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We’re a little Different from Other Studios…

Art of Fitness

 

  1. Don’t worry about a Pilates mat, water, or a towel – we’ve got you covered!
  2. Class shouldn’t be easy. If it’s easy, you’re doing it wrong. No, really, you are. If it felt easy, ask a teacher to show you how to work harder. It’s always possible to work deeper in an exercise.
  3. If you want to take a class and it’s full, get on the wait list. You have a pretty good chance of getting in!
  4. Class is all about you. Request what you want to work on. Request what you don’t want to work on. Ask teachers to stay after and give you pointers. They’ll do it.
  5. If you forgot something just ask us – it’s likely we will have a stash somewhere. aka – hair ties, water bottles etc.
  6. Notify the teacher of any injuries or medical conditions. This helps us know how to give you modifications. You are the boss of your body! Never do an exercise that doesn’t feel or sound right to you. It is perfectly acceptable and expected to honour where you are at and rest for a few moments if the class is moving in a direction that is not appropriate for you.
  7. Have fun. There’s no reason for Pilates to be so serious. We’re glad you’re here and hope you enjoy the energy of our studio.
  8. Ask questions. As Instructors, we love to talk and are passionate about why Pilates is great for you – so don’t hesitate to ask about a certain exercise or sequence.
  9. We are always here for you – email us with concerns, questions or feedback.
  10. Turn off your cell phone. This enhances your experience and is a polite gesture to your fellow students.

Rhythm of a Class – An Instructor Perspective

Rhythm of a Class

It is a Pilates Instructors dream to see and entire class moving in a synchronized way however that’s not always the case. Courtney talks about a layering technique she uses, it helps eliminate any uncertainty in a group class setting. Start with the foundation exercise and that is what the baseline is for the clients. She stays at this baseline until all the foundational cues that she is using are being applied by the clients. If the cues are not being applied it tells her that she doesn’t have the green light to move into more complex exercises.

Rhythm of a Class

Once these cues are being applied we can increase the challenge and add another layer, this might mean progression, functional movement, load transfer etc. As an Instructor we need to know that we are able to go together with the clients into more directional complex exercises, not just because the plan was to get there but because the clients are ready to go there.

As an Instructor we always want our clients to have a positive experience creating a sense of accomplishment and desire to come back week after week. When you go to a class and it’s just hard, you get tired, you do so many heavy exercises that your only option is to loose quality, give up or collapse, then the experience is negative as it will leave one with a feeling of having given up on themselves or that you just aren’t good enough, strong enough, fit enough …

What we are looking for in clients is that ‘aha moment.’ During rep one or two the expectations are for the client to “give it a go”, not perfection. Around rep five or six we should see that precision meter go up because the client realizes “oh, that is what you meant.” The next stage we instructors strive to bring into a movement is always the ‘holy crap’, ‘I am getting it because this is intense’ moment.  Now this stage is our fine line, as instructors we want you to feel it however eventually if we play this out to far the client starts to lose their belief in you the instructor if you choose to push them to the point of having to give up or the client chooses to persevere however in the struggle they loose that connection and trust in you. As instructors, we need to watch and observe, and most importantly need to give clients permission to draw those lines themselves as well.

The class or session should leave a client feeling motivated, inspired, curious about what strength and ability they will reach into next. Teaching clients to be light in an exercise when the intensity of that exercise sequence is taking you towards your strength potential, drawing in on your limits, is essential in allowing the clients to create great gains without driving them to disappointment in themselves.

Our voice is powerful, and what Courtney Miller speaks about in her podcast with Breathe Education is that she has a lot of success when ramping up an exercise to ensure that you are softening your voice, have a smile on your face, have a giggle, because we are ‘just doing pilates.’  This helps the client soften the tension and to discover how to use just enough effort to get the extra rep or two with quality and gives a positive note to land on.

To hear the Podcast interview with Courtney Miller yourself click here.  

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’

The Murray Story

I was first introduced to Murray at KW Art of Fitness. On Monday mornings, diligently at 9:30 a small group of us show up to be “finessed” into fitness. Our group was followed by a one-on-one training session between our Instructor, the Amazing Steph (her words, not ours…), and the even more amazing, Murray.

I don’t remember when it started to happen, but one day, at 10:15 as the door opened to the studio, we all exclaimed: “Hurray! Murray’s here!!!!” It meant our torture (aka Pilates Class) was nearly over. It was a good ego stroke for Murray who, is to me humble and kind by nature. Each week, Murray would saunter in…peek in our studio room and slyly quip, “Well, ladies….just remember: Drink Water, Drive On.” It became a “thing”. Us rejoicing in Murray’s arrival! The creak of the door, his jovial saunter followed by the inevitable line and so it all began. Our relationship with Murray – this little boy inside a “larger than life” persona.

Eventually, we decided we should have t-shirts made with this saying and surprise him with them. He was dumbstruck (I suspect this didn’t happen with Murray very often) when he showed up one Monday morning with us all wearing our bright pink t-shirts in honour of his arrival. We had a green one we presented him with and – according to Steph, he was pleased. In retrospect, I think he was shocked we did it – but that’s the kind of thing that happens in that studio – lots of little acts of kindness and humanity. We intended to have our picture taken all together – us in pink and him in green – and we joked with him that he would have to come up with some different lines. Where did “Drink Water. Drive on.” Come from anyway??? Apparently, according to Murray, it is an old army phrase.

Well….Murray….ever up for a challenge, went home and each week regaled us with a new phrase to catch us off guard. Later, Steph told us, he would run some of them by her for filtering (bad move…Steph has no filter 😊). He also checked in with her a few times to make sure he was not annoying to us. Anything but….in the few minutes we spent with Murray each week, we could tell that he had a heart of gold and a genuine love for life.

We were all shocked when we heard of Murray’s passing. He touched us, and, although we each really only spent about 15 minutes a week in his presence, we still feel a great loss.

We had planned back in the summer to make a calendar with the Murray-isms we heard each week – we’ve picked out our favourites to share here and Murray, always up for some fun, had even sent a list of the prospective ones to Steph who has graciously captured them in her artwork. We know Murray would be proud of this collection – of his finest “one-liners” – and would be happy to know that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale of this calendar will be going to support The Bello Project at the Home Hospice Association.

Murray, you travel with us in our minds….and we share a piece of that for others to enjoy your love of life and laughter xo

The 9:30 Ladies, KW Art of Fitness

Gym Trivia

Good morning, everyone! Today, we’ve got a fun trivia question for you. Feel free to leave your answer as a comment below, or on our Facebook page.

Men are three times more likely than women to do this at the gym:

A) Invade your personal space by working out too closely to you

B) Parade around the locker room naked

C) Hit on their fellow athletes

What’s your guess?

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