Episode 84

84. How to create your own thing in Pilates, with John Garey and Raphael Bender

John and Raphael talk through the ups and downs of creating your own thing:

  • How John transitioned from representing the STOTT PILATES brand to representing his own brand
  • The expectation of creating your own business vs the reality of it
  • Work/life balance
  • Imposter syndrome and how to deal with it
  • Finding your tribe
  • The drawbacks of starting your own business
  • The benefits of starting your own business
  • How to deal with haters
  • How to decide if creating your own thing is right for you


About John Garey:

John Garey is a renowned Pilates Instructor and Fitness Expert. He is the creator of John Garey TV, an online, Pilates video on demand service.  John earned his Master of Science in Physical Education from New York University.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through National Strength and Conditioning Association and also a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher.  

John has starred in over 1000 Pilates and Fitness videos. He is an International Pilates and Fitness Presenter and has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Pilates Style Magazine, Men's Fitness, Shape, and GQ.

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About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

How to Connect with Raphael:

Purchase Raph's new book:

Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here

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Raph applies critical thinking to the “Elephants in the Room” in the Pilates industry, and share evidence-based strategies for you to become a more effective, happier and more financially successful Pilates instructor.

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