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Life as a Pilates Instructor: Kathryn Parker of Carolina Core Pilates in Carrboro, North Carolina

interviews Feb 07, 2021

Here's another in a series of interviews I did with Pilates instructors and studio owners.

These honest conversations are a way to gain insight into what life is like as a Pilates teacher. If you're considering becoming a Pilates teacher, these conversations don't hold back. They prepare you for what you have to know.

These are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • Client relationships are the backbone of your Pilates business. 
  • Don't expect to have your teaching schedule stay the same. Don't be surprised that you don't have a routine schedule.  
  • It's okay to honestly admit to your client that you don't know how to help with her problem.
  • Your student might not expect you to be able to solve her health or pain problem. Some people just want to enjoy moving. 
  • If someone’s not a good client for you and drains your energy, it will take away from your excitement of working with other people. It’s appropriate to say that your schedule is full or explain that they may have a better experience with another instructor. It’s okay if it’s not a good fit and it has nothing to do with you personally.
  • The most important skills and personality traits that studio owners look for when hiring teachers. 


Watch or listen here:


To get in touch with Kathryn, visit their studio website at


I'd love to hear from you: What's your favorite and least favorite part of being a Pilates instructor? Shoot me an email.


Listen to more "Life As A Pilates Instructor" conversations:

Linda Brown of Completely Fit 4 Life in Auburn, California 

Gail Giovanniello from Mind Your Body in New York City

Stephanie Glickman from Armature Pilates in Brunswick East, Australia



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