Creating a Community, Collaboration and Why it’s Better Together!

The age-old saying “two minds are better than one” and other phrases ” it’s better together” are not just random woo quotes. They are said and offered as advice because there is so much truth to their meaning. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did it all alone. I had to create a community. I had to ask for help. I had to collaborate with other amazing humans.

After a weekend talking tribes and following your purpose I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you all how important having a community helps you on your journey.

See, if it wasn’t for the suggestions and support of a few women over ten years ago I wouldn’t be a Pilates instructor. If it wasn’t for my first Pilates boss asking me a question I wouldn’t be coaching the business side of Pilates. If it wasn’t for my current tribe of strong women I would have no one to high five me, hold me accountable to my own goals and even help me see I can do bigger things that I set out to do.

Mastermind groups, Tribes, accountability partners and friends who want the best for you are essential is this world. I think the universe purposefully made it so that you can only go so far on your own.

We were all given strengths. Areas we rock the best. And, the opposite of strengths isn’t weakness but areas that just don’t vibe with us. But, those areas are someone else’s strength!

When I choose a partner in crime on a project I don’t just pick someone who thinks like me or is absolutely in love with all that I do. Living in Los Angeles I have seen what too many “yes” people get you. I partner with people who are excited about what I am about to do but who can come at it with a whole other box of tools.

I was listening to Lori Harder and Lewis Howes talk about their mastermind group. And, she shared her goals with the group and Lewis’ response was how can you double that? Her gut instinct would have been similar to mine. Double it!? I thought that goal was great and that’s all I can do. But, then the mind clears. How could she double it? A network, tribe, mastermind or accountability partner doesn’t just go “Yay!” for you they help you do more, think about it from a different perspective and challenge you to do more.

Currently, I have a couple collaboration partners. I have a tribe and I have a coach. My tribe is there for wins, losses and random life moments. My collab partners have helped me do projects that without them I might not have done or wouldn’t have had the same effect. And, my coach is integral in helping me get out of my head and onto my path. Just like when I coach teachers, as a coach I’m not in the ditches, I get a bird’s eye view. My coach isn’t at my sea level, she’s on a mountaintop and able to guide me. We all need someone or in my case someones who help us make our magic happen.

Are you looking for a community? Do you wish your network helped you grow more? Who is in your tribe?

This coming year I’ve got several offerings for you to help you find the people you need! This Sunday 2 pm pst Andrea Maida is joining me for one of my Pila-Tequila Talks and we are talking collaborations! I’ve got a webinar all about building a network coming up soon. Be sure you’re on the newsletter list or join Agency to see it and check out the roundtable I am leading at the next Pilates Method Alliance gathering in October.

A community doesn’t build over night. But, over time trust and growth are possible and because of this beautiful opportunities arise.

Are you ready?


How to Talk Less and Teach Your Clients More!

When I first learned how to teach Pilates I was provided with a framework on what say for the first rep, second rep, and third rep. And, while that framework was great for me as a  newbie instructor I soon realized that all those words did not add up to teaching my client anything. It’s easy as Pilates instructors to think we have to cue, correct and talk a lot to help our clients “get” Pilates. But, what if you could talk less and your clients could learn even more?

In a recent interview I did with Breathe Educations Raphael Bender I shared a story about how Jay Grimes told me and my fellow Work crew how you cannot “talk” Pilates into a client. That a clients body will be the best teacher for them. And, how our job is to provide them with the exercises that will allow their body to connect, move and grow stronger.

I know for me, when I heard this, I was slightly skeptical. But, then after practicing it as a teacher, I realized that not only did I have more energy after a day of clients my clients felt that the workout was automatically harder. One client even thought I was “mad at them” because he felt like I had anti-upped their workout. I hadn’t. It was the same workout as the week before. The only thing I did differently was start them off on the exercise and then asked them to feel something while they moved. I didn’t give them any other corrections or cues.

Since that session, we haven’t gone back to the old ways of me guiding them through every rep.

How do you know you might be talking too much? 

Well, there are a few signs. One, they get confused from rep three and four, they don’t “get” or “feel” the exercise and the last one is my favorite. They come in telling you something you have been trying to tell them for years!

I had a client that I had been telling for a couple years how to stand up straight only to just let it go when I decided to stop “talking” Pilates into my client’s bodies. One day she came in and showed me how she discovered to stand up straight on her own. It was all the cues I had been giving her for years. She finally was ready to do it on her own. And, her body was at a place of strength, ability, and coordination to do the thing.

So, how can you try to incorporate talking less and allowing them to feel more?

  1. Ask them a question? What can they try to discover on their own while they move?
  2. Allow it to be ugly. Safe but ugly. Don’t correct their bodies to make them look like they are doing the exercise. Looks can be deceiving. It can look like a Teaser but they can be totally in their quads and lower back and not their center at all.
  3. What other exercises around the room can teach the concept of the exercise you are trying to correct. Or, trying to teach them. I never teach Horseback on the Reformer until they are doing Spine Stretch, Arm Circles, Side Splits, Standing Arm Springs, and Push-down. All of those exercises have key elements of Horseback on the reformer. So, when they go to do the horseback I can ask them for more push down or more teaser or more side splits.
  4. Give them permission to take ownership of their workout and remember their exercises. Think up daily life activities that an exercise help them do and encourage them to think about them as they are out and about. They will be so excited when they are out doing their life and they can call upon their Pilates that they’ll want to dive into it, even more, to see what other activities get easier.

Why does talking less help your clients?

  1. When you take one sensory away the others step up a notch. If they are not constantly trying to do whatever you say the mind and touch sensors will pick up the slack and connect quicker.
  2. Clients will always try to appease you and do what you say and will get frustrated with themselves and Pilates when they feel they cannot do what you are asking. If you let their bodies see what they can take each exercise your client will feel more successful.
  3. On their own, they will be more inclined to do their Pilates homework because they won’t have you coaching them through as a crutch.
  4. Their body is smart, and given the chance to be its own captain it will step up!

How can do begin to incorporate this into your next session?

  1. Start small. Don’t go from talking every rep to being silent and miming. Instead, see how much they can do an exercise without your coaching. Maybe talk every other rep.
  2. Think about your client and think about the exercises they struggle with the most. Then give them other exercises that could teach them at the beginning of the session. Then call upon what they felt in those exercises throughout the rest of their session.
  3. When in doubt about what to say try “Keep Going.” And, just see what happens.
  4. Self check-When you work yourself out how much are you correcting every move you make? Try to talk half as much the next time.

Change takes time. Whether you are trying to change how you teach and talk or how a client does an exercise. Pilates is a practice and they have their whole life to “get it.” So, give them the freedom to make some errors along the way. Give them permission to move. Give yourself credit for all that you know and get creative with what your client needs to do the exercises you want them to do.

For more on this stay tuned for an upcoming webinar or check out a mini-course on this topic. Or, if you’re wanting more training on this contact me here and we can do some personal training and observation on your teaching. In the meantime enjoy saying few words and watching Pilates teach more.


Teaching Pilates Part-Time: Have Your Cake & Eat it Too!

When I first became a Pilates instructor my original intention was to keep my “desk job.” Technically, I was a manager of a high-end women’s boutique but you get what I mean. I loved working in retail. I had the best clients and I loved my co-workers. But, I also loved teaching Pilates. I wanted to do both, at least for awhile. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too!

I’m often asked if it’s possible to make a living teaching Pilates full-time. But, I think it’s important to share that you can keep your “day job” and teach Pilates on the side.

In fact, if you look at the recent Pilates in America study you’ll find that the majority of Pilates teachers are part-time teachers. Now, some of these teachers may be part-time because they have another job and others because their family life only allows for part-time teaching availability.

Let’s talk about how you can have a successful side Pilates business and not work 24/7!

1) Know your availability: It’s important that you don’t work 24/7 when Pilates is a part-time business. I know it’s hard to say no to a client and no to money but if you want to continue to enjoy teaching Pilates you need to set and maintain an ideal schedule and only offer those times. Don’t lose the love you have by overworking, check out how to maintain your sanity here and create your ideal schedule here.

2) Get clear on who your client is: This is key no matter how many hours you teach. But, even more, necessary for a teacher who also has to work somewhere else. Think about who can come to sessions when you’re free to teach? What do these people do and where else do they go shopping, life etc. It’s important that you don’t waste your free time marketing to clients that aren’t right for when you can teach. Attracting the right clients for you is key to filling the part-time hours you have available.

3) Know your Why: Why do you want to keep your “desk job” and why you want to teach Pilates? There will be weeks when one or the other is driving you mad. If you have written down why you love your “day job” and why Teaching Pilates is important for you it will help you from tossing out the “cake.”

4) Maintain your Pilates practice! It’s easy to let work and teaching Pilates take over your time and then there is no time for YOU! Maintain your sanity by having your Pilates session on your calendar first. For more self-care tips check out my Pilates Anytime tutorial and why all teachers should have a teacher.

5) Don’t overindulge in the continuing education: But, do get continuing education. When you work and teach Pilates your time is limited. Focus your continuing education on what will help the clients you have today! It’s easy to want to take all the Pilates workshops that come up. But, if you’re spending all your Pilates dollars on sessions and education you may stretch yourself too thin. Or, if you don’t you may feel like you should be and then worried about not doing enough. Be intentional about what you take and it will continue to help you grow, retain your clients and stay inspired.

6) Have your systems in place: How do people schedule, cancel, pay you? What’s the process to do these things? What policies do you have in place? Can any or all of it be automated? The more you are not working in your Pilates business the easier it will be to maintain your Pilates business.

To sum it up, You can have your cake and eat it too! You can teach Pilates and keep your “day job.” You can teach Pilates when you want to teach. And, if you feel like you’re teaching too much then here’s some help for you.


5 Benefits of Continuing Education for Pilates

Once I finished my first comprehensive Pilates training I knew that I had so much more continuing education in front of me. I had learned 600+ hours of Pilates but my teaching and eyes were still young.  At the time there was not much (if any) online Pilates education. So, whenever I saw a workshop in my area I was there. About a year into my teaching,  two conferences and five workshops later I took a pause on small workshops and signed up for a masters training program. Then after that, I was accepted into another masters program with a student of Joseph Pilates Jay Grimes.

I will admit I took a lot of continuing education. And, possibly a little too much. But, after I switched to the master’s programs I became more picky about all of my continuing education and funneled it towards what I love to teach and now it helps me for what I am known for as a teacher.

As I mentioned above, when I first started taking continuing education workshops I took whatever was in town. Then I realized I needed to understand what I already knew better. My first master’s program at The Pilates Center helped me do that. A couple years later and post a broken leg I wanted to learn Pilates for my body more. This has helped my teaching tremendously.

When I talk to new instructors I encourage them to take continuing Pilates education. You don’t always or even have to know what your niche or interests are from the get-go. The clients you attract will help you figure out what you need to know more as a new teacher. Then as a more experienced teacher, you may find yourself searching for specific workshops, maybe even Pilates workshops outside Pilates!

5 Benefits of continuing your Pilates education

  1. Inspiration: it’s easy to get stuck in a “walk-of-the-same” and forget ALL the options we have as Pilates instructors. Plus, after teaching clients re-learning some of the basic exercises can be eye-opening and make you want to dive back into them with more zest!
  2. Networking: Growing your Pilates teacher friendships is key to growing as a teacher. Even if these friends become virtual friends and live distances away. The friendships I have made from my two master’s programs have given me some of my best friends in life. And, it’s easy to feel alone in your studio, like you’re the only one going through what you are going through. But, then you reach out to your Pilates buddies and wah-lah you are supported and encouraged.
  3. Nicheing out: You don’t have to be the master of all the things Pilates. You can become the best Pilates teacher for one type of client or get super known for a specific group of humans. And while niching out may feel like you’re saying no to future clients it actually allows you to attract your ideal client and become super known for that. Still worried? Check out my Becoming Known and Attracting New Clients courses.
  4. Ah-ha Moments: ever wonder why an exercise exists? Or, maybe you just never “got it” during your training. So you find yourself avoiding teaching it and doing it. A workshop can break it down for you and you get to enjoy ah-ha moment after ah-ha moment!
  5. Find a mentor: I have had a couple mentors in my Pilates career now. All came from taking a workshop from them that lead to me taking regular sessions with them. You will never know all there is to know and that should feel good! But, that doesn’t mean you stop learning. By having regular sessions with an instructor that inspires you your education will grow even more and you don’t have to wait for a workshop to be scheduled to do that! I know, I spoke about the importance of having a teacher already this month but had to remind you!

Before you run out and sign up for more continuing education lets have a checklist for you. Recently in an episode of Pilates Unfiltered with Jenna Zaffino, she mentioned that you might wait on signing up for the workshop about the “big toe” if you haven’t spent the time to learn and use what you already know. And, I completely agree with her. I don’t want you to overdo it and then feel broke and confused.

  1. Will this workshop help deepen what you already know?
  2. Is this course going to help you teach the clients you have?
  3. Do you already have (or have access to) the equipment this workshop is on?
  4. Have you used the information from your past education yet?
  5. What’s your why? Have you taken the time to ask WHY you want and need to take this workshop? Does the answer pass questions 1-3?

Now that you are ready to take some continuing Pilates education where should you take it? And with whom? Well, the beauty of continuing education today is that you can go to a conference like the Pilates Method Alliance in October, Momentum Fest in June, workshops in your area or even online! Pilates Anytime has great online workshops and I’ll be streaming a webinar this week on elevating your Pilates business. Plus, there are courses that are on my website here for whenever you are ready.

Not sure who to take from? Check out PilatesAnytime’s classes. If you like how a teacher teaches look them up and see when they are teaching a workshop next. Maybe you make a Pilates vacation out of it.

And finally, as I mentioned above you can also challenge yourself and continue your education outside of Pilates. I take Khmer, Spanish and Comedy classes. All have helped me in my Pilates teaching (even though that wasn’t the original goal). The point is that teaching Pilates is amazing, how it affects each body is unique and how you see Pilates in a body is unique to you. Continue to expand your mind and your abilities and you’ll enjoy teaching Pilates for years to come and you’ll be able to continue to grow and challenge your clients for years.



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How to Find a Pilates Teacher for You (a Teacher)

Awhile back I wrote about the importance of “maintaining your own Pilates practice.” When I first became a Pilates instructor my personal practice was necessary to help me be a better teacher. To feel how cues from my teacher felt in my own body. I would come early and watch her teach the person before me and if I could I would stay late. Many of us may find that we can continue taking Pilates from our teacher trainers. And, yet, there are still many teachers who find themselves off on their own, working hard to grow their Pilates business and due to location and time cannot get to their original Pilates instructors.The other day I was talking with a Pilates instructor from out of town. Where he lived there weren’t many instructors with more experience than him. He would take classes from the teachers who worked at his studio or online but he didn’t have an instructor that he regularly saw that was helping his own personal Pilates practice grow.  He needed to find a Pilates instructor that would challenge him, a teacher for teachers.

So, how do you find a Pilates instructor for yourself? 

Last week over at my Pilates teaching website I gave some tips for Pilates practitioners to find the best instructor for them. As well all know a quick Google search can give you more than you were looking for. And, while all those tips apply here for you. There are also some key things I think are important for a Pilates teacher looking for their own Pilates teacher.

  1. Get Referrals: Talk to your original Pilates teacher trainer and see if they have any advice for whom you should continue to learn from.
  2. Who trained whom: If you love the way your original teachers taught you Pilates who taught them? Do they have a Skype opportunity, workshop or master training you can take to continue to grow?
  3. Use the Online options: Binge out on classes (use LLOGAN for a 30-day free trial) and see what instructors really speak to you and your body. Then connect with them. Can you take a Pilates vacation and meet them, take a class or workshop?
  4. Get tech savvy: So the teacher doesn’t live near you? So what! A camera on your phone or laptop with some blue tooth earbuds will do just the trick! Sure, you miss the touch aspect of Pilates but, when you take away one sensory the other ones are enlightened. Seriously, if you are blindfolded your hearing and sense of smell begin to work harder. The clients and teachers I teach via skype/facetime all find that they are more focused during our sessions because they cannot just look at me and tell me about their day in footwork. They would have to turn their head awkwardly to see the camera and chit-chat. And, for me as their teacher, I have to watch more and be as creative as I can with my words to get them to feel what I want them to connect to our change.
  5. Go to Pilates conferences: Take workshops and sessions from as many different teachers as possible. You will find so many amazing instructors at the Pilates Method Alliance, Momentum Fest, and any other Pilates conference you can find. Sure, you have to travel to go to these but one, it’s a write off so do it! Two, continuing education is key for staying inspired and growing your skills to retain your clients. Three, networking is essential for feeling like you are not alone and for getting ideas on what to do or not to do in your Pilates business. I’ll be at both the PMA gathering in October and teaching at Momentum Fest in June (use momentumlesley to save $)! So, come and introduce yourself and share what teachers you want to try to get more Pilates in your body with.
  6. Get a coach: Contact me or another life coach to help you figure out what you need in choosing a teacher that is right for you. It’s essential that your Pilates instructor inspire you as much as they challenge you. That you are not just another hour in their day but someone they are passing the torch to. That they are dedicated to you growing as a teacher and a Pilates practitioner.
  7. Change is ok: Sometimes we find we are going in a different direction. Or, maybe you teach a special population of clients but you are not that population. You need a teacher whose niche is YOU! It’s ok to need a different set of skills. In my teaching journey after being an apprentice, I switched from the teacher who helped me learn all the exercises I needed to do my program to a woman who used to be a teacher trainer for the same program. Then from her due to our schedules not vibing I switched to the woman she was taking from, Sandy Shimoda. And now, I take from her and her team at Vintage.

When I talk about living part-time in one country and part-time in LA I’ll admit at first I was like “what am I going to do for my Pilates?!” And then I laughed out loud! I’ll do what I do now. Take from my teachers who challenge me via the web when I’m away and in person when I am not.

I know you are probably doing an amazing job teaching yourself, taking classes with others or even online with me and my mat classes. But, it’s so important that you have regular Pilates sessions that are just about YOU! Now that I have convinced you of that here are a few things to keep in mind when doing your search.

Tips on what to look for in a Pilates teacher for yourself:

  1. They challenge you
  2. The Pilates instructor is focused on you and not talking Pilates biz during your session
  3. They remember what cues work for you and where your weaknesses are
  4. They have a teacher who challenges them.
  5. They never stop learning
  6. They hold you accountable
  7. They don’t let you take yourself too seriously

Your Pilates practice not only helps you stay connected to your mind, body, and soul. It helps you move. You became a Pilates instructor because you loved the way you felt, you loved the movements and wanted to share them with everyone else. Maintaining your practice is always a challenge. It’s so easy to cancel our own Pilates workout to make room for another client. But, when you have a teacher who is expecting you to show up and workout you will not only do it you will continue to be able to hold your clients accountable, stay inspired and grow.

If you already have regular sessions with your own instructor congrats! I’d love to hear what it is you love about taking Pilates with them. You can comment below or simply send them a message letting them know how much they mean to you. If you are feeling blue because you don’t have a teacher yet that does what I said above then feel free to reach out. Let’s find out what you’re looking for and how we can find you the perfect teacher. I’m happy to be your Pilates teacher matchmaker!

But, no matter how busy your studio is, no matter how little time you think you have or how much money you think you don’t have your Pilates sessions will pay you back tenfold over and over again!




How Long Does It Take to Become a Pilates Instructor?

So, you’re thinking about becoming a Pilates Instructor! Yay, that’s amazing and I’m super stoked for you. When I first set out to become a Pilates instructor I remember looking at all the workshop dates, apprentice hours and meetings. I remember thinking “wow, 600 hours and in nine months!” I was excited and overwhelmed. I worked a full-time job managing a retail store across town. But, I wanted to become an instructor. So, I buckled down and fit those hours in between every free moment I had. One of the questions I get a lot is how to become a Pilates instructor and how long does it take to become an instructor? When I was a teacher trainer many students would base their choice on the program I taught for based on the length of time it took to become a Pilates instructor.

Now that I have been teaching Pilates ten years and have gone through three training experiences I can say I’m so happy my first program took as long as it took. In fact, one of the reasons I did a second training program was because I felt I needed more information. I had a strong foundation but I just felt I needed more time with people who had been teachers decades longer.

When I wrote my book Profitable Pilates: Everything but the Exercises I spent a whole chapter on how to choose a program, questions to ask each program and why the apprentice hours are so important to your success as an instructor. Learning the exercises, the steps, the reps, orders, safety’s etc is the easy part. Learning to teach, to see and to understand the depth of the work is something that only time in the Pilates method can do.

If you’re in the program decision stage I recommend my free course on “How to become a Pilates Instructor” and my ebook. It’s filled with tips for choosing the program that is the right fit for you! Every program out there has its own set of requirements, apprentice hours, timeline and prices. Before you pick your program take a look at the experience and wisdom about program lengths from some of my favorite Pilates instructors in this world!

Anula Maiberg – Sixth Street Pilates– “Probably a year. I had one pilates cert that took about a year. And one a bit under. So I’d be super happy if the min. requirement was a year. If that could be upheld somehow.”

Jenna Zaffino – Move From the Heart– “I’ve taken two, full comprehensive programs. The first was as an apprenticeship and took a little over a year to complete the training and then I tested out within the first 6 months of completing the study. The second was done long distance. I traveled between 2004 and 2008 to complete my training with Ron Fletcher. Much of my learning was a self-study situation. In my opinion, the longer the program, the better, but I understand the need to begin to make $$. I would love to see a program be 1.5 years where the teacher begins to teach beginning level students after 6 months, continues their practice and teaching for the duration of the year and then has regular check-in educational sessions for 6 months following their graduation.”

Julie Driver- Julie Driver Pilates – “Becoming an instructor isn’t a finite destination, It’s a journey with many defining moments along the way. I still consider myself a student, I’ve had the privilege of working with generous teachers who have shared their knowledge and work with me along my path.  Without continued education throughout our career, we can lose our way and our own passion for teaching.” 

Jessica Valant- Jessica Valant Pilates – “I support the 450-hour requirement of PMA because I feel that’s a good general starting point for a program (to give them guidance). I also agree year minimum – I think that gives students a chance to complete all the required hours and teaching and observing without putting pressure on them to do it too fast.  Another perspective – I’ve had students take too LONG. Meaning they do their classroom work and then take two to three years to do the required hours while putting off the test. They end up losing accountability and develop their own style which is good but also hard when they are then required to test on one specific program. I think it would be nice to have more one-on-one throughout the program so that getting in is a little harder and people have more commitment to finishing.”

Carrie Pages- Carrie Pages Pilates– “Mine was a full year and levels I-V. Obscene amounts of anatomy, gobs of hours, etc. I wouldn’t change it for anything and I loved every freaking second and bit of it. I was also 19 and waiting tables and working the front desk of the Pilates studio. When I started my program I basically modeled it the way I was trained. I taught it that way for about 4 years and then I thought “there had to be another way”. Sooooo I broke the program into 3 parts. First, the mat training where I basically am scoping out who would be a good candidate for the Full Apparatus. It’s two weekends and 50 hours. Then the full apparatus (levels I-III only). It’s 5 weekends. Then after at least a year of teaching or more, I do a level IV-V intensive weekend. It followed by more personal practice and more observation. Once all of that’s done you’ve got 450 hours. I’ve been super pleased with the layout. The students aren’t tripping out over how to teach the rowings but can focus on how to teach the exercises they’re actually going to teach on a regular basis. Depending on the person it may take them a few years to do it all but it is so much better than slamming them with Control Arabesque in their 5 months of training!”

Cloe BunterBreathe Education– “”Firstly, I need to start by saying that is a really hard question to answer! I’m six years in and sometimes it feels like it’s all just brand new again! And perhaps there is the bigger question of the definition between instructor and teacher? A Certificate IV in Pilates, which will enable you to instruct group Reformer and Mat classes to relatively healthy clients, can be completed in approximately six months if you are really consistent with your placement hours, however realistically may take nine to twelve months to complete your practicum dependent on other life commitments. To do a full certification Cert IV plus a Clinical Diploma in Pilates which qualifies you to teach on all apparatus and work with injured clients will realistically take you closer to 18months to complete. I think it’s important for new instructors fresh out of their course to realise that it is from there, in the real word, that the learning really begins and to not expect to know everything and be a master as soon as they complete their course. What I will say is that the learning process should NEVER end. I encourage all instructors to actively seek out continued education both formal and informal. Pilates Anytime, workshops, online tutorials etc. Keep up to date with the latest research in movement and pain so you can best serve your clients and industry. We are so fortunate in this day and age of social media that there are so many incredible resources just there waiting for you to read and discuss them with your peers.”. ”

As you can see the length of time varies greatly depending on your program and YOU! Some programs training weekends might only be over the course of 6 months but the hours can take you another 6 months to a year to complete. My advice is to be consistent, do not let a week go by that you don’t take a lesson and teach a fellow apprentice. Chip away at the hours and be as curious as you can be. You won’t know it all at the end but the more you desire to learn the more you will know when you are done and you’ll have a foundation that will set you up for the years of teaching ahead. The beautiful thing about teaching Pilates is that you will always be learning, always be a student. There is no need to rush the training experience. For more information on the career path of a Pilates instructor read this blog post. We also have great tips on becoming an instructor in this blog post and one more for good measure here.

As always if you have questions or comments you can post them below or contact me here.

Happy Pilates school hunting! It’s a journey, not a race so take the time it takes to learn and grow.  In the end, most clients won’t care where you went to training but they will care how you make them feel and the benefits of working with you.



How To Set and Hit Your Goals in 2018

I am a goal setter and achiever! I absolutely love goals. But, I know many people have been feeling the pressure of goals and resolutions. How can do you set goals that you can achieve in 2018 without feeling discouraged or like a failure if they do not happen?

First, let’s just get honest about goal setting. Goal setting is not a task list or a to-do list. Goals are not boxes to be checked off. They are steps in the direction of your journey. They are turns, hills, and mountains that strengthen you and change you. When you set goals that are in line with where you want to go, how you want to feel and what you desire to see the path towards them can be windy, scary and exhilarating. And, there are times when on my journey I feel like I’m going in circles or not going anywhere. But, that is not the same as failing at achieving my goal. It’s merely a plateau on the journey. And a plateau is a great spot to look back at what you’ve done, what worked and what didn’t and then when armored with the tools of experience a plateau is a great place to start back on your journey towards your personal goals.

I have never had a todo list that compares to the work I do for my goals. My task list looks a lot like a grocery list.

Before you set your goals for this year (and beyond) take some time to think about where you want to be in your future (pick any age), who you want to be surrounded by, how it feels, what you do in a day etc. Paint yourself a picture. The first time I did this I wrote about a specific day and what I was doing to prepare for the week ahead.

Then, reverse engineer this picture. For me, I was being picked up from LAX after teaching a Pilates workshop overseas. This meant that I was still calling LA home but was teaching workshops. And not just workshops in LA, out of the country.  So the goals that I needed to write were:  book a workshop overseas >teach workshops in the states >teach workshops in LA > create a workshop > study and get as curious as I can about what I love teaching.

You reverse engineer your big vision into medium morsels and then into smaller more attainable tasks you can do today that lead to tomorrow.

There is a set of stairs near me that when you are at the bottom, it is impossible to see the top of the stairs. But, I can see the six steps in front of me. Every flight of stairs is a goal, and each flight leads to the next. I can’t do or even stress about the goals on the 8th floor if I haven’t done floors one through three. And, that’s the best part! I don’t need to worry about flights four and above. Or even, three and above. I just need to worry about the first steps. If I can make it up those, then they will prepare me and strengthen me for the steps above them.

And, sometimes we get to a set of stairs that takes longer, requires some repairs or assistance. That is ok! In fact, it’s better than ok. Every set of goals arms us for what is next, asks us how much we care. If we get nervous or even scared, that is excellent news. It means we care about it. They mean something to us!

If your goals don’t light you on fire. Don’t make you excited. Don’t scare you a little bit. Then they are probably just things that would be nice to have but don’t really require you to do more, be more and expand more.

This past month I spent an afternoon with some incredible fitness instructors and influencers from all over the states. We all are ambassadors for Carbon38 Together we meditated and shared a little about ourselves and what we are working on.  We spent time thinking about who we are, what was our purpose and what gives us life! All these answers feed our goals and what we will do today, tomorrow and in the next twelve months. Because your purpose is personal to you, what fuels your soul is a unique potion that only you can drink.

So, what is your purpose? What is your vision? What are your flights of steps from vision level to the floor you are on today? What is one step you can do today that will take you closer to your goals of 2018?

I’d love to hear from you! You can share yours in the comments below, email them to me and if you have your vision and purpose but can’t seem to find your steps. Then let’s talk! Some parts of a journey require a guide.

The year has just begun.

Today is not over yet!

You are ready enough!

Big thanks to YOU my readers for what the blogs we’ve been together for until now and going forward. Thank you to Carbon38 for giving me a day in the sunshine focusing on my soul fuel.

May 2018 be filled with gifts that keep on giving!

PS For tips on how to make room for your goals in your life check out my tutorial here on Pilates Anytime! It’s super short and easy to follow! Use LLOGAN for a free trial of 30 days if not a member.

Pilates Instructor and Studio Owner: How To Take A Vacation!

How easy is it for you to take time off from your Pilates business? If you are a Pilates instructor or studio owner you get paid when you have clients in the door. And, if you’re not there it’s tough to get paid. But, what if you could take a vacation or travel to teach and still keep your Pilates business running?

In the coming months I will be traveling for meetings, my next Pilates retreat to Cambodia and Maui, workshops in the UK, Spain, and Florida (shhh this one is top secret click here to be the first to know the deets). And, while all that travel sounds exciting it also means many weeks away from my clients in Los Angeles.

But, ever since I began managing people (since 2004) I have had the same motto. Put your life in your schedule first, your workouts, your travel, your goals and you can do the things you want. You can take the workshops you want to take, go to the Pilates Method Alliance in Vegas, join me on a retreat or do something totally not Pilates related!

It’s time your clients and studio understood what a Pilates instructor vacation looks like. With the tips below make this coming year the year you can take vacations from teaching and still keep the reformer wheels rolling.

Studio Owners Vacation prep tips
1) Have clients who come more than once a week used to taking Pilates from different teachers so when one goes on vacation; they are used to seeing someone else
2) Prepare studio staff and clients well in advance. By having things on the books early, you can keep other teachers from taking off when you want to be away (if you don’t have vacation policies lets have a call about this). Early announcements also allows clients to book their trips around yours or come extra before and after so no sessions are missed
3) Replace the word “cancel” with “reschedule.” No sessions get canceled they get rescheduled, and they should make up sessions missed for trips, or if they are in town take from another teacher, so they stay on track to hit their goals and bodies needs
4) Hire a team, not individuals. Create a culture in your studio that everyone succeeds together. This way no one person thinks it’s all about them but instead that you and each teacher in your studio deserve a vacation and everyone helps each other out!

Pilates Instructors Vacation prep tips
1) Have teachers that you always use to sub for you when you travel. If you train your clients to take from another teacher when you are away, they won’t get out of the habit of taking Pilates. Then when you get back no time has been lost!
2) Look back at your last 12 months of teaching (if possible) and see when the majority of your clients took off. Can you plan around those times?
3) Let your clients no far in advance so they can plan around your trip or you can teach them extra before you leave and when you get back.
4) Schedule early, and they will be able to schedule their life around Pilates instead of fitting Pilates into their life.

My dear Pilates pro’s I live by these tips and a few others that allow me to not teach at least 12 weeks a year. My schedule to travel and teach workshops to fellow Pilates instructors continues to grow. But, my LA clients deserve a consistent Pilates practice. With careful planning and training them to take from other instructors or do more Pilates before and after my trips my teaching business does not suffer when I go off to teach around the world or take a much-needed vacation.

To dive deeper into this, please check out our past blog “How to have a life and be a Pilates instructor.” We also have my most popular course on scheduling “Never a Dull Moment.” And, because its so important to me that taking time off to do the things you love, teaching around your goals and not fitting your goals into your teaching schedule check out this course “Teaching your Vision.”


PS as always you can comment below or contact me here with your questions or requests for blogs or webinars and courses. We are designing 2018’s calendar and want to give you more of what you want!

How to Know What Rates to Charge Your Pilates Clients

How did you decide what to charge for your Pilates sessions when you became an instructor? Did you set your rates that same as every Pilates instructor at your studio? Did you guess? When it comes to your Pilates business being successful and profitable, it’s not always about more clients or more offerings. It’s about charging the right prices for what your services offer.

When I ran my Group Classes webinar and my Rates, Revenue Streams and how to raise your rates webinar I received some of the same questions and concerns. “I have a home studio, so I feel I should charge less.” Or, “I’m a senior instructor, and a new instructor in town is charging more than I am.” The truth is there is no exact rate structure I can give you so that you can easily and confidently set your rates for your Pilates business. But, I can provide you advice on how to dive into your Pilates business to set prices that work for you.

When setting your Pilates studio/business rates keep in mind:

-How much training have you had
-How much continuing education do you do each year
-Your studio bills and overheard
-The amount of income you need for your life divided by the number of hours you can teach
-What is the cost of a session: distance to get there, utilities during that hour, equipment, etc. Determine the cost of a session and     then add on to that amount to cover your pay (or your teachers pay), taxes and profit for the future.
-Your competitor’s pricing. Please don’t use this as a way to compete on price. You and your competitor are very different. And,         the costs to run the services can be vastly different. But, you do need to know what your competitors are charging so that you           can market your unique qualities and highlight the offerings that you have that is added value.
-Perceived value: what are your clients and future clients perception of the services you offer. How inspired are clients to work           with you? How much can they trust you with their bodies needs and goals? This perceived value is key to converting new clients     (as discussed in our course here).

The most important thing to remember is that you do owe it to yourself and your business to take time to do the research and make sure that your rates reflect your offerings, cover your costs, create profit for you to grow your business and most importantly stay in business.

Signs you may need to evaluate your rates
You haven’t raised them in two years
You hear things like “you’re a bargain.”

My fellow Pilates instructors your rates can be the difference between overworking, underpaying and staying in business. As you choose your prices for the sessions, you offer to keep the package options to a minimum. Only provide session types you want to teach and make sure you can say your rates out loud with confidence. If you feel unsteady in asking for what you are worth call me! We can work together on this.

For more rates, advice check out our Group Classes course and our Rates, Revenue Streams and Raising your Rates course.

Pilates pro’s, I have said it before in my “Never Apologize” for your rates blog. And, I will say it again, You are so worth what you charge. And, the world needs Pilates instructors so you need to be able to make a living doing what you love: Teaching Pilates.


My Top 10 Entrepreneurial Books and Podcasts 2017

When I first became a Pilates instructor, I was searching for advice on how to run my Pilates business. My original Pilates training was great for teaching me how to teach Pilates but had very little information for how to get new Pilates clients, retain Pilates clients, what to charge them, how to open a studio and basically all the things that one needs to know when they are a Pilates entrepreneur. So, I absorbed all the business info I could from entrepreneurial books and fellow Pilates instructors. And, then I wrote my book Profitable Pilates: Everything but the exercises. To this day I still get my business inspiration from a variety of places.

Here are my top 10 places for getting great tips and advice:

Entrepreneurial Podcasts

Entrepreneurial Books

Do you have a favorite book or podcast that has inspired your Pilates business? I would love to hear it! Share it below with our readers.


How To Teach A Pilates Workshop (Without Manifesting It)

I began teaching Pilates workshops my first year as a Pilates teacher! Looking back that is crazy to me, and actually, I should be more specific. I have been teaching Pilates business workshops after teaching Pilates for six months. This trip down memory lane prompted after reading one of the inquiries in my inbox.

A fellow Pilates instructor was interested in how to get started teaching workshops. She wanted to know how does one get asked to present Pilates workshops? She’s got some great ideas and is waiting for people to ask her to present them.

Truthfully, I don’t know the magic recipe for getting asked to present. But, something I think is essential to talk about is that one should never wait for an invitation to do the thing they want to do.

In my course on “Rates and Revenue Streams,” one building block of income can be workshops. If you want to be teaching Pilates workshops then you should start with these:

  • Decide what you want your Pilates workshop to be on
  • Create your workshop
  • Invite people to come to your workshop
  • Present it for the first time.
  •  Get feedback
  • Self critique
  •  Adjust, correct, add, delete and repeat the workshop again

I am a woo-woo girl! My friends know that I enjoy a good new moon and full moon party. I love manifesting and doing vision boards. But, all the manifesting in the world won’t get your Pilates workshop in front of teachers if you don’t start with the steps above. One of the best ways to also discover your workshop calling is to go back to who you are as a teacher, whom you are for and what you offer. You can use the same information discovered in our Becoming Known course.

There is much more that goes into presenting a workshop then the steps above. I don’t want to belittle the process that myself and other instructors go through. But, I also don’t want to overwhelm you when you are first starting out.

As you begin the steps above keep in mind a few questions:

  • What unique ideas are you bringing to the topic
  •  Who is your Pilates workshop for?
  • Why should they come?
  • What do you want them to take away?

And, another reason why creating and presenting a Pilates workshop requires more than manifestation is the actual presenting part. Yes, you rock a Pilates session and class. You can see what a body needs and you have the magic touch. Your energy is contagious, and your schedule is filled. You have something to say! But, have you practiced public speaking? Getting up in front of your clients and even friends is comfortable. They know you and your idioms. But, getting up in front of a group of instructors that you may not know is a different ball game.

Try these tips for getting ready:

  • Videotape yourself
  • Present to your friends
  • Ask them for feedback
  • Have your friends present workshops in your space
  • Team up!

The ability to give a workshop that keeps people engaged, makes everyone in the room feel welcomed and leaves people ready to try out what you taught is something that comes with practice and time. Not time thinking about it but time doing it.

Manifesting will help you think about what you want to do, how you want it to go and keep your mind’s eye on your goals. But, manifesting cannot do the work to create the workshop. It cannot teach it for you.

If you are being called to present a workshop, then follow that voice. You don’t have to have the answers right away. In fact, in the beginning, you may merely be manifesting. But, if you have had “present a workshop” on your list for awhile and you’re just waiting for the invitation to present here it is. I am inviting you to create the workshop that is inside you. I want to hear what it is, I want you to share it with your Pilates friends, and I want you to find a time to present it. My first workshop on “converting first-time clients” is massively different today than it was almost ten years ago. I started it with a small group, presented it, refined it and presented it again, and again, and each time I get better and better.

So, what workshop is inside you?

Who is it for?

Why should they take it?

What do you want to share?


Maintain Your Pilates Practice to Retain Your Clients

In my latest self-care tutorial for, I spoke about my personal Pilates practice. I still make sure to go to my instructor’s studio four to five days a week for my own Pilates session. A personal Pilates practice benefits more than just your own functional movement. Keeping up your Pilates sessions will also benefit your business, help you maintain your sanity and inspire your teaching. But, how do you keep up your own practice when life gets busy, you don’t have easy access to a Pilates instructor that challenges you and your life and family need a change of scenery?

This week let’s talk several options that will rock your personal Pilates practice, benefit your business and keep your clients coming back week after week!

Where to Keep your Pilates Practice Up

  1. Online Pilates Classes: These days are many online Pilates options that will help you maintain your own practice. Pilates Anytime has over 2500 Pilates classes available for only $18/mon. You can enjoy classes on all kinds of equipment and with instructors who have a variety of teaching backgrounds. You can slip on some blue tooth headphones and move along with the class. If you need the accountability of a set time (like our clients do) try weekly online mat classes at my other site designed to get your practice in 30 min doses and they disappear every week.
  2. Trade off with a fellow Instructor: Networking is a great thing. Knowing other teachers in your area helps you when you need to take a break, need to refer a client that isn’t right for you and for getting eyes on your personal practice. I recommend setting set times where you two can sharpie in your session times and protect them from other clients scheduling during what is supposed to be your personal Pilates practice.
  3. Take a Pilates retreat! A weekend away or a long weekend of Pilates outside of your normal routine and combined with touring, meeting other people will allow you to enjoy your Pilates practice and leave all distractions behind. A Pilates retreat abroad gets you out of your comfort zone, sometimes in a time zone so far from your own that you literally can disconnect from the world, your business and focus on Pilates and what you can discover. For inspiration on future retreats, you can go to check out my retreat to Siem Reap, Cambodia, Maui, Hi, Denver, CO and one specifically dedicated to teachers in London UK.

So, how does a Personal Pilates Practice benefit your Pilates business?

  1. Client Retention: Simply if you become bored your clients will become bored. Regular sessions with other instructors give you a new set of eyes, perspective, and insight different than your own. Retaining clients is the most cost-effective way to run and grow your Pilates business. And giving your clients new exercises every time they come isn’t the answer to keeping them inspired. But, finding new ways to cue them, to help them dig deeper into their own bodies will ensure your necessity in their lives.
  2. Converting First Time Clients: when new clients ask how often they should come to Pilates they can be shocked when we tell them that the ideal is 3-4x a week. And, sure, you can quote the 10, 20, 30 quote from Joe. But, when you say that you too do Pilates 3-4x a week it makes the commitment seem possible.
  3. Gives you insight on ways to run your Pilates business: if you are struggling with creative ways to take on challenges in your business you can hop on your Pilates reformer. When you come up to an exercise you are struggling to figure out how to connect you’ll look at it from different angles, break the exercise down and maybe even play with props or a similar exercise on another piece of equipment. This same process will help you take on a challenge in your business. Nicole Martin’s blog post dives deeper into this tip. She moved her studio from San Franciso to San Diego and discovered that by keeping up with her personal Pilates practice she was able to create new ways to grow her business.

This week grab you calendar put your Pilates practice sessions in with a sharpie or if you’re using an online scheduler block your practice hours out so no client can snag them. Your mind, body, and business will thank you for it!

Share how you find time to get your own Pilates practice in with us! Write it in below in the comments, email us or tag us online when you are taking time for yourself!