Looking for A Pilates and Fitness Teacher


I am looking for a Pilates and Fitness teacher to fill a position at an A-List private island in Turks and Caicos.

I am very excited to announce that I am searching for a fully certified Pilates and Fitness teacher to replace the current teacher at the COMO Shambhala Spa at Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos.

This was my job 2007-2011, where I won the SpaFinder Magazine Reader's Choice Award for Best Pilates, so I have some insight into what it takes to succeed on the island.

This position will start in August or September of 2014.

The minimum requirements for a successful candidate are:

  • Comprehensive Pilates Certification (mat and all pilates apparatus)
  • Recognized Personal Trainer Certification
  • At least 5 years of teaching experience, including rehab-style work (not including apprentice teaching)
  • Some sales and management background
  • Ability to work well with others and be ok alone
  • Some experience with higher end clientele
  • Program creation for guest goals - weight loss, toning, pain reduction

What would be great to bring to the table:

  • Kettlebell training (already on island and guests love to learn these in privates)
  • TRX® Suspension Training (again, already there and guests love to take privates)
  • Alternative Pilates Programming - balls, bands, magic circles, etc.

What you will receive:

  • Salary, commission, tips, shared gratuity, and no US taxes (Foreign earned income exemption) - not sure about other countries tax laws
  • Shared Staff Housing, food, benefits (health insurance, paid vacation, accrued public holidays), and swimming, snorkeling, and gorgeous beach
  • A connection to A-list celebrities, business leaders, and politicians that you will never have outside
  • The space to solidify your skills as a teacher in a supportive environment

A few more specifics:

  • Initial contract will be 2 years
  • Work week is 6 days, with 1-2 group classes each day plus privates
  • You will be working holidays, since that is when people go on vacation
  • You will be signing a confidentiality agreement.

If this sounds like something you have been waiting for, send me your CV and let's start the ball rolling! This job can position you for the rest of your career.

Review: Paleo Workouts for Dummies


Paleo Workouts for Dummies by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci and Patrick Flynn is a clear and easy to follow guide to functional fitness.

  Follow my blog with Bloglovin I am a huge fan of body weight exercises, Kettlebell Training, and TRX® Suspension Training (my three specialties outside of Pilates). It turns out that all of my favorites are included under the umbrella of Paleo Workouts For Dummies.

I am also very picky about home exercise books, since most do not instruct well. People need to see perfect form and read step-by-step instructions for each exercise, especially complex ones like the Turkish Get Up (TGU). Pat Flynn does a stellar job in explaining each movement and how to do it correctly. He focuses on correct form for proper function, and has something to offer even veteran exercisers and trainers.

Paleo Workouts For Dummies also includes a discussion of paleo nutrition, which basically eschews anything processed and most grains. Of course, the authors recommend processed supplements. They base this on the dubious claims that if paleo people had supplements, they would have used them and that since our current foods aren't as nutritious as they used to be, we need to supplement. Hmmm.

Now, I generally do not recommend diets that call for eliminating foods, especially the grains that most of us grew up with. We tend to rebound by eating way too much of the forbidden foods. But know that eating paleo will lead you to lose weight. The problem is, you may very well gain it back.

So, back to the exercises, since these are unquestionably good.

The exercises are grouped into sections - pushes, pulls, carries, core, and power. So a simple workout might include push ups (pushes), pull ups or rows (pulls), farmers walks, and kettlebell swings in some combination or circuit.


Note that paleo does not mean equipment-free. There are many body weight exercises here (including crawling and rolling over and around as a warm up), but you will minimally need a kettlebell or two. A TRX® is useful, thought not required, as is a pull up bar.

Flynn offers a pre-set 21-day beginning exercise program, as well as a 90-day immersion. Once you get to a more advanced level, I recommend seeing a personal trainer to simply spot you and check your form. Better safe than sorry!

Book Review: Stick With Exercise For A Lifetime


Can sticking with exercise for a lifetime really be enjoyable? Yes, says Robert Hopper, Ph.D. in his latest book, Stick With Exercise For A Lifetime: How To Enjoy Every Minute of It!

Stick with Exercise for a Lifetime: How to Enjoy Every Minute of It!

As a fitness trainer or fitness coach, my job is to keep my clients excited and motivated to exercise. Some people see me once a week, some twice, and some four or five times, but what they all have in common is a commitment to themselves. My clients pre-pay, they pre-book, and are fully charged for late cancels or no shows, which keeps them focused.

While many Pilates teachers require their clients to learn about the equipment and how to set it up on their own, I do not. While I will teach that is asked, I am well compensated to adjust people's equipment and remember their favorite workouts and styles so that they keep moving forward and feeling better. All they need to do is show up!

My clients tend to be successful at fitness because they follow Hopper's seven "Best Practices" for success:

  1. They have fun! I love my job and my clients, so we always have a good time. We laugh through the hard work and it makes it a little easier.
  2. They work with a coach. I push them when they need it and pull back when they need it. I teach my clients correct form and discuss why it is correct. They learn, and they are accountable.
  3. They join a team. Whether it is simply showing up to a private or duet session, or taking a regular pilates class or kettlebell workshop with me, my clients have joined a team and have other folks to talk to and other people who want them to attend the session.
  4. They schedule exercise time.This is crucial! Regularly recurring exercise time makes it easier to exercise.
  5. They enhance performance with supplemental exercise. Really! I have clients who want cardio and go to Soul Cycle, others who run, and still others who prefer yoga and Physique 57. Even better, I have clients who started with me in pilates and then added TRX training or kettlebell sessions with me to increase their overall fitness.
  6. They set goals for improvement. Sometimes the goals are external - wanting to look great in a dress or swimsuit for an event, for example. Others are performance-oriented - wanting to run faster and further or play better golf or tennis. Sometimes the goals are about pain - I had one client for several years whose first goal was being able to wash her feet in the shower (that's how bad her back was). Her last goal with me before we both moved cities was to play competitive racquetball, and she did!
  7. They make winning choices at so-called "Championship Moments". Many of my clients are high-powered executives and see me at 7am, sometimes after being up until 1 or 2am. The championship moment is when they decide whether to late cancel or just suck it up and do the exercise. Most times they come in!

Fun is what is most important for Hopper, and he suggests that people start with any activity that they enjoy, whether it's line dancing, martial arts, swimming, or bocci.

My only concern is that this all requires a certain level of income and comfort in spending. And while Hopper does address this concern in about one out of 120 pages, what he ends up saying is, "Don't let [cost] be a barrier for you." Unfortunately, cost, even $10 a week for a class, is what stops many people from engaging in their preferred activities.


Kettlebells for Back Pain

English: Three commonly used kettlebells (Drag... The NY Times recently ran an article stating that kettlebell training was good for relieving back pain, specifically back pain from sitting too long at a desk. As you know, I am a huge fan and a certified kettlebell trainer. I often taught kettlebells in my cross training fitness classes at Parrot Cay, and every once in a while someone came in with back problems. They always felt fine after the workout.

Kettlebell training can look scary because it relies on controlled momentum - swinging, snatching, cleaning. But you learn to move properly and use your ab, back, and butt muscles for support (yes, your core, and specifically the posterior chain which we don't use while sitting doing Google searches. If you live in NYC and are interested in learning more about kettlebells, let me know.