There are differences in the two styles of Pilates you could be teaching your students. You need to know both, and when and how to use them. Specifically for students with medical conditions.
In the event of someone asking you about the style of your teaching, you should always be able to tailor the Pilates classes to suit individual needs. It’s advised for the best results that two classes per week should be attended, but that’s not always going to within the budget of people.
They may only want to attend one class per week, saving on costs. By teaching mat based Pilates as well, your students can do some exercise routines while at home.
When you look back at when Pilates was first introduced to the fitness field, Joseph Pilates designed the routines with specialised equipment. That was for the best health benefits to students, by working different muscle groups, using equipment to aid in the body alignment, posture, and muscle strengthening. It produces results faster for people practicing Pilates.
Mat-based Pilates was never the way the exercise was designed. It was developed to assist students to practice outside of the gym. Letting people use softer exercise routines that are doable by anyones standard of fitness.
Combinations of the two styles are often used, so that people can benefit from using the equipment in a gym, while having an affordable solution for working out at home.
This is essential for students to feel notable results, as the equipment is the core of the training. It’s used to aid the exercises, provide muscular strength in a slow and controlled manner.
The equipment is expensive, so you will be working out of a fitness centre, and your groups will be small. For most Pilates classes, people will look for smaller groups.
Around 6 – 8 people per class and not in the high numbers. The lower the class numbers, the better attention you can pay to each of your students. It’s the attention to detail that matter in this profession, as everyone has different needs.
Some students will have goals for a slimmer physique, whilst another will be looking to reduce their back pain. You need to have the people skills to work with people individually, so you can ascertain their fitness goals. Only when you know people on a one-to-one basis, can you get a true understanding of their individual needs, and then tailor their training to reach those goals. That will involve rotating the use of equipment each person is using, maximising their success at reaching their goals.
The mat based Pilates classes are used for at home, doing muscle stretches and often aided by smaller pieces of apparatus, like Swiss balls and resistance bands. You can teach these exercises in the gym, but you should utilise the equipment as much as possible. It’s where the best results are achieved, and the way the exercise was developed using. The mat based classes are supplemental training to assist in fitness, by toning the body.
Using other small pieces of apparatus, such as resistance bands improve the strength of muscles, but they aren’t nearly as effective as the professional fitness equipment.
Mats, exercise balls, and resistance bands can support your training by allowing your students to use these while at home.
The combination of the two styles of Pilates is often used to increase the success of students, reaching their fitness goals.