Pilates Day is observed next on Saturday, May 4th, 2024 (330 days from today).
Pilates Day is an annual, international community event held on the first Saturday in May each year.
Pilates Day's mission is to foster public appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a diverse, innovative and high-quality network of grassroots Pilate’s events that are accessible and affordable for everyone.
History of Pilates Day
Every year, on the first Saturday in May, people from all over the world come together to celebrate World Pilots Day. Founded by the Pilates Method Alliance, this is a way for people to celebrate such as special exercise, designed to transform body and mind, and has been around for decades.
Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, once said 'Pilates is the complete union of body, mind and spirit'.
And he wasn't wrong in his statement, as his revolutionary exercises seemed endless. As oil that nourishes and strengthens the mind and body, Pilates allows students to play, explore, sweat, and surrender.
How to celebrate Pilates Day
- Your virtual event
Specify the date, time, and storage platform. Once you have a specific schedule, announce it on social media. How would you create a virtual personal connection? Plan your welcome, the “look” you want your team to have, the number of facilitators leading the event, and how to use the chat box for questions and comments. Think about how to give an incentive prize, such as a free lesson, a new prop to use at home, or a gift certificate to the student that brings in the most friends, is the oldest, the newest, etc.
- Outdoor celebration
There is nothing better than Pilates! Do not forget to take advantage of a beautiful park, beach or natural setting. Put an alternative weather plan in place that provides an alternate date or an indoor/covered location in the event of rain. Teaching outdoors can be challenging, so plan for a sound system that students can hear, and remember to have extra teachers around and behind to demonstrate and support face-to-face. Take your cues from nature and weave in images that match your settings. End with a picnic or fun-sharing time away from society. Peak Pilates MI, Nancy Hurd, participates in an annual outdoor collaborative event where students and instructors from other studios participate in one large class.
- The house is open
To maximize the number of students you can safely accommodate in your studio, organize an open house. Schedule a full day of study. There is a mix of mats and equipment, and marked some are only for beginners to Pilates. We did this for a year and had a drawing session for prizes, balloons, live music - lots of fun and energy - and this resulted in attracting new students to group classes and private class.
ObservedPilates Day has been observed the first Saturday in May.
Saturday, May 7th, 2022
Saturday, May 6th, 2023
Saturday, May 4th, 2024
Saturday, May 3rd, 2025
Saturday, May 2nd, 2026
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) in 2004