Bridge Teacher Training Programs: Should You “Cross” This Bridge?


To bridge or not to bridge?

It is no secret that I have been on a path not to isolate my past contemporary style, but to honor it as well as delve deeper into “truer Pilates”, just makes my toolbox fuller. Although for the last few years I’ve been fairly hellbent on ‘getting’ classical/authentic/true … anyway, today I’m going more Joe.

I threw this question out on a couple of the better attended FB forums, and here’s some thoughts from all sides of the coin.

Here are the questions that spared discussion in those forums:

  1. If you are contemporary, have you dabbled in classical?
  2. Would you consider exploration?
  3. It has been stated both ways, that a Bridge program is the absolute necessity and that the “learn-as-you-g”o method can also work…But then is ‘the secret sauce’ still missing?
  4. Do you agree that it is not about the exercises per se, but about the layering and melding of skills to advance or deal with situations, not to mention all the new toys you get when you go classical?

Read the answers to these and more questions in my new article on PilatesBridge.

If Bridge program is somethings that you are currently considering or you simply got intrigued by the thoughts published above then I invite you to join a FREE collaborative facebook group called Going More Joe. It details a Thomas Guide style map of a journey about adding more classical/authentic/ Joe style to your work. You can pick and choose a teacher for Q&A, or just throw it out there and you will be answered kindly, honestly and professionally.

There are options for every price range starting with a plethora of free advice, good reads, and videos…to stuff you gotta pay for. Choose your own path, add what you want. It in no way replaces a Full Bridge program, but it also doesn’t involve the cost, time and travel…just an option for those who are interested. There will be ‘in person’ workshops as well as options for Skype and private video link offered here and there, this is a go-at-your-own-pace type of thing, it can take months or years. Enjoy your journey and remember the destination is the journey.

For the New Teacher – Thoughts from Auntie Sunni

sunni2As I browse the various Pilates forums, I always see questions about how to handle thistemperamental client, or what to do about that injury, or the group class pressure to “bring it”, or how to fit in with the other teachers – all because now you’re the FNG (Friggin’ New Guy).  Depending on the Pilates experience you had before your teacher training and the school you went to, you may have learned choreography or you may have learned how to teach. These are two COMPLETELY different things.

In my experience with contemporary technique training, there was a lot of “learning exercises” and there was choreography tossed in to make the exercises more ‘fun’. From there, we learned to add flourishes to “make it your own” as a way to give your teaching a certain “curb appeal” — to make your group classes the ones that people flock to and have you become the “Energizer Bunny” that students love to get their Pilates ON with. I learned add-ons, modifications & variations, as well as beginner, intermediate, advanced, and super advanced levels of work. I was given a toolbox of ideas for working with different populations and that’s what I used for my privates and semi-privates.

In my more recent classical trainings, I learned HOW to teach each exercise including the goal for the exercise and how to find the best spot in the studio to make the exercise fit the client (the client never has to fit the exercise). I also discovered that my new objective was to learn Pilates as a system. This required that I learn/relearn many exercises, because what I thought I knew and thought I was stellar at, was exactly alike and yet completely different all at the same time. Frustrating? Oh yeah!!

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