What can we say apart from these are unprecedented times that we are currently living through. As Pilates professionals we haven’t been able to teach our classes and as a result teachers are either taking to online teaching or have chosen to close down completely. Each teacher is different in their approach and their preferences of what to do.
At The Pilates Studio, which is the Pilates studio where Modern Pilates teacher Christine Minchella teaches her clients, we have opted for Zoom group Pilates sessions. Christine says “It has been a slow process and a steep learning curve as I have had to learn this new technology and become confident in it. At the beginning I reached out to our existing client list and some of them were happy to transfer their classes onto a Zoom class. As a teacher I like to be able to teach face-to-face which I’m sure most teachers are but my clients were keen to adapt and so was I too. By starting with my existing clients (who have all been attending my Pilates sessions for many years now) I was confident that I knew their different exercise needs. Going forward we still don’t know when we will be able to teach or even they will be happy to come to classes. So for the time being I will continue with the Zoom classes and hopefully things will start to get back to normal soon.”
In the past we have run some ‘Spotlight’ pieces where we got in touch with past students to find out how they have used their Modern Pilates training. Since we have all been in lockdown I contacted a few of these students to find out how they have adapted their business during this Covid-19 pandemic.
We asked 2 Pilates teachers the question:
HOW ARE YOU? HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED TO TEACHING PILATES OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS?
Angela trained with us back in 2018 and has gone on to complete other Modern Pilates workshops with us. Since qualifying as a Pilates teacher, Angela has started her own Pilates classes as well as being able to teach for us here at The Pilates Studio in Menston.
Angela says: “I’m fine thanks. Hope you are too.
I decided not to go down the Zoom route. I’ve maintained contact with 75% of my clients by sending a weekly worksheet with instructions for a new routine each week. This has kept the dialogue flowing, and allowed my clients to continue with a familiar, gentle exercise routine each week. I’ve had lots of positive feedback and appreciation, which is really nice.
Since the distancing rules were relaxed a little, I’ve taught 1 client in the park on a 1-2-1 basis. Then due to the latest rule change, yesterday I taught 2 people together in the park. It’s not too difficult to do, even with the social distancing. Feedback has been positive. I’m not pressurising anyone to join the park class, just offering it as an option for those who may want to pursue it.
I can’t wait to get back to full classes indoors again, but suspect it’ll be a while yet before we return to a state of norm!”
You can see her original spotlight piece here.
Kate Woolger qualified with us in 2002 and has continued to teach Pilates ever since. She runs her own Pilates classes and can be found on her Facebook/pilatesforyou.
“All is going well thanks. I had a steep learning curve when this all kicked off and started with Facebook live – I had to get my clients on board as they all wanted to continue but some were not technical (a bit like me!) and didn’t even have a Facebook account. Anyway a few webinars later and some interaction with others we got it sorted! I felt that I wanted more interaction for my clients and have moved over to Zoom which is going well. Everyone of my clients bar 2 signed up for the summer term (the 2 that didn’t was more due to childcare issues or didn’t have any smart devices) and we have been Zooming ever since. I have actually enjoyed it and it’s great to see the familiar faces each week and for them to have some kind of social connection as well. Not sure what the next steps will be as I usually hire hall space and not heard what the regulations will be going forward. Mats 2m apart is tricky and classes will have to have reduced numbers.