Because you can do what you do best – full-time! Pilates instructors are the highest paid and most in-demand instructors in the industry. Here’s why more and more personal trainers are extending their businesses with mind-body fitness.
Industry surveys show that the demand for Pilates in fitness facilities is on the rise. As a result, club owners are eager to attract qualified instructors, and there are more opportunities for fitness instructors to enhance their earning potential.
With over 10 million people participating in Pilates today, there’s no wonder personal trainers are jumping at the chance to certify. By adding Pilates to their current repertoire, they can retain more clients, keep their interest in “personal training” or “one-on-one” instruction, and make more money in a method that is growing in popularity every day.
“Pilates is one of the fastest-growing forms of exercise that people of all ages, fitness abilities and levels are turning to for mind-body exercise,” says Moira Merrithew, Executive Director of Education at STOTT PILATES®. “Ambitious instructors, who obtain professional instruction and expand their knowledge base to include special populations covering the de-conditioned exerciser to the very fit, become very marketable.”
A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
The key to making the shift from the gym to the Pilates studio is quality education. Instructors are able to cross-promote their multi-faceted training abilities and implement new and exciting fitness skills into their clients’ regimens. They also have the opportunity to increase their client base with their newfound expertise by offering core strength, functional fitness and muscle conditioning through effective mind-body exercise.
Pilates has become a top choice for fitness instructors because it has no age barrier or fitness requirements. This method of exercise produces longer, leaner muscles, improves postural alignment, increases core strength, balance strength and flexibility, heightens body awareness, and prevents injury. Pilates is not as stressful on the joints.
“Pilates is a kinder, gentler exercise for your body with all of the benefits of strength training,” adds Moira. “It is a method of exercise for everyone – from the athlete to special populations such as rehab and pre- and post-natal exercisers to the active aging. You can reach a broad range of clients and ultimately touch the lives of more people.”
INCREASE YOUR EARNINGS
Group exercise instructors are amazed at the increase in working hours they can actually put in consecutively by teaching Pilates. You can teach 3-5 hours of one-on-one or group Pilates sessions in a row. The transition from group exercise to Pilates can be quite natural considering all of the continual verbal cues in this format of teaching. According to the June 2007 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, mind-body exercise is the most popular form of fitness programming in today’s clubs.
Pilates instructors also enjoy the fact that this contemporized form of exercise allows them to cater to a wide range of clients. Specific programs are now available for athletes, rehab and prenatal clients, new moms or moms-to-be, and the active aging. “We make sure all of our instructors are well versed in our curriculum and keep up with their continuing education,” adds Moira. “We know how important innovative programming is and we want to make sure our instructors are prepared to instruct any client who walks through their door.”