Check Out These Pilates Blogs

Pilates bloggers

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The great thing about the internet is that everyone has a voice! Of course, the bad thing about the internet is...everyone has a voice. In the Pilates world, we’ve got our share of vocal participants, and the idea of the Pilates blogger is not something new. However, a few of the industry players have taken their blogging platform to the next level.

Here is a short list of three blogs worth reading. The criteria for inclusion were simple, and all three made the cut in each arena. Specifically, the blogs needed to be responsibly written and visually relevant. They also needed to create an open dialogue versus indoctrinate their reader. 

There is a surplus of Pilates content out there, and in most cases, many authors will satisfy two of the three criteria. For the purpose of this article, however, we've highlighted those containing all three elements, and what we consider to be the perfect trifecta for an appropriate use of blogging in the Pilates world.

3 Pilates Blogs to Follow

If you have only room in your inbox for a few Pilates newsletters, consider adding these three to your list.

Pilates Intel

Brett Miller writes Pilates Intel in a funny, cheeky, and accessible voice. He lives in Stockholm as an American expat and was previously in the dance and ballet world. You may find some appreciation for the way he opens a dialogue, as it's not necessarily popular among certain factions of Pilates. It's also nice to hear a Pilates perspective that is distinctly outside the U.S., nonetheless. Overall, the blog is a friendly and engaging read.

Benjamin Degenhardt

Benjamin Degenhardt is a world traveler and houses his blog at his eponymous site, which is also the home to his 360 Pilates training program. Benjamin is a well-known presenter and a highly respected teacher in the Pilates industry. His personal fascination with Pilates history has garnered him the trust and loyalty of the community. Benjamin is committed to helping Pilates devotees think their way through Mr. Pilates' original intentions as opposed to blindly following any particular dogma. Beyond all that, his talent as a graphics designer means the site is lovely to behold and showcases visually stimulating elements.

Andrea Maida

You can decide for yourself but you may find Andrea Maida as a bit of a Pilates pusher. Based out of the West coast, Andrea feeds us regular passionate classical Pilates content. She dissects exercises, analyzes routines, and examines concepts with a playful, yet serious delivery. It’s exciting to read and is well-presented. As a helpful bonus, each column is illustrated with images for reference.

Be Cautious With Blogs

Pilates blogs can be problematic for a few reasons. For Pilates instructors, sourcing information from blogs to teach their classes isn't exactly an accredited form of continuing education—particularly when it comes to anatomy, biomechanics, or technical instruction. Elements of Pilates should be taught in a formal environment with access to a seasoned, knowledgable teacher with some metrics in place to assess learning. Reciting protocols or concepts from a blog does not make for a skilled and credible Pilates teacher.

For students, receiving instruction at home without proper instruction and corrections to form could lead to injury. Receiving an education via an online blog is a slippery slope. Blogs are meant to share personal thoughts, inspire others, spark discussions, and/or further research, and are not an appropriate substitute for personal instruction.

Finally, the blogosphere seems to infer credentials upon those who often have none. To the average layperson, a well-designed layout or consistent blog posts can create the image that this is the work of an expert. In reality, blogs are not vetted for accuracy. With a modicum of writing skill and a dash of conviction, a simple blog article can have unintended consequences for those who follow along.

Be sure to consider your Pilates blog for entertainment purposes and exploration, and not as an adequate learning tool.

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