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S3. Ep 1: Leah Harte | International Pilates Culture
In this episode, Leah and Nikki chat about the cultural differences between teaching Pilates in Ireland versus in the states. They also discuss the types of clients that Pilates attracts in these markets and some of the challenges and advantages to building a business in an area that has fewer Pilates studios.
S3 Ep 3: Susan Cottrell | Body diversity and empowering Pilates professionals
In this episode, Nikki chats with Australia based physical therapist and Pilates educator Susan Cottrell about how she incorporates fun and empowerment into a clinical setting and cultivating body diversity in the Pilates world.
S3. Ep 4: Missoni Lanza | Crisis management, moving, and building a studio
In this episode, Nikki and Missoni, co-owner of Ara Pilates and Movement, discuss what do you do when you have to move your studio and revamp your entire business model. They cover how to position yourself to larger companies, so you can collaborate, increase brand awareness, and attract more clients, and offer ideas for creating an amazing and unique client experience.
S2. Ep 1: Lesley Logan | Managing your biz, setting pricing, and creating a great client experience
In this episode, business coach and Pilates teacher Lesley Logan shares her insight for building a Pilates business that sustains your bank account and spirit. She discusses her philosophy for teaching, how to set pricing, and how to make large leaps of progress with small consistent actions.
S2. Ep 2: Hollie Grant | Shifting the perception of what exercise actually looks like for women
In this episode, Hollie Grant talks about her mission to change the conversation around how women view their bodies and exercise into something more empowered and more focused on athletics not aesthetics. She also discusses why she developed The Model Method, a combination of Pilates and High Intensity Interval Training and the importance of cross training.
S2. Ep 3: Susan Sommers | Fostering a positive online Pilates community
In this episode, Susan Sommers discusses how she and Neil Healey worked together to create a private FB group for contemporary Pilates instructors to come together, share ideas, and learn from one another in a positive and supportive environment.
She also delves into her philosophy for teaching to the body in front of her and why it’s important to keep an open mind.
S2. Ep 4: Jewel Elizabeth | Fostering a positive online Pilates community
In this episode, Jewel Elizabeth, creator of Rock Solid Pilates, shares her insight on how to tailor programming for large groups and online classes, her experience presenting for the daily burn, and her best advice for advancing your career if you’re a Pilates teacher who wants more opportunities beyond the walls of the studio.
S1. Ep 1: Trina Altman | On finding your unique teaching voice
In this episode, Yoga + Pilates teacher and movement educator, Trina Altman shares how taking an interdisciplinary approach to teaching can spark creativity and help set you apart in the yoga and Pilates space. She also shares a little bit about her own journey, what she wished she’d know when starting out, and her tips for newer instructors.
S1. Ep 2: Megan Dowd | Personal branding for Pilates teachers
In this episode, Nikki chats with personal branding specialist and certified Pilates teacher Megan Dowd about what it means to have a personal brand, why it’s important to sound like you and not a Pilates robot, and how these things can grow your business.
S1. Ep 3: Jessi Fit Pilates | Taking your Pilates business online
In this episode, Nikki chats with Jessi Fit Pilates about how Jessi transitioned her business into an online model and Jessi’s tips for standing out on Instagram and bringing the fun to your teaching.
S1. Ep 4: Meghann Koppele Duffy and the NeuroRehab Movement | Empowering your clients to fix themselves
In this episode, Nikki chats with Meghann Koppele Duffy of the NeuroRehab movement about her experience working with clients with neurological conditions and her strategies for helping people feel empowered to take their wellness in their own hands in any circumstance.
About your host
Nikki Naab-Levy PMA®-CPT is a Pilates teacher and certified functional strength coach with over a decade of experience helping clients build strength and overcome injury.
She holds B.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. Journalism from Ohio University and was second place in the 2018 Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in Girls Gone Strong, The Seattle Times, and Men’s Fitness. She is a Master Trainer for the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System.
When she’s not teaching a sneaky hard Pilates class, you can find her hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her corgi Charlie, read trashy vampire novels, and chain-drinking Americanos.