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How to Become a Pilates Instructor

If you have a passion for Pilates and are looking to transform that passion into your career, learning how to become a Pilates instructor with Future Fit is the perfect starting point.

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How do you become a Pilates Instructor?

If you want to turn your passion into a career and learn how to become a Pilates Instructor you will need to complete a Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor Course, the entry-level course.

A level 3 course will give you the qualification, knowledge and confidence needed to teach on a one-to-one basis or in group sessions.

With the popularity of Pilates increasing over the years there is a demand for high-quality Pilates Instructors within the industry.

Gaining this qualification can take between 4-9 months of training through both online and in-person training as well as practical and written assessments. However, it can be dependent on the time you choose to study, some finish the course sooner and others may take longer due to other commitments.

Download your How to Become a Pilates Instructor Guide

Within this guide, you will have access to full information on how to become a Pilates Instructor as well as info on qualifications and career progression.

Once you have downloaded you will also have the opportunity to speak to one of our friendly Career Advisors (if you want to), who will be able to give you no-obligation advice about your options. They can also help you get started – if you’re ready.

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Step 1

Discover the skills you need to become a Pilates Instructor

Pilates Instructors need to have a multitude of skills. You should be passionate about Pilates exercise of course, but you should also be a great communicator and love working with people.

Getting to know your class participants and one-to-one clients is vital for sustaining your business.

Other skills include being patient, persistent, organised, creative, sociable and most importantly, an effective motivator (as well as being self-motivated).

You don’t have to look like a fitness model to be a good Pilates Instructor, but you should lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.

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Step 2

Find a Pilates Course

A vital step in becoming a Pilates Instructor is to find the right course for you. This is where researching different courses and training providers is important.

Once you have whittled it down to a few options you will then need to compare each course and training provider against each other. This can be a long process but luckily, we have done the hard work for you.

Here you can find a downloadable course comparison checklist which you can use to help you come to a decision.

Our Pilates Courses all include a key practical learning element which we run from four of our key locationsLondon, Manchester, Birmingham and Portsmouth.

Look at our range of Pilates Courses below.


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Step 3

Get Qualified - In Pilates Teacher Training

Once you have decided on the course and provider that is right for you (Pick us!), next you will need to get qualified!

This is where hard work and determination will pay off along with excellent support from industry expert tutors and a friendly Learner Services team to give you every piece of knowledge, support and encouragement you need to get you to your goal.

With our courses, you will benefit from a combination of online e-learning and in-person practical workshops (blended learning). This will give you the skills and confidence to become a fantastic Pilates Instructor.

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Step 4

Get Insured

As a Pilates Instructor you will be assisting clients through exercise which will impact on their health and physical wellbeing.

To practice safely and cover your business, you will need to obtain Professional Liability Insurance.

By getting insured you protect yourself against claims arising from third party or damages.

Insurances also cover public liabilities, professional indemnity, sports equipment, personal accidents and loss of earning.

Best to be on the safe side!

Pilates Mat Instructor teaching course students in London

Step 5

Start a Business or Seek Employment

Once you have qualified in Pilates teacher training, you will be able to immediately apply for work as a Pilates Instructor.

Whether searching online or applying to your favourite gym, there are many great opportunities available in almost every location. In addition, for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, once certified you can branch out on your own and start your own private Pilates business.

We offer career support and a host of other resources through our Career Accelerator Package. We ensure you qualify with the highest calibre of education, skills and support.

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Download our guide

Download a handy PDF version of our 'How to become' guide for free!

What is the difference between a Pilates Instructor Training & a Pilates Teacher Training?

There are a variety of roles and job titles within the fitness industry and it can be difficult to figure out if there is a difference in the roles. Whilst there is small difference in the title followed from completing a Pilates course, in order to become a Pilates teacher or instructor you complete the same qualification or course. It’s a focus on what you choose to do with the knowledge after you’ve studied and qualified. Our Pilates Instructor courses provide the knowledge to grow into a Pilates teacher, however, the role you choose to take from this is dependent on the career you are looking to follow.

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Become a Pilates Instructor

You will be qualified to start working as a Pilates Instructor

    • A Pilates Instructor will show their participants how to perform exercises safely and effectively. They will demonstrate key movements and provide feedback and encouragement where appropriate
    • Able to teach Pilates at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
    • A Pilates Instructor teaches and coaches groups or individuals to help students use Pilates to promote overall health, improve muscle tone and strength, and achieve better posture.

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