15 things you should never say to your Pilates teacher
I once had a client say to me, “Oh, you’re rather bright for a northerner.” To which I sweetly smiled and replied “Apparently southerners don’t have manners so you’ll be working with that teacher over there from now on (directing her to my colleague).”
Here are a few of my personal favourites that clients have said to me over the years. Unbelievable but true.
“Hey! There’s red meat, wine, chocolate and ice cream in your shopping basket. But I thought you were a Pilates teacher? ” Yes I have sex too. I’m a Pilates teacher not a nun. We have hormones, crazy days, break ups you know!! So cut us some slack, we are human.
“Well it OK for you making all that money you do. I counted up all your sessions and you are raking in at least xxx.” Yes, several clients have actually said this to me. But they forget our room rent, council rate, tax, national insurance, membership to a Pilates organisation, CPD teacher training and certification, updated manuals, clothing , advertising, website maintenance, putting into our pension fund and the list goes on.
“That’s not what my last teacher told me.”One of our personal pet hates I’m sure!
“Did it really take that long to learn to be a teacher?” Inward sigh.
“Oh! I thought this was your hobby job and you have someone who supports you!”I wish. MMMM, no and it will be me who goes home and cleans the house and does the shopping and cooks the tea.
“What do you mean homework; I thought I was paying you to fix it!” I’m a Pilates teacher not a car mechanic.
“I get bored really easy, so I hope your class is going to be interesting and fun.” Internal roll of the eyes.
“I hope you teach more cardio, not like that slow stuff, breathing, control and centre. I mean what’s the point? ”Really? Really?
“I’m just here to work my core.” Core is so yesterday, don’t you know?
“Maybe be you should get more equipment then you can teach more people at once and make more money.” Would you still come to me for a quality service?
“How much is it to train as a teacher because I’m thinking of quitting my desk job and doing something easy like you!” Ah ignorance is bliss.
“Must be nice to get paid to exercise all day.” Yes and listen to complaints and have people not pay on time and still do it when we feel unwell.
“I’ve done Pilates for 6 months now, so I reckon I could easily train as a teacher.”No comment.
“Well what kind of Pilates teacher are you? Your abs aren’t flat.”No, but if you want to go one on one plank challenge bring it on!!
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