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tenpilates – an integrated approach to clinical pilates It was interesting to read the piece on clinical pilates (HCM Mar11, p39). At TenPilates, we follow a similar


approach, combining physio with pilates as part of the rehab process. Three specialities – TenPilates, TenPhysio and Ten Personal Training – also work together to offer clients a seamless, continuous progression of physio, rehab, corrective and functional exercise. But what sets us apart is not just


what we do, but how we do it. We teach dynamic pilates which, like classic pilates, is excellent for rehab and corrective exercise, but it also offers a more intense, results-driven full-body workout. Sessions are usually class- based, but our PT arm creates bespoke programmes to support any aspect of a client’s treatment, rehab or training. More importantly, it’s an inherently


Education: Do PTs get the right training to be able to succeed?


personal training – the real reality check


I applaud the recognition that all is not ‘roses’ in the PT industry (HCM March 11, p24). However, I believe the problem lies with the education. I feel PTs leave our industry quickly because Level 2 and Level 3 are ‘off target’ for PTs, leading to an anecdotal 20 per cent chance of remaining in the industry after three months. The industry has introduced National


Occupational Standards, but this has hailed the homogenisation of PTs, stifling innovation in the mainstream. There are still plenty of great personal trainers out there, but too many are entering the industry with generic qualifications; their product is therefore weak. It is time for educators to break


the mould – give PTs superlative, differentiated education products. Up the standards. I can name at least one training provider who was teaching


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the highlighted communication skills, interaction, small group training – 15 years ago! Nothing new here. PT graduates also need mentors as


they learn their trade during those first three months after qualification. Training providers must use more active and successful personal trainers to teach people how to survive and flourish – people who know how to succeed because they are doing it every day. This way PTs can look forward to


becoming very good at what they do – getting to 20-plus sessions a week before even thinking about multiple income streams. It will take some brave innovation from educators in the industry to achieve these changes, but that quiet revolution is already underway. peter banbury md, faster health and fi tness


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integrated whole life approach. Therapists and trainers share knowledge, insights and client history, and work together to apply the right mix of complementary skills, experience and expertise at each stage of the client’s treatment and training. Our circle of care helps everyone, from


rehab clients wanting to make a rapid, sustainable transition to a healthy, pain- free lifestyle, through to the incorporation of prehab elements into sessions to protect and strengthen vulnerable areas. justin rogers creative director, tenpilates


Physio with pilates for rehab april 2011 © cybertrek 2011


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