With 500 basic Pilates exercises and thousands of variations its easy to skip, omit or simply avoid teaching those exercises that are either too difficult to teach, too hard to do or are just not as fun. Whatever your reason for leaving it out this workshop is hear to help you take a tricky exercise and think outside the box. Christa and Lesley will take their unique teaching backgrounds and help you find a new way of looking at a tough exercise. Send in your requests early or bring them with you! After this workshop you’ll be looking at all your clients tricky exercises from a whole new perspective.
Who will be teaching:
Christa Gurka of Pilates In The Grove
An orthopedic physical therapist specializing in Pilates-based fitness, rehabilitation and injury prevention, Christa Gurka’s reputation speaks for itself. Highly respected and recognized in the Pilates and Physical Therapy community and throughout the media, Christa’s contagious energy and palpable passion has earned her a clientele of both local fitness enthusiasts and high-profile athletes, including Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra; WNBA star Ruth Riley; pro volleyball player Kelly Schumacher; and pro golfers Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis. Her studios have also been home to many whose careers depend on their appearance, health and performance.
Lesley Logan of Profitable Pilates
Lesley Logan, Fitness Business Coach – Seasoned in the business world of corporate Pilates and retail management, Lesley is a charismatic and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Building from her degree in communications and her targeted fitness experiences, she has become both a life and business coach to clients around the world, whether they are looking to grow their client roster, or successfully expand the team of their gym or studio.
Upon entering the Pilates teaching space and immediately attracting and converting enough clients to fill her schedule, she authored a book for those looking to grow their businesses. The principals she addressed are applicable to all areas of fitness, including both personal training and yoga. Soon after publication she was voted ‘Best Pilates in Los Angeles’ by Los Angeles Magazine.
With eight years of retail management and six years of managing studios regionally for an internationally renowned fitness club, Lesley’s advice has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine and Vogue. Her Pilates workout and business coaching tutorials can also be found on PilatesAnytime.com.
Lesley is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, has completed a Masters Pilates Program from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, and most recently completed ‘The Work,’ a masters program taught by one of Joseph Pilates “Elders,” Jay Grimes. She held the position of Lead Teacher Trainer for Equinox and led dozens of apprentices through their program from 2012-2016.
While she has almost a decade of teaching Pilates under her belt, Lesley practices yoga multiple days each week and grew up running competitively. After college she ran professionally, sponsored by NutriBullet, and raced internationally before shifting her focus to training elite marathon runners along the bluffs in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Today she works for herself while teaching, coaching and leading international Pilates retreats.
Whether you are a brand new fitness instructor, a seasoned studio owner or a corporate executive, Lesley can work with you to help you grow your business.