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 Most Pilates education is decades out of date at best, and at worst just plain pseudoscientific.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
39. Body-Shaming Trends: A Look at the Far-Reaching Effects, with Cat Webb
CW: In this show, we will be talking about body image topics that are potentially triggering.
We discuss disordered eating, body dysmorphic disorder, and mental health issues. We acknowledge that this content may be difficult and encourage you to care for your safety and well-being by talking to your healthcare professional if any of the issues in this show have affected you.
Body-Shaming Trends: A Look at the Far-Reaching Effects, with Cat Webb
In this episode of Pilates Elephants, we have ‘inclusive movement’ proponent and Pilates expert Cat Webb joining us to talk about body-shaming trends and the effects of body-shaming both in the Pilates industry and in our everyday lives. We delve into a variety of strategies to support and empower ourselves and our clients with body positivity. And go deep into the nuances of body image and the effects that body-shaming can have when working in the fitness realm. We also share a few key insights into how to positively impact your clients’ Pilates experience.
What You Will Learn: How body-shaming trends can deeply impact your clients and your business
The importance of curating your influences in real life and online
Perspectives on climbing out of a dark place of negative body image
How the movement industry can disempower students inadvertently with language
The expectations around in the Pilates industry about what people are supposed to look like
Well-meaning comments people in the fitness industry make that trigger or have a serious impact on people and how to examine what you say
You Are Enough!The fitness industry, in general, for many years, has profited and capitalized on people feeling like they're ‘less than’ and making money off those people. Historically there's been a lot of focus on the physical way that exercise makes you look rather than all the myriad of other benefits that moving fearlessly means. Look through the critical thinking lens and examine why the community seems to prioritize looks rather than well-being, strength, or effort.
Positive LanguageExercise should be about making yourself into a better, happier version of yourself. As movement professionals, we don’t want to discourage people from improving themselves — so how do we do that in a way that builds them up? We should focus on the positives in language that motivate and lift people up and leave out the potential for shame in any form.
Creating a Safe SpaceHow can we be more affirming and supportive of the people in our lives? Think about your class descriptions, the things you say to the people walking into the studio or even online — be aware that commenting on someone’s appearance isn’t always welcome. Consider the content you’re putting out and check that your brand isn't inadvertently reflecting any of the latest body-shaming trends and is using inclusive images and language Additionally, limit the potential to make people feel shamed and create a safe space for people to feel welcome and feel authentically themselves. Pilates is about getting people moving, but it's also making people feel seen and heard, and safe.
About Cat Webb:https://www.linkedin.com/in/cat-webb-7438203b (Cat Webb) is a Pilates master, community curator, and founder/director of Good Times Pilates. As a proponent of 'Inclusive Movement,’ Cat paves the way for change in the world of modern wellness through her very own Good Times Pilates in Fitzroy. This community and chilled-out movement project has allowed Cat to forge a welcoming, non-discriminatory following of diverse humans at the physical studio, through online classes, on social media, and beyond.
In 2020 Cat launched Good Times Online: a digital iteration of https://www.facebook.com/goodtimespilates/ (Good Times Pilates) for movement anytime, anywhere. Prompted by COVID-19 but created for accessible, BS-free Pilates on command, the digital
38. What Does Pilates Do For You?, with John Garey
What Does Pilates Do For You?What Does Pilates Do For You And How Will It Help You? Before We Dive Into That, Let’s Start With Some Of The Elephants In The Room — Pilates Won’t Give You Longer Leaner Muscles Or Make You Look Like A Dancer. Nor Does Pilates Hold A Magical Cure For Back Pain. But There Are Heaps Of Things That Pilates Is Awesome For, Including Movement Meditation And Finding That Flow State That Helps You Wind Down By Being Completely Present In The Moment. Plus, Your Body Always Feels Great After. Find Out What Our Guest, Internationally Renowned Pilates Expert, John Garey Loves About Pilates.
What You Will Learn: What does Pilates do for you: why Pilates is a great exercise
Why different springs work for different people
How Pilates allows you to progress and move with confidence
The intangible benefits of Pilates and how they support good mental health
How Pilates instructors can level up online via courses from experts all over the world
Why building your tribe with Pilates improves your teaching technique
Healthy Movement Pilates is about exercise and healthy movement, but different styles of Pilates approach different aspects of fitness and movement. John Garey joins us on the Pilates Elephants podcast to discuss what he loves about teaching an athletic form of Pilates. He describes why we shouldn’t get hung up on using a prescribed number of springs in a given exercise, but instead use the springs that allow us to progress our Pilates practice to where we want to be. The whole point of exercise is to be challenged and develop.
Pilates also aims to provide space for better mental health by encouraging the right movement. Your students are supposed to use the springs that work for them in the exercise that they’re doing and the stage that they’re at with their movement practice. As they develop their skills, the springs used should change as they progress their knowledge and change their body. Don’t let your students get fixated on where other people are at — encourage and empower them to focus on finding their flow.
Find Your Tribe
Still wondering what Pilates does for you? Well, one of the greatest things about doing Pilates in a studio or online is the wonderful community of like-minded people we create. Having a tribe is powerful, and it's one of the most positive things to come out of Pilates, the support you get bolsters mental health, gives you space to decompress, and energizes you for other parts of your life. As a teacher, being part of an engaged community can keep your creative juices flowing, so that you can keep that spark of freshness and joy.
About John Garey:John is the creator ofhttps://johngareytv.com/ ( John Garey TV) andhttps://pilatesgradschool.com/ ( Pilates Grad School). With over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry and 25 years of teaching Pilates, John not only reaches thousands online but has delivered his teachings to students and other instructors in over 20 countries worldwide.
John is a sought-after Teacher, Mentor, Speaker, and Trainer who earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from New York University. He also studied extensively with Pilates legends such as Moira Merrithew, Elizabeth Larkham, and Rael Isacowitz. John is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, as well as a certified Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise. John created programs and workouts for some of the biggest names in Pilates and Fitness while also starring in hundreds of Fitness and Pilates videos. He has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Pilates Style Magazine, Men's Fitness, Shape, and GQ.
How to Connect with John:You can find https://johngareytv.com/ (John Garey TV online here)
You can find https://pilatesgradschool.com/ (Pilates Grad School online here)
You can find John Garey on Instag
37. Pilates for Spondylolisthesis, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter
In This Show, We Look At Pilates For Spondylolisthesis And The Related Condition Spondylolysis, Explore How The Conditions Present, The Differences Between Them, And How We, As Pilates Instructors Can Help People Who Have Them. The Pilates ‘Elephant In The Room’ In This Discussion Is The Myth That Spondylolisthesis And Spondylolysis Always Correlate Directly With Pain. Pilates Teachers Are Often Anxious That There Are Specific Exercises That They Should Or Shouldn’t Be Recommending To Clients With The Conditions So In This Episode We Dive Into Why It’s So Vital To Rely On Evidence And Data And Ensure You Are Up To Date With Best Practice So That You Aren’t Engendering Fear In Students With Outdated Beliefs.
36. Pilates Breathing Cues, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter
Pilates Breathing Cues, With Raphael Bender And Cloe Bunter
On the show today we’re focusing on Pilates breathing, whether a ‘correct’ breathing pattern is really a thing, and if we should be cueing it if it is. Joseph Pilates wrote a book before his death called Your Health, and we read through some of the wackier passages about forced exhalation and examine how his ideas fit with what needs to happen biomechanically when we breathe. We also discuss the effect that Pilates breathing cues have on motor learning, and give a comprehensive example of when it is useful to zoom in on how a client breathes concerning pain during movement.
35. Empowering Postpartum Pilates Practice, with Antony Lo
Renowned Physiotherapist Antony Lo Joins Us On This Episode Of Pilates Elephants To Dive Into Postpartum Pilates And How He Helps Movement Professionals Understand The Research And Practical Principles Of Working With Postpartum Women So They Can Confidently Support Their Clients. We Zoom In On The Importance Of Mindset And How We Can Give Students The Information That They Need, And Empower Them To Make Decisions For Themselves. Our Discussion Also Covers Antony’s Experience With Diastasis Rectus, His Philosophy On Pushing Exercise Boundaries And Keeping Clients Safe.
34. Does Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Mean a More Effective Workout?, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter
In this episode, we’re talking about the question of ‘no pain no gain’ and whether the old saying is true. Is it really important to get sore during and after your workout to have an effective workout? And if you don't suffer from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) was your exercise even worth doing? We discuss strength training and muscle damage, and why DOMS isn’t muscle damage but is related to that damage. I (Raph) also look at the evidence into why it’s essential to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet to repair your muscles after exercise.
The greatest educational resource of all time
These podcasts have taught me more than any of my education. A bright light in a dark world of fear mongering and body shaming.
Love you guys , you have changed the way I share/teach/deliver/instruct🤪 Pilates
Also love listening to the sound of your voices .
Please keep making podcasts
Pilates Teacher Shaming at its finest
A lot of hypercritical information that perpetuates negativity + fear amongst teachers so that they remain dependent on this information in order to feel confident in the industry.
The irony is they teach external cues like “tshirt to the sky” but talk in anatomical language only.
The subject could have been covered in 10minutes instead of waffling + giggling tirelessly.