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Live Online Body Harmonic Classes

Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented posts …. even on our social media break week!

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We will be offering Virtual private and semi-private sessions with Steph (details to be announced Monday, April 6), in the meantime this April Live Class schedule (only $40 for the month) starts today. No, it’s not an April fool’s joke!  

Why are we promoting Body Harmonics LIVE classes and on Demand subscription instead of doing it ourselves?

First, because they have nailed it! High quality, variety of instructors and styles

Second, because supporting Body Harmonics is a way to support us, the little studio that could. Body Harmonics is the company who has created our high standard of Pilates education. They have brought and keep the careers of Pilates Instructors in the realm of excellence & professionalism. They are our Pilates community leader and this is a time to support the community instead of the individual!

Third, we’re small and we just can’t do it all. Eye on the prize which is reopening our studio means we need to be both available now, healthy and with a strategy (or three) in place.

Enjoy Pilates & Movement classes live online

Body Harmonics is the company who has created our high standard of Pilates education while bringing and keeping the career of being a Pilates Instructor in the realm of excellence & professionalism. To support Body Harmonics during this time is in fact supporting our small studio; it is important to us that this company, who helps make us great, gets to the other side of this crazy time!

Why Body Harmonics?

  • they give us our platform to grow as professionals and offer our clients the BEST we can be
  • they deliver high quality, exceptional instruction
  • this month long live class opportunity will be amazing and the price point is unbelievably great
  • they are our community leader, and this is a time to support the community not the individual

Evolution of Planning

Client Focused Programing

Creating a client focused programming style is the evolution of planning for me. This development in my planning style has been directly influenced by both my personal and professional growth.

The significant professional growth that stands out to me was during my Level 2 Reformer Certification. By 2017 I had over 15 years of Personal Training experience, yet I found myself lacking confidence as a “Pilates Instructor.” That left me creating plans from a place of insecurity.

Let’s consider Evolution of Planning: Phase ONE

From this place of insecurity I was creating plans with a detail I hadn’t used since I was a newly certified Personal Trainer.

Evolution of Planning

I would spend considerable time outlining every exercise, in precise detail, including pictures!

My notes went as far as including detailed cues, what springs to use and various modifications for every situation I could imagine. It didn’t take me long to realize this type of planning was simply not sustainable. I was losing the most important aspect of planning, the people!

Thankfully, coupled with this professional growth, I found myself with an opportunity for major personal growth. This opportunity came in the form of retiring from 40 years of managing a Pediatric Dental Practice. It is no easy feat to make a decision to move from guaranteed security to a more risky role, however, I took the dive!

For the first time in my life, I choose me!

I saw an opportunity to fulfill my life long passion and chose to dedicate myself as a full-time instructor.

So there I was, trying to embrace a new style of training, while increasing both the number of classes I was teaching as well as working with more clients on an individual basis.

Now entering Evolution of Planning: Phase TWO

My goal at this point: to feel organized while meeting the needs and expectations of my new, larger client base.

I shifted my planning and transformed my full page notes onto small recipe cards.

In “teeny tiny writing”, to quote one of my clients, I continued to include as many details as possible. I wrote on recipe cards for every class with the intention of helping myself stay focused, providing myself with a reference point, personal security and confidence.

Let’s pause here for personal growth reflection. Have I left Phase ONE?

Evolution of Planning: Phase Two

Evolution of Planning: Phase Two

Phase ONE of my planning style had a few major draw backs. All the details triggered an internal fear of missing a step or changing the order. I was spending an unbelievable amount of time writing out my plans and I was feeling a lack of connection with the people in front of me.

To answer my previous question,

No. I had not left Phase ONE, not really. But Phase TWO proved to be an important stepping stone.

I am great at watching, teaching and adapting to the changing needs of the clients in front of me, yet in my Phase TWO I was still blocking myself from relying on my years of professional experience.

Sometimes the best laid plans are not always for the best, and apparently my “teeny tiny writing” strategy didn’t feed my confidence. Instead, it emphasized my reoccurring theme of feeling a lack of connection with the people.

Our 2019 summer break gave me the time I needed to reflect and consider the evolution of my planning and how I could readjust my thinking.

Here’s where I landed in the development of my planning:

Evolution of Planning: Phase THREE

Evolution of Planning: Phase Three

I began Phase Three by writing a list of movement themes. From there, I began developing a list of exercises to attain the goals of these themes, sometimes we call these build-ups, family of exercises or vignettes. I still use the recipe

cards to help me feel organized and prepared for the classes.  However, I left out the extreme details and contingency plans.

I began choosing to trust my experience, instinct and the intelligence of the person in front of me.

This gave me space to create a class that flows and can change based on what I was observing in the moment.

My confidence was growing.

New decade. New Phase.

 

Evolution of Planning: Phase Four

Evolution of Planning: Phase FOUR

The 2019 Christmas break gave space for me to regenerate before preparing for 2020 clients.

This phase in the development of my planning process was set in place before we left for our cottage. There I spent a glorious week reading, colouring, walking with my family, watching movies and sleeping!

So far in 2020, I have continued to use themes for each week. I have divided a book into Reformer and Mat class sections. Each week I record ideas for the various themes. I create my ideas in a more organic and free form.

This ignites a creativity that feels more natural and less forced. Thus allowing me to be fully focused on the client(s) in front of me.

My goals during evolution of planning, Phase FOUR and beyond are to permit myself space to continue my personal and professional development as an instructor and in turn provide quality, client focused classes and private sessions.

With gratitude to each person who encourages and supports me,

PJ Wight

Our Pilates Training Recipe

The upcoming blog posts are going to describe and hopefully create intrigue around our Pilates Training Recipe. 

But first I’d like to open with a recap and a clarification for future consideration when reading upcoming blogs.

The purpose of our blogs is to share with our clients. It is to explore what goes on behind the scenes and how each person can get the most out of their time at the studio. As well, we hope to share with those who don’t know us by describing who we are, what we do and why we love teaching Pilates so much.

The greatest difficulty I’m running into while writing my blog articles is this:

The context that underpins every part of our studio is missing because we teach the person (or people) in front of us not the exercise, this is the context of our Pilates Training Recipe.

Practicing the Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle) with the person in front of us results in

outstanding moments

opens doors previously unknown to our clients (and us)

and gives meaning to each movement and exercise.

For example, we can have two different people with the “same” low back discomfort and pain. We help each person learn how to move in ways that feels energizing, efficient and pain free albeit differently. So different, in fact, that if the person (context) was removed and the two concepts were described back to back it would sound as though we are contradicting ourselves.

This leaves me with a wee bit of a conundrum given that the blogs speak about the exercise without the specific context of the person in front of us.

Over the next few months our blogs will be discussing how we put our Pilates Training Recipe together in order to give clients an opportunity to continue to get more out of every session or class they attend.

 

When reading the word recipe please picture a person in the kitchen embracing the process of creating a meal. The recipe is deeply ingrained, they don’t need to follow exactly, instead they begin, they taste, they adjust.

 

In other words our Pilates training recipe is abstract, offering us a platform to embrace the most important part of our training, you, the person (or people) in front of us.

 

Because here’s the thing.

You are a unicorn, unique, outstanding and full of surprises.

And Pilates is the “unicorn of fitness.”

The intention of our Pilates Training Recipe is to create an atmosphere that allows you to embrace where you are & how you are before trying to change, adapt or keep up.

#4U*AboutU

Register for Summer Classes!

It’s that time of year again! Summer classes will begin on Monday July 2. 

Summer 2018 AoF header

Summer Classes: Monday July 2 – Friday August 24, 2018
Monday classes (7 weeks), Tuesday – Friday classes (8 weeks)Classes cancelled Monday, August 6, 2018

If you’re a returning client and have already let your instructor know you’re coming back you’re already enrolled.  Otherwise you can enroll here.

Transitional Season Break: Monday August 27 – Friday September 7, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule 
Online Schedule

Cancellation Policy: Gentle reminder of our 8 hour cancellation policy for group classes and 24 hour cancellation policy for private sessions.  When we receive sufficient notice, you will receive a credit for your class or session.  Otherwise, the entire cost will be processed as if you were in attendance.

E-Transfer Payments: Please note that we do accept e-transfer payments to ‘steffipilates@me.com’

Spring Registration!

Spring Landscape HeaderIt’s that time of year again!

Spring classes will begin on Monday April 2. 

Spring Classes: Monday April 2 – Friday June 22, 2018
Monday classes (11 weeks), Tuesday – Friday classes (12 weeks)Classes cancelled Victoria Day Monday, May 21, 2018

If you’re a returning client and have already let your instructor know you’re coming back you’re already enrolled.  Otherwise you can enroll here.

Transitional Season Break: Monday June 25 – Friday June 29, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule
Online Schedule

Class Cancellation Policy: Gentle reminder of our 8 hour cancel policy in order to receive class credit, otherwise the class cost will be processed

E-Transfer Payments: Please note that we do accept e-transfer payments to ‘steffipilates@me.com’

See Ya Later Alligator … We’ll Miss You Julane! 

As the Spring approaches we say goodbye to one of our valued Instructors as she sets out on a new adventure! Julane is freeing up her schedule in order to pursue her dreams within the massage therapy world. The biggest part of this dream: to work towards being hired on with a sports team! To learn more about Julane’s next steps and a heartfelt goodbye, keep reading! 

What is your next adventure?

No imminent adventure, but definitely some big dreams! At the moment I will be using my spare time to train for my upcoming duathlon… and maybe for another bobsled combine! I am filling up my calendar by completing my last year of university for my degree in health sciences online, courses to fulfill some curiosities, complete some upgrades and to better my skills in massage, Pilates and business!

I also intend to send in some resumes to professional sports teams. I  have completed a season as the trainer for the Panthers, semi pro baseball team, and three seasons as the massage therapist with the Kitchener Rangers. I would love to have a more prominent role!

Will massage be your sole focus?

I will be adding some massage hours to continue building my practice as well as focusing on some self improvement (see above)!

What was your favourite part about working at KW Art of Fitness?

Definitely the people! I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by a better group of clients and coworkers! I have loved working here over the last decade thanks to you truly wonderful people.

You guys have helped me learn and laugh every day and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you in my life! It is tremendously hard to say goodbye because I feel like I have a special bond with every single one of you; but I am leaving you in good hands!

What is your official last day?

Thursday March 22nd! 

5 km Running Clinic

The first running clinic class is on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m

A Running Room event that we are happy to promote
Course Instructor: Leonard Cornelisse

Running Clinic
The running clinic goal is participate in the Resolution Run, January 7, 2017.
SIGN UP at the Running Room store (15 King St. S #3, Waterloo) or online

Diagonal Side-Sit

Diagonal Side-SitThe thoracic spine is designed for rotation. It’s supposed to rotate more than your lumbar spine, but for the majority of people, it’s the opposite. Why? Lifestyle choices lead to posture that feeds thoracic spine dysfunction. Hunching over your cell phone and rounding your shoulders increases your thoracic curve, making efficient rotation damn near impossible.

Watch video and read more here.

 

Tower of Power

Allegro Tower of Power

Allegro Tower of Power
We love keeping your Pilates Reformer classes dynamic, fun and full of options. Each of our reformers has the tower which allows us to incorporate some amazing options into your Reformer based classes.

Learn about our reformer classes here.

Ever Tried the Exo Chair?

EXO chairs

EXO chair classes — ever tried the EXO chair?

EXO chairs strong

 

Leave our studio feeling strong after after using the EXO chair in a fun and unique full body workout.

EXO chairs split

All of our EXO chairs come with a split pedal and the Functional Resistance kit. Follow this link for a clip workout example:


Storing the Functional Resistance Kits has never been so pretty! Live edge slab of tree…

hanging