Michael has been one of our biggest inspirations, and has given us endless happy tears throughout our journey together. He is a STAND OUT human being who has also emerged as an incredibly skilled teacher. He also just so happens to be 78!
I challenge you to not find his joy, passion and laugh contagious 🙂
Sarah Michael is the founding trainer of VIVE Active in Sydney Australia, where she is all about giving the client the best experience.
In order to do this her philosophy is to let go; let go of all the baggage of who you think you need to be, which way your toes are pointing or, for Pete’s sake – safety.
This was a real, hilarious, liberating conversation that will be highly relevant for you if you suffer from anxiety, imposter syndrome, or feel a pressure to fit yourself to a mould shaped like someone else.
Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD in kinesiology (what in Australia we call exercise science or human movement) from UCLA. She is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and an adjunct faculty member in biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of confidence and autonomy support in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke. As an investigator in the recent ICARE clinical trial in stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Lewthwaite co-designed with Carolee Winstein the investigational Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) around skill acquisition principles common to OPTIMAL theory. She was an intercollegiate athlete in two sports and a coach on a national championship softball team at UCLA. She and Gaby Wulf co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Dr. Gabriele Wulf is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and the University of Munich. She is a UNLV Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. She has published approximately 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books, both of which I have read, and they are both excellent!
Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and given the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s (NASPSPA) Distinguished Scholar Award. She has served as President of NASPSPA and the Founding Editor of two journals in the movement sciences. Dr. Wulf has given keynote addresses to national and international societies in movement science and physical therapy. She and Rebecca Lewthwaite co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Courtney Miller is a shining light in the international Pilates world. She is a prolific contributor to Pilates Anytime, Instagram, and Facebook. Her signature style is a dynamic fusion of Pilates with dance and fitness movements.
In this episode, Courtney deconstructs her process for programming a class based on sequences of 3-5 exercises; her cueing method and how she accesses endless creativity to come up with all those flowing sequences.
I can not thank you enough Breathe Education - the course, the resources, the people... it is honestly the best Pilates teacher training! And not only that, it is also a beautiful community who continually inspire, encourage & respect one another.
23:35 04 May 22
Such a great experience. Highly recommend to anyone looking to get a valuable pilates instructor training course. These people know their stuff and do everything to facilitate the best learning outcomes for each and everyone of their students. I just finished and I am confident in my teaching abilities for a very successful career as a pilates instructor! THANK YOU BREATHE!!
08:39 30 Apr 22
I completed my Cert IV of Matwork and Reformer Pilates with Breathe Education. I cannot recommend Breathe highly enough. I felt so supported throughout the entire course by both Breathe trainers and the whole BE community. I feel incredibly well prepared (and excited!) to start teaching Pilates. The whole online learning structure was set up for our success and understanding and each instructor really has such a breadth of knowledge. I loved this course so much that I've signed up for the Diploma and am very happy to keep expanding my own knowledge with Breathe!
04:27 30 Apr 22
Breathe Education offers a fantastic qualification for aspiring pilates instructors. You won't regret enrolling and becoming part of the Breathe community!
04:27 30 Apr 22
Such an amazing experience! Loved every single minute of it. All of the trainers were so welcoming and encouraging and there wasn't one thing that was unclear to me. The course structure itself is very easy to follow and there is choice for times etc. Well done to all November 2021 students, you will kill it out there!!
09:55 16 Mar 22
Had such a blast completing this course. The trainers are amazing, delivering the content in such a fun way! The online nature makes it easy to balance with everyday life, whilst gaining skills and the confidence to teach Pilates in the real world. Loved every minute of it!
06:34 15 Mar 22
After speaking to countless pilates schools I could not be happier that I signed up with Breathe Education!!!The course content is second to none using only the most recent research which leaves you mind blown. The deep dive into the traditional Joseph Pilates repertoire challenged me to move in ways I had only dreamed of in my own personal practice #fearlessmovement! The structure is so manageable, even with a busy life you find yourself 'doing the thing' and stand back one day thinking 'wow I am industry ready' in what feels like a blink of the eye!The online delivery is incredible... it allowed me to move countries half way through my course and still stay connected with the Breathe Community and on track to finish my qualification on time.Lastly, the trainers and the support team... wow wow wow!! You will not find a more supportive and motivating team out there. They truely want you to succeed and leave no one behind!Thank you Breathe... bring on the diploma in the future!
Fitness For Fun with Sarah
04:02 15 Mar 22
Such an incredible well rounded, evidence based course with a beautiful and supportive community!
06:11 13 Feb 22
I loved the Certificate 4 in Mat & Reformer Pilates! The lectures & tutorials are live so you're learning in real time, are able to ask questions and have them answered in the same lesson. Learning the original JP repertoire was challenging, fun & empowering. The course sets you up for success every step of the way, and the trainers are so welcoming and supportive. We learned knowledgeable and experienced trainers working in the industry - you can meet all of the trainers by doing the live Masterclasses throughout your course. Zoom meetings were daunting to me at first, but after two it felt so normal. Weekly Zoom meets with fellow students were the best part, making new friends to practice, learn with and talk about Pilates when your family & friends are tired of you talking about Pilates haha!
04:05 10 Feb 22
I loved the breathe course and was able to grow my confidence not only with teaching but with talking to groups of people in general. All the instructors/teachers were amazing and knew their stuff! I feel confident to go into the workforce to teach and encourage others. Definitely will be recommending!
04:03 10 Feb 22
Thank you so much for not only building up my confidence in teaching pilates but building up my confidence in every day life and motivating me to be the best version of myself! I have enjoyed every moment of this course and feel so prepared to go out and teach :) Thank you xx
01:12 10 Feb 22
studying with breath education has been a life changing experience for me. not just in regards to having world class Pilates education and training, but training in other areas to help me communicate effectively with my students for their best results and knowing i have the confidence in evidence based movement to keep my training and teaching up to date at all times, ensuring my students are receiving the best possible care and functional movement that i can provide them with. going forward i have no hesitation or doubt in my capabilities or capacity as a Pilates teacher, and i can credit that to the way the course was delivered and developed.
03:16 09 Feb 22
Breathe Education was recommended to me by a friend and I am so thankful that she did! I would have never thought that an online course could feel this personal, encouraging and motivating! I loved every bit of it!I have done my accredited Certificate IV in Pilates - Matwork & Reformer. When I started the course I only had a couple of months experience in Pilates. I was worried that there would be much more experienced people than me and that I would be already behind from the very start but it was nothing like it ! This course is for experienced professionals and Pilates "newbies" alike. It is so much more than "just" learning the original exercises. The evidence based approach and extremely well structured course has transform me into a confident Pilates instructor who is not afraid to take on her first job and just smash it and get people moving :) Fearless , Inclusive, Up-to-date and soo much fun!Can´t wait to do my Diploma in Clinical Pilates with Breathe Education!
02:51 09 Feb 22
I've absolutely loved my experience with Breathe! The course is structured to address so many important and sometimes difficult topics, though in the most supportive and inclusive way. I've loved learning online with all of the incredibly kind and knowledgeable instructors and was blown away by the friends I made with course mates. I'll be looking into getting my Diploma, as I loved the experience and would love to do it again and dive even deeper! Thank you again to the team at Breathe, you've all made this a very memorable and enjoyable experience <3
11:15 08 Feb 22
Breathe education not only boosted my confidence personally but also professionally. The layered learning about all things repertoire, cueing, programming, working with prenatal & injured clients and finding your own voice was AMAZING. All the modules were evened out perfectly to make it easy to understand & the teachers had so much knowledge and drove us all to success. Thank you so much for being the start of my journey and a huge shout out to Belinda for being the superstar that you are and believing in us all 💕
09:23 08 Feb 22
I am so grateful that I decided to complete my Pilates Certification with Breathe Education. The course encompasses content that is evidence based and best practice, with instructors who are approachable, encouraging and embody inclusivity. I also found that the course structure allows you to absorb and get a good grasp of the learning material which helps build confidence. The best learning experience I have had to date!
03:47 07 Feb 22
The structure of the course is done so well, I have absolutely loved everything about it. I have made some great friends from this journey and really enjoyed the connection I made with my teachers, I fault like they really wanted to help you succeed in becoming a Pilates teacher. Just get out there and do the thing! Ash
01:41 07 Feb 22
Highly recommended! The educators at Breathe are passionate, knowledgeable and fun. Love Pilates elephants and all the Pilates myths being properly explained. Thoroughly enjoyed learning online with such a fab crew and have felt supported the entire way through my course. I know that my career as a Pilates instructor is backed by excellent education and training. Thank you Breathe!
00:22 07 Feb 22
BEST COURSE EVER!I’ve just completed my 20 week course with Breathe Education and it’s honestly the best money I’ve ever spent. It’s easy to understand, educational, the instructions are helpful and so incredibly good at what they do. In previous Pilates courses I’ve done its usually made out to be this serious, daunting thing that is super hard to do well at but Breathe made me relax about it a lot 😂 I highly recommend for anyone that is wanting to upskill or learn the amazing world that is Pilates. Thank you so much
23:28 06 Feb 22
I couldn’t recommend Breathe Education more if I tried! I’ve recently wrapped up my Cert IV and I’m genuinely sad that it’s ending.I have made some awesome friends in my fellow students - who are some of the most friendly and welcoming people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Breathe have truly created such a nurturing and supportive environment, not just with fellow students, but the trainers too.I was lucky enough to have Hailey as my main trainer throughout the course. Her passion for pilates, and her dedication to teaching shone through every single tutorial. I felt so supported, confident and really seen - which is so important in a course, but especially so in an online course. It’s so easy to be lost in the background of a Zoom call, but Hailey made sure we all received the attention, advice and knowledge that we needed to be able to succeed as instructors. Hailey truly set us up for success at the start of every tutorial, so that when it came to assessments I think I can speak for all of my fellow students when I say that we felt ready and confident - knowing that Hailey had our back and prepared us so well.In saying that, every teacher at Breathe is incredibly special in their own way - Sharrman and Belinda were amazing for our lectures, and all the trainers who I joined for masterclasses live or online (special mention to Emily’s external cues and unreal programming!!).I’d rate Breathe 10 stars out of 5 if I could. Thank you thank you thank you!
yvonne van der veek
04:41 05 Feb 22
Just finished my 6 month Pilates instructor course with Breathe education and what a ride it has been. The training is all online but so comprehensive and easy to follow. I love that it is evidence based and they keep up to date with all the latest research. The trainers are amazing, each and every one of them, they share their passion and are so supportive. And having fellow students to share this journey with, even online, has been such a pleasure. If you want to become an instructor, this is the place to do it!
04:38 05 Feb 22
This course (Cert IV) was filled with evidence-based practice and a passion for fearless movement. It has empowered me and the rest of my cohort to contribute to our community in meaningful, authentic ways. Highly recommend!
04:37 05 Feb 22
Breathe education has been an Amazing learning experience and they have always supported and cheered everyone on to be the best pilates teacher possible. Breathe has made me confident and helped me gain the skill set to go out in the pilates world of teaching. :)
04:52 27 Dec 21
Raphael's book "Strengthen the person, not just the body part" is bloody fabulous. As a new grad and even a client, we are slammed with so many outdated concepts, nocebo approaches and even systems and technical models that are just so disconnected from each other, which is rough! However, the book is a simple approach to learn the fundamentals of not just movement principles, but also how to care for people by building and maintaining a strong clinical rapport. Not all of what we do is fancy exercises, equipment and knowledge of conditions; it's also to be able to hold space for others, listen, care, communicate and get people to believe in themselves!Thanks for filling the healthcare space with a brilliant tool that advocates for simplicity, connection, care and meaningful coaching!
03:28 16 Dec 21
I loved learning through Breathe Education, they provided a flexible course that I could complete when it suited me whilst still feeling very supported with all their incredible resources. The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, providing constructive criticism in a nurturing way. I would highly recommend anyone considering doing their Pilates course to choose Breathe Education.
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01:14 16 Dec 21
I just finished my certificate and this course is awesome. They encouraged me and built my confident. Even my English isn't good, they are tried to find out how to help me out and I can't believe how much I improved!
01:08 16 Dec 21
I was drawn to Breathe over another provider and im glad I listened to my gut. It's been one hell of a ride....all good of course. The support of the Tutorial teachers is next level. I felt safe and secure in my tutorials to ask questions and learn. Compassion was given by my tute teacher Emily when constructive criticism was given after assessments...to help lift all of us up as we learn to become our authentic selves as instructors with so much new info. My peers were very beautiful vibes girls and I've walked away with new friendships.
10:28 15 Dec 21
Love it and very proud to be part of BE.
09:07 14 Dec 21
The best course for anyone that coaches movement!!
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04:12 13 Dec 21
Such a great course! Being online didn't inhibit the learning at all- if anything I feel it made it better, as we were embedding learnings over a longer period. I thoroughly enjoyed completing my cert IV with Breathe and have learnt so much. I loved how practical and tangible the learning modules were.
03:35 13 Dec 21
This is a very comprehensive course which is flexible so you can study at times that are convenient to you. Everyone is so helpful and positive. I would highly recommend this course for people wanting to become a Pilates Instructor.
02:17 13 Dec 21
Consistent communication to ensure we were travelling through the course well kept me motivated! Really bright happy bunch of staff. Absolutely loved it
03:41 12 Dec 21
I could not fault Breathe Education. The learning platform is second to none and the trainers are exceptional, not only in their course delivery but in their care. I made so many like minded friends along the way. I would highly recommend Breathe Education to any one wanting to be a pilates teacher. I loved the science based curriculum.
03:06 11 Dec 21
Breathe education is not just a Pilates course, you learn a set of skills that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Pilates, aka cat/stretch/contrology OG, are exercises you can layer for life, with endless opportunities and fearless movement, you will also be able to help others at mastery and be involved their movement journey. How cool that is…the OG rep so beautifully layered you can watch how far people come! If you want to learn how to empower others, with the current evidence based approach this course is for you! 💪🏻
08:23 10 Dec 21
I'm from Switzlerand and so I was doing my course with 10 hours of difference with Australia. And do you know what? I've juste LOVED this online course. I truly believe that I've learnt as much as if it was face-to-face. They're 24h available and helping with any questions. It was the best journey I had so far. I’m 26 and I had invest my savings into the diploma course and it was the best decision I made! this is THE course you should take!!! Thanks Breathe!!!!
05:13 10 Dec 21
Applause to Raphael Bender & Breathe Education!I think I can speak on behalf of those finishing/in the midst of the *new* Diploma course, when I say that you’re changing the Pilates and Health/Fitness game, and turning it on its head - for the better.Thank you to all the teachers I worked with - Heath, Cloe, Belinda & Adam, (and those I didn’t have the pleasure of working with) for your wealth of knowledge and commitment to our learning to provide an extensive, factual-no BS approach to rehab, injury & pain (and everything else in between, because it includes far more than just those three topics!!!).There’s knowing anatomy, and there’s knowing anatomy and how our body biomechanics actually work. There’s so much misinformation thrown in front of us on a daily basis and I’m so glad that I’ve been a part of this community, where we’re encouraged to be critical thinkers and actually know our stuff! Would recommend this course to everyone, because BE are constantly taking on feedback, listening to us students and ensuring what coursework they provide is the very best science-based and best practise for our clients.
00:51 12 Nov 21
The team at Breathe were nothing but supportive through the entire journey of my Certificate. They were able to facilitate my learning experience, in a fun and engaging way despite being delivered purely online. I feel beyond grateful that I chose to study Pilates with Breathe, as I feel confident in myself and my knowledge of up-to-date evidence based practices in being able to deliver an epic Pilates class!Big shout out to Cloe for always bringing the greatest energy to the room, every single time.
22:27 11 Nov 21
I was a little bit hesitant about online study, but I did my research and found that Breathe appealed to everything I was looking for in a pilates course. So I thought I would give it a try and I definitely was not disappointed. The delivery of Cert IV was fantastic and very well planned out, never did I feel lost or unsupported there is so much support and not just from the teachers but from fellow students. The platforms used are easy to navigate for learning and make it easy to get in contact with students and teachers. I am now in my last week and feel confident to go out into the pilates world as an instructor. The Breathe course has given me so much confidence and knowledge to be an instructor.
03:54 11 Nov 21
What an incredible course! I just finished an anatomy short course. I loved how it an interactive component and was about actually understanding the content rather than just rope learning. Both lecturers were so helpful, Raph and Heath. Big shoutout to Heath for helping me understand how to put all the science into a practical sense to use in a class environment. Highly recommend if you have 20 years experience or 2 as a fitness professional, there was a lot I learnt in just 6 weeks.
04:03 10 Nov 21
Have had the most amazing experience with my course here at Breathe! I’ve grown so much and so beyond grateful for the amazing team at breathe and all that they do. Special thanks to Hailey and Cloe for the incredible experience and teachings! 10/10 recommend this spectacular course ❤️💕 thank you breathe!!
13:10 08 Nov 21
From the moment I booked my first phone call, the staff at Breathe made me feel valued and heard. The Cert IV Pilates course has completely opened my eyes to how amazing the human body is, and my mindset has changed entirely around how we move! I’m graduating this week and honestly I’m so sad it’s come to an end because it’s been the highlight of my week with my tutorial crew. I’ve got my first in studio classes booked in a few weeks and I’m feeling super excited and prepared, the trainers at Breathe allow you to grow in your own way and develop your own style of teaching that I can’t wait to show! Thank you breathe team ☺️
01:05 08 Nov 21
Breathe is an incredible organization and educational system. The teachers are such a high caliber of instructors, and they genuinely want their students to excel and succeed in the industry.All areas of being a Pilates instructor - from cueing, confidence, finding your voice, repertoire knowledge and understanding, running your own business etc are all covered throughout the course.I am finishing the course feeling equipped to head out into the instructor world and succeed!
04:26 06 Nov 21
I am so grateful to breathe. I have never felt more confident in myself and my ability. I have found that everyone is super supportive that’s the trainers, customer service team and the crew that I have gone through with. It has also been easy. It’s never a challenge to get in contact with trainers or get additional help if needed. I truely feel as if this team has my back now and also as I venture into the Pilates industry
04:25 06 Nov 21
The course has been amazing at getting me prepared to teach Pilates. I feel so prepared and ready to dive right in. I'm excited about the opportunities ahead and learning more with breathe education in the future. I can't wait to share this amazing form of movement with everyone. Pilates is for every body!
04:25 06 Nov 21
Thank you so much Breathe Edu team! This course has completely changed my outlook on life and my passion for exercise! I am so excited to go out into the industry knowing I have everything under my belt to succeed! Cloe & Rach in particular - thank you for being motivating, inspiring and fearless.
21:27 09 Oct 21
The only Pilates training course you need to look for. I could not be happier with my experience with breathe. The most up to date current research delivered by the most inspiring Pilates teachers. I loved every minute of this course and hope to go on to do the diploma!
02:49 01 Oct 21
Love, Love this course! Would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about movement, building strength and confidence of the body. I feel so empowered with a quality qualification...Create a career that is meaningful and changes peoples lives for the better!