Pilates Cueing Training Fort Collins CO

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Krav Maga Official Training Center and Karate Kids
(970) 225-6655
1857 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
 
Mike O Hearm Signature Fitness
(970) 266-1505
1833 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
 
Krav Maga Training Center
(970) 225-6655
1827 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
 
Ptarmigan Country Club
(970) 226-6600
5416 Vardon Way
Fort Collins, CO
 
Children Youth Family
(970) 416-2990
Youth Activity Center
Fort Collins, CO
 
Willow Springs Community Assoc
(970) 266-8377
5424 White Willow Dr
Fort Collins, CO
 
24 Hour Fitness Fort Collins Sport Gym
2208 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Family Gym, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Personal Training, Special Services, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Citipointe Fitness
(970) 266-1505
1833 East Harmony Road
Fort Collins, CO
 
Fort Collins Snap Fitness
(970) 472-1777
1015 South Taft Hill Rd., Unit V
Fort Collins, CO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Curves For Women
(970) 416-0845
1129 W Elizabeth St
Fort Collins, CO
 
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The Art of Pilates Cueing

Effective cueing can make the difference between a great Pilates session and a mediocre one. In a Pilates class, where body awareness and proper technique are crucial, good cueing skills is essential. Here, Devra Swiger, owner of Ab-Solutely Pilates in Huntington Beach, California, shares her tips on clear cueing.

The goal in teaching Pilates is to communicate with the clients or class so they understand just how they need to move. Carefully chosen words can often convey the quality of movement you’re looking for. For instance, Teaching Pilates “lift your head off the ground for The Hundred” just doesn’t have the same feel as “float your head off the ground.” Clients immediately respond to small changes in vocabularly like these. When a cue works, the client responds and your job as teacher gets easier.

I’m a linguist by education, so selecting and using just the right word has always been important to me. I could debate the value of using one word over another for hours on end. This obsession with language has evolved into my concern with proper cueing skills. I always feel a lot better about my classes and client sessions when I have successfully communicated via concise, clear cues.

I break cues into four categories:

Directional cues: Use the facility to orient the client. For example, ask students to circle the leg towards the clock or away from the stereo, lengthen the leg towards the ceiling or reach the pinky finger towards Main Street. Instead of simply saying Left and Right (and you’d be amazed at how many people don’t know the difference) use reference points both inside and outside the studio.

Anatomical cues:
Stick with what people know. Few clients know where their anterior serratus is, but everyone can relate to abs, arms and legs. As clients become more familiar with Pilates lingo and more aware of their body, it’s okay to introduce more technical terms. However, use them sparingly. A few examples of effective anatomical cues: Feel space between each vertebra; soften through the sternum; or feel the ribs pull gently together.

Analogous cues:
These are the fun cues and require a bit more creativity. I find that these are the cues that really seem to be effective. For example, when teaching neutral spine I ask students to imagine a glass of wine balancing on a very expensive white silk shirt to remind them to stabilize the pelvis. This cue works because clients can relate to it—who wants to stain a perfectly good shirt? In Short Box with a round back I suggest a softball in the belly to reminding clients to scoop. In Short Box with a straight back I tell clients to imagine they are wrapped in mummy tape to prevent the ribs from poking out.

Sound cues:
Clicks of the tongue, snapping of the fingers or whooshing noises can be used to create a sense of flow in the class. This particular way of cueing is not as easy to describe in writing, but it adds a nice ele...

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