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Sean Bergara’s unique and motivating approach to Pilates offers everyone the opportunity to grow, learn, and to take their practice to infinity and beyond.

Sean Bergara’s approach to Pilates is unique and evolutionary. Read through Sean’s blogs and discover his journey and perspective on all things Pilates.

How I Learned That a Shift in Perspective Changes Everything

I used to be much too preoccupied with success and whether, at whatever stage of my life, I had measured up to my vision of my goals. I’m sure many of us do this pointless, self-defeating analysis. I wasted energy, stressed over things over which I had no control, and neglected to spend time on what was truly important to me and to those in my life. I had this recurring dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. I would wake up, head to work, teach for hours with limitless energy, and have all the time I needed for self-care. I had convinced myself that in a few years, I would

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Forging a Path Beyond the Pilates Boundaries

Imagine for a moment that everything your professional career is built on – the things that defined you as a teacher – became irrelevant. Visualize the work you put into your practice coming to feel outdated or unable to resonate with today’s students.  In 2007, I was completing my observation hours at a Classical Pilates studio and was approached by the owner after she had finished her class. Having watched her teach effortlessly, I inquired how long she had taught and what she felt her secret sauce was. She told me that she had been teaching for more than 20 years and that her strict approach to teaching and adhering

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A Whole New Generation of Students

It seems like only yesterday that I was listening to my parents lament about how the world was changing too fast. I never put much thought into what they were saying and went on with my daydreaming. Perhaps my parents were medieval thinkers or simply old-fashioned? Well, times have indeed changed, and we are at a critical juncture presenting two choices: be left behind, or dive headfirst into the modern world. It can be challenging to update our way of thinking and learn to embrace change. There are two integral components necessary in making the leap to modern thinking. First, make time to deepen your personal practice. Challenge your mind

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Build Athletic Smarts

With the latest technology constantly redesigning fitness equipment to offer you a better workout, it’s a challenge to know what the best choice truly is. No matter how artificially intelligent and expertly wired your workout device or equipment is, you might be surprised to know the most innovative fitness tool was created in the 1920s—and has been right under your nose all along: the Pilates Reformer. More than one hundred years after its inception—and having seen countless fitness machines come and go—the Reformer still stands, used not only for its original purpose of rehabilitation, but also for athletic strength training and conditioning. Whether you want to build a strong core and

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Elevate Your Practice

Why do so many individuals have difficulties with much of the original Classical Pilates exercises? What would the world of Pilates look like if Joseph Pilates was influenced by today’s scientific information? Would he adapt new ways to teach movement? These are questions that often come to mind when speaking with classically trained Pilates teachers. Personally, I believe that if we could take out the “struggle” that so many have with Pilates, our industry would become the number one exercise choice. I strongly believe that if teachers understood the science of movement, they would be more adept at implementing modifications. Additionally, they would see the value introducing variations to help

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The Power of Cueing

Knowing how to communicate effectively when using verbal cues can turn an average teacher into an extraordinary one. Now that the pandemic mandates that we keep a safe distance from students and limit our tactile cueing, developing an arsenal of clear and concise verbal cues is more important than ever. First, let’s discuss verbal cues and how to prevent them from becoming nothing more than repetitive, ineffectual sound bites. As a teacher, it’s only natural to become a bit complacent with our verbal cues. The underlying problem is that we’re caught unaware by the common pitfalls and neglect to correct ourselves. Here are a few examples that are sure to

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