In this episode, Jenna discussed abusive power dynamics within the Pilates profession and large group awareness trainings. She explores the need for awareness and accountability in addressing these issues and advocate for a shift in the paradigm and normalization of positive power exchanges. The conversation also covers challenges in the Pilates professional culture, including advocating for sustainable change rather than finger-pointing. The episode also touches on topics such as the importance of education and culture change in the fitness industry, and the importance of creating normalized, safe movement experiences. Throughout the episode, there are personal anecdotes and calls for action to drive positive culture shifts within the industry.
00:00:00 - Introduction and Recap of Previous Episodes
00:05:00 - Jenna discusses Pilates profession and power dynamics
00:15:00 - Jenna's personal anecdote about podcast theme song and new show
00:20:00 - Jenna discusses challenges of finding a suitable theme song
00:25:00 - Details about The Working Well podcast and reflections on the Pilates profession
00:30:00 - Discussion on abusive behavior in Pilates profession and fitness industry trends
00:35:00 - Importance of building defined culture in studios and grassroots approaches
00:40:00 - Gratitude and requests for engagement from the audience
00:45:00 - Jenna's spoof of the 100 as a podcast
00:50:00 - Discussion on origins and popularity of podcasts and Pilates podcasts
00:55:00 - Emphasis on education, accountability, and culture change in the Pilates industry
01:00:00 - Meditation on clarity of mind and fostering change within the industry
01:05:00 - Discussion on driving business forward and rejecting cookie-cutter approaches
01:10:00 - Encouragement for listeners to take action and connect with chosen actions for the year
01:15:00 - Speaker's advocacy for safe and respectful movement experiences in class and industry challenges
In this episode of Pilates Unfiltered, Jenna Zaffino explores the theme of "The Rupture & Repair" within the Pilates industry. She delves into the challenges of rebuilding trust and addressing ruptures that occur in professional relationships, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging implicit bias and creating psychological safety in the workplace. Jenna discusses the impact of leadership dynamics and the shift in focus within the Pilates profession, while also sharing personal struggles and experiences. Listeners can expect to gain insight into fostering positive team dynamics and problem-solving cultures, as well as reflections on the community and profession of Pilates.
In this episode of JZ Unfiltered, we explore the concept of determining what is considered "good enough" in various contexts, such as business performance and teaching Pilates. Jenna delves into the importance of setting one's own Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and shares personal experiences with tech startups and developing Pilates classes.
As part of her continued Reddit Q&A, Jenna also provides step-by-step instructions for performing the side plank exercise and emphasizes the value of creative exploration. Listeners are reminded to stay focused, avoid comparison, and make adjustments based on analysis and feedback. Additionally, Jenna discusses her book for movement teachers and offers a variety of resources and discounts for upcoming Black Friday sale.
18:28 KPIs: Logical metrics for success, self-determined.
20:49 Identify what you're working on. Reflect as a consumer.
24:43 Squarespace and MemberSpace offer affordable website services.
27:36 Survey feedback informs adjustments for better experience.
32:24 Plan, focus, gather information, determine goals.
35:49 Be cautious of copying others' methods.
39:14 Side Plank is a lat exercise, not core.
43:04 Press, lift, hover hips, width of cheese. Keep alignment. Lower down.
45:09 Upside plank on knees with hip tilts.
50:18 Teaching formula: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP - make the exercises theirs.
51:34 Grateful for tuning in, be back soon.
In this "pearl-clutching" episode of Pilates Unfiltered, we dive into a range of intriguing topics related to Pilates and the challenges faced by instructors and practitioners alike. From the struggle to find online resources for body anatomy conditions to the influence of social media platforms on the duration of Pilates classes, we navigate through insightful conversations and expert recommendations. Join us as we explore the benefits of classical Pilates, discuss teaching methodologies, and tackle the question of whether classical instructors have it easier. Thanks for tuning in and I hope you discover valuable insights in this unfiltered exploration of the Pilates world!
[00:02:23] Feeling exhausted, wanted to give up.
[00:04:41] Empathy for healthcare workers, decompressing after work.
[00:09:00] Distractions hinder focus, coaching helps regain it.
[00:13:02] Completing stress cycles, nervous system, sleep, emotions, gut health, adrenal support, mindfulness, energy.
[00:17:02] Do classical Pilates instructors spend less time on class prep?
[00:18:56] Some classical aspects in Fletcher Pilates training.
[00:22:35] Effective teaching requires synthesis, meeting individual needs.
[00:27:49] Experiencing back support and balance with bolster.
[00:30:27] Destination not the goal, scenes along the way.
[00:35:24] Sinaki & Michelson Study
[00:36:32] Seeking gentle Pilates programs for osteoporosis spine.
[00:40:56] Study Results
[00:44:39] Prevent accidents, promote strength, improve posture.
[00:47:36] Flexibility in expectations, offering space and support. Teaching specialized classes for specific conditions. Understanding ground reaction force for safe exercises.
[00:51:26] Hard to expect understanding without obsession, resources available.
[00:54:00] Pilates Anytime: Get valuable information on a budget.
[00:55:45] email you questions to email@example.com
In this episode, we explore the challenges faced by students and instructors alike, and discuss valuable insights on creating a positive and empowering learning environment. Thanks to the Pilates subreddit for encouraging me to answer some questions in the forum. See the links below to join over 90k Pilates enthusiasts!
Here are your three key takeaways:
1️⃣ Student Centered Learning: We discuss the power of embracing a student-centered approach in movement teaching. By actively listening to our students and adapting our methods to meet their unique needs, we can foster an environment that encourages growth and success.
2️⃣ Embracing Discomfort: We explore the idea that discomfort and anger can be catalysts for change and personal growth. In Pilates, challenging ourselves and pushing beyond our comfort zones can lead to incredible discoveries about our bodies and minds. Let's lean into those uncomfortable moments and uncover the reasons behind our movements.
3️⃣ Personalization and Progress: Speaker A highlights the importance of making Pilates our own and personalizing our practice. Whether it's modifying exercises, experimenting with non-traditional movement patterns, or using props, finding what works for us leads to a more satisfying and enjoyable Pilates experience. Plus, tracking our progress along the way helps us stay motivated and inspired.
[00:01:40] Self-published book about niche movement teaching.
[00:05:55] Disappointment, dental drill, fainting, coping strategies.
[00:07:59] Difficult conversations prompted me to set boundaries.
[00:11:21] Move with ease between emotions, adapt, self-regulate.
[00:16:03] Supporting nervous system, emotions, moods, gut, adrenals. Establishing self-care routines.
[00:18:56] Powerful conversation on impact of students.
[00:20:57] Struggling to breathe slowly during exercise.
[00:24:33] Benefit of breath control in class.
[00:26:47] Slowing down can help with motivation. Be compassionate, consider different perspectives.
[00:31:59] Unexpected subject-centered experiences can cause anxiety.
[00:35:52] Acknowledging discomfort and anger, embracing challenge.
[00:37:14] Challenged, angry, growth as teachers, questioning.
[00:41:38] Mister Big and Pilates don't understand each other.
[00:46:23] Engage in dialogue, make satisfying choices, have fun.
[00:47:32] Hope you enjoyed, more episodes coming soon.
Well hey friends!
I'm back for a special series where I answer some questions that appeared on the Pilates Reddit Forum. I'm new to all of this, but still believe I have some insight to offer. If you feel the same way, consider ordering my new book: You're Doing A Great Job: The Movement Teacher's Guide To Fearless Teaching, now in paperback and hardcover!
It's available in digital download on jennazaffino.com and in print on Amazon.com.
Key Themes of this episode:
Exploring the challenges and tips for performing certain Pilates exercises
Recognizing and respecting individual limits and progress in Pilates practice
Navigating and participating in online forums like Reddit
The launch of a new podcast for wellness professionals
Empowering and supporting Pilates teachers in their personal and professional growth
In this episode, Jenna explores the importance of trust in developing empathy and taking risks. We'll shares strategies for movement explorations and improvisation to help clients build self-awareness and a growth mindset. We also discuss the benefits of reflective practices and creating a consistent and safe community for risk-taking.
The episode aims to give listeners ideas & strategies for expanding their capacity for implementing risk-taking into their teaching practices as well as everyday life. Tune in to discover new ways to approach movement and build confidence in taking risks.
In this episode, Jenna dives deep into the challenges that movement teachers face with imposter syndrome and self doubt. We examine the difficulties that arise from a lack of standardization in the movement teaching world and the pressure to meet unrealistic aesthetic standards in fitness. We also discuss the importance of partnership in coaching, and the benefits of going outside of the expected lines of technique. Finally, we explore the issue of impostor syndrome and the fear of being judged by peers. Tune in to gain valuable insights and learn how to free yourself from the shackles of doubt and self-judgment in the movement industry.
Welcome to another episode of JZ Unfiltered, where we support wellness professionals in taking care of themselves both in their personal and professional lives. In this episode, we're discussing setting and maintaining boundaries. As a wellness professional, you know how important it is to take care of yourself if you want to take care of others. And yet, it can be challenging to say no or set firm boundaries when clients or colleagues ask for more than you're willing or able to give.
Jenna shares a personal story of feeling challenged in maintaining boundaries when a client asked her to babysit. She realized that this person wasn't taking her profession seriously and was taking advantage of her kind nature. It's important to recognize when clients are crossing boundaries and to be firm in saying no to requests that don't fit within your scope of work.
Mental and physical exhaustion are signs that you're reaching your limits and need to take a step back. Whether it's taking a break, asking for help, or setting boundaries, it's important to put your well-being first. Jena suggests reflecting on where and why you may compromise your boundaries, despite knowing that you cannot do everything. Is it pressure to please others or fear of losing clients? It's crucial to understand why you may be feeling this way so you can take steps to address those feelings and set clear boundaries moving forward.
In this episode, we discuss the bigger picture of how our communities and mental health are affected when we are complaining, critiquing, and gossiping. We'll also talk about things that contribute to our need to complain. This is a rich, empathic episode that's full of resources (and even a song!)
This week we dive into some (passionate) considerations for those who are getting ready to open a studio or start a business. This episode is like a whole workshop - get ready to take notes!
In the first part of this two part series, we discuss what it feels like to be done with owning a studio. Jenna maps out a big-themed plan of tips and considerations for next step. In the next episode, we'll explore what it's like to be at the beginning of your journey of studio ownership - just to keep the scales balaneced :
Be sure to check out the links below to pre-order Jenna's e-book and join the waitlist for the Build Your Specialty Program Intensive.
In this Teachable Moments episode, Jenna pays homage to March Matness, why it took off like wildfire and is still going strong and discusses a recent marketing lesson about bringing female gifts to the table in a world that is often dominated by male strategies.
In this Expert Chat, we speak with Functional Medicine Dr and Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus. We dive deep into nutrition, supplementation, gut health and the stress effects of the pandemic. This is absolutely one to take notes on!
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In this episode, we explore the negative aspects of being "nice" in a session and how they can become obstacles to our client's learning progress.
We're thrilled to welcome Rina Raphael to the podcast this week for a chat about her book (which is a fan fave in the JZ Movement Pro Community) The Gospel Of Wellness!
Rina is a business journalist who covers health, wellness, tech, and women's issues. She contributes to publications such as Fast Company magazine, The New York Times, L.A. Times, Men's Health, and more. Her industry newsletter Well To Do examines the latest wellness trends. She is the author of The Gospel of Wellness, an exploration and critique of the wellness industry, its role in women's lives, the forces that gave rise to the phenomenon—and could ultimately bring it down (Henry Holt / Macmillan, Sept. 2022).
Connect With Rina:
In this episode we discuss the element of "quiet quitting" happening in many workplaces and how it applies to working with clients. Jenna also shares strategies to help navigate through this common experience.
It's part II of my conversation with Kyle Georgina Marsh and this time we took it one step further to unpack what happens "after the rant." We talk about scenarios for revising language, having meaningful and informative conversations with clients and what it means to revise in the moment.
Hope you enjoy!
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Ways To Connect With Kyle:
In the first episode of the new year, Jenna is joined by Kyle Georgina Marsh, co-founder of True II Form Pilates and Wellness, an online Pilates-based fitness studio. The duo roll with conversations surrounding power dynamics in the classroom, giving yourself permission to ask questions and commiting to encouraging our colleagues to do the same. The convo was so rich, we kept it going for a second episode - stay tuned next week for Part II!
Ways To Connect With Kyle:
On the eve of a holiday where gratitude is the theme, Jenna speaks with Troy Anderson, founder and International Director of Speak Up For The Poor, an organization that sponsors the education of 1,560 girls in 35 villages and urban communities in the Khulna area of western Bangladesh. These girls are predominantly Dalits, descendants of the Hindu untouchables, or very poor Muslim girls. They are among the poorest and most marginalized people in an already impoverished country and without intervention can suffer unimaginable fates.
In this episode, we discuss the founding of Speak Up, the great advocacy and activism work they've been able to accomplish over the years and Jenna shares her experience of being a long-time sponsor of students within their GEP program.
A note from Jenna:
In expanding our content to humanitarian issues and ways to help, I hope that we as movement professionals remember that we are humans first, teachers second and when we pool our resources together, we can create great impact across the world.
To sponsor a student or make a donation, visit https://www.speakupforthepoor.org/
To contact Troy directly, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the concept of the "Prison of Specialness" and how we can inadvertently become involved in professional situations that cause us to lose our autonomy.
In our first miniature TTFT (Tasty Teaching Food For Thought) episode, Jenna discusses the concept of Movement Affinities and how they can help you better approach your client's sessions. We'll discuss the concept and you'll receive a simple assignment to put into your client practice right away.
Last week's episode with Ashlen Hilliard brought about lots of response fro our community as well as many feels from JZ. In this episode, we discuss the origins of resentment, how they relate to burnout and how to set boundaries that help. Also we breathe a lot with trains....because abusive power dynamics?
Listen to Episode 12 for context and be sure to connect with JZ @ email@example.com
How to connect with Cult Interventionist, Ashlen Hilliard:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org