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March 14, 2023

67. Keep It Simple

I have spent much of my life overcomplicating the simple, and I see many other people doing the same thing, especially when it comes to personal health and fitness, as well as teaching Pilates or fitness. Today I discuss why …

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March 9, 2023

66. On Sacroiliac Joint Instability

Another issue that gets brought up often among Pilates teachers is Sacroiliac Joint Instability. The issue here is that what your clients with SI instability feel like they want is often very different from what they need, wh...

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March 7, 2023

65. About Tight Hip Flexors

I see tight hip flexors coming up in Pilates Teacher forums at least 2-3x every week. Even more concerning, I see people offering deep stretches and corrections that I know from experience can hurt more than help. Let's deep ...

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March 2, 2023

64. Fun with Fascia

Lately all we hear about is fascia - fascial movement, fascial exercise, fascial release, fascial adhesions, tensegrity.... But what is fascia, really? Can we release fascia, exercise our fascia, stretch our fascia? Does work...

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Feb. 28, 2023

63. Words Matter - The Language of Pilates

I recently had a client ask me about the "Superman" exercise on the reformer. This worried me, as there is no exercise by that name. There are a few things I thought of - swimming prep on the long box …

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Feb. 23, 2023

62. About That C-Curve

A quick overview of the bones of the spine, how our spines naturally curve in weight bearing, and where we have the most mobility in different directions. This leads into a discussion of the Pilates C-curve, and why *most* pe...

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Feb. 21, 2023

61. Pilates Is A System

I'm seeing some disturbing Pilates teacher training trends online. From what I see, it seems that many Pilates teachers aren't getting what they should out of their training. Pilates is not just the mat, the reformer, or the ...

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Feb. 16, 2023

60. Find Evidence-based Facts Online with Eric Olson

If you've noticed the proliferation of fake news and advertising over the past 7 years, you're not the only one! Part of the problem is that all "free" search engines and social media companies are, at heart, advertising plat...

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Feb. 14, 2023

59. Are You Really Teaching Pilates?

Today's episode is for all the Pilates teachers, apprentices, and anyone thinking about becoming a Pilates teacher. If you're not sure what Pilates is or what Joseph Pilates taught.... If you're not getting answers to your qu...

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Feb. 9, 2023

58. Dangers of Diet Culture with Hayley Perkins

I'm so happy to introduce you to another of my friends from across the pond, Hayley Perkins - The Food Therapist. We talk about diet culture, our own experiences growing up surrounded by shame regarding weight and food, and s...

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Feb. 7, 2023

57. Pilates for Lower Back Pain Class

Today's episode is a full body, audio Pilates class that focuses on easing lower back pain. So, get out your mat and take half an hour for yourself. Note that this is not modified for low bone density! And now …

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Feb. 2, 2023

56. Building Success from Trauma with Linda Steele

In today's episode I sit down for a deep, gritty, inspiring talk with fitness professional, model, and author Linda Steele. In her new book, Nerves of Steele , Linda outlines her traumatic childhood, which morphed into a trau...

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Jan. 31, 2023

55. Dangerous "Pilates" Trends

On the heels of last week's episode, let's discuss some truly dangerous "Pilates" trends - hot Pilates, large group reformer classes in the dark with loud music, and megaformers. Why do I have issues with these? Because they ...

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Jan. 26, 2023

54. Are You Really Doing Pilates?

Lately my social feeds have been inundated with ads for "Pilates equipment". Band & tubing systems, bars with wheels, and souped up "reformers". Conversely, I'm also seeing a lot of exercises done on mat & Pilates apparatus t...

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Jan. 24, 2023

53. Legal Concerns for Pilates Teachers with Nicole Cheri Oden

***Head's up - my audio (not Nicole's) has a lot of echo. But don't let that stop you from listening! Nicole's is crystal clear, and the advice she gives is super important.*** I did this live interview with powerhouse attorn...

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Jan. 19, 2023

52. So, You Want to Teach Pilates?

I'm amazed at the number of people who want to teach Pilates, and horrified at the plethora of questionable cheap & easy certification programs. Today I take a deep dive into Pilates teacher training - what to look for, what …

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Jan. 17, 2023

51. Can Pilates Heal Diastasis Recti?

If you have a diastasis recti, or teach women with diastasis recti, this episode is full of information. I talk about what DR is, what the effects of DR are on rest of the body, and what to consider when …

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Jan. 12, 2023

50. Powerful, Purposeful, & Profitable Pilates Business with Bessi Gr…

If you've ever wondered whether your Pilates business is powerful enough, purposeful enough, and profitable enough, today's episode is for you! If you struggle with profiting when there is so much that needs to be done in our...

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Jan. 10, 2023

49. Why External Cues Work Best

If you do or teach any kind of movement (Pilates, yoga, weights, TRX....), you probably have questions about the best cues for your clients. You may wonder why some cues don't work for some people, and why some cues that …

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Jan. 5, 2023

48. Merging Movement Science & Pilates with Greg Youdan

Today's guest is my friend, client, and colleague - movement scientist, Pilates teacher, and dancer Greg Youdan, MA, MS. I've been lucky enough to both work alongside and teach Greg at Real Pilates, take live workshops with G...

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Jan. 3, 2023

47. When Self-Love Just Doesn't Work

Heads Up - This is a deeply personal episode, where I share a lot of my own struggles with loving myself. I discuss child abuse, self-loathing, and body dysmorphia. If I hear the phrase "self-love" one more time, I think …

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Dec. 29, 2022

46. How Pilates Helps Pain with Allan Menezes

Allan Menezes is back, and we talk about all things Pilates for pain, and especially back pain. Allan shares his morning bed stretches, and ways to deepen your clients' Pilates experience. Hear about Allan's apprenticeship an...

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Dec. 27, 2022

45. Don't Make New Year Resolutions

Every year in the US, we sit around and make New Year resolutions, especially around health and fitness. In fact, gyms oversell memberships in January, counting on the fact that most new members will stop coming within 8 week...

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Dec. 22, 2022

44. Compassionate Fitness

The other day after I taught a Strong Bones class online, we started discussing how disconnected many fitness and pilates instructors are from their clients. Basically, how they lose compassion. If you've ever experienced bei...

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