Personal sessions are you taking a private lesson or a class from an instructor in an official setting. You need to complete 85 hours of personal sessions.
Teaching hours are you teaching a client a private lesson or a group of clients a class. You need to complete 250 hours of teaching to clients.
Observation hours are you watching an instructor teach private lessons or group classes. You need to complete 65 hours of observation.
Self-practice is you practicing on your own all of the exercises so you know how to make them easier or harder for your clients. You need 80 hours of self-practice.
Complete personal sessions, observation, self-practice, & teaching hours at our studio. We provide your clients & answer your questions every step of the way.
The culmination of your Pilates training is taking your final test out. After completing all of your additional hours, you take a practical and written exam.
There are many ways of getting the associated hours done after taking the modules which we will discuss during the modules. Often people will do the teaching hours at a studio local to them. There is also an option to do the hours at Personalized Pilates as part of our Apprentice Program.
The observation hours can be done in the online P3 Liftoff program or you can do them live at a local studio. Personal sessions are hours where you are taking a private or class from another instructor and that can be done anywhere. Teaching hours are where you are actually teaching clients.
There is a take home test that students will go over within the module. After all the modules and the associated hours are completed, students would take the Balanced Body comprehensive test out. Completing the modules, associated hours and test out will qualify students to take the Pilates Method Alliance’s National Pilates Certification. After completing this exam, you would have the designation of National Pilates Certified Teacher, NPCT.
There is a written final at the end of our online P3 Liftoff program which is part of our Apprentice program or can be purchased separately alongside the modules. By completing the P3 Liftoff program through Katrina Foe, second generation Pilates instructor, you will receive the designation of being a third generation Pilates instructor.
In order to complete the entire Pilates teacher training and qualify to take the PMA national certification you would need to pay for the modules, manuals & videos and the Balanced Body test out. There may be additional costs associated with doing your hours (Observation, Teaching and Personal Sessions) depending on where/how you do them.
In order to make doing your hours more affordable, we have bundled together our online P3 Liftoff program with all the hours needed in our Apprentice Program. This includes 10 private lessons with a teacher trainer, 40 equipment classes and 35 other hours taught by other apprentices.
Please contact Personalized Pilates ahead of time if you need to miss part of a module so that we can determine the best way to make it up. Often a good option is to pay a little extra to make it up privately.
Please contact Personalized Pilates if you cannot take the numbered modules in order so that we can determine the best way to make it up. Sometimes a good option is to pay extra to make it up privately.
In order to make becoming a Pilates instructor more affordable, we have broken down the entire training into the modules. You are able to take the modules one at a time as you are able to afford them. For the Apprentice program, please contact Personalized Pilates to discuss your situation.
There is not a time limit to taking the modules. However, after having conducted Pilates teacher training for almost 20 years we have found that those that take the modules in a condensed time frame usually end up becoming stronger instructors.
A Balanced Body training is considered to be the gold standard throughout the mindful movement space and beyond. As a result, our instructors are respected innovators and contributors to the fields of movement science, physical therapy and fitness. Going through a well-respected program is the best way to obtain the job that you want.
If you have taken a college level anatomy or equivalent, you do not need to take our anatomy as part of your Pilates teacher training. However, most people enjoy a review and our anatomy is quite different in that we discuss the movement applications quite extensively. This particular module people take over and over to really learn the new language of anatomy – it can be used for new students to learn anatomy or as continuing education for experienced instructors.
We are all on our own movement path and that is not what we are looking at in evaluating you as a teacher. You going through the process of learning and integrating the Pilates fundamentals into your own body is what is important.
With that being said, the more experience you have with the Pilates repertoire, the better. We highly recommend that prospective students take Pilates and learn as much of the choreography as possible ahead of time. That way they can get more out of their training by being able to go past the choreography (which they’ve already learned) and dive into the nuances of teaching.
These modules are open to anyone that desires to learn more about the body and how Pilates can help it move better.
Movement Principles lays the foundation on which all the rest of the modules is built. You will want to have a good understanding of the concepts of Pilates before trying to teach the exercises. This will make the rest of the modules much easier to understand and therefore easier to teach.
The Movement Principles is designed to be the first module taken. From there you can either take Mat 1 or Reformer 1. Most people like to take the Anatomy in 3 Dimensions (if they have not already had college level anatomy) towards the beginning of their training but the exact order is not regulated. The modules that are numbered must be taken in order.
We highly recommend that those that are going to be taking Pilates teacher training get as much experience on the equipment as possible. The more choreography you know going into the program the more you can get out of the modules. When you already are familiar with the choreography of the exercises you are then able to pick up the nuances of teaching that the teacher trainer is going over.
We have an online course called P3 Liftoff that gives a really great foundation for those going through Pilates teacher training. It dives deeper into many concepts covered in the modules as well as discussing many customer service issues and pitfalls to avoid as a new instructor.
Our P3 Accelerator online course dives is for instructors that have finished their teacher training and been teaching for awhile. Here we cover the nuances of muscle imbalances and client education. Our in-depth case studies will help you really target your client’s needs so they get more out of their sessions than they ever thought possible. The value adding statements you’ll learn to create will keep them as clients for decades.
Stay tuned for our P3 Specialist course where we go over the ins and outs of different conditions and restrictions. This will cover exactly how to work with clients that have restrictions within the Pilates studio so that they can not just get a workout but really thrive!
We have early bird discounts for each individual module for those registering more than 30 days prior to the start date.
In addition, we have a bundle discount if you buy them all the modules together.
Once you have completed our Pilates teacher training you will be qualified to work at private Pilates studios, fitness gyms, group exercise facilities and more – anywhere Pilates exists! The question really is, what setting would you like to teach in?
Yes! While most instructors choose to work part time, you can definitely work full time if you want to. Katrina worked straight from 8-6 M-F for many years with only a lunch break. Since you aren’t doing Pilates alongside the client, instructors are able to teach many hours back to back. It does take a bit of time to build up a clientele base if you are finding your own clients (many Pilates instructors have to do this). Some studios are large enough that they supply clients for you though. The beauty is that as a Pilates instructor you have the choice to determine your hours whether it is 4 hours a week or 40.
What Pilates teachers make per hour ranges wildly based on what city you are teaching in and what format of Pilates you are teaching (privates, mat classes, equipment classes, etc.). Usually it would fall in the range of $30-60 per hour.
As a Pilates instructor, you have control of the hours you work in most situations. Clients typically love the mid-morning hours from 8-12 for privates and classes. The early morning and evening hours are also popular.
Personalized Pilates and Balanced Body respect the traditions of Joseph H. Pilates’ original works while also incorporating the best of contemporary scientific research from exercise science to full-body movement theories. In so doing, students not only learn the exercises, but strategies how to use the exercises to best meet clients individual needs. Our focus is helping you understand the “WHY” behind the exercises so that you can then tailor the work to the specific client in front of you.
The modules are two days each. Each day we start with a movement experience and we then move into lectures and exercise dissections. You’ll learn about each exercise, watch it being demonstrated, experience it and try teaching it to another student. We’ll cover the details of the choreography, contraindications (who shouldn’t be doing it and why), modifications and variations, what commonly goes wrong, helpful cues and lots more!
There is a take home, open-book quiz with each module so don’t make big plans for the first night of a module (plus you’ll be tired and want to get some good sleep for day 2!). You’ll get lots of feedback on your teaching and lots of practice both in the doing and the teaching. Don’t worry if you’ve never taught before, you’ll get started here.
Yes and no. Since our courses are structured in an educational hierarchy, some of our modules have pre-requisite requirements. For example, you must take Reformer 1 before taking Reformer 2. Everyone must have Movement Principles to start as those concepts are foundational to all the modules.
While doing the exercises will help you understand them better, you do not have to have mastery over all of them in order to teach. Being a great teacher is more about the verbal skills and understanding of the exercises and the body than about what you can physically do yourself. Your personal Pilates journey will help you understand the journey that your clients are on and make you a stronger teacher.
Yes, we help students from other programs bridge into ours quite often. Please contact Personalized Pilates to discuss your individual situation and create a plan for you.
The best way to prepare for Pilates teacher training is get as much experience with Pilates as possible. While this is not required, it is very helpful. In the modules we cover a LOT of material – the more that you know going in the more you’ll get out of it. So if you already know the basic choreography of the exercises then you can focus on learning the nuances of teaching during the modules.
Taking Pilates yourself will also help you develop your own practice which will be helpful during the modules as you’ll be able to work on more subtle nuances of your own corrections as well.
While you won’t be a certified instructor until you finish the whole process, we encourage students to start teaching even within the modules. After the modules you’ll want to start teaching right away so that you can apply the information you’ve learned and get practice teaching it. Often students wait until they feel they are “good enough” but this just leads to teaching paralysis. Even though it isn’t ideal at first, we encourage students to jump in and teach right away. A great way to do this is to start teaching other students or friends.
While you are in Pilates teacher training the hours of the modules are the main non-negotiable time that needs to be set aside. In addition to that you will need time to study/review the module material and do the associated hours (observation, personal sessions, teaching). These hours can be done in a very condensed way or more spread out based on your other life commitments. Ideally, we recommend doing it in a more condensed format but there is flexibility here.
Experience is not required but the more experience you have the easier the process of becoming a teacher will be for you.
We recommend that people taking the Pilates teacher training learn/experience as much of the choreography as possible before taking the training. It is also very helpful to already have a good understanding of feeling and embodying the Pilates principles in your own body.
No, many students take our modules because they love Pilates and want to understand it more.
If you find that you are unable to take a module that you have already paid for please contact Personalized Pilates and we will help figure out a good solution.
If you were to take all the modules as close together as possible and have an open schedule to get your hours done within it is possible to finish in as little as 6-12 months. Since you are free to spread the modules out and do the hours at your own pace it often takes students longer than that.
We’re excited for you! The first step is to register for the Movement Principles – you can buy this on its own or bundle it with the rest of the training to save money. We recommend that you get started before your first module taking Pilates so that you can get the most out of your training.
We have the cycle of Pilates teacher training starting three times a year regularly so it should never be very far away to get started! Please check our dates section to see when the next cycle starts.
Anatomy in 3 Dimensions needs to be taken at some point while you are doing your Pilates teacher training. You can take it before all the modules, in between the modules or at the end of the modules.
This module is unique because it is recommended not only for the complete beginner before they start training but also for the experienced instructor as continuing education and it works well for all using the clay (and it’s super fun!)
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