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A verb is a word that conveys action. When we use verbs in our Pilates cueing your language will be more clear, participants more engaged and the entire Pilates experience more meaningful all around.

Below, I’ve listed 58 verbs you may hear in a Pilates studio. As a teacher, notice which you use most often. Choose another verb or two to enhance your group classes and client sessions this week.

Accelerate

Anchor

Arc

Bend

Bring

Check

Compress

Control

Dip

Dive

Draw

Engage

Exhale

Extend

Feel

Flex

Float

Fold

Glide

Grow

Hold

Hollow

Hover

Inhale

Kick

Kiss

Lift

Lengthen

Lower

Move

Notice

Pay attention

Pike

Press

Pull

Pulse

Push

Raise

Reach

Relax

Release

Round

Scrub

Shift

Sink

Slide

Soften

Squeeze

Stand

Stay

Stretch

Sweep

Swish

Tighten

Try

Turn

Twist

Trace