Turks and Caicos Islands

Looking for A Pilates and Fitness Teacher

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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.

Why I Am Not A Celebrity Trainer

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I am not a celebrity trainer.

I may be well known, command fees of well over $100 per hour, and train celebrities.

But I would rather be the help.

As many of you know, hubby and I have had several major life changes in the past decade. We sold everything and moved to the Caribbean island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos in 2005, then over to the tiny, A-list resort island of Parrot Cay in 2007, and then to the very big island of Manhattan in 2011. Where were we before TCI? On the Main Line of Philadelphia, living a life that we created, but realized that we didn't want.

IMG00021.jpgI turn 48 in just a few months, and am thinking back to where I thought I would be and what I thought I would be doing at this point in my life.

Generally, I knew I would be teaching something (since I do that well) and hoped to be in a major metropolitan area. Oh, and I was sure to have cats.

Just typing this is funny, because life turns out so differently.

Now I find that while I have general ideas about my likes and dislikes, I have stopped major life planning beyond how much money I would like to earn in order to live well, and where I want to live. And I am always open to changes in these depending on situation. Living well in NYC, for example, costs more than living well at Parrot Cay.

NYBG.jpgIn the course of this move I have had to do lots of introductions and lots of profile changes. Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, professional forums, directories, and bio boxes are everywhere and they all always need updating.

This is causing a small crisis as I attempt to redefine myself.

Who am I?

I am a Pilates teacher, a fitness trainer, a writer, a mom and grandmom; I am a gourmand who loves pizza and Five Guys burgers as much as caviar, and a clean freak who hates to actually clean. I am actively and openly Jewish, I appreciate Buddhism, and I cannot stand religious zealots of any kind (even though I believe in something unidentifiable, I lean towards atheism); and once a philosopher always a philosopher, as I spent over a decade of my life teaching and studying western philosophy.

I love to stay up late and sleep late (which people don't always know with my current schedule that starts at 7-7:30am), love dogs as much as cats, identify as a liberal, and truly believe that we are witnessing what Plato meant in The Republic when he said that democracy would devolve into rule by the lowest common denominator.

Oh, and I am a Usui Reiki Master teacher who practices and teaches energy channeling even though I am not always sure what it is that I am doing (I do it because Reiki actually works).

So who does this make me?

Titles bother me. I hate the phrase "celebrity trainer" even though I do train plenty of celebrities. I don't like the phrase "reiki master healer" even though that is the official title on my certificate. Plus people do feel and sleep better with my reiki treatments and my students all successfully practice reiki on themselves and others.

I actually like the phrase "service worker." I like being the help. I am lucky enough to choose to live my life and earn my living in service to others (and hopefully myself as well). Never denigrate service workers — all of us behind the scenes people who keep people and places going.

You like a clean subway seat? Thank the people cleaning. You like having dinner served on clean plates at a restaurant? Thank the dishwasher before you thank the chef. Had a great workout? Thank the trainer.

When did chefs, personal trainers, and hair stylists become celebrities? If you get paid to provide a service, whether it's deciding what's for dinner and cooking food for your customers, cutting and styling someone's hair, or helping someone look and feel great, you are the help. You are in service.

My name is Lynda Lippin, and I am the help.

Stop Calling People Fat

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Hey, fellow fitness professionals, stop calling people fat! It doesn't help anybody.

A few months ago I gave up renewing my Pilates certification. Yes, the certification I held since 1993, with a teacher training certificate from the same body since 2000.

"What?" you may be thinking. "Why would you do that?"

After all, I had been connected with the organization since becoming a founding member in 1990, including my time in Turks and Caicos.

Just this past year I noticed that my certificate had expired, since I was no longer doing teacher training. I wrote two articles for their library, sent them in to the president per the website instructions, and almost immediately had a cheery email back.

"You look fabulous. Love the articles. I would love to meet with you about some new equipment I developed. Call me."

So I did. And I went to her apartment for a meeting and saw the new stuff. The stuff was fine, but two things gave me pause. One, I started hearing phrases that I had heard before, but now found offensive.

"So many Pilates teachers are stupid. They just keep spouting and regurgitating the same old workouts. No creativity. That's why they don't understand my work"

"People are just fat. I mean, I am sure that I could never eat as much food in one sitting as you, even if I tried."

"Do you see how big portion sizes are? No wonder everyone is fat!"

Two, I realized she was using me to get to my boss.

[Note that when I did not make the connection for her, my articles were deemed unusable and my re-certification was basically refused unless I purchased the new pieces of equipment and assisted marketing.]

I left, feeling demeaned and disgusted.

All I wanted to say was, "STOP CALLING PEOPLE (AND ME, IN PARTICULAR) FAT!"

Yes, the President of a Pilates and fitness organization calling people fat. Judging people.

I refuse to be judged like that. I will not pay to be associated with people or organizations who judge like that while trying to use me for my connections.

So I gave up my Pilates certification.

I still maintain my accredited ACE fitness certification, and am fully insured as well, so not really necessary. Plus, I have been teaching Pilates for 25 years, which does give me some "street cred".