Pilates Instructor of the month: Lisa Hubbard
Where do you teach?
My teaching tips
The depth to understanding the Pilates method for many may take years and possibly a lifetime. It is a never-ending personal journey to a visceral experience, which is key to becoming a successful teacher. Be patient and kind to yourself and to others. Whether you are teaching a private, semi-private or a mat class, be cognizant of every exercise you choose, offering only exercises that are appropriate to each individual. Give modifications when it is necessary and know which clients may have contraindications. Quality and not quantity is the goal! Explain the objective(s) and benefits of a given exercise(s) as you are cueing; I find that this helps give more meaning to your students as they perform the work. Teach only repertoire that you yourself have mastered. Keep learning, be a student, and invest in continuing education.
Favourite Exercise and reason why
One of my favorite exercises is the Pelvic Curl. It is a wonderful tool to help me assess my clients and students from head to toe! The beauty of this exercise is that it encompasses muscle strength/weaknesses, coordination, flexibility and articulation of the entire spine.
In a nutshell, tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in the industry
I graduated from the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course in 2000 and in 2007 I became a Faculty Member teaching their programs worldwide. I have a dance background and in addition I earned my Yoga certification in 2009 and GYROTONIC® certification in 2011. I founded and created Rhythm Pilates™, an evolutionary approach to the traditional mat work, highlighting the Pilates principles Rhythm and Flow. I have infused elements of dance and yoga to create movement-art workout routines that are choreographed to music. Because of it’s popularity I now offer a continuing education program to movement professionals. We launched our first course in 2012, which is an Accredited Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certificate Course.
Do you have a motto or mission statement?
I will mention three beliefs:
I have learned not to neglect time for personal growth and development, to nourish my body with a proper diet and daily exercise. Even when I do not feel like it, I always feel better after I take care of myself and better equipped to represent myself.
Decide your passion, explore and live it thoroughly and well, and train with those who grow and nurture you through your process.
Have faith and do not live in fear.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
In 5-years I will be approaching my 50’s. I see myself healthy and vibrant, continuing to share the gift of Pilates with the many who are passionate about the method as much as I am.