges that come with being a beginner. Exercise patience as participants navigate a new space and embark on their journey of learning. A supportive and understanding approach goes a long way in easing the intimidation that often accompanies new beginnings.



 

Our role as Pilates teachers extends beyond mere instruction. It is about creating an inclusive and empowering space where every client feels seen, heard, and valued in each session. By incorporating these strategies, our Pilates classes become not just a lesson in movement but a source of inspiration and empowerment for individuals embarking on their Pilates journey.



 

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