MAT PILATES TEACHER TRAINING
12 Week Online certification program
Become a certified Pilates teacher…on your own time.
who this Training is for
This step covers the Mat Pilates Fundamentals through a series of 14 information lectures and practical workshops, and lays the foundation on which the rest of the training is built. Topics include:
- principles of Pilates
- the benefits
- breathing & role of the diaphragm
- core muscles
- core drills
This step covers the Beginner Mat Sequence.
This is your introduction to classical mat Pilates. You will receive in-depth training so that you can fully understand the fundamental elements of Pilates. It’s vital that you begin at the beginning, even if you already have some experience of Pilates so that you can empathize with clients on the same journey and analyse the excises in Stage 2. This step takes you from novice to an elementary level and is the key to achieving desired results safely. This is what will make your practice effective.
This Step covers the Intermediate Mat Sequence.
In this step you will move your practice on to an intermediate level, increasing the intensity of what you learned in Step 1 and introducing some new exercises. You’ll be picking up lots of tips on correct technique so that you can perfect your practice and carry this information forward when you start to teach. Having learned the essentials you will now become competent. This gradual progression with emphasis on form will help prevent injury.
This Step covers the Advanced Mat Sequence.
You will move on up to advanced level in this step, learning new and exciting exercises as well as continuing to progress those you have already learned. With growing confidence in your own ability you will really nail the moves so that you can effectively demonstrate the exercises to your clients and start to appreciate the benefits and results of Pilates. You’ll be seen as not just capable, but as an accomplished practitioner. By the end of this step you’ll have developed your own personal practice and will be an excellent example to your clients. You will walk the walk.
Step 4 is where you start to talk the talk. You will learn the biomechanics and benefits of the exercises so that you can correct clients technique and motivate them by giving them reasons for showing up. You move on from simply a practitioner to an educator – there is an enormous difference between the two: just because you can do something doesn’t mean you can teach it. This step will also discuss the necessity to learn how to break down the exercises and look at the science behind them. A knowledgeable instructor quickly builds trust.
Everyone learns at their own pace. Understanding the progressions and modifications for the exercises will enable you to teach multi-level classes, easily offering your more advanced clients new challenges, but at the same time ensuring that your newer or less able clients have options for easier, safer variations. A knowledgeable instructor is essential, but with this level of understanding, you will soon become a valued teacher. Having the skills to allow clients to progress at their own pace will ensure client satisfaction and enable you to do your job stress free.
By the end of Step 6 you will have dissected all of the exercises from the classical mat repertoire and have the depth of understanding to teach all levels of experience and ability. You will be able to deliver safe effective classes so that you can quickly grow your client base. You will now have a deep understanding of exactly what Pilates is and what it has to offer and will take on more of a coaching role. These tools will enable you to develop a deeper connection with your clients and you will quickly build a reputation as a “go to” instructor.
Simply being able to teach the exercises is a valuable skill to have, but you will need to find ways of attracting new clients and holding their attention to keep them coming back for more. The original sequence is the perfect way to learn the entire repertoire, but you need to develop that creative side of your character so that you can enjoy successful, busy classes by giving your clients exciting experiences rather than just a workout. You will of course be an efficient instructor, but this step will help you emerge into an inspiring coach. This is what helps attract and retain clients.
We’ve all been to classes (or even taught them!) which have quickly deteriorated into chaos. This is generally due to a lack of preparation or clear instruction. Effective teaching is all about communication. You will learn many tips and tricks in this step so that you can connect with your clients and seamlessly teach multi-level sessions reaching everyone in the room. From teacher to mentor, you will blossom into a true professional, able to deliver efficient classes to everyone. As an accomplished communicator you will find that you soon become a sought-after instructor and very much in demand.
We will also cover Postural Analysis in detail in this step.
This final step offers insights and suggestions for taking your career to the next level. Drawing on over 30 years experience I can help you create the opportunities so that you can realise your hopes, dreams and ambitions. You have already learned everything you need to know to be that competent, confident coach you set out to be, but you have the ability to go from striving to enterprising. This is where you truly start to enjoy job satisfaction, financial security and personal fulfillment.
We also cover Health, safety & welfare.
What you will learn
Everything you need to plan a progressive program to cater for different fitness and skills levels, and confidently teach a mat Pilates class:
wHY BODY SOUL WELLNESS
All the skills you need:
All the support you need:
how the course Is delivered
We use a combination of e-learning from manuals and over 30 hours of video lessons, released over a 12 week period. Step 1 is released immediately on enrollment, and Steps 2 to 9 every 9 days thereafter.
Although the course is delivered in a methodical way, you can work your way through it at your own pace and when it is convenient for you. You have 365 days access to the complete course, and you can view and repeat lessons as many times as you want to.
There are regular self-assessment assignments to keep you on track and a final multiple choice exam.
Video lessons: 30+ hours
Reading time: 10 hours
Self practice: 40 hours
Self Assessment: 30 hours
Continued Professional Development
On completion of the course you will get access to 12 additional advanced training modules.
You will also become a member of a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, discuss assignments and get support from your peers as well as me.
There are regular self-assessment assignments to keep you on track.
To receive a Certificate of Completion you must pass 2 final multiple choice exams: Anatomy, physiology & theory; Pilates Practice (60 questions each)
To receive Instructor Certification there is also a Practical exam so that I can certify that you meet the necessary standards to teach Pilates Mat classes safely and competently: You are required to submit a Lesson Plan and a video demonstrating teaching skills. Please note that there is a cost of $55 for your assessment. It covers the assessors time to review your video and provide feedback.
A passion for Pilates! Apart from this you will learn everything you need to be a confident and competent instructor on the course. You will learn classical mat Pilates so that you can build your own practice if you don’t already have one as well as everything you need to know to be an excellent teacher.
There are 2 multiple choice exams consisting of 60 questions each, one on anatomy & physiology, the other on the Pilates exercises. You must pass both in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion.
For those of you seeking Instructor Certification there is also a practical assessment: you must submit a lesson plan and a 30 minute video demonstrating your teaching skills.
There is a fee of $55 to cover the assessor’s time which is payable once you have passed the written exams and are ready to take the test.
First and foremost, I will be teaching you personally. I have over 35 years’ experience in the fitness industry and have been on many training courses during that time. I have taken the best techniques from the most effective ones added to the advantage that it is entirely distance learning which fits entirely around your busy life.
My mission is that you should enjoy the whole training experience rather than just walk away with a bit of paper. The course is very vocational, geared to turning out professional, confident, competent coaches who will be at the very top of the profession.
Yes, these training courses are fully accredited by The CPD Certification Service which supports the Continuing Professional Development policies of institutional and professional organisations on an increasingly global basis. CPD submissions are assessed and accredited against the universally accepted structured checklist which The CPD Service has developed over the past 20+ years. The process takes an impartial and objective overview of structure and value to ensure full conformity to CPD guidelines.
We continue to seek accreditation from other organisations around the world.
If you haven’t already done so, please watch this video which will explain everything you need to know.
At the moment, there is no internationally recognised Certificate in Pilates because there is no international process. Our program, like those of the other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based training.This training allows for more flexibility and a more rewarding experience. It is highly vocational and will fully prepare you to teach Pilates as soon as you finish the course. It follows the guidelines as set out by the PMA and the UK NOS for planning and teaching Mat Pilates classes.
We strongly advise that if you are employed or hope to work in a studio or similar that you first check with that establishment to better understand what type of certification is acceptable to them. For example, in the UK most employers will be looking for a Level 3 qualification.
Otherwise there are plenty of excellent training options.
Yes, definitely. The course covers every aspect from becoming an advanced practitioner yourself, lesson planning, creating sequences, teaching/communication skills, modifications and even insights on helping you set up your own business.
Yes, but you have to also put in the effort. While these strategies can be extremely effective in producing results, the process is very precise and requires a degree of dedication and focus.
You acknowledge the inherent risks and dangers in the strenuous nature of these types of course/product/service, and by enrolling in such course/product/service, you choose to assume those risks voluntarily, including risk of illness, bodily injury, disability, or death.
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You can start as soon as you sign up. The course is still delivered over 12 weeks, but you can start anytime that suits you.