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FAQ General

Q: Why choose Balanced Body?
All of Balanced Body educational programs highlight movement principles that are universal to the way the body moves, strengthens and heals. These principles incorporate the most up-to-date biomechanical theories of movement and exercise science. Understanding these principles in relation to the program of study creates a dynamic learning experience which is immediately incorporated into practice.

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a Balanced Body instructor?
A Balanced Body certificate is considered to be the gold standard throughout the mindful movement space and beyond. As a result, our instructors are respected innovators and contributors to the fields of movement science, physical therapy and fitness.

A Balanced Body certificate gives you access to some of the best instructors in the country, the most innovative educational curriculum, and a wealth of on-line support such as educational pod-casts and marketing materials.

Q: What resources are available to the BB instructor?
Balanced Body instructors not only have access to best-in-class educators in the field of mindful movement, but also are supported by our dedicated and experienced infrastructure with over 36 years in the industry. In addition, a Balanced Body instructor has access to continually updated and progressive podcasts which brings educators from all over the world into your living room, studio or fitness center.

FAQ Pilates

Q: How does your Pilates program work?
Our Pilates program is set up in modular segments. Segments are often offered on weekends to allow those working or with busy weekly schedules to be able to participate.

Each segment covers a specific amount of work designed to create an educational arc of learning that is digestible and easily integrated into practice. Modules have a hierarchy and though some can be taken independently of other modules, they are often taught as stepping stones toward completion your certificate program of choice.

For example, if you want to become a Mat instructor, you would take Mat I; Mat II and an Anatomy module to be eligible to test out. Mat II can not precede Mat I.

Q: Can I take individual modules or do I need to commit to the whole course?
Yes and no. Since our courses are structured in an educational hierarchy, some of our modules have pre-requisite requirements. For example, you must take Reformer I before taking Reformer II. However, our introductory courses, Anatomy in 3 Dimensions™, Mat I and Reformer I can be taken as individuals and preparatory courses to the intermediate and advanced work.

Q: What is the difference between Balanced Body and other certificate Pilates programs?
First and foremost Balanced Body acknowledges that many of the top rated instructional programming has value, merit and a level of quality that creates a thriving and diverse instructor population. Though we can not speak to what other programs offer or do not offer, we can speak to what Balanced Body has to offer.

Balanced Body respects the traditions of Joseph H. Pilates’ original works while also incorporating the best of contemporary scientific research from exercise science to full-body movement theories. In so doing, students not only learn the exercises, but strategies how to use the exercises to best meet clients individual needs.

In addition, Balanced Body encourages educators coming from diverse backgrounds as the diversity of our team insures diversity of experience for our students.

Finally, Balanced Body prides itself on providing you with the educational tools from which to teach and grow as a practitioner. What do not dictate “how” you should teach. We encourage each of you to find your voice, your rhythm and your style as practitioners. Our master instructors are your guides and mentors and will help to empower you as you create your place within the Pilates community.

Q: How do I do my personal practice, observation and student teaching hours?
It is perfectly clear to a seasoned instructor when a student shows up to a test out and has not completed the required hours. For this reason, the hours are self-reported and on the honor system. While we believe it is good to observe and complete hours at the studio you take courses at, this is not required. In truth, we highly recommend that you teach, observe and practice in as many different environments as possible. This allows you to hear cues, observe hands on technique and employ strategies from a wide variety of teachers. It also makes you think about what is good teaching and how best to approached it.

Q: Can I get equipment/education package discounts?
Yes! Contact us for more information.

Q: What module should I start with?
Mat I is the gateway to the modular system and is highly recommended as the starting place for all of our certificate programs. However, Reformer I is often taken as the first module and can also serve as an opportunity to begin especially if interested in our Reformer or Comprehensive Certificate programs.

Q: Where do you teach the Pilates program?
We have over 240 master instructors all over the world so chances are there is a studio hosting courses near you. Visit our education finder to see a list of current course offerings and our master instructors page for information about the master instructors teaching in specific areas.

Q: Do you offer a bridge program?
Yes, Balanced Body offers students who have either completed a certificate program from another education program or who have taken coursework but who have not yet tested out and offers an easy and comprehensive bridge opportunity. Learn more about the Bridge program.

Q: Can I get Balanced Body to offer this class at my studio?
Balanced Body offers you the opportunity to bring our education into your facility.

Q: Do you offer a certification?
Our program, like those of the other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based certificate of completion, not a “Pilates Certification”. Our guidelines and expectations meet and are at the recommendation of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Q: Do you meet Pilates Method Alliance guidelines?
Yes. Not only do we meet the PMA guidelines, Balanced Body is proud to support the efforts of the PMA to create a standard of excellence within the Pilates community. We encourage our students, once completing our program, to take the PMA exam and find that our students are not only prepared, but excel. Get information on the PMA.

Q: Do I have to take all of my courses at the same location?
No. As a matter of fact we often encourage students to take courses from different instructors as it provides an opportunity for the student to experience different teaching styles and technique. As long as you take courses in the appropriate sequence, you can take them anywhere in the world that suits your needs and schedule.

Q: Is there a final test out?
To complete your program of choice there is a test out which consists of a practical and a written examination. Depending on the course of study, the practical examination requires for each student to be responsible to demonstrate competence in class design, appropriateness of exercise choices, exercise progressions and regressions as well as equipment set up, safety and appropriateness. The written examination consists of multiple choice, fill in the blank and essays. Get more information on exams, content and expectations.

Q: Are you looking for Pilates Master Instructors?
Balanced Body is always seeking to add progressive, creative and dynamic teachers to its impressive list of master instructors. However, to become a master instructor there are high standards that must be met and a need for a master instructor in your area. If you are interested in becoming a master instructor learn more about how to apply.

Q: What is the ‘materials fee’?
A materials fee is an Instructor Training Manual (ITM) and an Instructor Training Video (ITV) which consists of a DVD and web access to the DVD content via streaming video. Most courses require an ITM and in some locations and ITV. Many manuals are available in multiple languages but ITV’s are currently only available in English.