225 episodes

We get to grips with new research, teaching strategies, and social issues around Pilates and Pilates teaching. This is 100% authentic, unscripted, real talk about everything Pilates.

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Pilates Elephants Raphael Bender

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 154 Ratings

We get to grips with new research, teaching strategies, and social issues around Pilates and Pilates teaching. This is 100% authentic, unscripted, real talk about everything Pilates.

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    221. First, do no harm, with Kyle Marsh, Natalie Wilson, and Raphael Bender

    221. First, do no harm, with Kyle Marsh, Natalie Wilson, and Raphael Bender

    Do no harm” is the first item on the PMA code of ethics. Seems reasonable on the face of it, but what does it actually mean to do no harm, and is it even possible?
    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    Follow Raph on IG hereConnect with Natalie on IG hereConnect with Kyle Marsh on Instagram and Natalie Wilson on Instagram Find Breathe Education here and on InstagramFind True II Form online here and on Instagram
    Learn more here.


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    220. Why I don’t assess posture anymore, with Raphael Bender

    220. Why I don’t assess posture anymore, with Raphael Bender

    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    Thoracic kyphosis is not related to abdominal strength or endurance hereLumbar lordosis and pelvic tilt are not related to abdominal strength hereAbdominal and hip muscle flexibility only explains 9% of the variance in thoracic posture hereAND longer glutes and hamstrings are associated with LESS pelvic tilt hereHip and spine stiffness are not related to lumbar lordosis hereBUT… You CAN change posture with exercise (particularly strengthening exercises) hereNo evidence any particular posture causes pain hereScapular dyskinesis is slightly more common in people with NO shoulder pain hereRead Raph’s book on rehabilitation - Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part hereConnect with Raph on Instagram
    Learn more here.


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    • 25 min
    219. Different kinds of employment opportunities in the Pilates industry, with Kyle Marsh, Natalie Wilson, and Raphael Bender

    219. Different kinds of employment opportunities in the Pilates industry, with Kyle Marsh, Natalie Wilson, and Raphael Bender

    The possible career paths for a Pilates instructor include WAY more options than just “get a job at a studio”. Although that can be a great option.
    There are a lot of people doing amazing, innovative things to make money with their Pilates skills.
    We talk about the pros and cons of working in corporate studios, small studios, starting your own solo business, doing an online thing and several other interesting and profitable ways to use your Pilates skills to make the world a better place and earn money at the same time.
    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    Find out about the Clinical Certification hereFollow Raph on IG hereConnect with Natalie on IG hereConnect with Kyle Marsh on Instagram and Natalie Wilson on Instagram Find Breathe Education here and on InstagramFind True II Form online here and on Instagram
    Learn more here.


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    218. Are stretching and strengthening the same thing? With Raphael Bender

    218. Are stretching and strengthening the same thing? With Raphael Bender

    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    Intense long-lasting stretching causes muscle growth and strength gains equivalent to resistance training herePartial range of motion resistance training at long muscle lengths improves muscle growth more hereResistance training improves range of motion just as much as stretching hereConnect with Raph on Instagram
    Learn more here.


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    • 30 min
    217. Pilates is not your product, with Natalie Wilson and Raphael Bender

    217. Pilates is not your product, with Natalie Wilson and Raphael Bender

    This is probably the biggest mistake people make in the business of Pilates. I promise you, Pilates is NOT your product - listen on to find out what is.Read Raph’s book “How to make $100k a year teaching Pilates” here
    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    Find out about the Clinical Certification hereWine with more awards tastes better hereWine experts can’t tell the difference between red and white wine hereCalifornia wine tastes better than North Dakota wine… even when it’s the same wine hereUnited Airlines home page hereMastercard home page hereConnect with Natalie Wilson on Instagram Connect with Raph on Instagram
    Learn more here.


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    • 42 min
    216. Why knowing which muscles are active in a movement is a waste of time, with Raphael Bender

    216. Why knowing which muscles are active in a movement is a waste of time, with Raphael Bender

    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    Find out about the Clinical Certification hereTension is the primary stimulus for muscle strengthening hereTension without activation still causes muscles to increase in strength and size here and hereLong-lasting stretching causes muscles to grow hereWhen you activate your muscles for low load tasks, you only actiavte a small percentage of the fibers hereTo stimulate ANY strengthening you need to get within about 8-10 reps of failure, and to maximize strength and muscle size you need to get within 2-3 reps of failure hereOriginal post that got me riled up and inspired this episode is hereMy response on IG is here
    Learn more here.


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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Helen Crowley ,

Thank you for this informative podcast.

Pilates elephants has been priceless. I have learnt sooo much from every episode. Thank you for going against the grain and putting evidence based information out there into the Pilates world. My mind has been opened.

Lalaladio ,

A must-listen to anyone who wants to succeed in Pilates (and life! Haha)

Wow, I started listening to this podcast a month ago and I’ve now listened to some twice! High value wisdom especially for anyone who wants to be in the business of Pilates. Raph is a goldmine of information and knowledge (right from Pilates to challenging money mindsets to be in the business of Pilates)
He tells it like it is. No frills. I would pay for this information and yet it is there for everyone to access and impart. Thankyou Raphael for sharing you wisdom and experience.

K.Reeves906 ,

I’ve learnt so much

Thank you Raph and Chloe for a very enjoyable podcast. I have learned so much on quite a few different topics from listening to you. The dynamic between you keeps my attention and keeps it always interesting and enjoyable to listen to. I’m only about 25 episodes in and looking forward to the rest.

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