ALAN HERDMAN

PRESENTER

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Alan Herdman has been teaching Pilates since 1970.  He studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method in the late 1960s.  He worked intensively with Bob Fitzgerald and Carola Trier who both learnt the method from Joseph Pilates .  He returned in 1970 to set up Britain’s first-ever Pilates studio.  

Although well-known in New York, Joseph Pilates was practically unknown in UK at that time.   Alan Herdman is essentially the pioneer leader of UK Pilates movement.  He now lectures on Pilates around the world.  He runs a training course for Pilates instructors in London and supervises courses in both Athens and Istanbul.  Alan is the Chair of Pilates Method Alliance UK Chapter, designed to foster professional interaction and continuing education opportunities for Pilates professionals.

ALAN HERDMAN'S WORKSHOPS AT APS

What is Higher than Advanced

Suitable for new teachers

21 March (Sat)   10.30am - 1.30pm

22 March (Sun)   1pm - 4pm

Pilates for the Mature Client

Suitable for experienced teachers

20 March (Fri)   10.30am - 1.30pm

21 March (Sat)    1pm - 4pm

Programming a Pilates Class and Exercise Selection

Suitable for experienced teachers

20 March (Fri)    2.30pm - 5.30pm

22 March (Sun)   9am - 12pm


Workshop Suitability: New Teachers


 

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What is Higher than Advanced?

Performing the advanced exercises in the Pilates repertoire can easily be done with muscle strength and speed, so often allowing the stronger muscles to take over to the detriment of the smaller ones. The secret to giving depth and a look of calmness and effortlessness to and advance exercise use the principles of Joseph Pilates. CONCENTRATION. CENTERING, CONTROL, FLOW, BREATH, PRECISION, INTUITION, and IMAGINATION when these principles are implemented during the execution of an exercise, that exercise becomes higher than advanced.

Key Highlights of workshop

  • Learn how to balance the use of core strength vs brute strength while performing advanced Pilates movements.
  • Learn how to perform advanced Pilates exercise with ease by engaging Pilates principles.
  • New Pilates teachers can learn how to teach advanced Pilates exercise to clients.

21 March (Sat)   10.30am - 1.30pm

22 March (Sun)   1pm - 4pm


Workshop Suitability: Experienced Teachers


 

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Pilates for the Mature Client

What is maturity? Is it related to the chronological age or the physical condition of any age group. Frailty does not necessarily mean mature or old. It refers to a loss of physicality and can relate to any age group that has suffered a disability or chronic disorder. It also relates to people who in the process of ageing have not paid enough attention to their physical well-being. The aim is to create an exercise regime based on the principles of Joseph Pilates that will help to attain improved posture, mobility strength and balance. One designing the programme the individual needs of the client must be taken into consideration.

Key Highlights of workshop

  • Learn how to work with mature clients in a safe and effective manner.
  • Learn key fragilities and touch points of this group of clients, and how to engage them.
  • Learn how to improve strength, balance and posture of mature clients.

20 March (Fri)   10.30am - 1.30pm

21 March (Sat)    1pm - 4pm


Workshop Suitability: Experienced Teachers


 

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Programming a Pilates Class and Exercise Selection

Physically, people are different in a wide variety of ways. Age, shape, posture, flexibility, proportions, experience, attitude, self esteem.  In creating a programme these differences need to be taken in consideration.  Looking carefully at the Pilates repertoire and deciding which exercises would benefit the client and which ones would not.

Key Highlights of workshop

  • Learn how to design a class plan appropriate to your clients
  • Learn how to integrate key Pilates principles in class plan that address your clients’ needs.
  • Learn how to customize Pilates repertoire with appropriate flow that maximize body-mind engagement.

20 March (Fri)    2.30pm - 5.30pm

22 March (Sun)   9am - 12pm

ALAN HERDMAN'S FREE MAT CLASSES

21 March (Sat)  4.30pm - 5.30pm

*Free mat class must be accompanied with purchase of workshops

22 March (Sat)  4.30pm - 5.45pm

*Free mat class must be accompanied with purchase of workshops

Participants to Alan's Past Workshop Comments

Alan is a very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable teacher.  I learnt that breathing posture is very important, and you have to imagine a belt around the waist when you breath out. "

~ Dr Chan Wei Ling (sep 2017) ~

"Alan has great humour and generosity as a teacher who holds nothing back from sharing his 47 years of teaching experience.  Too many learnings to pick Top two!  My biggest learning is that to work on the spine, we must start from the pelvis.  When the pelvis is in good position, the spine will follow suit.  Secondly, the scapula movement can be mobilised to improve the flexibility of the spine."

~ Tan Wee Ping (sep 2017) ~

"Superb! Alan always teaches you something new from the basic fundamentals by looking from another angle. It's very fascinating.  He teaches not just techniques but goes deeper than that."

~ Yumi Okamoto (sep 2017) ~

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