Does this sound familiar to you? You fell in love with Pilates and took the leap to become a Pilates instructor. As an apprentice, you did lots of self-practice and extra sessions every week. Your fellow apprentices practiced teaching on your every day, and you were living, eating and breathing Pilates! Then you graduate your program and begin teaching. You start canceling your session with your instructor to fit a client in. Then it happens again. You cancel your standing and tell yourself you will schedule after you get all your clients scheduled. You miss a couple weeks but you promise yourself that you’ll self-practice. The days get long, and you feel too tired to push yourself. One day you find yourself jealous of the Pilates session your client is getting from you. Or, worse, you don’t feel inspired anymore. You think you need to learn more exercises or give them exercises they might not be ready for yet because you are afraid they are bored. My friend and Pilates instructor Carrie Samper once said: “If you are bored, your clients are bored.” I agree with her. Continue reading
Do you have a great business idea, one that would allow you to become the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be, but something is holding you back?
I started my business as a Pilates instructor in 2008 during the Great Recession. When economic times are tough, gym memberships can often be one of the “nice to have” things that people ditch first. But within 90 days of me becoming certified to teach my classes were completely booked. Why were people choosing to spend a portion of their limited disposable income on classes with me? Continue reading
Time certainly does fly when you are having fun! It’s been just over a week since I returned from this year’s Pilates Method Alliance conference in Phoenix, AZ. It did not disappoint. This year instructors from 28 countries dove into the Pilates workshops, a Halloween bash from Pilates Anytime and enjoyed a premiere of a new documentary celebrating Joseph Pilates. Continue reading
I fell in love with the practice of Pilates in 2005. Three years later, I became certified to teach. In working with clients since 2008 I’ve learned that there are a lot of misconceptions about who can/cannot practice Pilates. (If you don’t have the time right now to read this entire post, let me tell you upfront that every body—yes, every body! —is a Pilates body.) Keep reading to get the 411 on who can/can’t do Pilates: Continue reading
I am often asked by those thinking of becoming a Pilates instructor what the career path is. Can you make a living teaching? Where do you teach? Many are worried they are too old to start a new career or that they don’t have enough experience to teach Pilates. When I dove into my Pilates teacher training, I actually had no career path vision. I know that might sound odd, especially if you know me. I am a visionary, a dreamer, and a doer. But I loved Pilates from my first 100 and didn’t really think of it as more than a passion. When I began my teacher training, I was hoping to teach part time, just so I could pay for my personal Pilates obsession. I then found myself on a career path that I didn’t even know existed! Continue reading
When I wrote chapter 7 “The Price is Right” for my book “Profitable Pilates: Everything but the Exercises,” I was hoping to help teachers dial in on how they can make money and feel like they were in the driver’s seat of their earning potential. It’s easy to feel like your income flow is fluctuating when you are a Pilates Instructor. Some clients are in town this week and out the next. People don’t use their packages up as quickly as planned. You may begin to feel the need to offer discount packages, special offers, or add another studio to the mix to get more clients/classes. There are ways to maximize your earnings as an instructor and not drive yourself out of business by offering discounts, teaching for less than your worth, or spending more time in your car to get to the next place.
Last week I spent a few days out in Montecito, California, at the studios of PilatesAnytime.com. In the past, I’ve visited to participate as a body when some of my favorite instructors were filming classes for their website. But on this trip, I had the pleasure to instruct some classes myself, and in just a few weeks, you’ll have a reformer and mat class to enjoy at your leisure. But, more exciting than that (in my opinion), I was able to film several Pilates business workshops for their website also! This topic is one that I am so passionate about. I realized while on my drive home at 3 am that coaching Pilates Instructors lights my fire so much I can’t even sleep! Seriously, I was filled with so much joy, excitement, and anticipation, I awoke from my dreams and could not push my excitement aside to fall back asleep. I cannot wait for you all to see the courses we put together for both Pilates instructors and studio owners. Continue reading
When I speak with studio owners and managers, I often ask them what they feel their biggest challenge is. Everyone gives me a different answer – or so they think. I’ve noticed their challenges generally fall into one of two buckets: Spending too much time IN their business or too much time ON their business. (And side note, this probably means they are not giving enough “YOU time” to themselves or their own personal practice either.)
Earlier this year I was having dinner with a couple of my girlfriends one night. We are all Pilates instructors, and we were discussing how sometimes it’s difficult to find a non-teaching outfit to wear when going out on the town. Somehow over the years of teaching, our personal style changed – but the closet didn’t. Rewind to several years ago when I was creating my first lesleyloganpilates.com website and I was writing my bio. At the time “yogini” was the term used to describe Yogi’s. Needing a term to describe me and my love for Pilates, the word “Pilatini®” was born. I spent the time and effort to trademark it. Not the easiest thing in the world to do, and I didn’t really have a definitive plan for it yet. Continue reading
When I was an apprentice I remember thinking that some day I would open my own Pilates studio and call it L Logan Pilates! I had just discovered Pilates the previous year and had a mountain of learning to do, but I concretely knew my own brick-and-mortar location was just a bit further down this exciting road I was traveling. For me it wasn’t a question of should I own or should I rent. Clearly, I would own, so I created a roadmap to get there. Continue reading
My dearest friend and brilliant Pilates instructor, Brien Creaill, has been traveling as a guest Pilates instructor to some incredible places around this world. Recently teaching in Hong Kong and gearing up to go back to Dublin and Amsterdam, he has been able to take his love of traveling and mesh it into his teaching at his home base of Barcelona, Spain. There is a chapter in my book Profitable Pilates: Everything but the Exercises called, “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” My hope with this chapter was to inspire new instructors (and those researching) with all the different avenues they could take as an instructor. One that I didn’t explore much in the book was being a guest teacher. Continue reading