Pilates Teacher Training Course
Pilates has proved to be one of the most useful forms of exercise I’ve learned in the 40 years I’ve been actively interested in health and fitness. It’s helped from a technique point of view with everything else I teach and seeing the difference it’s made to my clients health and wellbeing has been particularly rewarding. Simply improving posture can improve or even cure many health issues including back problems, stress incontinence, preparation for/recovery after childbirth, arthritis and other joint problems, recovery and prevention of injuries, improved mental wellbeing and of course, a fit, strong, flexible body.
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” Joseph Pilates
Not only have I reaped the benefits of a personal practice, but I’ve had a tremendously rewarding career and I’d like to help you do the same by passing on the knowledge I’ve gained over the years.
This course is ideal
- for anyone who wants to set up a business as a Pilates Matwork teacher,
- existing teachers who would also like to offer Pilates or
- students who want an in-depth knowledge of Pilates.
Students will learn
- the complete classical sequence from beginner to advanced level so that they can become proficient at the exercises
- the theory, anatomy and physiology to enable them to teach safely and effectively
- how to break down and modify each exercise for every level and variations for special populations
- how to identify faulty postures and prescribe the exercises that will help improve their posture
- teaching techniques to enable them to teach all types of learners
- all the practicalities of setting up your own classes including marketing
- ways to put together sequences to keep their classes fresh and exciting.
Downloadable resources include Health Screening Questionnaire and T&C/Waiver – extremely important for everyone’s protection.
There are two multiple choice quizzes to test you on what you have learned.
The format for the course is mostly video with supporting pdf documents and has been broken down into easy to follow sections, giving you plenty of time to practice.
All you need to take this course is a laptop (or any mobile device), a mat and a desire to learn a discipline that will improve yours and your clients or future clients health and wellbeing.
A short video to explain what you will learn from the course and give you an idea of the best way to approach the material. Please read the Introduction pdf provided in this section. Please check each section and lecture for supporting resources: there is unique information in the video and pdfs which complement one another.
Pilates Matwork Classes Beginner to Advanced.
NB: If you have never done Pilates before, please start with Section 3, lecture 6. Even if you already know the Pilates repertoire it's important that you practice the Beginner level to help you with tier teaching. Once you become proficient at anything, it's hard to empathise with those who have little knowledge and easy to forget how difficult the basics can feel at first.
Get a feel for the progressions and notice the new exercises added at this level.
You should be extremely proficient at this level by the time you teach your first class! Check your form in a mirror or ask someone else to check you: remember that you will be demonstrating these exercises and therefore you need to be the perfect example.
Theory, Anatomy & Physiology, Posture
Please take your time to learn all the information in this section. Learning to read faulty postures and being able to advise which exercises will help correct and alleviate problems such as back pain will set you apart.
Classical Warm Up Exercises 1 to 5
Please always use the accompanying pdf with every video as there will be some content that doesn't necessarily make it onto both parts of each class.
Spine Flexion and Extension
Shoulder Stands & Shoulder Bridge
Side Leg Series
Strengthening the Back Lines
Twisters and Side Bends
Rocking & Push Ups
Why is planning a sequence important? What ways can it be done? Is using the classical Matwork sequence a good idea? Get the answers here.
Masterclass: some ideas for a seated warm-up and a sequence using flexibility as the focus. Tips on ensuring that the warm-up prepares the clients for what's to come and how to adapt each exercise for all the different levels of ability.
The warm up is on all fours which works very well with strength exercises such as push ups, planks and prone positions.
Starting the class on your back leads into core strength exercises perfectly. It's a lovely way to end a class, too, ready for some relaxation.
Ideas for a sequence following a standing warm up.
Successful Teaching & Running a Business
The background knowledge to the subject is as important as the exercises themselves.
This test will help you understand how well you know the exercises, modifications, applications and teaching skills.