I don't write about my fitness nearly as much as my food....but you may have picked up that I am a gym rat, a runner and a Pilates fanatic. Last June I began my training for Pilates Certification through Stott Pilates. Stott Pilates is an approach to Joseph Pilates original method, but I would say it is much more focused on bio-mechanics and science and caters to individual body types, injuries and rehabilitation than the original method. Before beginning to study Stott Pilates, I really didn't know how intense the training would be. I know there are other methods that require a lot less studying and are less focused on posture & muscles. I am really glad I did find a Stott training facility and chose to study with them, because I believe it is so very thorough and I am much more knowledgeable and able to help my future clients than I could have been with another method.
|Me in Hawaii this past December, doing the challenging Scissors in the Air exercise|
I have taken more than 100 hours of in class training, more than 30 hours of observation and am coming up on 60 hours of practice teaching as an Apprentice. I can't believe how far I have come in early one year! My exam is scheduled for May 26th. There are two parts, including a written and a practical where I am given a random subject. I will analyze their posture and create a balanced work out based off of their individual posture. I have so much to study---the five principles of Pilates, posture types, muscle imbalances, all Mat & Reformer exercises from essential up to advanced and the muscles that are used and how for each exercise. I never thought I would take Anatomy, having escaped it in high school & college due to my emphasis in Journalism, but here I am, having taken the course and ready to apply it to my certification exam.
If all goes well and I pass my exam (fingers crossed!) I hope to begin teaching soon. I currently teach four hours a week at my apprenticeship, which is where a Senior Instructor is in the room with me as I teach clients who pay a discounted rate to be trained by a student. I have about 3 weeks left at the apprenticeship and I can't imagine what it will be like when I am no longer doing it! With my certification I'd love to teach a couple of classes a week in addition to my day job. I think one day down the road I'd love to teach Pilates full time, but for now I am enjoying my 8-5 job and would love to get a few years of experience under my belt before I take it on full time.
I know some of you out there that read my blog are personal trainers or have taught fitness before. What was your experience?