Welcome to our weekly feature where we call out unsafe, uncertain, and un-real Pilates movement seen on the daily on social media.
Teach safely, intelligently, and teach well. More importantly, teach Pilates.
Sh!t is bananas this week 🍌
so this WTF Wednesday is coming from a snob who’s begging you to start asking: “What are your qualifications?” Social media has suddenly turned every trendy gal who likes exercise into a “fitness instructor.” With the right connections and loads of followers, many can be fooled- but don’t let the blind lead the blind! Whether you’re doing Pilates or other exercise, make sure you’re taking tips or lessons from someone who knows their ish. You can do your body more harm than good if you’re getting your info from a sketchy source.
There has been so much WTF out there lately
that I felt like combining my thoughts into one comprehensive post. First of all- have you been “teaching Pilates” for 20 years without stepping foot onto a classical reformer? What the fuck! That’s like saying you’ve been a trained chef for 20 years while using an Easy Bake oven. How can you appreciate the method if you haven’t ever studied it as Joseph Pilates intended? Speaking of, a megaformer is not a reformer. If you teach megaformer, you are not a Pilates instructor. If you take megaformer, you are not taking Pilates classes. There is a difference so vast that I can’t write a post long enough to tear it apart. There is only one Pilates, and it is classical.
Have you heard of the Pilates Wheel?
Google it! Their ads state: “Finally…a Pilates machine that’s portable! Full reformer capability at a fraction of the cost!” Uh…I don’t care how challenging or effective this is, it’s not Pilates.
w t f ?!
So you wanna be a Pilates instructor?
Hope you’ve got 600 hours! I’ve seen sooo many bogus teacher trainings out there promising to make you a Pilates instructor: in only 10 weeks! Via remote online instruction! For $99.99! WTF?! If it isn’t 600 hours with the majority on-site, ask for a refund. Oh, and I hope you’re learning all-apparatus. Sorry!
Love notes from Alycea Ungaro:
“The High Chair is NOT the Wunda chair. Or the Reformer. Or the Mat. You are not meant to do “anything you can do” on other apparatus on the High Chair… It’s just made-up - which makes it no better than any other “fake” Pilates.”
Can we get an AMEN?!
I keep seeing people utilizing the foam roller for exercises.
This is NOT Pilates. Roll out your quads, roll out your IT bands, but I’m about to watch you roll right off a reformer if you don’t stop with this BS.
It’s another week of WTF!
(Aren’t they all?) Are you doing an exercise where you sit or stand in the well of the reformer? What’s the name of that one? I’ll wait…
Are you a “Pilates Instructor” with an Instagram account?
If I scroll through and don’t recognize a single freakin’ exercise- that, my dear, is a huge WTF.
…do people feel the need to recreate exercises with therabands? JHP uses body weight and spring resistance for a reason- go try it!
File this one under: That’s Not Pilates and WTF.
What the hell is hot Pilates!? Why oh whyyyy... you want to step up your practice? Switch up your spring resistance or hold positions for longer instead of turning up the thermostats! *Cue eye roll*
Are you wearing sneakers while you do Pilates??
WTF! Kick em off! Pilates challenges our balance- and sneakers give you stability. Not to mention, they’re awful for your equipment!
It’s not Pilates.
Do you have a physioball or foam roller on the carriage of your reformer?
What the! Putting an unstable object on a moving platform is a recipe for disaster! Keep it safe, snobs!
Are you standing in the well of the reformer?
WTF! No exercise requires standing or spotting from inside the well.
I’ve seen variations of this a lot…
…and I’m not quite sure what I’m looking at. Is your body underneath the footbar in an exercise on the reformer? WTF?! This isn’t even possible on classical apparatus.
This week’s target: the footbar.
It has two positions: up and down. Does your footbar move backwards along the frame of your reformer? WTF! Keep it where it belongs, please. That’s not Pilates…
Are you teaching BAREFOOT?
I can’t. Instructors are here to assist- and the safest assists come from covered feet. Pilates apparatus can be dangerous- keep yourself and your clients safe, and but some dang shoes on!
Are you using the box on any surface other than the reformer carriage?
WTF! I’m not sure what that exercise is called, but it’s not Pilates.
Are you leaving the headrest up during short spine, or any inversion on the reformer?
WTF! Your client is a step away from paralysis.