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Life as a Pilates Instructor: Debi and Denni of Pilates and Beyond in Encinitas, California

interviews Jan 23, 2021

This is the first in a series of interviews I did with Pilates teachers 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:

  • Pilates teachers who have had injuries or other limitations often become better teachers because they not only have the empathy and the first-hand experience, but they have to work harder at understanding and mastering the Pilates exercises. They have to figure out how to make them work for themselves. They go much deeper right from the beginning.
  • As a solo teacher teaching private sessions, you only need 15-20 regular students to have a full schedule. That's achievable. We often think we need a lot more.
  • Most new teachers might feel more comfortable teaching group classes in the beginning, because they feel they don't have the expertise to work one-on-one.
  • Why it's important during your teacher training to teach real people with real limitations, not just other trainees. Many new teachers are surprised or intimidated when they start teaching and they realize that they can't teach the exercises the way they learned them because they've never worked with regular folks before.
  • That every Pilates instructor will run their own business, regardless of whether they work at a studio or gym. You are responsible for marketing and selling your classes and sessions. There's no way around it.
  • That it takes years to build a full schedule.

Watch or listen here:

To get in touch with Debi and Denni, 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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