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Season 1

June 1, 2023

90. You're Never Too Old for Pilates

It's the last episode of Season 1! A listener recently asked if 60 is too old to start Pilates teacher training. This episode is my answer to anyone who wants to start doing or teaching Pilates at any age. Osteoporosis-friend...

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May 30, 2023

89. Updates & New Pilates Programs

Season 1 is almost over! This Thursday June 1, 2023 will be my 90th episode, and the last of this season. Today I have a few updates, including my new hours at Bombshell Pilates, new online programs for new Pilates …

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May 25, 2023

88. Supporting Women Athletes with Jamie Mittelman

It amazes me that women athletes are still underpaid, under supported, and under appreciated, even Olympians and Paralympians. Today I talk to Flame Bearers founder Jamie Mittelman, who is on a mission to make sure that peop...

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May 23, 2023

87. Meniscus Repair Surgery

I recently had meniscus repair surgery with Dr. Kasi Komperda at Mount Sinai Union Square. 3.5 weeks later, I'm walking without pain, able to kneel on all fours, and take stairs. Listen as I break down for you what my …

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May 18, 2023

86. Legal Essentials for Pilates Pros with Cory Sterling

Whether you teach Pilates at home, online, in your own studio, or as an independent contractor, you and your business need legal protection. Attorney Cory Sterling joins me today for a super fun discussion about what you need...

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May 16, 2023

85. Why We Do Pilates

Pilates is a full body exercise method, and I do it to feel and function at my best. While Pilates is being sold as a weight loss and toning method, I believe Pilates is best viewed as cross-training for life. …

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May 11, 2023

84. What Is the Pilates Apparatus?

If you're considering buying Pilates apparatus for your home, or for a new Pilates studio, you may have some questions. Is there just the reformer? Are all brands the same? What are my options? In this episode I explain what …

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May 9, 2023

83. Rocking the Pilates Boat

I spent much of my life as an activist - rocking the boat in multiple areas. I marched for women's rights, civil rights, for divestment from apartheid South Africa, and for union representation of teaching assistants, to name...

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May 4, 2023

82. Fix Your Chronic Pain with Rick Olderman

Today's interview with Physical Therapist Rick Olderman is full of actionable tips and information for you, whether you live with chronic pain, work with clients in chronic pain, or both. We discuss the typical approaches to ...

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May 2, 2023

81. Some Quick Examples of Niching

I had my knee surgery last week, so today is a super short episode about Niching in your Pilates business. It's so important for Pilates teachers to really niche down into a target market. It helps you connect with your …

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April 27, 2023

80. Sales Without Sleaze with Sarah Walton

If you feel sleazy about selling your Pilates services, especially on social media, this episode is for you! Today I'm talking all things Sales and Marketing with the funny and talented Sarah Walton. Let's overcome your fear ...

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April 25, 2023

79. You Can Say No

Many Pilates clients and teachers have a hard time drawing boundaries and saying "No", which often leads to injury, misunderstandings, and undue stress for all involved. Here's when to say no, why you should, and some advice ...

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April 20, 2023

78. The Language of Healing with Gwen Miller

The fabulous Gwen Miller is back! As a Balanced Body Pilates educator, author of the upcoming book, Safe Movement for All Spines - A Guide to Spinal Anatomy and How to Work with 21 Spine and Hip Conditions , and …

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April 18, 2023

77. Making Pilates Safe Again

Clients need to feel safe in the Pilates studio, and not worried that they may do something that will hurt them. That said, many clients also don't want to picked out for "special" modification due to their osteoporosis or di...

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April 13, 2023

76. Ayurveda for Chronic Disease with Simmi Chopra

I've been a huge fan of Ayurveda since my time at Parrot Cay, where I worked closely with our Ayurvedic doctor and experienced some profound positive change in my body as a result. In today's discussion with NYC-based Ayurved...

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April 11, 2023

75. Inclusive Cuing for Pilates Teachers

You never know who's going to walk into a Pilates class. And, you never know what's happening in their bodies or lives at that moment. Your Pilates teacher training taught you the exercises and how not to hurt people, but …

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April 6, 2023

74. Intuition, Care, & Trust with Susan King

As a very gifted intuitive, my friend and colleague Susan King is often privy to very delicate information about her high profile clients and their lives. Today we discuss how she discovered her gift, why her clients find her...

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April 4, 2023

73. Care & Compassion In the Studio

I'm very concerned about the state of Pilates, and how new teachers are being introduced to taking care of other humans. When people pay us and entrust us with the care of their precious bodies, that's a big deal. Pilates …

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March 30, 2023

72. Self-care for Pilates Teachers with Tela Anderson

Today I bring you a talk with my talented and brilliant colleague, Tela Anderson. We know that Pilates teachers don't take the best care of ourselves and that we have a hard time with boundaries, tending to always be availabl...

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March 28, 2023

71. Pilates Wall Workouts

If you've been following fitness influencers on IG and TikTok, you've seen a lot of Pilates Wall Workouts claiming to replace the reformer, as well as workouts using skateboards and other unsafe, unstable objects to mimic a r...

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March 23, 2023

70. Doing Pilates with Chronic Pain

If you have chronic pain, Pilates will definitely help you. But, sometimes if you're not modifying things properly, doing too much too soon, or are doing exercises that are contra-indicated for your specific issues, it can ma...

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March 21, 2023

69. Bridging to Classical Pilates

This episode is for you whether you are considering your first Pilates teacher training, or if you did a contemporary training and want to bridge to learning more Classical Pilates. I discuss how to evaluate and choose a prog...

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March 16, 2023

68. Chronic Inflammation

Like many Americans, I suffer from chronic inflammation. In my search for pain relief, I have discovered what is clinically proven to work to reduce inflammation. Here I share my story, and what's been working for me. Links:...

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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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Dec. 20, 2022

43. Creating Your Own Success with Klarity (Greg Davis Jr.)

I'm SO EXCITED about today's episode! Let's welcome Greg Davis, Jr. - better known as Klarity. Greg is a friend and neighbor, and also happens to be a brilliant actor, filmmaker, and stand up comedian. His new short film, Day...

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Dec. 15, 2022

42. Pilates Education & Teaching with Mara Sievers

Today we have Mara Sievers, creator of The Pilates Encyclopedia. This is a deep dive into Pilates education and teaching. We chat about how (new) Pilates teachers can learn to communicate what Pilates is and what it does and ...

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Dec. 13, 2022

41. When Your Client Comes In With Neck Pain

Neck Pain is the number one issue I hear about in Pilates teacher groups, and from clients. In this episode I break down the differences between documented cervical spine issues and shoulder injuries as opposed to simple weak...

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