How to become a Pilates Teacher / Instructor

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The Pilates Teacher training programme will open your mind to the magic of movement and the joy of teaching.

The curriculum is rooted in the classical work that Joseph Pilates taught.

You will also learn variations and modifications that were developed in response to scientific advances and the needs of today’s student for work that is safe, effective and fun.

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Balanced Body has designed a world renowned programme to make the process easy to understand, flexible and affordable. Our courses are taught in modular segments. This gives students the flexibility to choose when to complete the programme. Each module is self-contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow.

Modules are taken in sequence to complete the Mat or Reformer training programme and additional hours of practice are required before you can test out and receive a certificate of completion.

Every module includes a certificate of completion for that course and the relevant manual. The module certificates establish you as a Balanced Body student teacher. Additional personal practice, observation and student teaching hours are required to become a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Teacher.

The Start of Your Journey

Before embarking upon either Mat Instructor training or the Reformer only track, students must attend a compulsory module called Movement Principles.The Balanced Body Movement Principles form the foundation of Balanced Body Education. They include the most important information on anatomy, assessment, biomechanics and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher, personal trainer or movement educator.

Education Prerequisites for Mat and Reformer Teacher Courses

To be the best Pilates Instructor possible, personal practice with Pilates, experience teaching movement and a foundation in Anatomy are required. The minimum prerequisites are as follows:

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Balanced Body Reformer Instructor

Reformer training can be accomplished by following one of two tracks. Either following on from Mat Instructor training, or by following the Reformer only track. Each track has different prerequisites.

Following on from Mat Instructor:


Reformer Only Track:


To fulfil your Anatomy requirement you have several options:

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How the Training Programme Works

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Movement Principles

16 Hours over 2 Days - £400.00


How the body works and how to train it

The Balanced Body Movement Principles form the foundation of Balanced Body Education. They include the most important information on anatomy, assessment, biomechanics and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher, personal trainer or movement educator.

The course mixes information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate the information in movement. Broken down into five categories: Whole Body Movement, Trunk Integration, Lower Body Strength and Power, Upper Body Strength and Balance and Dynamic Flexibility, Rest and Relaxation, the Movement Principles provide a solid foundation for training in any environment, with any equipment.

You will come away with a complete tool box for effectively training clients to recover from injuries, improve their general fitness and enhance their performance. The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

Each of the 5 modules contains:



Day 1

Day 2

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Pilates Mat Teacher Training


Pilates Mat work is the foundation of Pilates and provides a great full body workout.

The Balanced Body Mat programme includes the full repertoire of Pilates exercises, along with modifications and variations designed to make your programme successful for a wide range of clients.

By focusing on the principles underlying the Pilates Method, we give you the power to be a creative, inspiring and transformative teacher.


Total time for completion of Mat programme is 140 hours (not including anatomy). Upon completion of all requirements you will be issued a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Mat Instructor.

Pilates Mat Teacher Training - Mat 1, Mat 2 & Mat 3 Modules


Mat 1 (16 hours over 2 days) £400

Mat 1 includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, pre-Pilates, beginner and intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting; and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre/post natal classes. Prerequisites: Movement Principles, 6 months experience teaching movement (recommended) and/or 10 Pilates Mat classes.

Mat 2 (16 hours over 2 days) £400

Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises and class sequences. Prerequisites: Mat 1.

Mat 3 (16 hours over 2 days) £400

Mat 3 The Mat 3 course combines Mat and our bands, balls, rings and roller workshops into one module.  Prerequisites: Mat 2.

Summary of Requirements for Certificate of Completion

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Mat Instructor, students must complete the following:

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Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

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Reformer 1 (18 hours over 2 days) £430

Includes an introduction, set up and safety, beginners exercises, programme sequencing and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach a beginners group class or personal training session.

Prerequisites:

Mat & Reformer Instructor: Completion of Balanced Body Mat Instructor training, 20 Reformer classes or personal training sessions.

Reformer Only Track: Movement Principles, 20 Reformer classes, 1 year movement teaching experience recommended.

Reformer 2 (16 hours over 2 days) £400

Includes intermediate exercises designed for group and individual instruction. Emphasises teaching successful classes to clients at different levels of ability and clients with physical limitations. Sample programmes for a variety of clients are included. Prerequisites: Reformer 1.

Reformer 3 (16 hours over 2 days) £400

Includes advanced exercises plus sports specific tips and strategies for teaching more challenging exercises. Prerequisites: Reformer 2.

Summary of Requirements for Certificate of Completion

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Teacher, students must complete these:


Mat & Reformer Instructor


Reformer Only Track



The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinarily flexible piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body.

The Programme gives you a thorough understanding of how to use the Reformer to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance.

The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating and fun workout for clients at any level of ability.

There are two tracks to becoming a certified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor.  The training modules are identical in both cases, but the prerequisites for starting training are different, as are the self-study requirements.

1. Mat & Reformer Instructor

This track is for those who are already certified as a Balanced Body Mat Instructor. Total time for completion of Reformer programme is 176 hours (excl Mat & anatomy).

2. Reformer Only Track

This track provides direct entry to Balanced Body Reformer training, without the need to complete Mat training. Total time for completion of Reformer programme is 222 hours (excl anatomy).


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Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

Reformer 1, Reformer 2 & Reformer 3 Modules

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Roadmap

Anatomy in Three Dimensions™

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This is the best way to learn Anatomy

Anatomy in 3 Dimensions is the best way to understand the musculoskeletal system and integrate anatomical knowledge into your teaching. Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the origin, insertion and action of the major muscles of movement by building them yourself with clay on a specially designed skeleton called a Maniken.

Learn how muscles move by experiencing each muscle group in action and relating these exercises to functional movement.

This course is designed to help anyone working with the body gain a deeper understanding of how the muscles and bones affect movement. The course has helped Pilates & other movement specialists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths and others to gain amazing practical insight into the body.

On this 2 day course we will cover the body from the knees through to the shoulders. You will also:


Who Should Attend

Anatomy in 3 Dimensions is great for beginners as well as anatomy geeks. Pilates and yoga instructors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, personal trainers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, osteopaths, etc., can all benefit.

Join us for the full, 16-hour course or for smaller, more specific workshops. Anyone who works with the body will gain a deeper understanding of how the muscles and bones affect movement.

We can also bring an Anatomy in 3 Dimensions class to your facility.

Teaching Pilates can be a tremendously fulfilling part-time job or career choice. You do not have to be the youngest, thinnest, fittest or strongest person to start training as a Pilates teacher. However, you do need a passion for Pilates, especially passing your knowledge to those you teach. There are a few questions you should ask yourself about becoming a Pilates teacher.

Am I a people person? Communication is at the heart of teaching Pilates. Visual and verbal interaction takes place between client and teacher all the time. Close proximity is almost always part of teaching Pilates. In the final analysis - you don't necessarily have to be an outgoing person to teach Pilates, but do you have to be willing to fully engage with those you teach.


Do I like to teach? Teaching is different from doing. Are you just passionate about doing Pilates or are you really interested in teaching. Teaching Pilates requires a lot of energy and attention focused on others


Am I attracted to the under-lying philosophies of Pilates?  Once you commit to Pilates teacher training, you need to understand the full breadth of the Pilates method. That includes the Pilates principles of Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow; as well as the finer techniques of training clients.


Am I interested in how the body works? If you want to be a good Pilates teacher you need to know about the science behind movement, which includes knowledge of anatomy and physiology.


Am I self-motivated?  Most new Pilates teachers start part-time, gradually building classes, clients and reputation. You will have to work hard at self-promotion and client education to get your teaching career started.


Please feel free to contact us to discuss.

Is being a Pilates Teacher for me?

About being a Pilates Teacher

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How much you can expect to make from teaching Pilates depends on a number factors, such as your experience & qualifications, where you live, your ability to attract and retain clients and when or how often you are available to teach. Your answers to the questions above also play a part.

There are two broad avenues towards earning a living as a Pilates Teacher. Both require comprehensive training and in-depth knowledge, but the path you follow will largely depend on your preference or the opportunities that are available to you.

Can I make a living teaching Pilates?

Working for someone else, e.g. Fitness Club


Working for yourself, e.g. from hired halls

Most new Pilates teachers start off working for themselves on a part-time basis, normally during the evenings and week-ends. This usually carries on until the student has become fully qualified and is in a position to make a more informed decision on the way ahead. Purely Pilates provide advice and guidance on how to get started.

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The Balanced Body pathway is thorough. A key strength is the modularity of the training programme. You only need to commit and pay for one step at a time. This helps de-risk the process and ease your finances.

Pilates is one of the top fitness trends in the world. There are always opportunities for good certified Pilates teachers.

It takes time, money and personal commitment to become a certified Pilates Teacher, but it is worth the effort, both for job satisfaction and earnings potential.

There are a number of Pilates schools, each offering their own particular slant on Pilates, as well as pathways to becoming a certified teacher.

With many, entry to the training plan involves commitment to a substantial up-front sum of money. This is not the case with Balanced Body.


As a certified Balanced Body Pilates Teacher you will be part of our global family and enjoy unrivalled support and cooperation from your peers and mentors.

Course Schedule

2018 - 2019 Programme

Mat 1

£430

27/28 January, 2018

Completed

Mat 2

£400

24/25 February, 2018

Completed

Mat 1

£430

24/25 March, 2018

Completed

Mat 2

£400

14/15 April, 2018

Completed

Mat 2

£400

9/10 June 2018

Completed

Movement Principles

£400

8/9 September, 2018

Register

Mat 1

£400

20/21 October, 2018

Register

Reformer 1

£430

10/11 November, 2018

Register

Mat 2

£400

8/9 December, 2018


Reformer 2

£400

26/27 January, 2019


Mat 3

£400

16/17 February, 2019


Movement Principles

£400

9/10 March, 2019


Mat 1

£430

27/28 April, 2019


Reformer 3

£400

11/12 May, 2019


Mat 2

£400

22/23 June, 2019


Notes

All courses run over 2 days - Saturday & Sunday. Both course days start at 9:00am and finish at 6:00pm. Reformer 1 is an exception, starting earlier at 8:00am both days.

The course price includes tuition (as per appropriate course description), certificate of completion, manuals and refreshments. For the Mat 1 course, the price also includes marketing assistance to help launch your journey as a Pilates Teacher.

If you would like to discuss any of our Pilates Teacher Training Courses, please go to our Contact Page. You can phone, email or fill out the enquiry form. We are happy to discuss Pilates Teacher training with you and answer any queries you might have.

Upon registration for a course, a deposit of £150 is payable to secure your place. The balance of the course fee is payable 30 days before the course starts. All payments are processed via a 3-D secure online payment gateway.

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Test-Out Dates

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Courses by Request

We are available to run training courses beyond our listed training dates, providing minimum numbers are met.

Please contact us to discuss.

Travel & Accomodation

Our studio is in Stowmarket and is easily accessible from the A14 running between the Midlands and the East coast of Suffolk. Stowmarket is also easily accessible from the A11 - Norwich and southwards, and the A12 – M25 and northwards.


As an example of commuting by road 1 hour each way, we can be reached from most of East Anglia, the M25 to the south and Cambridgeshire to the west.


Our studio is a short walk from Stowmarket train station. There are regular trains from London Liverpool Street with a journey time of 1hr30mins. There are also regular trains between Ipswich &  Peterborough and Ipswich & Cambridge, calling at Stowmarket.


We are one hour from London Stansted airport.

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Dynamic Flexibility and Relaxation

Whole Body Movement

Trunk Integration

Lower Body Strength and Power

Upper Body Strength and Balance

A unique exploration into the anatomy of the human body

Build muscles in clay on a specially designed skeleton and imprint the body’s design deeply into your mind. Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ is a compelling, effective, engaging and fun way to learn the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy. By building the muscles with your own hands you will develop a deep understanding of the structure and function of the human body.

Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, as well as the origin, insertion and action of the muscles. This course pairs muscle function with specific exercises in order to reinforce and apply the anatomical information to movement. Muscles and joints from the knees through the shoulders are covered.

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