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Do You Need to Be Perfect to Teach Pilates?, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

Episode 33:

Do You Need to Be Perfect to Teach Pilates?

If you’re a Pilates teacher who is anxious about teaching a move before you have perfected it then you’re in the right place.

In this episode of Pilates Elephants, we’re busting the myth that Pilates instructors have to be amazing at every single move before they even think about teaching it to their clients. We discuss why students are looking for an instructor to inspire and empower them to grow, rather than a picture-perfect Pilates machine.

Great teachers don’t have to do the thing perfectly in order to teach it and if you hold onto that mistaken belief you’re limiting your clients’ potential as well as your own.

What You Will Learn:

  • Why you don’t need to be perfect at a move as a Pilates instructor to teach it
  • The importance of validating and affirming students and supporting them on their Pilates journey
  • How to get clarity as an instructor on concepts that you’re not clear on
  • Why we’re busting the myth that people need a Pilates teacher to look a certain way
  • Why if you self limit as a Pilates instructor, then you’re also limiting your clients potential as well
  • Tips for when you want to facilitate and cue a move that you haven’t perfected yet

Empowering Your Students

Don’t hold onto the belief that you shouldn’t be teaching students any moves that you haven’t yet perfected yourself. Teaching and doing are completely different skills, and as Pilates instructors, we need to let go of the myth that we have to be able to do all the moves perfectly before we go ahead and teach them. Being a great teacher is a very specific skill and we want to empower you to enjoy the process of teaching. Don’t let the perfection mindset choke you when you’re following your passion.

Facilitating Progression

If you self limit as a Pilates teacher, then you’re also limiting your clients’ potential too. We need to recognize that our clients don’t come to us because of our perfect Pilates body or flawless moves, they come to us because we have the skills to facilitate their progress in something that they love. The bottom line is that as a Pilates instructor it’s absolutely fine to teach a move without being able to do it perfectly yourself — you’re there to facilitate your students’ progress, not take center stage yourself.

Inspire Your Clients

Most Pilates students find it easier to be inspired by people that they can relate to, so it’s nonsensical to believe as an instructor that you have to be able to do all the things to be able to teach all the things. Your role as a teacher is to affirm your students, validate their efforts, and welcome them into the Pilates community, not scare them off with perfection. Pilates is for everyone, regardless of shape, size, or experience so why are we devaluing our awesome teaching skill by putting the stumbling block of perfection in our path.

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About Raphael and Cloe:

Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education

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.

Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education

With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.

She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast, with Raphael Bender, has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths whilst creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.

Cloe is fascinated by movement in general, and its ability to enhance our lives, at any age. Her own movement practice includes Contrology/Pilates, running, weights, and kettlebells. She has a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Cert IV in Pilates, and Cert IV in Training and Assessing.

How to Connect with Raphael and Cloe:

Our Pilates instructor training is 100 percent online, so you can study from anywhere in the world.

Earn recognition: Your Breathe Education Pilates qualifications are recognized by the Australian Government, Exercise & Sport Science Australia, and all major insurers.

Build your skills: with our pilates instructor training, you’ll learn the original Contrology exercises created by Joseph Pilates. Plus, you’ll learn the most current, science-based ways to cue and program those exercises, how to work with injured and pregnant clients, and nurture beginners.

Gain confidence: Learning is fun and easy when you engage with our state-of-the-art eLearning system, filled with straightforward, relevant content and structured to guide your training as you build skills and confidence.

Feel supported: You’ll learn world-class problem-solving skills, not just a list of answers. Our student success team and trainers will provide you with all the guidance, challenge, and support you’ll need to become what you want to become.

Take your first step to becoming a certified Pilates instructor by scheduling a 20-minute Discovery Call with us here.

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