Reformer Instructor Training


Learn how to bring the iconic Pilates apparatus to life, powering your practice and programming.

The Reformer, developed by Joseph Pilates, is an extraordinarily flexible piece of exercise equipment. Our Balanced Body Reformer Instructor Training focuses on how to effectively teach the Pilates repertoire on the Reformer, including modifications for special populations and progressions for more advanced clients.



Reformer 1

Introduction to Reformer Beginning Exercises

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16 Hours

This course introduces you to what Joseph Pilates called the ‘Universal’ Reformer, which is the centerpiece of the Pilates equipment studio and an invaluable training tool. Reformer 1 teaches you how to safely utilize the Reformer and many of the beginning and intermediate Pilates Reformer exercises. Reformer 1 also reviews common modifications and variations necessary for teaching the client in front of you and gives you the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’, empowering critical reasoning skills from the very start of your training.

Prerequisite Recommendations

  • Movement Principles
  • 20 Reformer classes (recommended)
  • 1 year teaching movement (recommended)
  • Anatomy required prior to testing out
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Reformer 2

Intermediate Exercises

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16 Hours

Reformer 2 expands the potential of the Reformer with intermediate and advanced exercises and includes associated safety protocols and modifications. Reformer 2 also explores programs designed for specific populations including pre and post–natal clients, clients with osteoporosis, and clients with lower back issues. Class design, dynamic assessment and correcting common dysfunctional movement patterns are also included.

• Reformer 1

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Reformer 3

Advanced Exercises & Programming

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16 Hours

Reformer 3 is the pinnacle of the Reformer work and includes advanced and super advanced exercises. Challenge clients to achieve their best with progressive sequences designed to teach students advanced movement skills. In addition, our principle based programming will guide you in the creation of safe and successful multi-level classes.

• Reformer 1 and 2, or successful completion of comparable Pilates Reformer program.

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Reformer Program Includes

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Reformer repertoire
  • A detailed, full color manual with video support
  • Successful class design and delivery based on the Balanced Body programming system
  • Instruction in observing and analyzing posture and movement
  • Development of cueing, coaching and teaching skills
  • Guidelines for teaching special populations (seniors, prenatal and injury)
  • Equipment safety and maintenance

Requirements for
Completion (Reformer Only)

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

  • Movement Principles (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work and test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work and test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work and test (16 hours)
  • Anatomy, either Balanced Body Anatomy course or comparable from another institution, must be completed prior to testing
  • 30 Reformer personal sessions, 30 observation hours and 90 student teaching hours
  • Final written and practical test
  • Total hours for completion of Reformer program: 214 hours
    (not including anatomy).
  • Upon fulfillment of all Balanced Body Reformer Instructor requirements, students will receive a certificate of completion.
The best investment ever. My workouts are intense yet super low impact; my old back injuries are like a distant memory.
The best investment ever. My workouts are intense yet super low impact; my old back injuries are like a distant memory.
The best investment ever. My workouts are intense yet super low impact; my old back injuries are like a distant memory.
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Absolutely. Balanced Body Education prides itself on teaching the full Pilates Reformer repertoire. While we teach the classic exercises, we do so with a contemporary understanding of movement science and biomechanics as related to individual client abilities. By doing this, you will be able to apply Reformer repertoire to the moving and dynamic body in front of you. Each course also teaches how to reach the potential of each exercise allowing you, as you progress through the curriculum, to design endlessly creative, safe and effective Reformer classes.

With each Reformer course offering, Reformer 1, Reformer 2, and Reformer 3, you will be able to student teach and start working on the Reformer at whatever level you are at. You will not be a fully certified Pilates Reformer instructor until you have completed all the course work and your practice hours and successfully completed your practical and written final exams.

Our Reformer courses are Reformer 1, Reformer 2, and Reformer 3. Each module covers safety, client setup, teaching progressions, modifications, and regressions. To complete the Reformer certification, you will also need to take our signature Balanced Body Movement Principles course, and either our Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ course or comparable.

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