As you may, or may not know, I am a POP Pilates Instructor! I was actually the FIRST POP instructor in Canada! I live in a fairly small area, with no chain gyms, you think it would be hard to get a teaching job, but it was super easy! With that being said, it did take a lot of work, but it's 100% worth it. I know many people are skeptical about getting certified for various reasons. Well, today I am going to tackle those reasons and tell you otherwise ;)
1. You don't think you're "fit" enough.
OMG OMG OMG. This makes me so sad when people say this! Firstly, there are POP instructors of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders. There is no "look." Secondly, yes you have to be "fit" to a certain degree as in you need to do the exercises safely and be able to coach them safely, BUT you do not have to be the fittest person on earth. Remember, you are TEACHING the class - not performing. You can get up and walk around as you coach (that's encouraged). So, please stop doubting yourself. If you have the energy and passion for it, you CAN be an instructor.
2. You're scared you won't get a job.
Listen up! POP is in HIGH demand! As I mentioned above, I live in a small town with no chain gyms. I introduced POP to a small studio and it BOOMED. I teach it 3 times a week and classes are packed... sometimes over-packed! If you live in the U.S, then most gyms are LOOKING for POP instructors already! So all you have to do is reach out to the Group Fitness Manager and apply! Put yourself out there! Be persistent, confident and MAKE IT HAPPEN. We also have marketing materials for you :)
3. You don't know how to coach.
If you're a brand new instructor and have NEVER taught fitness before - then welcome to the club ;) So was I! I get it. It's totally intimidating. But the POP Pilates Master Trainers train you HOW to coach. With practice, you will be awesome! We don't expect you to be perfect from the start. It takes time and it's honestly a lifelong learning experience.
4. You're shy in front of a crowd.
Well then this is the PERFECT opportunity to get out of your shell! I was sooo shy too! But POP is what made me who I am! Getting in front of people and leading something can be terrifying. But remember, you are the leader, the expert. You are the one in charge. Be confident. Face your fears. Soon enough you'll be confident in other aspects of your life as well!
5. You're nervous about learning the choreography.
Okay, so let me break it down. POP Pilates is a choreographed format. That means that the exercises - the class format is GIVEN to you. You don't make up the class. You learn it. It's also choreographed to music which may seem scary for you as well. Our Program Director and Cassey work together to ensure that the class is EASY for instructors to learn and teach, but it still is a kick-butt workout! We actually have tools to help you learn choreo and move with the beat of the music. With practice, it will come in no time!
POP is magic. It will change your life and it will change your STUDENTS lives. It's honestly the best decision I ever made. If you want to be part of this magic, then check out U.S training dates HERE. If you are International, then you can do the online workshop as well!
Take the leap of faith.