You know that moment at a party when you get the inevitable “what do you do for a living” question? Well, I often don’t know how to respond to that. I’m proud of what I do, but when people hear “Pilates instructor”, they think my life looks like that “Call On Me” video.
To be fair, I can’t blame them. Pilates and yoga instructing — especially full-time — is a relatively new career path. Most of my day is spent in one-on-one sessions with clients. I meet a lot of new people everyday, and those people always feel better on the way out than they did on the way in. I get to turn people around through movement — my job is awesome! Now, if only I could convey all of this is response to the “what do you do for a living” question…
It’s not all one-on-one time. I teach three group classes a day, max, which is where I get a lot of my energy. In a big class, I can get creative and feed off of the group’s energy and enthusiasm.
Every night, I spend two to three hours scheduling clients, researching and (of course) blogging here on Fine Tine Pilates!
On weekends, I sometimes take courses and workshops to advance my Pilates expertise and gain a deeper understanding where my clients are concerned. I’ve taken workshops for people with back injuries, hip replacements, specific posture types and osteoporosis. There are workshops for almost every fine tune a client could need; I attend them and bring that knowledge right back to you guys.
On top of it all, my own practice is a big part of my life. This is when I whip out the spandex unitard and leg warmers a la “Call on Me”… Kidding! I’m a firm believer of practice what you preach. That means I have to treat my own body with the respect and dedication I bring to my clients.
So, there you have it. Pilates instructing really is a full-time job, and a great one at that! I’m very lucky to love what I do.
If this all sounds too wonderful to be true, check it out for yourself. A career as a Pilates instructor is rewarding, and I encourage all those interested to look into it. To learn more about becoming a Pilates instructor check out Body Harmonics teacher training program here.