By: Dr. Scott Townsend and Dr. Derek Mohr, Appalachian State University
In our last blog, Pilates 101, we answered the question “What is Pilates and what are its benefits?” Today we will extend the conversation, focusing on how to teach Pilates in a physical education setting.
Imagine a PE class that operates like a wellness center (see this blog for more details)… one where motivated students choose from and enjoy participating in a variety of fitness stations (weight training, yoga, pilates, fitness walking, cycling, etc.), where each station is led by certified student-instructors, focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge, and confidence.
Read on to make this dream your reality…
Pilates is a lifetime fitness activity focused on developing core strength and flexibility using a variety of low-impact exercises and stretches. The benefits include enhanced physical, mental and emotional well-being. Therefore, Pilates can be a meaningful part of a well-rounded High School Physical Education program.
Pilates in SPARK High School PE
In the SPARK High School PE program, Pilates is part of a larger unit called Group Fitness. As such, Pilates, like all other group fitness “mini-units” consists of two progressive instructional activities:
1. Basic Training
Here students master fundamental safety protocols and movement techniques associated with the unit content. In SPARK Pilates, students use the Content Cards to experiment with and master basic exercises. This may take multiple lessons as the teacher leads students through the mastery process. Pilates Basic Training focuses on SHAPE America National Standards 1, 2 and 3.
2. Create a Routine
Here students create a personalized workout routine by applying fundamentals mastered in basic training. As part of the process, students practice, refine and then lead classmates through their created routine. In SPARK Pilates, students are challenged to create a 10 minute routine that includes a minimum of 18 different exercises across a warm-up, a main workout, and a cool down. Pilates Create a Routine focuses on SHAPE America National Standards 4 and 5.
Pilates Teaching Tips
- Encourage students to give Pilates a chance to help them improve strength and confidence
- Focus students on safety and performance cues
- Use equipment to ensure safety, individual success, and motivation
- SPARK High School PE Curriculum & Training
- Pilates Equipment Options from Sportime
- Sportime Core Pilates for Kids Exercise Cards
- Sportime Light-Weight Steel Pilates Ring
- Gymnic OverBalls
- School Specialty UltraFoam Roller
- Aeromat 72 x 24 in Elite Yoga/Pilates Mat
Share Your Knowledge
What are your experiences teaching Pilates? What advice would you give to someone who has never taught Pilates, but wants to? Post a response below and let us know!