I know what you're thinking...
Yet another fitness claim to give you six-pack abs.
(But what's with the "or less?")
This pledge has nothing to do with six-pack abs (rectus abdominis for the anatomy geeks). This is about quality and safety for Pilates students. The hallmark of safe and effective Pilates is based on private and semi-private sessions.
Small group in our studio means 4-6 students, not 10 or more. This is the maximum number of students that we will accept into any apparatus class. Why? Because Pilates is safe and effective when practiced in small groups with excellent instructors. Not only is Pilates safe and effective -- it is profoundly life-changing.
So, today... Total Pilates Studio SOLEMNLY PEDGES TO YOU THAT WE WILL NEVER SUBJECT YOU TO A WATERED-DOWN PILATES REFORMER, TOWER OR CHAIR CLASS WITH MORE THAN SIX STUDENTS.
Would we make more money if we put 6+ people in a class? Yes. Could we claim that we are making Pilates more affordable? Yes. Would you be getting the best and safest Pilates experience? Absolutely not.
So why is "six" the magic number? When I became a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance, I agreed to abide by the PMA Code of Ethics, which specified
A quality Pilates session consists of
Remember our Six-Pack Pledge. We'll revisit this again soon.
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Lisa is a lifelong student and a second-generation Pilates instructor. Join her for observations, insights and experiences from the front-lines of mind-body fitness.