Joshua continued to persevere despite the challenges in 2020 and recently received his certification from Equinox Pilates teacher training program and we want to congratulate him and wish him great success. Joshua is based in Brooklyn, NY and is a multi talented artist and teacher with great enthusiasm and he shares his love of the Pilates method with his Equinox team and their clients.
I am happy to announce that I am now a Pilates Instructor for Obé Fitness. A digital streaming app that for a monthly membership fee offers classes from Pilates, yoga, barre, to HIIT. This is only the beginning of my Pilates Journey. GET OUTSIDE OF THE PILATES STUDIO! THERE IS AN ENTIRE WORLD, GO OUT THERE AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF. I refuse to wait on someone to enter the studio to continue my teaching journey. I plan to continue to Broaden the approach and appeal to Pilates. I use instagram (@joshuakeith1) to post weekly fun mat based videos that encourage movement. I created JKPILATES as a way to share and connect a much younger audience to help continue the legacy of Pilates. I plan to bring Pilates to Public Schools and Universities. Pilates for many years has been a workout that seemingly appeals to a very specific audience, and most Pilates studios are located in more affluent communities. Pilates has not reached the demand of yoga and barre, and in my opinion for a very specific reason. Pilates is not accessible. I plan to change that, I want to make Pilates accessible for all people. No matter where you live, or where you’re from. I also plan to bring Pilates to BROADWAY! So many dancers love Pilates, but can’t afford it. Let’s change that. I also plan to offer an annual teaching certification training scholarship as Gratz offered to me. Two to three people a year will have the opportunity to become fully certified Pilates instructors. All expenses covered.
The Pilates community MUST BECOME MORE INCLUSIVE. The world is growing, and if we’ve learned nothing from 2020, WE MUST DIVIRSIFY OUR TEAMS, OUR STUDIOS, OUR INSTRUCTORS, AND EVEN OUR APPROACH TO TEACHING. We must always be students, and less instructors. Learn to LISTEN. Listen to the heartbeat of the country, and let it lead you. Often instructors love to share their thoughts to new instructors and what they can do to improve their teaching ability. I think the times have changed, I think Most instructors should be LISTENING! Learn where the business is going, and who better to learn that from than millennials right? While sharing, be sure to listen. Each new day brings new and innovative ideas. If Pilates is as helpful as we say it is, then the studio cannot be the only place to find the practice.
We Grow by LEARNING, and getting involved in our communities. I encourage all Pilates studios to start offering FREE Weekly classes, or donation-based classes. It is a great way to get involved in your community, and a great way to generate foot traffic in your studio. Offer outdoor mat classes, and pay attention to who shows up regularly. Offer that person a scholarship. Get them certified and post certification, you have a brand-new instructor who will uphold the legacy of your business and brand. GET OUTSIDE THE STUDIO IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE!
I absolutely love the Gratz Reformer. I love the weight of the springs, it requires great physical strength to operate.