Pilates Instructor – Here I Come!
Maybe it’s the dawn of a New Year, or there’s just something in the air, but last week, I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do, meaning to do and talking about doing for a few years now. Yup, I finally took the plunge and enrolled on a Pilates Instructor course. HELL YEAH! I am so super excited to be learning on a deeper level about something I love and the prospect of being able to share that love with other people. It’s overwhelming, I tell ya!
I first got into Pilates probably 10 years ago when I was back home in between moving between countries. Me and my mum went along to a class in Leeds. We were hooked after the very first session. From then on, it was our weekly ritual. We totally lucked out, because it just turned out, our teacher was all kinds of frikkin’ incredible. She was a former dancer and if ever there was anyone who was a perfect advert for what they were doing, it was her. Her body was a force – strong, lean, muscular, she was amazing. Her Pilates was tough, challenging, it would leave you red faced and sweaty, with these gentle aches that would plague you throughout the following day.
Wherever I’ve been in the world, I’ve always looked for an instructor like her. She set the bar high and I’ve gotta say, no one has been able to hit it since. I’ve tried many-a-Pilates teacher and been constantly frustrated. There are far too many ‘let’s just lie on the floor and breathe…’ type teachers out there (no thanks – I can do that myself at home, for free).
Eventually, I realised, (this pretty much goes for any exercise I guess but I feel it especially so in Pilates and Yoga) so much of it is down to the instructor. If you don’t gel with the teacher, if you can’t connect with their way of communicating their message, it just doesn’t work. So I figured, since I can’t find the kind of instructor I like, I will learn how to be an instructor. I will be the kind of instructor I’ve been looking for. I will inspire and motivate my students and push them to get a little better each week.
It’s going to take me about a year to get qualified. I can’t wait to start learning and as part of that learning process, I wanted to throw it open to you. What do you think makes for a good instructor? Have you had any great ones? Terrible ones? What was it that kept you coming back for more or made you vow to never take their class again?