Questions to Ask Yourself
All of these are great questions you should be asking yourself. You should also ask yourself a few others:
Do I have space?
Are they mat? Equipment?
Do I like to teach groups?
Before you can even pick the “perfect” class times, you need to get honest about those questions. If the answer to 1 is yes, then look at number 2. Before you put anything on your schedule, you need to answer number 3.
Some teachers prefer private sessions. Not every client or client base was made for classes. If you do not enjoy teaching groups, don’t have classes. Simple as that. Your clients can sense when you’re in your zone.
Pilates Group Classes
If you are in love with teaching groups, you have space then it’s time to look at your schedule, the studio’s schedule, and even glance at group fitness schedules at gyms in your area. Yoga studios are also a great source for when people in your area enjoy taking classes.
Many studio’s looks to group classes to fill the studio during “slow” times. However, look around at your clientele. If your studio is near corporate buildings, then you will want to offer classes that work with your professionals. If your studio is more suburban and near a school, you will probably cater to more parents between drop off’s and pick up’s.
Keep in mind a few important details: Having a class on the schedule during times your studio can be filled with private clients may not be the best decision. Alternatively dedicating time in your schedule for a class that no client in your area can attend is not okay either. For more on Group, Classes check out my post on filling up your classes and stay tuned for June’s call on Group Classes.
I got into teaching Pilates through Group classes. In fact, it’s how I supported myself while going through my comprehensive training. When planned right group classes can be an excellent extension to your Pilates business. We’ll begin to dig deeper in June!