Did you know that POP Pilates classes are in crazy high-demand right now? In Hawaii, classes are averaging about 80-100 students a class! It’s wild sauce! That’s more than when I used to get when I taught a weekly class! Haha.
I think the reason why the format is connecting with so many people is because it doesn’t FEEL like a work out. It doesn’t feel like a chore that you have to drag your butt to do. It’s fun to take and it’s fun to teach. This strong community is what’s keeping POP Pilates so special. The sisterhood is UNBREAKABLE. The people who teach are kind, enthusiastic, inspirational, and overall – just great humans.
So to my current instructors, thank you for making POP what is is today. And to those of you poking your head into the POP door…let me invite you inside. Don’t be afraid. If there’s a burning fire inside you telling you to get certified but you’re ignoring it because you’re scared…let’s chat.
I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best job ever. Want a career that pays, gives you a free gym membership, and is meaningful? This is it. Teaching fitness truly changes people’s lives. Don’t think you fit in? Right now we have seasoned instructors who have been teaching for many years, but we also have new, younger instructors who are actually POPsters turned POP Instructors! I think you can find a place in that range. And guess what? You’re going to grow, no matter where you start! You have a network of people who can act as mentors to help you reach your potential.
Oh yah and our kick butt Master Trainer team will make SURE you’re ready to teach after a training!
Still not convinced? OK. Let’s go through those thoughts running around in your head.
#1. You feel like you’re not “fit” enough.
But what is “fit” really? Do you think you don’t “look” like a fitness instructor? Well, fitness instructors, especially POP instructors DO NOT need to look a certain way. We do not and will never judge your appearance. What matters is that you are able to move safe and effectively with good form – and we teach you that in training! As an instructor, you also do not have to be moving and “performing” the entire time. You get up and walk around to check on your students’ form and alignment. So, you get breaks to talk and coach without moving at the same time. Let that fear of being “fit” enough GO! You are enough. What matters is the magic and passion you hold.
#2. You’re worried about landing a job.
POP is in HIGH demand right now! Classes are booming and gyms want POP on their class schedule ASAP! So you are in good hands. We also have a “Job Opportunity” section in our online portal when you get certified. We keep you updated when specific gyms are looking for instructors. If you live in an area where there are no chain gyms such as 24 Hour Fitness or Life Time Fitness, DO NOT WORRY! We have many successful instructors on our team who do not even live in the U.S. They are internationally based and have been able to find gyms, studios and clubs to teach POP at! You can teach anywhere – there are no limitations. You get to bring this format to people who don’t even know what it is and then they fall in love with it. It’s literally the best feeling ever.
BONUS: We have special marketing materials for you to use when advertising your classes!
#3. You’re scared about the training process.
If you take a live training, it is an 8 hour workshop of learning, team building and A LOT of moving. We teach you the POP format, the exercises, how to move with the beat of the music and so much more. Most importantly, you leave feeling on top of the world! You will gain true friendships in POP trainings. It’s a magical experience.
During training you may receive Conditional Approval to teach, which means you can take that confirmation to gyms and start teaching right away, but you also have 60 days to submit a 30-minute video of you teaching POP. This video does NOT have to be formal – it can be in your living room :) We just need to see that you know the POP format (which you learn in training and it’s in your POP manual), that you can move safe and effectively and that you can coach. All of these things are taught in training and then you have 60 days to study and master it! The video does not have to be perfect. Just like real, live classes – things happen. You may forget the choreo – and that’s okay! As long as you jump back in and carry on like nothing happened you are fine! We are very realistic and give you constructive feedback on your evaluation.
Oh yes. And you earn THIS bracelet at the end of the training. This is something that cannot be bought. Only earned. So if you see someone wearing it, he or she is a part of the #POPArmy.
#4. You feel like you’re too shy to teach in front of a crowd.
Well, my friends, THIS is the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone! Of course your first few classes may be intimidating. Getting up in front of a group of people who are expecting you to give them an awesome class can be scary! What if you forget the moves, your cues, etc!? Don’t worry! Once the music starts, you will remember everything and if you make a mistake, it’s all good! It happens to all of us – even instructors who have been teaching for YEARS! Remember, you are the leader, the expert in the format. Act confident, stand tall and OWN your class. After a few classes you won’t even know what shy is!
#5. You think more experienced Pilates students will come to your class and judge you.
First off, you need to remember and KNOW that POP Pilates is NOT classical Pilates. I was trained in classical Pilates but I teach in a very unique and non-traditional way! POP is a choreographed Pilates class to pop music – which has never been seen before. In fact, many of the moves you probably haven’t seen before either! I invent them as I am choreographing. In the training, we give you the format and moves to follow. You don’t have to go worrying about matching moves to music. That’s all planned for you! Bottom line? You can’t let someone who is an expert in another format make you feel unknowledgeable about your format. It’s different!
The best advice I can give you is to follow your heart and your passion. If getting POP certified has been on your mind for a while, then it means you should do it. The POP team is here to help you along the way. We set you up for success. The Master Trainer team will prepare you 100%. I’ve hand selected the people who I know can represent my brand well and who know their stuff. Trust me. You are in great hands.
Above are some upcoming trainings. You can see the entire list here. And remember, even if you’re outside the US, you can still get trained too! You’re eligible for PPOW – the POP Pilates Online Workshop.
If you have any more questions that I didn’t address, comment below. I’ll answer them for ya!