We sat down with Brent Anderson PT, PhD, OCS, NCPT founder of Polestar Pilates, to ask him a few questions. Brent has been teaching for over 30 years and incorporates movement science, mindfulness, and human behavior in his work. A fun fact about Brent is that he is a retired extracurricular pole vaulter!
Polestar: What do you love about teaching?
BA: Being in the moment with students and observing them experience the material and giving me that look like “I get it.”
Polestar: What is your current inspiration?
BA: I love everything about movement science and spontaneous movement facilitation… the science of PLAY. I am also inspired by behavioral science: What motivates us? How does what we believe affect who we are? Lastly, I am super inspired by humanitarians, really making a difference in the world by touching one person at a time. SERVICE!
Polestar: Why Pilates?
BA: I am fascinated with the simple and yet profound philosophy of Joseph Pilates. The formula is simple and accessible to every human being. Exercise, eat well, sleep well, keep your mind clean, connect with nature, and foster a balance between work, rest and recreation.
Polestar: What do you hope to convey in your teaching?
BA: Movement and health are available for everyone. Identify the uniqueness of the individual and design a successful whole body experience for them that exceeds their expectation.
Polestar: Where would you love to vacation?
Polestar: What is your favorite quote?
BA: “Love one another as I have loved you.” JC, “As much as necessary, as little as possible.” Alan Lee MD
Polestar: Describe your movement style:
BA: Sometimes I feel like a train, but I’m told that I am a nimble train with some soulful rhythms.
Polestar: What is your favorite apparatus:
BA: I love all the apparatus, just like I love all my kids. NO FAVORITES. Early in my training, I would try to conduct an entire exercise program just on one piece of equipment. You will be amazed at how creative you can be on each piece of equipment.
Polestar: What are you reading?
BA: The Book of Mormon in Italian and a new book called Sapiens.