Why You Should Be a Pilates Instructor

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What if you could find a career that fills you with joy? A career where you feel connected to your community, and know that you are making a direct impact in the lives of others?

If you love Pilates and making people’s lives better, then becoming an RTR Pilates Instructor could be the career you’ve been looking for. Here at RTR, we build environments where people can thrive, from our clients to our instructors.

No matter your career, lifestyle, age, gender, or background – if you want to connect with others and serve your community, then we can’t wait to meet you.

The benefits of becoming a Pilates instructor

Especially in the DC area, careers are often built around corporations. These can be incredibly rewarding careers in their own way, full of challenges and growth.

Here at RTR, we embrace challenge and growth as well, but the differences we make are tangible, and our instructors get to see the impact they have in our community every single day.

With five locations around the DMV, we support a vibrant community. Through Pilates, we help wellness-minded adults combat pain, manage stress, strengthen and restore their bodies, and empower themselves in all aspects of life.

Alongside a career based in connection, training to become a Pilates instructor with RTR will provide you with a thorough understanding of anatomy, Pilates, and effective teaching methods. Our certification program will prepare you to become a confident, effective instructor, and our focus on sustainable careers provides long-term career opportunities.

What sets our training program apart

Crafted and taught by our founder, Reina Offutt, the RTR training program teaches the essence of what it takes to help people transform their bodies and their lives.

While most instructor training programs only focus on teaching exercises by muscle groups, we take that focus and add in the a bit of engineering. Through our unique training program, we empower instructors to create programs that integrate their own style and personality with efficient flows and effective exercises.

Our 8-week training program is designed to maximize impactful instruction through a combination of online and in-person modules. With 80% of our training program available online, our instructors can study when it works for them, whether it’s after class, before work, or anytime in between.

Because of our hybrid instruction model, we are able to dive deeper in the classroom, with more 1-on-1 attention for our students and expert instructors. During our in-person instruction, you’ll learn how to teach, level up or down a class, and implement modifications, alongside a detailed understanding of human anatomy.

Once you’re ready, we’ll gradually introduce classroom instruction and lead up to a capstone community class, so you feel confident and supported every step of the way.

If our program sounds like work – it is!

We want you to feel totally confident and capable of handling whatever a class throws your way. Our programs are intense, because they’re designed to prepare you as an instructor from your very first class, not after six months of teaching.

It’s work, but it’s also a whole lot of fun, and the end result is a prepared, empowered you.

Build a sustainable career with RTR

If you’re ready to turn your passion into your profession, RTR will give you the skills, structure, and opportunity to craft a Pilates career that honors both your needs and your gifts. Beyond a rigorous program that prepares you to be a fantastic instructor, we also provide our team with sustainable career options, so you can build the life you want.

Many studios focus on Pilates as a side hustle – something to augment your day-job. And at RTR, it certainly can be! But we also intentionally provide an employment structure and schedule that makes Pilates attainable as a full-time career.

For full time instructors, we provide health insurance, a 401(k) plan, and opportunities for administrative hours, so you can have a professional salary with a lifestyle job. We also develop our schedules for full-time instructors to teach 5 days a week, in 4-6 hour days.

We work with our team to build schedules that don’t cause burn out – because Pilates is meant to build people up, and that includes our instructors.

Are you ready?

RTR Pilates’ instructor training program occurs twice a year, with our next training program scheduled to kick off in early September.

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The Power of Habits for a Healthier Life

Our day-to-day lives can get crazy busy – trust us, we know. When work piles up, mid-terms are looming in class, your kid’s pick up is in a hour, and you haven’t figured out dinner or slept all week, it can seem impossible to do all the things you need to do. The power of habits can make all the difference when it comes to giving into burnout vs. staying on track towards our goals.

When our lives are hectic, it becomes even more important to take care of ourselves with healthy habits like good sleep, exercise, and eating food that fuels your body. These practices are powerful methods to support your mind, body, and spirit, especially when everything else in life seems up in the air.

That’s where habit loops come in.

How To Make Your Habits Work For You

When it comes to healthy choices, like getting enough sleep, eating vegetables, and exercising every day, the best habits form when you make it as easy as possible to say yes. Yes to getting 8 hours of sleep, yes to drinking enough water, yes to fitting in a couple Pilates classes this week.

But what do we mean when we say, “make it easy to say yes?”

We have a limited amount of willpower throughout the day, and a limited amount of time. If we have to go out of our way to make healthy choices, then it’s that much harder to do everything we want to do.

Instead, make it easy to say yes to healthy habits by building them into your day. When we make habits automatic, we create “habit loops.”

Habit loops, coined by Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit, are neurological cues in our brain that reward routine and cues, so that when we encounter a specific circumstance, our brain cues up the habit response, such as “drink water,” “take a walk,” or “time for bed”.

We can trigger these habit loops by building flexibility into our daily lives and creating environments where we can say “yes” to healthy routines, such as:

  • Meal prepping one day of the week, so it’s easy to have healthy meals on hand
  • Keeping a pair of sneakers at home and in your car, so you can take a walk whenever you have 20 minutes to spare
  • Having multiple water bottles and bring one with you wherever you go, so you can stay hydrated
  • Finding a flexible workout you love, so you can fit it into your schedule whenever you can.

If you make it as easy as possible to follow healthy practices, then it is that much easier to integrate them into your life, and create balance in an unpredictable day.

Pilates Fits Into Every Lifestyle

When it comes to creating consistent habits that support a healthy lifestyle, Pilates is a fantastic exercise. It’s an efficient, whole body workout that you can complete in an hour, and it not only increases strength and mobility, but also helps to manage stress and prevent injury.

Here at RTR, we’ve worked to remove as many barriers as possible to joining a class, so it’s easy to say yes to your health and wellness.

With five locations across the DMV, we’ve purposefully chosen locations that are 20 minutes apart. We offer more than 300 classes/week, varying from 6:15am – 7:15pm. All of our class packages apply to any class in any RTR studio location, and we’ve focused our membership pricing towards making regular classes affordable, with both monthly class packages and student pricing.

So no matter where you are or when you have the time, there’s a Pilates class that can work with your schedule.

Join us today and learn how RTR Pilates fits into your consistently inconsistent life.

Get your first month of unlimited classes for just $129, and start building healthy habits with us today. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you!