Pilates Positions: Perfecting Form
Pilates: Where Form Matters
Focusing on form and correct spinal alignment during Pilates exercises is an essential task for any instructor. It may seem simple - but, making sure that every class participant has correct spinal alignment and is breathing correctly can be a daunting task. Let's use the example of a boat position. How many times have you seen someone who says that he/she is doing the boat position - but, his/her shoulders are slumped forward and legs are bent into a crunch position...??? It happens all the time. From the boat, to tricep teasers, to hundreds... most participants will compromise exercise form if they can. It's only natural... Correct form isn't easy! And, who likes to work hard???
When it comes to working hard - no one really loves that! But, doing correct form is hard work and what clients do really love are great results. So, here are some quick and easy tips for monitoring clients and ensuring correct form.
1.) Synchronize your class. If everyone is doing the same exercise at the same time, they are much easier to monitor.
2.) Demonstrate not only correct form... but, show examples of common mistakes. If your client can self-monitor, that makes your life easier and his/her results better.
3.) Instead of completing the exercise with your clients, demonstrate and then walk around the class.
4.) Arrange your class in rows. You should be able to monitor form while watching from the front or side of the room.
5.) Use cadence. You can use music, a metronome or any time-keeping rhythm. If your clients know when they are to change and they all change together - they are much easier to watch!
We hope these quick tips help! For more about Pilates form, Instruction exam and texts - check out our Pilates Certification page by clicking below.