May 27

What Professional Pilates Studios Want from Pilates Instructors – Part 2

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A Professional Pilates Instructor needs to be able to multitask all aspects of Pilates practice, including:

  • Clinical knowledge, including updates on injury and condition best practice within their scope of practice.
  • Excellent time management skills considering all in this list.
  • All relevant workplace and client safety issues now including…
    • COVID-19 cleaning and social distancing and tracking.
  • Results focus for the group and individual clients within each group.
    • Often this is effectively achieved by encouraging the clients to enjoy their time in the studio, so that they continue their Pilates practice in the longer term.
  • Limited business concerns, to the extent that this does not distract from the other important items in this same list.

Valuable Pilates instructors facilitate and orchestrate sophisticated social connection and support in Pilates studio sessions. Instructors that maintain an effective focus on maximising the client experience, are the most beneficial in the ongoing challenge of supporting business development. 

Alignment through the Pilates Business

Alignment isn’t just about the body in Pilates! Alignment is important throughout the business. That means that the values, principles, and goals of the Pilates Business, should align with the actions of all employees and vice-versa. Every instructor should understand and advocate those values. A Pilates Business needs to be consistent—so if the business values individualised attention and clinical practice, the instructors should value those things too. 

"Alignment is important throughout the business. That means that the values, principles, and goals of the Pilates Business, should align with the actions of all employees and vice-versa."

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This also applies to the short- and long-term goals and missions of the Pilates Business. A great instructor works with the Pilates Business beyond the time in their studio sessions. They engage in meetings, provide and receive feedback, and take the time to understand the finer points of the Pilates Business to ensure they continue to support its goals. Everyone from the Pilates Business owner, to instructors, admin and sales staff, are aligned and on the same page. 

To give back!

It takes a lot of time, money, and resources to invest in a new Pilates Instructor. A Pilates Business takes on a risk with new employment, so the Pilates Business owner values highly Pilates Instructors who contribute positively to the business. An ideal instructor is not just there for themselves; they are willing to put the team first. 

Pilates Studios like Pilates Can in Canberra love instructors that can be flexible to work with the studio’s needs. This is even more important now with the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 restrictions. Instructors should be aware of the studio’s capacity, peak times, and quiet times.

An ideal Pilates instructor is not just there for themselves; they are willing to put the team first.

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If individual Pilates instructors are willing to be flexible, step up, fill in for team mates and give back to the rest of team and the business as a whole when required, then that will encourage a team culture of support and giving.
This allows the instructor, the business, and the clients to thrive and is a win/win/win for all.

Obviously, this is not just a one-way street, and requires the Pilates business to definitely hold up their end of this partnership with their instructor team. 

In our last blog on What Professional Pilates Studios Want from Pilates Instructors, we uncovered the multi-tasking nature of the Pilates instructor’s work, and discussed aligning professional and personal values, and how giving back to the business can benefit your Pilates career.

For more about that side of the equation, check out our two blog articles:

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