How You Can Become a Pilates Instructor

If you are a Pilates enthusiast and want to share this form of exercise with others, you may be wondering how you can become an instructor. Pilates focuses on specific movements designed to increase flexibility, strength, and balance. Named after Joseph Pilates, this type of exercise is safe for people of varying ages and degrees of fitness. As a result of its wide age range appeal, Pilates is increasing in popularity.

Job Description

Most Pilates teachers work at health clubs, community centers, and private studios or in rehabilitation settings. However, a growing number conduct personal training sessions for their clients. Pilates instructors who work in various institutions can expect to earn anywhere from $15 to $40 per hour, depending on the arrangement with the facility. Many work as independent contractors and take a percentage of the overall income for the class. Instructors who conduct personal training sessions for specific Pilates apparatus can expect to make $35 to over $100 per hour depending on what part of the country they live in.

Training/Certification

Since Pilates is a rigorous fitness regimen, it requires instructors to be able to explain and demonstrate proper technique and form in order to ensure that students perform the exercises safely and effectively. Consequently, most instructors train and become certified to teach Pilates. Usually instructors complete anywhere from 30 to 250 hours of training that includes learning about anatomy and physiology as well as proper technique for the more than 2,000 exercises that are performed on various pieces of equipment.

To become certified, you will be required to pass both written and performance exams. So it's important to study and attend classes to make sure you are fully prepared before you register for the certification exam, especially since these tests can be quite expensive.

Some websites for you to check out to get more information about certification are:

  • pilates.com
  • alpha-omegayoga.com
  • bibpilates.com
  • BASIpilates.com
  • peakpliates.com
  • themethodpilates.com
  • pilatesmethodalliance.org
  • polestartpilates.com
  • stottpilates.com
  • bodylinela.com

You will also be required to assist with teaching before you become certified instructor. When you are working with an experienced instructor, you will learn a great deal about how to teach effectively. Some of the things you will learn are the primary goal of each Pilates exercise, how to modify exercises for people with medical conditions or at various levels of fitness, how to correctly pace a class, as well as the best ways to assess students and then correct their posture and movements.

Tips

Take as many different Pilates classes as possible. You can also get videos for additional practice. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to master complicated positions and various pieces of equipment. You also need to make sure you have funds not only to get your Pilates certification but money to start your business as a Pilates instructor. Get the best training you can afford by carefully researching which programs will give you the most instruction for your money.

Be aware that Pilates poses some risk of injury to participants and that you could be sued if someone gets hurt in one of your classes. Consider having your clients sign a document releasing you from any liability in the case that they are injured while under your instruction. Also, consider getting insurance to protect yourself against lawsuits.