Finding A Good Pilates Instructor

 

1.      Do they possess certification/certifications from a well-established and respected Pilates institution? Have they given you any background about themselves aside from their certification? Find out how many years of experience they have, if they’ve worked with different types of populations, and what made them decide to become a Pilates instructor.

 

2.      Do they have extensive knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology? It’s not just about teaching the exercises; it’s about knowing how the body works so the exercises are applied correctly and safely.

 

3.      Is the instructor attentive and possess an ability for catching muscle imbalances, movement patterns, weaknesses and strengths, and areas of tightness or hyper-mobility?

 

4.      Do they recognize how you learn? Some people are visual, others are auditory and some learn through imagery or in patterns.

 

5.      Do they know how to demonstrate and cue the exercises properly? Can they physically show you what they are explaining to you? If the instructor isn’t physically clear with the exercises, they won’t be able to instruct you how to execute the movements properly. If they are not verbally clear, you will not be able to connect your “mind to the motion.”

 

6.      Are they personable? You want to know that the instructor you are working with genuinely cares about your well-being and your results. Remember, most of our clients don’t care as much about what we know as they want to know that we care.

The bottom line is trust and trust must be earned. Not only will you see quicker and better results if the instructor is able to explain how your body works, but you will learn how to apply what is being taught to you for use in your everyday life.