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Becoming an evidence-based Pilates instructor, with Mary Kirketerp and Raphael Bender

By January 22, 2023February 17th, 2023Become a better instructor

This was a free-flowing conversation about starting out in the Pilates industry, growing your career, consciously directing your development as an instructor, finding a mentor, and building your dream.

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  • Buy Raph’s book ‘Strengthen the Person, Not just the Body Part’ and get access to our Community Sessions here
  • Connect with Mary Kirketerp here
  • 32% of final year medical students can’t identify physical activity guidelines here
  • 59% of personal trainers and 56% of exercise physiologists can’t identify physical activity guidelines here
  • WHO physical activity guidelines for adults here
About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

How to Connect with Raphael:

Purchase Raph’s new book:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
About Mary Kirketerp:
Mary is a STOTT Pilates certified instructor based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Canada, Mary discovered Pilates while working in the UK in 2010. A decade later she became a new mum and turned her passion for Pilates into her career. Mary is now dedicated to improving people’s quality of life through movement using the Pilates system, with an emphasis on experiencing joy in her classes and out.
As a new instructor, Mary is seeking the most up to date information available to better her clients’ experiences in their bodies.

How to Connect with Mary:

  • Find Mary on Instagram here
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