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Balanced Body® offers a full range of Pilates instructor training programs. Whether you are interested in teaching Mat classes, Reformer classes or Pilates personal training sessions on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels, we have the resources you need to succeed.

Our program, like those of other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based certificate of completion, not a “Pilates Certification”, based on the recommendations (PDF) of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).

The Balanced Body Pilates instructor training program is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Our master instructors have a wide variety of Pilates backgrounds from classical to contemporary to fitness and bring their exceptional depth of experience to the training. Our manuals are considered to be some of the best in the industry and for more in depth study, we have produced an accompanying video for each Mat, Reformer and Apparatus module.

Our program is designed in modules so you can take your first course now and continue your training next week, next month or next year. Each module is self contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow.

Pilates Instructor Training Modules and Program Requirements

The following is a brief outline of our Pilates instructor training modules. Click on the education finder to find an Authorized Training Center offering modules near you. To host these modules at your facility, click on-site trainings for more information.

Anatomy (Prerequisites)

In order to be the best Pilates instructor you can be, a solid foundation in Anatomy and in the principles of Pilates are required. The following courses are offered for students who do not have the appropriate background. Not all students will be required to take anatomy. If you have prior and relevant coursework, speak with the education department about opting out of the requirement.

Balanced Body® Introduction to Anatomy (12 hours)

Strongly recommended for Mat 1 & 2
Required for Reformer and Apparatus courses

Includes an introduction to the key elements of the musculoskeletal system including the bones, joint structure and function, and the primary muscles involved in movement.

Balanced Body® Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ (12 hours)

Strongly recommended for Mat 1 & 2
Required for Reformer and Apparatus courses

Using clay to build the muscles provides a unique and interactive way to learn anatomy. Balanced Body’s AI3D course is specifically geared to the movement teacher and includes practical exercises on the functions of the muscles and joints allowing you to embody the information.

Mat I (16 hours)

Introduction to Pilates & Beginning/Intermediate Exercises

Prerequisites: 1 year experience teaching movement, anatomy, 20 Pilates Mat class sessions

Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors, pre and post-natal classes.

Mat II (16 hours)

Intermediate/Advanced Exercises

Prerequisite: Mat I

Mat II includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises, as well as essential movement principles, and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.

BB Pilates Mat Program Requirements

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

• Balanced Body Mat I and II Instructor training modules

Total hours of BB course work = 32

• Anatomy (pre-requisite not required but highly recommended, BB anatomy or outside equivalent)

Successful completion of each module includes course work, and written and practical examinations. The written is a take-home examination given on the first day of the course; the practical is a successful demonstration of a teaching segment on the second day of the course.

Practical Hours

Practical experiential hours are in integral part of the learning process. The coursework is designed to introduce movement concepts, exercises and exercise adaptations, but it is equally as important that students practice on themselves (personal sessions), watch other instructors (observation hours) and begin the process of teaching potential clients (teaching hours) in order to embody the materials that are presented in the courses. Courses alone give you the tools; experiencing the work makes you an instructor.

Personal Sessions
Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training session they have already taken. Online class resources such as Pilates Anytime may count toward personal sessions. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring teacher.

Observation Hours
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes or private sessions. Online resources such as BB Podcasts and Pilates Anytime count toward observation hours. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours
Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center of Pilates Studio or for family and friends.

Mat Practical Hours = 70
25 personal sessions; 45 student teaching hours -or- 20 personal sessions; 15 observation hours; 35 student teaching hours

Total hours: Course work + practical = 102

Reformer I (18 hours)

Introduction to Reformer & Beginning Exercises and Pilates Principles

Prerequisites: 2 years experience teaching movement, anatomy, 30 Pilates Reformer classes or personal training sessions

Reformer I includes an introduction to the Pilates Reformer, including set up and safety, beginning exercises, program sequencing and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach a beginning Reformer class or personal training session.

Reformer II (16 hours)

Intermediate Exercises

Prerequisite: Reformer I

Reformer II includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired.

Reformer III (14 hours)

Advanced Exercises & Sport Specific Programs

Prequisite: Reformer II

Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client, and programs designed for specific sports.

BB Pilates Reformer Program Requirements

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

• Balanced Body Mat I and II Instructor training modules or equivalent (102 hours)*

• Balanced Body Reformer I, II and III Instructor training modules

Total hours of BB course work = 80

• Anatomy (pre-requisite requirement, BB anatomy or outside equivalent)

Total hours of course work including anatomy = 92

Successful completion of each module includes course work, and written and and practical examinations. The written is a take-home examination given on the first day of the course; the practical is successful demonstration of a teaching segment on the second day of the course.

*If you have successfully completed a mat program from another training provider, it is possible to apply previous mat work toward your training requirements. Please call 1-800-PILATES to see if you are exempt from additional mat requirements.

Practical Hours

Practical experiential hours are in integral part of the learning process. The coursework is designed to introduce movement concepts, exercises and exercise adaptations but it is equally as important that students practice on themselves (personal sessions), watch other instructors (observation hours) and begin the process of teaching potential clients (student teaching hours) in order to embody the materials that are presented in the courses. Courses alone give you the tools: experiencing the work makes you an instructor.

Personal Sessions
Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training session they have already taken. Online class resources such as Pilates Anytime may count toward personal sessions. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring teacher.

Observation Hours
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes of private sessions. Online resources such as BB Podcasts and Pilates Anytime count toward observation hours. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours
Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center of Pilates Studio or for family and friends.

Mat Practical Hours = 70 **
25 personal sessions; 45 student teaching hours -or- 20 personal sessions; 15 observation hours; 35 student teaching hours

Reformer Practical Hours = 150
50 personal sessions; 100 student teaching hours -or- 30 personal sessions; 30 observation hours; 90 student teaching hours

Total hours: Course work + practical + anatomy = 312

**if exempt from mat requirement, you will be responsible to complete the reformer practical hours only. Total hours including anatomy = 242.

Trapeze Table/Cadillac (18 hours)

Prerequisite: Reformer II or Reformer certification

Provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

Allegro® and A2 Tower of Power® (18 hours) (Alternative to Trapeze Table/Cadillac)

Prerequisite: Reformer II or Reformer certification

Provides an excellent next step for studios and fitness centers currently using the Allegro® and Allegro 2 Tower of Power®. This course includes exercise instruction of the full repertoire on the Tower of Power as well as programming tips for combining Reformer and Tower exercises in classes and personal training sessions. The Tower training is appropriate for students working with the Trapeze Table, Tower and Wall Tower as well as those working with the Allegro and Allegro 2 Tower of Power.

Pilates Chair (14 hours)

Prerequisite: Reformer II or Reformer certification

Includes exercises and variations for both the original Wunda chair and the split pedal Combo Chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients, and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Pilates Barrels (6 hours)

Prerequisite: Reformer II or Reformer certification

Includes exercises and variations for the Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel. The Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel are excellent tools designed to add variety, enhance spinal mobility and challenge to any workout or class.

BB Pilates Comprehensive Program Requirements

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body® Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:

Modules

• Balanced Body Mat I and II Instructor training modules or equivalent (102 hours)*

• Balanced Body Reformer I, II and III Instructor training modules

• Balanced Body Cadillac/Tower Instructor training module

• Balanced Body Chair - Instructor training module

• Balanced Body Barrels - Instructor training module

Total hours of BB course work = 118

• Anatomy (pre-requisite requirement, BB anatomy or outside equivalent)

Total hours of course work including anatomy = 130

Successful completion of each module includes course work, a written examination, and a practical examination. The written is a take-home exam given on the first day of the course; the practical is successful demonstration of a teaching segment on the second day of the course.

*If you have successfully completed a mat program from another training provider, it is possible to apply previous mat work toward your training requirements. Please call 1-800-PILATES to see if you are exempt from additional mat requirements.

Practical Hours

Practical experiential hours are in integral part of the learning process. The coursework is designed to introduce movement concepts, exercises and exercise adaptations but it is equally as important that students practice on themselves (private sessions), watch other instructors (observation) and begin the process of teaching potential clients (student teaching hours) in order to embody the materials that are presented in the courses. Courses alone give you the tools; experiencing the work makes you an instructor.

Personal Sessions
Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training session they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring teacher.

Observation Hours
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes or private sessions. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours
Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center or Pilates Studio, or for family and friends.

Mat Practical Hours = 70
25 personal sessions; 45 student teaching hours -or- 20 personal sessions; 15 observation hours; 35 student teaching hours

Reformer Practical Hours = 150
50 personal sessions; 100 student teaching hours -or- 30 personal sessions; 30 observation hours; 90 student teaching hours

Apparatus Practical Hours = 150
45 personal sessions; 105 student teaching hours -or- 35 personal sessions; 20 observation hours; 95 student teaching hours

Total hours: Course work + practical + anatomy = 500

Final Test Out

To complete the program a final test out is required. The test out will consist of a written portion, similar to the written examinations taken during each module as well as a practical component.

Written Exam: The written exam is a multiple choice and short answer exam. It covers movement principles, anatomy and movement applications, exercise recommendations for special populations, and Pilates specific repertoire applications on all of the apparatus.

Practical Exam: The practical exam will be an observation of a session with a client or an apparatus-based class. Each test out will have specific requirements as per the administrating examiner. These requirements will be determined prior to the testing and shared with students.

During the exam we will be observing and rating the instructor’s skills in the following areas:

  • Correct set up and execution of the exercises
  • Client safety
  • Appropriate sequencing
  • Appropriateness of the exercises to the client or class
  • Understanding and application of the principles
  • Cueing and the ability to communicate with your client or class

If the instructor does not pass on the first try, we will discuss what they need to focus on in order to pass and set up a timeline for completion.

Certificate of Completion

Upon completion of all of the above requirements, a certificate of completion for your given course of study will be issued.

Test Out Application

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Continuing Education

Balanced Body believes that the depth and diversity of education within our Pilates community is what makes for great, innovative and thoughtful teachers. For this reason, we encourage you to fulfill your continuing education credit requirements by choosing educators you want to work with. While many other education companies trap you into taking continuing education only with them, Balanced Body believes you know what is best for your continued growth.

CEC Requirements:

16 hours to be completed every two years.

Pilates on Tour®

As part of our commitment to bringing our diverse Pilates educational community together and to making education local and affordable, Balanced Body sponsors regional conferences called Pilates on Tour. As a Balanced Body Instructor you will be eligible for a 5% discount on admission and have access to heavily discounted equipment. All POT events count toward continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy

  • $100.00 fee if written notice of cancellation is received by Balanced Body up to five (5) days before class start date or a $50.00 transfer fee to transfer from one course to another course.
  • $250.00 or the full course fee, whichever is less, if written notice of cancellation is received by Balanced Body within five (5) days before class start date or a $50.00 transfer fee to transfer from one course to another course.
  • No refund is given for any cancellation received once the class begins.
  • NOTE: These policies may not apply to any training offered outsite the USA.

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