49 episodes

Magical thinking and factually incorrect beliefs abound in many industries and Pilates is no exception. Most Pilates education is decades out of date at best, and at worst just plain pseudoscientific.

Many of these false beliefs have become accepted wisdom in the Pilates industry but are massively at odds with accepted science and best practice in exercise, health and movement teaching. This inconvenient disconnect means there are lots of topics in Pilates that are Elephants in the Room - things we don't question because it's a bit heretical to do so.

Well, we're here to change that.

We'll talk about all the Elephants from posture, to core strengthening for low back pain, to scapular stabilisation ... oh boy the list is a very, very long one!

Warning - we swear. But we have cute accents.

PS: Yes stabilisation is spelled with an "s" if you're in Australia

Pilates Elephants Breathe Education

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    • 4.8 • 95 Ratings

Magical thinking and factually incorrect beliefs abound in many industries and Pilates is no exception. Most Pilates education is decades out of date at best, and at worst just plain pseudoscientific.

Many of these false beliefs have become accepted wisdom in the Pilates industry but are massively at odds with accepted science and best practice in exercise, health and movement teaching. This inconvenient disconnect means there are lots of topics in Pilates that are Elephants in the Room - things we don't question because it's a bit heretical to do so.

Well, we're here to change that.

We'll talk about all the Elephants from posture, to core strengthening for low back pain, to scapular stabilisation ... oh boy the list is a very, very long one!

Warning - we swear. But we have cute accents.

PS: Yes stabilisation is spelled with an "s" if you're in Australia

    46. How To Run A Successful Pilates Studio And Make Money, with Laura Saggers

    46. How To Run A Successful Pilates Studio And Make Money, with Laura Saggers

    How To Run A Successful Pilates Studio And Make MoneyIn today's episode of Pilates Elephants, we talk to Laura Saggers, owner of Rise Pilates, about her journey through learning how owning a Pilates studio can be done successfully. She shares her experience of pivoting when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, how she adapted her studio to run online classes, and the key lessons she learned in the process. We also discuss the importance of knowing when and what to outsource as a studio owner, how to avoid burning out, and how to empower the awesome Pilates instructors on your team.
    What You Will Learn: How owning a Pilates studio can be made easier
    When to step back as a studio owner and allow others to step up
    How to find and hire great Pilates instructors for your studio
    Why and how to stay in your zone of genius as a business owner
    How to prepare to open your own studio and why you sometimes have to adapt initial ideas
    Why opening and running a studio demands a specific skill set
    Life as a Pilates Studio Owner Veteran Pilates studio owner Laura Saggers describes why owning a Pilates studio in Melbourne felt like a natural step and shares some of her preparation to ensure a smooth start to her fledgling business. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Laura’s carefully thought out business plan had to flex to meet social distancing rules, so Laura explains what she did to keep the studio running virtually.
    Learning to Let GoOne of the key lessons to learn as a studio owner is when it’s time to let go of what you do to allow more time to grow as a business. No matter how much you love teaching, you have to understand that you can't teach all the classes when you're trying to operate a successful business. Opening and running a studio is itself a skill set and a job — And it's not the same job as being a Pilates instructor.
    Building a Team of InstructorsLaura gives her insights on building an awesome team of instructors to teach at your Pilates studio. We discuss the importance of fostering a positive culture because, as an owner, you care about the instructors and your clients, and you care about giving everyone an excellent experience. Laura also shares why she is passionate about making her team feel supported, understood, and heard and why she tries to inspire and empower the instructors that work for her.
    About Laura Saggars:Laura has passionately dedicated the last 7 years to teaching and growing herself in the Pilates Industry. Starting out, Laura studied her Cert IV in Pilates, Fitness and Allied Health at Breath Education in 2014, and then continued on with Breathe Education for her Clinical Pilates Diploma in 2016.
    Laura started her teaching career at Williamstown Clinical Pilates, specialising in 1:1’s, small group and small group reformer classes. She then went on to become a KX Pilates instructor in 2015, becoming a head trainer and team leader and mentor trainer.
    Having learnt from many industry master trainers during this time – she has confidently taught many different styles across the years.
    At the start of 2017, Laura saw an opportunity to start her own venue – Rise Pilates. A boutique reformer studio in the heart of Essendon Victoria that now has over 70+ classes scheduled per week, currently 10+ staff members on the team and becoming ‘home’ for over 3500+ clients that have since been through the door over the last 4.5 years. Finding the opportunity to train and mentor many up-and-coming instructors over the years, Laura has picked up on many skills and tips that have helped instructors when teaching group reformers along with how to grow a successful Pilates studio!
    Having always had a true passion for wellbeing and community, Laura has also passionately dedicated her spare time to connecting and growing many incredible relationships within the local community. A holistic approach to our well-being

    • 1 hr 46 min
    45. Strategies to Improve Critical Thinking Skills, with Lars Avemarie

    45. Strategies to Improve Critical Thinking Skills, with Lars Avemarie

    Strategies to Improve Critical Thinking SkillsIn this show, Raph speaks to Lars, a prolific advocate of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and a passionate educator. They discuss several topics related to evidence-based practice and how to evaluate the research and dissect what it all means. Our fundamental mission on the Pilates Elephants podcast is to help people create strategies to improve critical thinking skills and apply those skills to their beliefs in the Pilates industry, so we’re excited to share Lars’ words of wisdom about how to reflect on your own critical thinking and health literacy.
    What You Will Learn:Strategies to improve critical thinking
    The practical definition of critical thinking
    How to prioritize critical thinking skills to help clients in the fitness realm
    Why critical thinking takes a specific skillset
    Why psychosocial factors often impact physical health
    Why an evidence-based scientific education is so important in the development of the fitness industry
    Critical Thinking in the Fitness RealmThe transition to prioritizing critical thinking skills in the fitness realm can sometimes be complex. Lars describes why critical thinking is based on knowledge of argument theory — which includes logical fallacies, cognitive biases, epistemology, and knowledge about the scientific method. He shares why combining all of this knowledge will give you the foundation to build better critical thinking skills to support your clients.
    Logical FallacyHumans are pattern generators, and we try to see patterns in our interactions with the outside world. Critical thinking skills give us the space to reflect upon the idea that the patterns we have created aren’t necessarily facts. The logical fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc, or ‘after this, therefore because of this,’ leads us to false conclusions that don’t help us to support our clients to move confidently and fearlessly.
    Science-Based Education
    Conceptualizing pain as a linear biomechanical output is a commonly held misconception in the fitness industry. And this will only change when our education changes — people are still relying on outdated theories about the body, and it’s a problem on a global scale. Lars shares his thoughts on separating the truth from the myths in the movement industry and why it’s critical to adopt a science-based approach.
    About Lars:Lars Avemarie is one of the most well-read, clear-thinking people I have come across in the fields of pain science and rehabilitation. Born in Denmark, he currently works in Sweden. He is a physiotherapist and personal trainer and a prolific https://simplifaster.com/articles/?s=lars+avemarie (blogger, educator), and https://www.facebook.com/lars.avemarie (public figure on social media.)
    How to Connect with Lars:
    You can https://www.facebook.com/lars.avemarie (follow Lars on Facebook)
    About Raphael and Cloe:Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education
    Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.
    Raph holds a Masters’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.
    Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education
    With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.
    She finds great joy in building connections with clients, student

    • 1 hr 18 min
    44. Your Pilates Questions Answered, with Raphael Bender

    44. Your Pilates Questions Answered, with Raphael Bender

    Your Pilates Questions Answered, with Raphael BenderThis week Pilates expert, and passionate advocate of fearless movement, Raphael Bender, is in the hot seat. Answering listeners’ Pilates questions surrounding confident movement practice. Raph discusses exercising with osteoarthritis, teaching form without undermining body confidence, and explains how slow and fast-twitch muscles work.
    What You Will Learn: Why asking the right Pilates questions helps us uncover myths
    Why it’s vital to be a critical thinker in the Pilates realm
    Why we are passionate about empowering best practice
    Considerations when exercising with osteoarthritis
    The practical physiology of slow and fast-twitch muscles
    Suggestions for teaching proper form sensitively without undermining confidence
    Your Questions Answered On the Pilates Elephants podcast, we love to hear from you and answer any Pilates questions you might have about movement, exercise, and the Pilates realm in general. I (Raph) dive into the evidence in this show to put your doubts to rest and empower you to work with your Pilates clients to move freely and fearlessly. Our goal on the podcast is to bust common Pilates myths, create a community of lifelong learners, and help you help your clients to be their best selves in the studio and out.
    Critical Thinking in the Fitness RealmI (Raph) look at the scientific evidence and empirical data to help you solve your Pilates problems, answer your questions, and explore your issues. If you love Pilates and movement in general, then you’ll be interested in digging down into the truth behind some popular exercise misconceptions and where to find the evidence to support critical thinking skills in the fitness community.
    Science-Based InformationHelping people move fearlessly and confidently is our jam here on the Pilates Elephants show. We’re committed to demystifying scientific analysis and showing you where and how to search for the data that allows you to support your clients in their movement practice with the most updated methods and information. We cover all sorts of topics such as how much Pilates instructors should get paid to specific anatomy and physiology — on the Pilates Elephants podcast, so keep sending your questions and comments to the show.
    About Raphael and Cloe:Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education
    Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.
    Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.
    Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education
    With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.
    She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast with Raphael Bender has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths while creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers elevating health literacy.
    Cloe is fascinated by movement in general and its ability to enhance our lives at any age. Her own movement practice includes Contrology/Pilates, running, weights, and kettlebells. Close has a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Cert IV in Pilates, and Cert IV in Training and Assessing.
    How to Connect with Raphael an

    • 52 min
    43. Where Should I Be Feeling It? Advice for Instructors and Clients, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

    43. Where Should I Be Feeling It? Advice for Instructors and Clients, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

    Starting Pilates: Where Should I Be Feeling It? Advice For Instructors And ClientsWhether you are just starting Pilates training or are an experienced instructor, the question “Where should I be feeling it?” comes up a lot. And that makes sense! How you move and where you feel the impact of an exercise can seem like a powerful indicator of doing something right, or wrong. But what if you don’t know the answer? Should you tell clients where they should be feeling their movement? And what works better, internal or external cueing? We discuss how to apply lessons in a real-life studio setting to facilitate motor learning in our clients as movement professionals, why we still see Pilates instructors using internal cues, and we explore if that approach empowers our clients.
    What You Will Learn:What external cueing is and why it inspires motor learning
    Why it’s not a problem if your clients don’t feel a move where you expected
    How to inspire ease and efficiency of movement in the studio
    Why we should work towards empowering our clients to have a good workout rather than being too prescriptive
    Why micromanaging client’s bodies is against the ethos of supporting them to be fearless movers
    Am I Getting it Wrong?Instructors can sometimes feel anxious about whether clients should be feeling an exercise in a particular position, especially when clients are just starting Pilates — and what if they're not feeling it where we expect? Does that mean they're doing it wrong, or am I teaching it wrong? Our clients can feel anxious too if this is a new experience for them and they are worried about “getting it right”. Let’s walk through a few primers on how to go about helping clients.
    We are all DifferentHuman beings are unique and fascinating, and crucially, we’re all different. It’s okay if I feel a movement somewhere other than you feel it, we’re a variety of shapes and sizes, and it’s totally normal to feel the effects of exercise differently. We want to inspire ease and efficiency of movement, not prescribe how others should feel in movement.
    Flip the Narrative Instead of telling clients, especially clients just starting Pilates, where they should be feeling it, or to squeeze this and engage that, activate this and align that, think about how to challenge and inspire them to move confidently and fearlessly. As movement professionals, we can decide to flip the narrative and work towards the ultimate goal of empowering our clients to have a good workout.
    About Raphael and Cloe:Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education
    Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.
    Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.
    Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education
    With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.
    She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast with Raphael Bender has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths while creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.
    Cloe is fascinated by movement in general and its ability to enhance our

    • 1 hr 10 min
    US-based instructors - I want to talk with you!

    US-based instructors - I want to talk with you!

    Hey US friends and Elephants listeners,
    We are expanding our Pilates training into the US and I'd really like to talk with you to understand the US Pilates industry better.
    I'd like to hear your story, your experience as an instructor or studio owner in the US, and your thoughts on Pilates certification - the good, the bad and the ugly.
    Book a time to Zoom with me here: https://breatheedu.as.me/raphael (https://breatheedu.as.me/raphael)
    Raphael

    • 1 min
    42. Is Pilates Good for Arthritis, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

    42. Is Pilates Good for Arthritis, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

    Is Pilates Good for Arthritis, with Raphael Bender and Cloe BunterWe’re discussing all the empowering ways that we can facilitate an awesome movement experience for students with arthritis. There is no doubt that some Pilates instructors are fearful about working with clients who have arthritis — but we want to de-threaten that situation and empower teachers. So, in this episode of Pilates Elephants, we refresh and update your knowledge of joint health to allow you to view exercise and arthritis through a more positive lens and answer the question, “Is Pilates good for arthritis?”
    What You Will Learn: Is Pilates good for arthritis
    How to empower students with arthritis to move fearlessly
    The anatomy and physiology of the joints
    Why it’s vital for students with arthritis to put their joints through the full range of motion
    Why we shouldn’t be treating older clients with arthritis as fragile
    How to use bodyweight to load joints and maintain joint health
    Promoting Fearless Movement for All Ages The Pilates elephant we’re discussing today is the question, “is Pilates good for arthritis?” There’s an idea out there that your clients with osteoarthritis shouldn’t work through to their full range. Typically, Pilates instructors are anxious about causing more harm to older adults with arthritis with exercise. So, we want to discuss the misconception that Pilates for seniors should always be low load and empower instructors to promote fearless movement in all age groups.
    Appropriate LoadA commonly held myth in the fitness community is that people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis should avoid moving their joints through the full range and avoid impact or high loads. Unfortunately, Pilates teachers often mistakenly assume that arthritis equals fragile — and that is not the case. Humans are adaptive, and evidence shows that the way to strengthen us is to subject us to appropriate load rather than to avoid loading us at all.
    Maintaining Joint Health At Breathe Education, we are committed to supporting our students to be their best selves by empowering them to move freely and confidently. In this episode, we give a refresher on the anatomy and physiology of joints and explain why it’s essential to keep the cartilage lubricated correctly. Bodyweight is enough of a load to maintain joint health but to load all of the cartilage, you need to fully flex and straighten your knee in exercises that put the knee through its full range of motion under load.
    About Raphael and Cloe:Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education
    Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.
    Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.
    Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education
    With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.
    She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast with Raphael Bender has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths while creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.
    Cloe is fascinated by movement in general and its ability to enhance o

    • 1 hr 17 min

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95 Ratings

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