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Nutrition Advice within the Scope of Practice for Fitness Professionals, with Cody Jussel

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A FREE Live Community Session on “Nutrition Advice within the Scope of Practice for Fitness Professionals” led by Breathe Education’s Trainer, Cody Jussel.
What You’ll Learn:
  • How to approach nutrition conversations in the studio
  • What is your legal scope of practice and how to stay within it
  • Example scenarios and what to do if you run against them

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE.

Diploma Info Session, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Lecture and Info Session about the “Diploma of Clinical Pilates” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Pain is not the same thing as injury
  • What to do with every client: The Whole Person Framework
  • What happens inside the Diploma of Clinical Pilates
  • Why you’d be crazy not to enrol in the Diploma this month

Is Anterior Pelvic Tilt a Thing? With Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on “Is Anterior Pelvic Tilt a Thing?” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Pelvic tilt doesn’t tell us anything about muscle balance
  • Pelvises are not symmetrical
  • We can’t measure Pelvic tilt by hand even though we think we can
  • 80% of pain-free people have Anterior Pelvic tilt
  • Anterior Pelvic tilt is not associated with low back pain

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE.

Outsourcing for your Pilates Business, with Heath Lander

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Outsourcing for your Pilates business” hosted by Breathe Education’s Lead Trainer for the Diploma in Clinical Pilates, Heath Lander. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • When do we outsource
  • Who do you outsource
  • How do you outsource
  • Benefits of outsourcing for your Pilates business
  • Challenges in outsourcing and how to overcome them

How to transition from Classical Pilates to Evidence-based Movement, with Adam McAtee

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A FREE Live Community Session on “How to Transition from Classical Pilates to Evidence-based Movement” hosted by Breathe Education’s Trainer, Adam McAtee. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • What one thing everyone needs to see evolve in the Pilates industry
  • How Adam applied Pilates science principles to Pilates practice
  • Adam’s inspiring journey from being in an unfamiliar space to taking Breathe Education’s course and joining the teaching team while being blown away by optimum theories with references on the side.
  • Tips to become an evidence-based Pilates instructor

How to have an effective sales conversation without being salesy, with Raphael Bender and Kylie Mones

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A FREE Live Community Session on “How to have an effective sales conversation without being salesy” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender, and co-presented by Breathe Education’s Sales Manager, Kylie Mones.
What You’ll Learn:
  • Getting the right attitude before selling anything
  • The mechanics of how to start the sales conversation
  • Raph and Kylie’s sales call roleplay
You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE

Calculations you should be doing around your business, with Heath Lander

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Calculations You Should Be Doing Around Your Business” hosted by our lead trainer for Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Heath Lander.
In this session, Heath shared some of the processes and personal lessons he learned to take control of his business.
What You’ll Learn:
  • How much your cup can hold when you design your business
  • How much it’s going to cost to run the cup
  • Understanding your capacity- when it’s time to increase the cost or increase capacity

How to free up 10 hours every week AND run your studio better by automating & outsourcing? With Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on “How to free up 10 hours every week AND run your studio better by automating & outsourcing” hosted by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Acceptance mindset that you’ll miss out on almost everything
  • How to prioritize & 5 why’s to consider before doing any task
  • Identify the $10 to $10K activity
  • How to delegate and where to hire
Book suggestion from Raph – “Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals.” Find it here.

Insta, FB, or Google – where should you advertise? With Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Insta, FB, or Google – where should you advertise?” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Google is the best place to advertise online
  • How do you know if your ads are working
  • How to write an effective ads copy
  • How to calculate how much money you can spend on ads and still make a profit
  • How long should you run your ads

How to create social media posts that attract clients, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on “How to create social media posts that attract clients” hosted by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • What you need to know about your clients before you create your marketing, and how to uncover it
  • How to identify clients’ obstacles, and tell them how you’ll solve their problem
  • What makes an effective post along with some posting ideas

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE.

Vertigo: What is it and how we can help it with exercise, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Vertigo: What is it and how we can help it with exercise” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender.
What You’ll Learn:
  • What causes vertigo
  • What to expect if a client suddenly experiences vertigo
  • How to facilitate effective and surprisingly simple vestibular rehabilitation exercises with your clients

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE

Group Classes and Private sessions: How to Build a Sustainable Income Doing Both, with Belinda Survilla

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A FREE Live Community Session on “Group Classes and Private sessions: How to Build a Sustainable Income Doing Both” hosted by Breathe Education’s Lead Trainer for Certification in Matwork & Reformer Pilates. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • How to make classes attractive to new clients (without giving away free classes!)
  • How to blend classes to avoid burnout
  • How to transition from a corporate gig to teaching Pilates

Answering Your Business Legal Questions, with Raphael Bender and Cory Sterling

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A FREE Live Community Session all about “Answering Your Business Legal Questions“. Lawyer Cory Sterling joins Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender, unpack the following:
  • 3 essential legal documents every business should have
  • How to manage your insurance and waiver of liability when working with clients globally
  • What additional insurance is recommended if teaching from your home
  • How to manage a situation where a client is injured during a session

Find Cory here:

Shoulder Impingement, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Shoulder Impingementhosted by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • The theory of shoulder impingement
  • What the research tells us
  • How you can help your clients with shoulder pain
  • Communication with clients and allied health practitioners around the diagnosis of shoulder impingement

You can find the PDF of the lecture slides including links to the research HERE.

Squat biomechanics: Knees in or out? With Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Squat biomechanics: Knees in or out?” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Factors influencing squat biomechanics
  • Are weak glutes to blame for knees going in (valgus)?
  • The mechanism of ACL injury in athletes
  • Components of skilled movement

Resources mentioned during the session:

  • Knee valgus in squatting does not predict future ACL injury here
  • People with knee osteoarthritis have more cartilage degeneration on the medial knee compartment, regardless of valgus or varus alignment here
  • Women have more knee abduction in weight-bearing activities here
  • Conflicting and poor quality evidence of a relationship between hip muscle strength and knee valgus here and here
  • Less ankle dorsiflexion is associated with more knee valgus here
  • Paralyzing the gluteus medius doesn’t change the Trendelenburg test here
  • The ITB stores elastic energy during running here
  • Humans make near-optimal adjustments of control to initial body configuration in vertical squat jumping here

How to Reduce Cancellations & No-Shows, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “How to reduce cancellations & no-shows” with Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Creating pricing structures to encourage behaviors that benefit your clients and your business.
  • How to determine the right cancellation window for your studio.
  • What to include in your cancellation policy and how best to communicate it to your clients.
  • Covid19 and online classes – how this impacts your cancellation policy.

How to attract and keep great staff? With Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on “How to attract and keep great staff?” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Strategies for requesting a pay raise – presenting your value.
  • Expectations around salary from both a staff member and employer perspective.
  • What makes a great employee and how to BE a great employee.
  • What we’ve learned from speaking with many studio owners across the globe.
  • Timesaving approaches to recruiting ensuring a good values fit
  • The importance of KPIs – How this benefits both employees and the business.
  • The important business values.
  • Leveraging your values to recruit staff and set expectations
  • How to capitalize on new clients and get them coming back!

Squat Biomechanics, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Squat Biomechanics” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Squat biomechanics: How far should you lean forwards?
  • We look at how the Pelvic Morphology (Acetabulum + Femoral Neck Design) ascertain your squat depth and shape.
  • Raph discusses the relationship between your centre of mass (COM), torso position and squat depth.
  • We look at genetic inheritance and how that changes your squat depth and overall shape.
  • We get out some slides to show why people don’t all squat the same (Acetabulum Angle + Femoral Neck Angles / Length)
  • Children vs Adults (Head Size Proportion) and its relation to COM.
  • Do yogi’s have more hip problems from deep squats?
  • We look at applying external cueing to deep squats taking into consideration everyone’s different pelvic shape rather than going to deep into technique.
  • There’s a great discussion at the end surrounding building progressive load tolerance and the relationship between spinal alignment and injury.

Resources mentioned in this session:

  • Young kids have big heads and short legs here
  • Elite powerlifters use a stoop lift strategy (lifting with their back not their legs) and round their back when deadlifting near their maximum: here and here.
  • No evidence that flexing the spine during lifting is a risk factor for back pain here
  • Regular people, and olympic weightlifters flex their spines when they lift here and here.
  • Yoga is really frikkin safe here
  • Strength training at long muscle lengths is more effective at increasing strength, at least in the lower body here
  • Strength training through full range of motion is at least as effective as stretching, for increasing flexibility here
  • And Stu McGill’s ideas on how pelvic and hip joint shape influence what your squat looks like here

Pricing Pilates: How to help your clients buy more at a higher price, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on “Pricing Pilates: How to help your clients buy more at a higher price“, led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Pricing for profit
  • How to get more of the clients you want and less of the ones you don’t
  • The Concept of Value: Looking at packaging your product to make it more valuable
  • What are some value adds specific to the Pilates Industry
  • How to set a pricing structure for your business
  • Unlimited memberships!

Anatomy & Biomechanics of Diastasis Recti, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Anatomy & Biomechanics of Diastasis Recti”, led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • What is Diastasis Recti?
  • The Anatomy of the Rectus Abdominis / Transversus Abdominis / Rectus Sheath
  • What is the Linea Alba?
  • True ribs, False ribs, and Floating Ribs
  • Is there an abdominal exercise that’s best?
  • Does the likelihood of diastasis increase with multiple pregnancies?
  • Why do we consider diastasis to be a problem?

How to generate MORE PROFIT in your Pilates business, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on How to generate MORE PROFIT in your Pilates business, led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • This session used one of our wonderful alumni’s studios as a case study; looking at increasing revenue, increasing gross profit, and class scheduling for maximum return.
  • If you’ve got an existing Pilates business, or if you’re planning on opening one at some stage – this will help you
  • In this Q&A Raphael Bender shares what he has learned in building two 7-figure Pilates businesses.

Anatomy of the Shoulder, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Anatomy of the Shoulder” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender
What You’ll Learn:
  • Exercise-related muscle cramps – what causes them and is there anything we can do to help?
  • Gym-related injuries – why aren’t certain exercises such as a chin-up with the bar behind the head done anymore? Is it related to injury? Is it related to shearing on the tendon?
  • Can exercise help reduce discomfort or size of a bursitis?

Community Session Episode 7

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:
  • What could be a reason for discomfort in the start position of spine stretch? If the issue is around hip mobility/ flexibility, how can I improve this?
  • Internal vs External Cues: If someone was really arching their lower back (ie supine moving through leg lowers) do I cue to correct that? Are they still getting the benefit of the exercise?
  • Pelvic floor and core: If we are not internally cueing but we have clients who feel like they are ‘bearing down’ and can’t keep their abdominals engaged – what would be the recommendation?
  • There’s a client with a posterior lateral disc protrusion that reports left side pain in lumbar extension which is making them nervous. How can I best guide and encourage this client?
  • Scan reports: Location vs finding.

Community Session Episode 6

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:

  • We are often told to keep our limbs and joints “straight” in certain exercises (ie supine arms in straps on the reformer). Can we talk about why we do this and are there any benefits?
  • Don’t do that, you might hurt yourself” – Is there a high prevalence of people who actually injure themselves in Pilates?
  • Do you ask permission to touch your clients – hands-on assist?
  • If someone has fear around their back pain and then experiences increased pain after a class – what language do you use to reassure them? Especially in the absence of a therapeutic relationship.

Community Session Episode 5

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:

  • Is a desiccated/degenerative disc causing my back pain?
  • What are the do’s and dont’s after a hip replacement?
  • A client who is healthy and in his 60’s has stenosis plus sciatica, what should I do?
  • A client has had lung surgery, what can I do with them?

Community Session Episode 3

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:

  • Can you stretch ligaments?
  • Can deadlifts cause bulging discs?
  • Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Do we educate or tell clients what they want to hear?

Community Session Episode 2

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:

  • How do you take evidence-based facts into a studio?
  • Is ‘SIJ upslip’ actually a thing?
  • How do you help clients with sore necks when they avoid certain exercises?
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