As fitness professionals, you know more than anyone how important physical fitness is to overall wellness. With the rise of obesity and society’s consistent embrace of fast-food indulgencies, the fitness professional’s role has become an integral part in people’s lives.
Whether your desire is to help clients sculpt a toned physique, prevent sport injuries, increase overall strength, relieve stress or get back in shape after pregnancy, the fact is that more and more people are turning to some form of exercise to help, assist and/or alter their lifestyle. In other words, no matter what form of exercise you choose to teach or what training regimens you utilize, staying on top of your programming is a must in order to keep up with your changing clients’ needs.
Different forms of exercise such as cross-training, circuit training, split days, interval, group exercise and personal training are staples in most clubs. However, the popularity of mind/body exercise is what’s attracting all ages and life stages. Pilates has become a top choice for fitness instructors because it has no age barrier or fitness requirements.
“Pilates is a kinder, gentler exercise for your body with all of the benefits of strength training,” says Moira Merrithew, Executive Director of Education, STOTT PILATES. “At the same time, [Pilates] helps build strong, healthy muscles, improves blood flow and engages all the muscles at the right time, therefore working your body inside and out for optimal body conditioning.”
The Key to Success
There are over 10 million participants in North America alone, and quality instructors are a rare commodity. Proper training and education is pertinent for instructors to learn the most up-to-date repertoire.
Pilates instructors have the opportunity to teach a method of exercise that is growing in popularity every day. Also, they have the potential to retain more clients and, in turn, become more profitable. As a result, facility owners are realizing this boom in Pilates and looking for the most qualified instructors to help bring in members. So they’re incorporating comprehensive Pilates programming into their daily fitness schedules.
People who are interested in certifying in Pilates are often not aware of their options for professional instruction, programming and long-lasting education. However, there are many high-caliber licensed training centers around the globe to assist in the process.
“High-caliber locations have been carefully selected to deliver elite training curriculum and education and are staffed with top certified instructor trainers and the best equipment on the market,” explains President and CEO, STOTT PILATES, Lindsay G. Merrithew. “These centers adhere to standards of operation that ensure consistent delivery of programs and services for those wanting to pursue a career in this exercise method.”