1. The “Core Pilates” philosophy – understanding your client and their unique movement “drivers”.

2. Programming for progression

3. Programming to achieve successful outcomes and goals.

Integrating and connecting foundational work into a full Pilates program can be challenging. Ideally, we are looking that a client receives a full body workout that accommodates all ranges of motion through the spine that is Pilates based. We also want to set our clients up for success and ensure they are working at a level that is appropriate to their needs.

Diane Lee discusses the importance of considering a person’s emotional state when it comes to movement. There could be a history of pain or trauma and these elements can impact their movement strategies. They may avoid certain movements due to pain, or their body may have simply “shut down” in certain areas. Motor control may be impaired and when you think somebody “just isn’t listening” they actually may not have the ability to comprehend what is being asked of them.

Programming takes more than picking a set of exercises, it means we need to be aware of our client, their particular needs and how to communicate that effectively.

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Over the years I have developed a programming strategy that I find very useful. We will break down each section and develop programs using this system.

Within this system of programming, we will also be looking at patterns of movement that carry over from the foundational work into the Pilates repertoire.