Pilates Teacher Education Hockessin DE

Pilates teacher education provides basic training for Pilates teachers, including instruction in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Pilates terminology, order of mat exercises, exercise modifications, communication techniques, and educational ethics, Pilates safety and more. See below for local businesses in Hockessin that give access to Pilates teacher education.

Hockessin Snap Fitness
(302) 235-2180
7209 Lancaster Pike, Suite 1
Hockessin, DE
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Newark Snap Fitness
136 Elkton Road
Newark, DE
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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New Castle Snap Fitness
(302) 326-1212
1214 Beaver Brook Plaza
New Castle, DE
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Oxford Snap Fitness
603 Commons Dr.
Oxford, PA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Coatesville Snap Fitness
(484) 786-5132
118-120 Airport Road
Coatesville, PA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Avondale Snap Fitness
(610) 268-8100
921 Gap-Newport Pike
Avondale, PA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Kennett Square Snap Fitness
(484) 730-8070
162 Onix Drive
Kennett Square, PA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Glen Mills Snap Fitness
(610) 361-8232
45 W. Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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West Chester Snap Fitness
Route 202 and Chester Pike
West Chester, PA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Macdade Bally Total Fitness
1245 Macdade Blvd
Woodlyn, PA
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Yoga

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First Session Ice Breakers

Tannis Kobrinsky Teaching Pilates“Who is this masked client?”
By Tannis Kobrinsky

You’re teaching a session to a new client that you know little, if anything, about.  Your good reputation may have led them to you, or they’re just curious about Pilates and picked you to instruct them at random. In either case, this first meeting can be the springboard to a long-lasting instructor/client relationship, or it can be as awkward as a bad blind date.

Whether this stranger is a tri-athlete looking for a rigorous workout, or as one of my clients labeled himself, “a stiff, old, white guy” who’d been inactive for 30 years, you want their first session to be rewarding. Whoever they are, and whatever their goals, you want them to be comfortable enough to air their concerns and alert you to their special needs and goals quickly.

Of course you won’t find out everything you need to know about this person during a first session, but if you quickly melt the ice, they’re more likely to decide to return for their second session and become a standing client. Here are some pointers to get you to that second session.

Profile Your Client
If possible, prior to session one ask a new client to fill out a profile that includes not only pertinent medical information, but optional personal information. This will clue you in to who they are; what interests and motivates them. You’ll get a glimpse of what physical activities they enjoy and/or want to train for. Knowing about their lifestyle, responsibilities and hobbies may reveal reasons for postural issues, certain medical conditions, and your commonly shared interests. Here’s a sample “Personal Questionnaire:”

Personal Profile
•    Age and birth date and sex
•    Who referred you?
•    What is your profession, and how long have you been working at it?
•    Current residence and for how long
•    Place of birth
•    What are your goals related to Pilates practice?
•    Have you done Pilates? If so, for how long?
•    Do you practice yoga or other mind-body methods?
•    Do you participate in sports?  If so, what sports?
•    Marital status
•    Do you have children – if so how many?  Have you recently had a baby?
•    Are you pregnant, or do you plan to become pregnant in the near future?
•    What are your hobbies?

Analyze First Impressions
Before delving into a new client’s profile you need to traverse the crucial 3-second first encounter. In the 2005 bestseller Blink! Malcolm Gladwell posits that humans make decisions in the blink of an eye using “rapid cognition.”  Many behavior experts agree first impressions are made in 2-3 seconds. Gladwell also beli...

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Teaching Group Pilates Reformer Classes: 5 Steps to Success

Nike Pilates StudioThe Pilates studio at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR
By Christine Binnendyk

With recession-strapped clients groaning at the cost of private Pilates sessions, you may find yourself thrust into a new style of teaching – group Pilates Reformer classes. The incentive for trainers is a higher per-hour wage, yet you’ll now find yourself challenged to make the leap from focusing on one or two clients at a time to observing, correcting and safe-keeping six, eight or more bodies at once.

I train 12 people at a time at the Nike World Headquarters. Any given group class can include professional athletes, people managing bulging discs, Olympic-hopeful runners, harried executives, new moms and pregnant employees. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about how to make these classes work. Follow my guidelines, and you’ll have a map for: 

  • Gathering a group you feel comfortable teaching
  • Choosing the exercise variations to keep that group interested
  • Keeping all learning styles engaged
  • Developing a successful communication style

1. Think about who you’ll be comfortable teaching.
The good news is that you don’t need to be a world-class expert to teach a group Reformer class. Think about the bodies and the mindsets of the people that you’re accustomed to teaching. Begin by branching into teaching duets, trios or quads. Teaching an intermediate class means they already know the basics, and they’ll be thrilled to learn new moves. Play to your strengths. If you’re a runner or a golfer , consider creating a sport-specific class that helps these athletes balance out their musculature.

2. Set a Baseline Criteria Level for Your Attendees
Decide what experience level and what conditioning level you want to require of group Reformer class attendees. This will help you be able to keep the group engaged while not leaving anyone behind. It’ll also feed your private training business during your off-peak hours; clients will want to fulfill those criteria for entering the group environment.

At Nike, we use a “Pilates Passport” system. To attend the ongoing Reformer classes, which can accommodate up to 12 people, fitness center members need a Passport. Most people earn their Passport in 5 private sessions; some people need additional sessions. Passport holders are all able to:

  • Set up their Reformer appropriately for their body
  • Execute neutral pelvis position, powerhouse engagement, efficient joint positioning and proper breath use
  • Perform a version of each of our 40 Passport exercises
  • Choose position or exercise modifications for their own body needs
  • Work out at an intermediate pace

3. Teach a Multi-Option Class
This sounds scarier than it is. Think about options for spring settings, body positions and ranges of movement. Begin with the simplest and easiest option for 2-3 reps, then offer the next option, and possibly a third option. Each...

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