# 1. 100% feel good job
Some jobs are just happy jobs. I was a tour guide taking happy people to beautiful sunny locations. That was a happy job! Pilates Instructing is also a happy job.
Whilst you’re not often in exotic locations, clients come to Pilates to feel good, to escape their busy work, to be around other inspiring people and whilst they might walk in tired, they start to feel good at that very first breath/stretch. And making people feel good, FEELS GOOD! 10,000 classes later I still feel this.
#2. It’s flexible work
One of the best aspects of working as a Pilates Instructor is the lifestyle flexibility it provides. I’ve comfortably managed my schedule whilst travelling, having another career as a performer, having a baby. You name it I’ve done it. And I love the variety it's provided and supported!
#3. You really help people
My husband is a physiotherapist and trying to help people too but he pointed out to me one day that in his profession he often gets 30-50mins initial consultations then 15-20 mins in a series of 5-15 follow-up sessions. This a relatively short time to diagnose, understand, observe patterns,
#4. It's an excellent ‘string to your bow’
Whether you career goal's to be a fitness instructor, personal trainer, physiotherapist/ chiro/ osteo/ myotherapist, dancer/performer, life coach, sports coach, elderly care or just get to know your body on a deeper level, Pilates is a great skill set that transcends professions.
#5. Keeps you fit and healthy…
It’s not a vain motive but rather a very practical reason to make the top 5. Because, making time to stay fit is hard in a busy life and we all spend too much time on our computers, phones, being a taxi to kids, etc, etc.
I had to laugh when my husband started work and during a occupational health staff briefing, he was informed that the #1 work injury is not pain from sitting too much but pain from standing too much at their new standing desks. So nothing has changed with the new desks other than too much time on one position is the devil. Motion is lotion…
Being a fitness instructor means you get paid to move your body! woohoo!
You can make it your full-time work, you can create a business out of it or you can have it as a side-hustle and enjoy doing something you're super passionate about.
Read more from Instructors who have become Pilates or Barre Instructors:
Kara Bailey from Yoga to Barre Instructing
Maddie Hicks: from dancing to Barre Instructing
Claire: Professional Dancer to Barre Instructor