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Pilates Unfiltered

With an emphasis of supporting Pilates Professionals in 2024, Jenna Zaffino presents episode topics that marry practical business advice with real-world applications for the Pilates profession. Hungry for insider conversations? Listen to past interview episodes that explore human-related topics in the Pilates profession.
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Dec 15, 2023

In this episode of Jenna reflects on the past year and shares insights into her business, coaching endeavors, and personal experiences. From transitioning her business post-COVID to embracing health coaching, Jenna provides a candid look into her journey, including financial challenges and the impact of health issues. She also discusses teaching philosophies, impactful tools like MoveMate and Seg B, and the importance of embracing chaos in Pilates. Jenna's advice on coaching, self-compassion, and self-encouragement makes for a thought-provoking and inspiring episode. Tune in for valuable lessons and engaging anecdotes from Jenna's eventful year.

 

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📚 Timestamped overview

00:00 Exciting podcast interviews, focusing on skill building.

07:50 Career transition from COO to digital startup.

12:54 Job search was a learning experience.

19:10 Coaching focuses on process, support, and partnership.

23:21 Positive collaboration in health and business realms.

27:37 Lack of sleep affects appetite and hormones.

35:52 Change is now inherent and persistently present.

38:16 Explore, find, adopt, practice, rest, support.

45:43 AI models speed up processes, Zoom AI captures conversation.

49:47 Reflecting on purpose and encouragement in Pilates.

56:49 25 years to mentoring, coaching, supporting teachers. Spread wings in 2024 for teaching.

01:01:17 Check out show notes; support and engage.

Dec 7, 2023

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.

 

LINKS: 

Jenna's Website - Special Programs

You're Doing A Great Job Book

 

Key topics: 

 

  1. Abusive power dynamics in Pilates - Awareness and accountability needed
  2. Sustainable change in Pilates industry - Cultural shift necessary
  3. Building trust and loyalty - Culture of belonging
  4. Individual leadership and positive culture shift - Taking action
  5. Importance of Embracing change 
  6. Safe and normalized movement experience - Client-centered approach
  7. Advocating for hands-on queuing consent - Creating a safe space

 

Timestamps

 

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

Nov 30, 2023

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.

 

Links: 

Jenna's Website - Special Programs

You're Doing A Great Job Book

Key Themes: 

  1. Power Dynamics: Recognizing "power over" versus "power with."
  2. Trust and Autonomy: Fostering a culture of respect. 
  3. Rupture and Repair: Addressing betrayal and rebuilding relationships.
  4. Conflict Resolution: Advocating for a progressive approach.
  5. Psychological Safety: Creating an environment for open communication.
  6. Leadership Challenges: Critiquing the current Pilates profession culture.
  7. Ethical Standards: Advocating for organizational guidance and support.

 

Timestamps: 

 

[00:00-02:30] Introduction: Jenna introduces the episode, discussing the theme of rupture and repair within the Pilates industry. She expresses gratitude for the listeners' support and stays loyal to the show over the past almost 10 years. 
 
[02:31-08:45] The Importance of Acknowledging Ruptures: Jenna discusses the challenge of repairing ruptures and addressing implicit bias in the Pilates profession. The need for psychological safety in the workplace and effective leadership is also highlighted. 
 
[08:46-13:20] Understanding Power Dynamics: The speaker talks about the concept of "power over" versus "power with" or "power to," and the challenges of forming new bonds of trust after a negative experience in the Pilates profession. The importance of creating an environment where employees feel safe to speak up is emphasized.
 
[13:21-18:50] The Impact of Betrayal and Rebuilding Trust: Jenna discusses the anxious attachment to the Pilates method and the leaders within the method, and how inadequacy can lead to a sense of betrayal and difficulty in forming new relationships and trust. The choices individuals make, such as opening small, intimate studios or resigning themselves to teaching in quiet spaces, are acknowledged.
 
[18:51-22:15] Critique of Pilates Culture: Jenna criticizes the ability for the Pilates profession to handle interpersonal ruptures and advocates for a more progressive approach to conflict resolution. She expresses dissatisfaction with the limited impact of one-liner statements in today's culture and advocates for taking concrete next steps toward improvement.
 
[22:16-26:45] Building a Positive Team Dynamic: Jenna shares personal struggles with trust and rebuilding relationships, emphasizing the importance of a problem-solving culture in creating engagement and loyalty in a community or work environment. The impact of corporate culture on navigating difficult situations is discussed, urging listeners to share their thoughts and expand the community.
 
[26:46-30:00] Conclusion and Self-Care: Jenna wraps up the episode by expressing appreciation for the audience and urging self-care and building strong bonds within immediate communities. She also promotes her book, "You're Doing a Great Job: The Movement Teacher's Guide to Fearless Teaching," available in print on Amazon and as a digital download on her website.
 
 

 

 

Nov 16, 2023

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. 

 

Links: 

Black Friday Sale

You're Doing A Great Job Book

Link to Memberspace For Squarespace Websites

Visit the Pilates Subreddit

 

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.

Nov 9, 2023

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!

Key Takeaways:

  1. Online resources for body osteporosis & bone health: Jenna recommends checking out Rebecca Rotstein with Buff Bones and Scoliopilates Other resources include Suzanne Martin and Sherri Betz. 
  2. Pilates Anytime Membership: A great membership site for specialized Pilates programming. Listeners can use a discount code ZAFFINO for 30 days free
  3. The challenge of shorter attention spans: The influence of platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram has led to shorter Pilates classes. However, effective workouts can still be achieved in 45 minutes.
  4. Catering to individuals with osteoporosis: Many Pilates instructors are cautious about catering to individuals with osteoporosis, but there are plenty of safe and effective exercises for people with osteoporosis.

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📚 Timestamped overview
 

[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 coachjz@jennazaffino.com

Nov 2, 2023

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.

 

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Time stamps:

[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.

Oct 26, 2023

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

 

May 25, 2023

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.

 

JENNA'S LINKS

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Check Out Movemate

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

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JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

 

May 11, 2023
In this episode, we dive deep into the importance of crafting a value-driven business plan. Our host Jenna Zaffino, a successful entrepreneur and business coach, shares valuable insights into how to create a business plan that aligns with your core values and mission.
 
We begin by exploring the significance of values when it comes to starting a business. We discuss how understanding your values and defining them in your business plan is critical to achieving long-term success. We then move on to the process of writing a business plan that reflects these values. You'll learn practical tips and tools for identifying your unique selling proposition, honing in on your target demographic, and crafting a mission statement that truly resonates with your audience.
 
We also discuss the importance of market analysis, including analyzing trends and competitors, to gain a clear understanding of your position in the industry. The episode also offers a comprehensive guide on how to write the marketing and sales section of your business plan.
 
We end by discussing the final components of a business plan, such as the financial section and the company description. Jenna advises on how to structure these sections in a value-driven way, emphasizing the importance of including core values throughout the document. Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur or an experienced business owner, this episode is packed with essential tips and insights for crafting a value-driven business plan that will set you up for long-term success. So, tune in and learn how to create a plan that aligns with your values and resonates with your audience.
 
The episode with Jenna's administrator, referenced in today's episode can be found HERE.
 
The book referenced is The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
 
Apr 20, 2023

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.

 

JENNA'S LINKS

Pre-Order Jenna's E Book

Join The Waitlist for BYSP

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

 

Apr 6, 2023

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.

JENNA'S LINKS

Pre-Order Jenna's E Book

Join The Waitlist for BYSP

Craft A Client Pathway Mini Course

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

Mar 23, 2023

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!)

 

JENNA'S LINKS

Pre-Order Jenna's E Book

Join The Waitlist for BYSP

Craft A Client Pathway Mini Course

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

 

Mar 16, 2023

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! 

 

JENNA'S LINKS

Pre-Order Jenna's E Book

Join The Waitlist for BYSP

Craft A Client Pathway Mini Course

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

 

 

Mar 9, 2023

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. 

JENNA'S LINKS

Pre-Order Jenna's E Book

Join The Waitlist for BYSP

Craft A Client Pathway Mini Course

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

Mar 2, 2023

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. 

 

Jenna's Resources: 

Craft A Client Pathway Mini Course

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

Feb 23, 2023

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! 

 

Dr Gina's Resources:

Gina's Instagram

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

 

 

Feb 16, 2023

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.  

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Apply To Be On The Pod

 

Feb 9, 2023

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: 

Website & Book Orders

LinkedIn

 

Jenna's Resources: 

The Pilates Comprehensive Clinic Registration & Info

JZ Mvt Pro Community

 

Feb 2, 2023

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. 

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Private Coaching

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Jan 26, 2023

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! 

If you are interested in joining me for a Community Chat, please fill out this form: 

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Ways To Connect With Kyle: 

www.KyleGeorginaMarsh.com 
www.trueiiform.com 
Instagram: @KyleGeorginaPilates

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Jan 19, 2023

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: 

www.KyleGeorgingaMarsh.com 
www.trueiiform.com 
Instagram: @KyleGeorginaPilates

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

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