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Season 3

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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.

To connect with Leah, say hello on Instagram or visit her website.

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S3. Ep 2: Jessica Valant | Momentum Fest and planning a Pilates festival

In this episode, physical therapist, Pilates teacher, and co-founder of  Momentum Fest Jessica Valant recaps what it was like to plan a 3 day Pilates festival and shares her tips for planning a large scale event.

To connect with Jessica, visit her website or say hello on Instagram.

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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.

To connect with Susan visit her website or say hello on Instagram.

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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.

To connect with Missoni, say hello on Instagram or visit her website.

Season 2

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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.

Connect with Lesley for Pilates: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Connect with Lesley for biz info: Website, Facebook, Instagram

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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.

To connect with Hollie visit her website, say hello on Instagram, or check out her passion project Athletics Not Aesthetics on Instagram.

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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.

Click here to join the Contemporary Pilates Haven.

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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.

To connect with Jewel, visit her website or say hello on Instagram.

Season 1

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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.

To connect with Trina visit her website or say hello on Facebook or Instagram.

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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.

To connect with Megan (and grab your guide to writing a better-er bio) visit her website or say hello on Instagram.

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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.

To connect with Jessi visit her website or say hello in Instagram.

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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.

To connect with Meghann and learn more about The NeuroRehab Movement visit theneurorehabmovement.com or follow The NeuroRehab Movement on Instagram.

About your host

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Nikki Naab-Levy is a Pilates teacher, fitness educator, and professional writer with over a decade of experience helping people build strength, improve mobility, and overcome injury (without all the silly, impractical fitness rules).

Nikki holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University and is a Master Trainer for the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in The Huffington Post, Greatist, Girls Gone Strong, and Men’s Fitness. 

Nikki is currently is a finalist in The Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition 2018.