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What Does Pilates Do For You?, with John Garey

Episode 38:

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.

What Does Pilates Do For You

About John Garey:

John is the creator of John Garey TV and 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.

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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:

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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.

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