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The focus of this course is about learning the Pilates method. The Pilates method is a complete and thorough program of mental and physical conditioning that offers a different way of thinking about the body. Through practicing the movements you will become more aware of your body and begin to understand your strengths and weaknesses. The movements can be small and therapeutic, designed to help people recovering from injuries, or they can be intensified to challenge even the most seasoned athlete. What makes the Pilates method so attractive is that it is versatile, speaking to all ages and abilities. There are 34 original Pilates movements. Although there are also machine-based routines known as Reformer Pilates, this course will concentrate on matwork. Matwork can be completed in the convenience of home or in a fitness studio.

Topics Covered:

Day 1: Foundation of Pilates


  • Background & philosophy
  • Principles of Pilates
  • Defining the Pilates workout: stand alone or complementary



  • Skeleton
  • Muscle groups
  • Planes of direction & axes of motion


INJURY SPECIALIST (Chiropractor or Physiotherapist)

  • Spinal disorders
  • Misalignment of the pelvis, legs & feet
  • Proper form
  • Maintenance
  • Pilates as rehabilitation

Day 2: Exercises

  • Stretching
  • Proper form
  • Application of principles, especially breathing

What Is Progressive Pilates?


  • Muscles used, stabilizers
  • Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Special needs, eg. pregnancy

Day 3: Teaching & Application

  • Creating a proper learning atmosphere
  • Etiquette, including proper room layout
  • Analyzing your class’ levels
  • Groupings of exercises – alternating muscle groups or staying within groups
  • How to proscribe alternate exercises for injured clients (Kinesiologist)
  • Advanced modifications: weights and ball work
  • Sport specific Pilates training



  • Textbooks
  • Manual

3 Day in class.


  • No prerequisite required


  • Must complete the course and written exam
  • Must obtain a minimum of 80% on the written exam
  • Must complete 40 documented hours of in class teaching under supervision of certified Pilates instructor
  • Must complete final practical exam our certified SPI Pilates Coordinator within one year of taking course


Fee $499.00 + HST

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