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Feb 16, 2021
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40. Pilates Instructor Pay: What You Should be Charging, with Lesley Logan
Pilates Instructor Pay Rates: What You Should be ChargingThis is a topic that is very close to my heart (and Lesley Logan is brilliant in this conversation!) — Pilates instructor pay rates. We are going to unpack the questions, hangups, and ethical conundrums around what to charge as a Pilates instructor. There has been a deluge of questions on this theme, and our expert guest Lesley Logan dives in to answer them and give us her insights into why we undervalue ourselves as a profession. Get your brain moving as we think about how much to charge, how to charge, and how to be in the right mindset. What You Will Learn:How to determine your Pilates instructor pay rate Lesley’s insights into the main blockers people have to charge what they're worth Why Pilates instructors often have ethical hang-ups about how much to charge You're not charging for your time; you’re charging for the transformation that you provide Why if you discount yourself, you'll be discounted How to find your unique niche as a Pilates teacher Valuable TransformationMost movement professionals get into teaching because they love it and they want to help people. But, for some reason, Pilates teachers often think that charging appropriately for their skills and exercise is wrong or unethical. And the truth is you're not charging for your time; you’re charging for the transformation that you provide. Move away from the scarcity and fear mentality, and understand the true value that you provide to your students. Price vs. Value A lot of information about quality is contained in a price. For instance, most people feel that more expensive equals more valuable. Or that something on sale or discounted is unwanted or less valuable. How do we, as instructors, stop ourselves from undercharging? First, own the transformation that you give someone — think about the changes that happen and the life that your students are going to have because of your Pilates classes. Second, trust that you are not selling something that doesn't actually do anything; Pilates has tangible benefits and tangible results. So, when you’re setting your Pilates instructor pay rates, don’t sell yourself short. You Are Unique You have unique talents and skills. That’s why you are an instructor! Your students come to you for those abilities, and they value the transformation your Pilates class prompts. If you devalue your services with a rock bottom price, you risk your student devaluing their transformation as well. It’s not unethical to charge for your skills and expertise. If you discount yourself, you'll be discounted — when people are figuring out their budget, they don't always cut out the most expensive things; they cut the things that feel discounted to them. If you are concerned about the value you bring as an instructor, https://breathe-education.com/20-minute-discovery-call-v3/ (there are easy ways to improve your skills). About Lesley Logan:Lesley Logan, a certified Pilates teacher, and mindset coach, is the founder of https://onlinepilatesclasses.com/ (OnlinePilatesClasses.com), the first free online catalog of Pilates exercise tutorials, where you can also find weekly Pilates classes and workshops. Teaching Pilates since 2008, she has run multiple studios, has trained hundreds of people to become teachers themselves, and has taught thousands of students. When not teaching from her studio in Las Vegas, Lesley can be found offering fitness business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind or traveling the world leading Pilates retreats! How to Connect with Lesley:You can find https://profitablepilates.com/ (Profitable Pilates) here You can find Profitable Pilates on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/profitablepilates/?hl=en (https://www.instagram.com/profitablepilates/?hl=en) You can find Lesley Logan on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/lesley.logan/ (https://www.instagram.com/lesley.logan/)...
1 hr 33 min
Jun 13, 2021
39. Body-Shaming Trends: A Look at the Far-Reaching Effects, with Cat Webb
CW: In this show, we will be talking about body image topics that are potentially triggering. We discuss disordered eating, body dysmorphic disorder, and mental health issues. We acknowledge that this content may be difficult and encourage you to care for your safety and well-being by talking to your healthcare professional if any of the issues in this show have affected you. Body-Shaming Trends: A Look at the Far-Reaching Effects, with Cat Webb In this episode of Pilates Elephants, we have ‘inclusive movement’ proponent and Pilates expert Cat Webb joining us to talk about body-shaming trends and the effects of body-shaming both in the Pilates industry and in our everyday lives. We delve into a variety of strategies to support and empower ourselves and our clients with body positivity. And go deep into the nuances of body image and the effects that body-shaming can have when working in the fitness realm. We also share a few key insights into how to positively impact your clients’ Pilates experience. What You Will Learn: How body-shaming trends can deeply impact your clients and your business The importance of curating your influences in real life and online Perspectives on climbing out of a dark place of negative body image How the movement industry can disempower students inadvertently with language The expectations around in the Pilates industry about what people are supposed to look like Well-meaning comments people in the fitness industry make that trigger or have a serious impact on people and how to examine what you say You Are Enough!The fitness industry, in general, for many years, has profited and capitalized on people feeling like they're ‘less than’ and making money off those people. Historically there's been a lot of focus on the physical way that exercise makes you look rather than all the myriad of other benefits that moving fearlessly means. Look through the critical thinking lens and examine why the community seems to prioritize looks rather than well-being, strength, or effort. Positive LanguageExercise should be about making yourself into a better, happier version of yourself. As movement professionals, we don’t want to discourage people from improving themselves — so how do we do that in a way that builds them up? We should focus on the positives in language that motivate and lift people up and leave out the potential for shame in any form. Creating a Safe SpaceHow can we be more affirming and supportive of the people in our lives? Think about your class descriptions, the things you say to the people walking into the studio or even online — be aware that commenting on someone’s appearance isn’t always welcome. Consider the content you’re putting out and check that your brand isn't inadvertently reflecting any of the latest body-shaming trends and is using inclusive images and language Additionally, limit the potential to make people feel shamed and create a safe space for people to feel welcome and feel authentically themselves. Pilates is about getting people moving, but it's also making people feel seen and heard, and safe. About Cat Webb:https://www.linkedin.com/in/cat-webb-7438203b (Cat Webb) is a Pilates master, community curator, and founder/director of Good Times Pilates. As a proponent of 'Inclusive Movement,’ Cat paves the way for change in the world of modern wellness through her very own Good Times Pilates in Fitzroy. This community and chilled-out movement project has allowed Cat to forge a welcoming, non-discriminatory following of diverse humans at the physical studio, through online classes, on social media, and beyond. In 2020 Cat launched Good Times Online: a digital iteration of https://www.facebook.com/goodtimespilates/ (Good Times Pilates) for movement anytime, anywhere. Prompted by COVID-19 but created for accessible, BS-free Pilates on command, the digital program features high-production, low-fuss classes led by Cat and her team of...
1 hr 30 min
Jun 6, 2021
38. What Does Pilates Do For You?, with John Garey
What Does Pilates Do For You?What Does Pilates Do For You And How Will It Help You? Before We Dive Into That, Let’s Start With Some Of The Elephants In The Room — Pilates Won’t Give You Longer Leaner Muscles Or Make You Look Like A Dancer. Nor Does Pilates Hold A Magical Cure For Back Pain. But There Are Heaps Of Things That Pilates Is Awesome For, Including Movement Meditation And Finding That Flow State That Helps You Wind Down By Being Completely Present In The Moment. Plus, Your Body Always Feels Great After. Find Out What Our Guest, Internationally Renowned Pilates Expert, John Garey Loves About Pilates. What You Will Learn: What does Pilates do for you: why Pilates is a great exercise Why different springs work for different people How Pilates allows you to progress and move with confidence The intangible benefits of Pilates and how they support good mental health How Pilates instructors can level up online via courses from experts all over the world Why building your tribe with Pilates improves your teaching technique Healthy Movement Pilates is about exercise and healthy movement, but different styles of Pilates approach different aspects of fitness and movement. John Garey joins us on the Pilates Elephants podcast to discuss what he loves about teaching an athletic form of Pilates. He describes why we shouldn’t get hung up on using a prescribed number of springs in a given exercise, but instead use the springs that allow us to progress our Pilates practice to where we want to be. The whole point of exercise is to be challenged and develop. Finding Flow Pilates also aims to provide space for better mental health by encouraging the right movement. Your students are supposed to use the springs that work for them in the exercise that they’re doing and the stage that they’re at with their movement practice. As they develop their skills, the springs used should change as they progress their knowledge and change their body. Don’t let your students get fixated on where other people are at — encourage and empower them to focus on finding their flow. Find Your Tribe Still wondering what Pilates does for you? Well, one of the greatest things about doing Pilates in a studio or online is the wonderful community of like-minded people we create. Having a tribe is powerful, and it's one of the most positive things to come out of Pilates, the support you get bolsters mental health, gives you space to decompress, and energizes you for other parts of your life. As a teacher, being part of an engaged community can keep your creative juices flowing, so that you can keep that spark of freshness and joy. About John Garey:John is the creator ofhttps://johngareytv.com/ ( John Garey TV) andhttps://pilatesgradschool.com/ ( Pilates Grad School). With over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry and 25 years of teaching Pilates, John not only reaches thousands online but has delivered his teachings to students and other instructors in over 20 countries worldwide. John is a sought-after Teacher, Mentor, Speaker, and Trainer who earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from New York University. He also studied extensively with Pilates legends such as Moira Merrithew, Elizabeth Larkham, and Rael Isacowitz. John is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, as well as a certified Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise. John created programs and workouts for some of the biggest names in Pilates and Fitness while also starring in hundreds of Fitness and Pilates videos. He has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Pilates Style Magazine, Men's Fitness, Shape, and GQ. How to Connect with John:You can find https://johngareytv.com/ (John Garey TV online here) You can find https://pilatesgradschool.com/ (Pilates Grad School online here) You can find John Garey on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/johngarey/ (@johngarey) You...