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Setting Up A Pilates Corporate Program Is A Great Income Stream. Here Are 5 Quick & Easy Tips To Get You Started


Tip 1
Use Evernote

Get super organised by putting all your “workplace pilates” ideas and processes into your Evernote. I personally don’t know how I managed to survive in my busy life without Evernote, and the best part is that it’s 100% free. That deserves a “Yipppeeee” and maybe a little jig.

Tip 2
Extra Mats

Bring 3 or 4 extra mats because at least 2 or 3 people will forget their mats.

Tip 3
How Many? 

Find out approximately how many employees will be coming along.  If you don’t have enough yoga mats, see “The Pilates Mat Dilemma” tip below.

Tip 4
Pilates Mat Dilemma

You’ll need to create a step-by-step process for transporting your workplace pilates from business to business.  And yes, add that process to your Evernote.

First of all, how are you going to organise the mats so you can easily carry them to the venue. If you have 30 pilates mats and the venue is a fairly long walk from the car park, you’ll spend 30 minutes lugging the mats to and fro. Plus, you’ll need a really big car! Here’s how to get around this “pilates mat dilemma“.  Explain to the Big Cheese (e.g. HR manager) that the pilates workplace program is a tiny investment for the corporation. All they need to spend is a one time payment of £300 for the pilates mats (20 students x £15 mats = £300).  And £70 a week for your pilates class.  For a corporation this is a tiny amount to pay for healthier, happier employees.

I then ask them to store the mats somewhere near the room (or have a member of staff lay the mats out before I get there). Whatever you do, don’t be a dog’s body. Forget about lugging around mats and props. Instead, purchase the mats and props for the corporation. Plus, you can recommend to the corporation that the employees can take their mats home with them (for a home practice), as long as they remember to bring them to your class.

Tip 5
Gentle Exercises 

Focus on gentle pilates exercises for your workplace pilates program. The Pilates Lesson Planner has loads of chair pilates exercises, so you can create a chair pilates lesson plan in under 5 minutes.

You might be tempted to include testing arm balances, deep twists and tricky high sweat producing exercises, but leave them for your normal pilates classes. Instead give your workplace pilates students a simple sequence that stretches, strengthens and relaxes. Corporate pilates is usually taught during lunch breaks which means the employees need to go from their mat straight back to work. Exhausting them an intense pilates workout and leaving them in a pool of sweat won’t make you win any friends among the management (or the employees).

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George Watts

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