WHAT DO I LOOK FOR IN A PILATES STUDIO
Updated: Nov 25
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In an ever growing popular industry quality and training can be quite difficult to regulate. There are so many ‘Become a Pilates Teacher Weekend Courses’ out there that do not require the amount of hours, training or even examinations it takes to become a Pilates Instructor.
Becoming a PT, Fitness instructor or Yoga teacher is not the same as being a fully qualified Pilates instructor.
Pilates is a highly complex modality with many layers. We are working with humans, many recovering from injury. Ideally your instructor has completed their training with a Nationally Recognized Pilates education body (tertiary training). As instructors in the method we complete up to 1,185 hours training (Mat, Reformer and Studio), case studies, assignments, face to face intensive training, observation, self mastery and apprentice teaching over a period of 18 months to 2 years.
To begin training there is a requirement to complete an in depth bio-mechanics, anatomy and physiology course and first aid certificate as well as Higher School Certificate. Some educational facilities require a period of time that the individual has taken Pilates classes for a better understanding of the method and/or an interview to be accepted to train.
Detailed exams over 2 days include theory; covering history, anatomy, modifications for specific populations, designing of suitable programs for individuals with injury history and progressing them over a period of time, knowing what piece of apparatus to choose at what stage of their program, based on the client’s needs. As well as a practical exam teaching movements and being able to ratify why that particular piece of equipment was chosen or modification used. And this is just scratching the very surface. We are also required to complete a certain amount of CEC education each year through relevant workshops and/or sessions in another Studio.
Perhaps ask yourself: What are you looking to benefit from? Is it rehabilitating from an injury, wanting well supervised movement sessions with a qualified instructor within a Private 1.1 or Semi Private (1.4) to enhance your day to day movement and manage pain or mindfulness and breathing
Pilates in its true form is not a group led gym class. It is a highly supervised movement session designed to aid the client in more efficient movement patterns and pain management (*if taken for injury recovery). Modifications should be easily met and made with attention to detail on the individuals movement, regardless of 1.1 or 1.4.