Our 5 Hot Tips To Keep Your Classes Flowing

Written on the 21 January 2015 by Studio Pilates

Here are 5 simple ways that you can keep your class flowing and your members getting results:

1. Advance position yourself for demonstrating
2. Use other forms of non-verbal communication for demonstrations
3. Nail your class Pre Amble
4. Get your equipment ready and checked in advance
5. Work the Cueing Formula


1. Advance position yourself for demonstrating

When you've only got a couple of reps of the exercise left to go, you should already be on your mat in the position ready to demonstrate the next exercise, if it requires one. This shows efficiency and ensures your class members aren't wasting valuable time waiting for you to get in to position to do a demonstration.

2. Use other forms of non-verbal communication for demonstrations 

Whilst an exact demonstration of the exercise is best, you can often keep your class flowing more efficiently and save time if you use other ways to get your message across. You can use your arms to demonstrate a leg movement, for example. Coupled with a clear and concise verbal cue this often works just as well, if not better, as you can demonstrate it standing and in the field of vision of your members.

If an exercise doesn't need a full demonstration because it's only a slight change to what you just did, don't stop your class and get them to look at you lying on the floor. If it's a small change to what they just did, then sometimes just a verbal cue will suffice.

3. Nail your class Pre-Amble

If you perfect your class Pre-Amble you will save time later in your class and you'll keep everything flowing. If you forget to mention something in your Pre Amble, you will find that you will be playing catch up for the whole class and you will find yourself repeating things over and over.

4. Get your Pilates props ready in advance

Props, such as Pilates band, that need fixing or adjusting during class will slow everything down considerably. If using circles, have them out and well placed for quick and easy distribution.

If a member has to fiddle with their Pilates band, tying or untying it for example, or run off to grab a circle, they might miss a whole exercise. If you have to sort out props for them during the class, it takes the focus away from your cueing and the quality and flow of the class for everyone else will be diminished.

5. Work the Cueing Formula

The reason the Cueing Formula was developed is to get, and keep, your class flowing through clear and precise communication of the exercise. If you use the cuing formula well with each and every exercise, each and every time you instruct a class, your classes will flow smoothly and it will help you to enhance the members experience and their results from your instructing.


Author: Studio Pilates