Became a Pilates Teacher
When you decided to become a Pilates teacher you thought “I can’t wait to help people!” And, you knew that people were going to love how they felt after they took a session with you. You also worried about being new at something and if you’d pass your tests. But, it wasn’t until you got closer to the end of your hours that you probably thought “how do I get enough clients to pay my bills?” And, even, if you’d ever make enough to have your own studio, quit your 9-5 and take time off.
I hear ya! Seriously, I had no idea when I became a Pilates teacher that I could do it “for a living.” Honestly, I became a Pilates teacher so I could have a side hustle to pay for my Pilates obsession. I’ve shared in many interviews that I became a Pilates teacher during the last recession.
And, I took the biggest leap of my life at the time to quit my salaried job and teach Pilates full time.
In studios, I had heard from teachers with way more years of experience under their belt that it would take me a long time to build my clientele. That I should charge x because I was new. That I should work 6 days a week to get all the hours I could and that I should offer a discount for cash or for first-time sessions etc, etc.
And, while it didn’t take me long to build my clientele up at all. In fact, within a few months, every single hour I had outside my retail job was booked and when I quit my job I had an even bigger problem on my hands…too many clients. I had believed some people on the other advice and it took me some time to rework all those mistakes.
Started Managing a Studio and Teachers
Then, after 6 months of being a Pilates teacher, I started managing a studio and teachers. And that’s when I really realized that most instructors didn’t have the business knowledge that I had. And, because of this lack of information in trainings, most people were struggling to make enough to pay back the investment in their training and more.
This realization made me sad and frustrated for every teacher. It drove me crazy to see some of the best instructors out there closing up shop or quitting teaching because “there was no money in Pilates.”
Luckily, being frustrated creates a drive in me. I hate complaints that occur more than once so I started on the path to create Profitable Pilates. I didn’t it know it at the time what it would become but I knew it needed to happen.
It started with my ebook. And then workshops in person and then online courses and webinars. But between the workshops and the webinars I had this vision for an online community that was not only a support group but a community where teachers and studio owners of all backgrounds could live and get advice, strategies, support, virtual high fives, and inspire each other. Five years ago I created it. And, no one knew about it or bought it.
Yep, sometimes things fail in a big way.
But, I was still driven to make it work. So, I thought about other ways I could meet teachers and studio owners where they were and give them support. And that’s how webinars, online workshops and coaching calls started. And, then, 2 years ago (3 years after the original idea) I opened the doors to AGENCY my online coaching community.
Five brave souls started that day and today, 2 years later we still have 4 of the original members and 60 others.
AGENCY got its name from its definition. AGENCY = action/intervention. We all have AGENCY within us. And, when we use it there is nothing that can stop us.
I don’t have cookie-cutter biz plans to make you rich. Instead, I take your goals and your vision and help you work backward to today to create strategies and actions you can take to help your business be the one you want to run. Pilates can be just another JOB (Just Over Budget) or it can be the thing that makes you smile when you get up in the morning.
We’ve helped people go from in-home studio to brick and mortar, from brick and mortar to home studio, teacher to studio owner, host retreats, create events, raise rates, fire clients, get more clients, hire a team, and so much more!
About My Agency
Inside AGENCY you get:
- access to a community of beyond supportive teachers and studio owners from over 10 times zones.
- 1 webinar/month (choose from 2)
- a membership to OnlinePilatesClasses.com
- my ebook
- a group coaching call every other month
- 20% off private Pilates sessions with me (online or in person)
- 20% off coaching calls
- 20% off extra webinars
- 20% off courses
- 20% off my retreat in Cambodia
The slack group is honestly priceless. Because where on this planet can you find a group of people who will be there when you “need a moment” (a channel we have), when you want to share an idea and get help fleshing it
out, where you can share a win and everyone celebrates your win with you even if they just shared their having a bad day? It’s a community, a family, and it’s a space that is open to you if you want it.
You can check out more about AGENCY here.
But, since it’s hard to understand how epic a community like this could be since there is really NOTHING like it out there I decided to do an AGENCY mini. A free version of AGENCY for 1 week only. It’ll kick off with a webinar on Sunday, January 12th, and end on Saturday the 18th. Those who join will get a group call on the 15th where they can ask any question they want and Brad (my COO and hubby) will answer. And, access to a private AGENCY mini member-only group.
I’ve NEVER discounted my AGENCY group and never will. But, I thought it could be a great way for those of you who have been interested to try it out. So, get in before it fills up. Join here.
PS if you have questions you can contact me here or post them below.