Guest Post: Teacher Training and You!

Teaching has been in my blood since birth. When I was a little girl, I played school instead of house with my dolls. When I was in high school, I volunteered to tutor geometry instead of going to the mall. When I joined professional ballet company, I started teaching ballet classes at night to supplement my income. What I found was that I actually loved teaching more than performing.
The career transition from dancer to Pilates Instructor made perfect sense for me because it combined my love for movement with my love for teaching. So in 1998, I got comprehensively certified through Power Pilates NYC. After teaching Pilates full time for 5+ years, I decided to join the Power Pilates teacher training team. I did it to share my passion for teaching with others, travel more and boost my income. What I didn’t realize is that teaching teachers how to teach would make me a better teacher and fall in love with the Pilates method even more! About Page
There is a clarity that comes when you have to explain to others not just how to DO an exercise but how to TEACH an exercise! It makes you think about the “why” not just the “how”. It makes you honor the process not just the end result. It makes you realize that every single thing you do and say as a teacher will impact on your clients. In 2012, I moved on from Power Pilates to pursue other Pilates pastures and gain some autonomy in the industry. I still do guest teacher trainings and lots of continuing education courses here, there and everywhere but my focus is mostly my family and my clients. Here are the 3 top lessons learned over my almost 12+ years as a teacher trainer.

1. Be responsible for what you say and do!
Once you become a Teacher Trainer, your apprentices will mimic and take notes on every move you make! If you show up 5 minutes late, they will show up 5 minutes late. If you chew gum while teaching, they will chew gum while teaching. If you use silly meaningless cues or swear words while teaching, they will too! Be present! Be professional!

2. Expect to give more time than just your hours teaching.
Although being a Teacher Trainer will inevitably bring in another revenue stream to your business, it is a lot more involved than just the hours you spend teaching clients and weekend seminars. You will need to set aside time for weekly meetings with apprentices. When your apprentices observe you, you will have to take time in between your clients to answer a plethora of questions. It used to take me 20-45 min to grade tests and write evaluations for each apprentice and then another 15-30 min to give evaluations and feedback to each apprentice. If you have a group of 5 or more apprentices, that is substantial!

3. Invest in yourself and always be a student.
No matter what “level” of teacher you become always remember the value of being a student. Take weekly lessons with other teachers. Make it your job to do Continuing Education regularly. Keep your energy cup full by getting massages, exploring other forms of fitness, reading a book, going to a museum, etc.

Remember that above all, it is important to understand that we are all in this together as students of the practice of Pilates, even when we are training future instructors. There is always something more to learn, some way to further refine and perfect your technique. Teacher Training is a wonderful way to give back to the proverbial “next generation” of Pilates instructors-and is a wonderful way to share both intel and technique with those who are just beginning to experience this, our shared art of Pilates.

 

 

Formerly a professional ballet dancer, Carrie Campbell was introduced to Pilates in 1992 as part of her physical therapy to help rehabilitate chronic dance injuries. She fell in love with the Pilates method at first sight and 6 years later when her dance career ended, she decided to get certified to teach. She received a 600 hour comprehensive Pilates certification through Power Pilates NYC in 1998 and she has taught clients, teachers and teachers in training full time ever since.
 
DJG_1837Over the past 15 years, Carrie has built an extensive client base. To date, her youngest client was a 12 year old aspiring gymnast and her oldest client was a 97 year old Pilates devotee. She has trained many celebrity clients including Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Mandy Moore, Mary Louise Parker, etc.. Carrie has appeared in numerous Pilates DVDs, online workshops/workouts, training manuals and has an audio CD of mat work called “Pilates on the Go!”  She has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Pilates Style, Us Weekly, Quest, Allure and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show and the WB news. In addition, Carrie has presented workshops and workouts at numerous conferences including IDEA, PMA, Equinox and Power Pilates.
 
Carrie Campbell is the owner of Positively Pilates, LLC. She teaches privately, group classes and continuing education workshops in NYC & NJ.  She lives in Jersey City, NJ and is a mother of two beautiful children. For Carrie, Pilates is not just a workout, it is a way of life.

Teacher Focus Feature~ Carrie Campbell

Carrie Campbell was well known to me even before I ever set eyes on her face. Her name was synonymous with teacher, and in fact years after first hearing about her, she ended up being one of my teacher trainers at Power Pilates. With a sing song in her voice and a smile on her lips she’ll kick your butt with some creative flow and choreography. Today we are fortunate enough to now have Carrie at FORM. Perfect proximity for butt kicking and a little schooling if need be….here’s her story:

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Anyone who walks behind, instructor Carrie Campbell, can obviously tell that she was a ballerina. Her toes point east and west instead of north and there’s isn’t a foot that isn’t pointed when it leaves the floor, an obvious byproduct of some serious training. The year was 1995, Carrie was living in Austin, TX, and It was her first year in a professional Ballet company. During an overhead lift she was dropped accidentally and broke her foot in five places- ouch! In an effort to get back in point shoes as quickly as she can she could, Carrie began taking Pilates with a classically trained teacher who only charged $10 per private session. After three or four sessions a week for about a month, Carrie came back to Pilates stronger than before and with a new obsession…Pilates.

While Carrie has had almost fifteen years of experience teaching the method, she still finds inspiration in Pilates. She loves how the work can really challenge you but not make you feel like you’ve been beat up after a killer session. She’s found that other forms of exercise can leave you feeling so exhausted and sore it can be hard to go about your daily life- not so with Pilates. Instead you fell stronger, more energized, elongated, aligned, and ready to take on the world.

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Carrie doesn’t pick favorites so she works with bodies of all ages and skill levels. Her clients range from 87 years young to 15 years old, but If she had to pin point a specialty it would definitely be pre and postnatal Pilates. Apart from her comprehensive Pilates certification, Carrie holds 2 certifications in Pre and Postnatal fitness and has studied directly with midwives and doulas. To her, pregnancy and motherhood is an amazing journey so, by helping other women through their motherhood experience- she gets so much back. Carrie gives all the credit to Pilates for both of her healthy, happy pregnancies as well as the ability to bounce back to her pre-pregnant body so quickly after birth.

When Carrie isn’t teaching she’s at her other job… being a mom, which is she professes to be way harder than teaching. She has two beautiful children, Grace (7) and Charlie (4) and they keep her VERY busy. She also loves to cook, go to the theater, practice yoga, take barre classes, and travel.  To Carrie, Pilates is not just a workout, but a way of life. She has seen the rewards of practicing Pilates extend far beyond body aesthetics. According to Carrie, Pilates will give you a better body but also so much more!

5 Things I bet you didn’t know about Carrie:

  1. She and her sister and were born on the same day 2 years apart.
  2. She met her husband on a blind date.
  3. She has lived in 6 different states not counting summer ballet camps/gigs.
  4. She went to a boarding school, North Carolina School of the Arts.
  5. She had a snowball fight with Mat Dillon in NYC during the blizzard of 1996! Jealous!!!

Carrie is currently in the top 10 for Pilates Style magazine’s Next Pilates Anytime Instructor contest!!!! View her video and vote for her by clicking the image below. Official voting begins August 18th. Go Carrie!!!

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