(PAR-Q): Physical Activity Readiness & Lifestyle questionnaire
SO, you’ve decided to start group pilates classes and, you either already exercise regularly, have exercised in the past, or you’re coming to the “group pilates exercise” table for the very first time….
What would be the most common problems to look out for and how would you solve them?
Working/learning in Groups offers its own unique challenges (for group members as well as group instructors), and these can stem from the group being dominated by the “know it all”, louder, more assertive fellow group member, to the group not being properly led by its instructor and the class being conceived as a waste of time.
SOME OF THE PROBLEMS:
- GROUP SIZE – individuals (especially those new to the group) getting lost – either by accident or on purpose- amongst more established members.
- IMBALANCE WITH MIXED LEVEL GROUPS– some members may feel pace of class is too slow or too fast which if not addressed may eventually affect the
- MOTIVATION – the tendency for group members after time to settle into their “group role” and to either exert less effort and withdraw, or begin to dominate the less assertive members whilst simultaneously achieving less and less of their personal goals.
SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS:
- SMALLER GROUPS – with qpilates, groups are limited to between 10-12 people in size. This way, attention is paid equally to each member
- MORE CLASSES – having more of a choice/selection of classes so for instance, Beginners aren’t lumped in with Absolute Beginners so customers can be guaranteed that they get a class pitched to the level they want.
- CLEARER GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT IN CLASSES– constantly being on time for a class which other members are allowed to arrive late to has been addressed by the implementation of a clear LATE Arrival policy
- REGULAR EVALUATIONS – apart from the Initial Assessment, qpilates offers yearly appraisals/progress evaluations for customers, offering feedback and encouraging self-evaluation, but also crucially, regularly addressing individual rather than group needs
Let us know what other problems have you encountered with group classes and how have you solved them?
For those in the know, qpilates has been away for a past few months due to a physical injury. Whilst I’ve kept on with 1:1 sessions it’s been a tad difficult to teach classes.
WELL, my ankle has now fully healed and I am ready and rearing to go (if a bit lob -sided….there must be some physical fitness exercise system that can fix that aye? hmm. suggestions in the comments section please)
SO, besides my return, I’ve got a few lovely things in store for my students, customers and Friends over the next few months
WE’VE relaunched our Website. It now has a booking system allowing you to pay online in advance, and a Shop – Please have a look and let us know what you think?!
- Below and in the booking portal online you’ll find the next 3 Semesters of classes more or less set in stone, waaaay in advance of them starting so EVERYONE can now plan more consistently.
- Classes will run on the Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays of the week, are currently at the Lansdowne Centre, and are at a fairly wide selection of times now and
- More class levels are now available for you to choose from – you are also able to now book and pay for classes online…..
*The autumn semester runs from September1st until December22nd
*The winter semester runs from January3rd until April13th
*The spring semester runs from April18th until May31st
*The summer semester runs from June until July (exact dates to be confirmed)
The purpose of Pilates exercises is to develop control of and to regain balance of your body through performing progressively challenging movements.
- back muscles
- back problems
- blade squeeze
- body systems
- breast cancer
- celebrity devotees
- chronic fatigue
- core muscles
- core strength
- deep ab muscles
- dumb waiter
- easy to adopt
- easy to learn
- fluid retention
- grateful pain
- home exercise
- low impact
- mat based pilates
- muscle tone
- muscles around your waist
- navel to spine
- pilates class
- Shoulder stretch
- spinal alignment
- wall crawl
- wear and tear
- weight loss
- What is Pilates?