Thinking about more than just the repertoire
Let’s be honest, the everyday Jo or Sally doesn’t give a shiz that you just taught the ‘text book’ version of Arms in Straps and that you worked them in every plane of movement. Sure they may think it was a good class but not understand why.
if you also took the time to go correct their form, specifically give them more challenge or assistance, used their name when providing feedback and gave them encouragement then your good class just turned into a great class that Sally goes and tells all her friends about!
Assessment skills, understanding your anatomy and knowing each exercise is fundamental to leading a great Pilates class but sometimes, especially as ‘newbee’ instructors we can spend too much time focusing on the ‘clinical’ side of teaching and forget that we actually need to connect with each person in our class.
"People want to be seen and they want to feel connected to something greater than just themselves and actually so do we as Instructors!"
Helping people forget about the shitty day they just had and making them work hard while enjoying themselves is a skill that is easily missed as a busy instructor and a skill that is rarely taught in your standard teacher training.
Acknowledging that client x has a stressful week at work and has just done well to get to class, remembering client y’s kids names or that client z has been working diligently on their handstands is also what makes someone really enjoy your class.
At the end of the day people want to be seen and they want to feel connected to something greater than just themselves and actually so do we as instructors! So remember when you are planning your next class to also reflect on the 'soft' skills of teaching....acknowledge your students, connect with each of them and try to learn what motivates them as individuals.