How to Teach Beginners

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In this mini workshop for Instructors, Clare works with a beginner who has only been taking Pilates for a short time. What will you learn from this session? There are so many things to fix with beginners but you have to fix one thing at a time. Clare shares what is important for the goal of each exercise, as well as what she sees in Lynn's body that will inform what she does after the Reformer is finished. Discover how to cue both with your hands and words, how to match the energy of your client and much more! Visit Clare at Progressive Bodyworks and explore her new program for studio owners: Pilates Avatar.  

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  1. joesmat 5 years ago

    This lovely Lady is impressive for a BEGINNER!
    Looking at this practice from a Mat perspective one can relate to all of it.
    Now, why, don’t we see the “Reformer on the Mat” next time! The great Lady Romana is said to have given this practice to the Classical Community.
    Often practice many of these exercises on the mat, and use hand weights for the Teaser.
    Thank you Clare Dunphy Hemani and you lovely lady practitioner.

  2. lghammerle

    Thank you Clare! I enjoyed being able to observe your session with your new client. These type of videos are very different than videos that are taught to be a workout for the viewer. As a teacher, I learn more from these videos because of the corrections being taught to the student.

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      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      That is great feedback and I am sure the wonderful Alisa and Jack will take note for future programming. Teaching beginners is fun; everyone has to start somewhere and as long as you can meet them where they are and help them understand a little more each day then you will make great progress. I wish you the best!

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