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Level 4 Exercise Specialist Pilates Instructor Course

Become a specialist Pilates Instructor offering rehabilitative exercise for low back pain and advise on nutrition and weight management.

QUALIFICATIONS

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat Based Pilates (+3 more)

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COURSE TYPE

Blended Learning

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LOCATIONS

London, Manchester, Birmingham & Portsmouth (+ over 40 more)

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ACCREDITATION

CIMSPA Endorsed

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Course Overview

The Level 4 Exercise Specialist Pilates Instructor Course will give you the breadth of knowledge and information to elevate your career potential, cement your current exercise understanding and expand your skills.

Why choose the Level 4 Exercise Specialist Pilates Instructor Course?

This Level 4 course consists of three additional specialist courses not included within our other pilates instructor courses. Not only will you be able to offer rehabilitative exercise for people suffering from low back pain, you will be able to advise on nutrition and weight management, plus accept exercise referrals from GPs.

Our award-winning Pilates courses are recognised as the best in the industry by employers and awarding bodies alike. Our career-proof training programmes surpass the industry minimum.


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Student who have formal fitness teaching qualifications or a Gym Instructing qualification may be able to advance quicker in this course.

Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) certificates will also be considered for this award. For example if a student completed a fundamentals workshop and assessment with another provider they could possibly move straight onto the Pilates Intermediate Course – this needs to be approved by the Pilates Specialist

Awarding bodies

We are proud that all of our Pilates instructor courses are accredited by VTCT, giving you the prestige of qualifying with an industry-respected qualification at level 3. You will also complete a specialist Level 4 certificate.


Included Qualifications
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat Based Pilates
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in the Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain
  • Transcend Awards Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity

Included Training

This course covers the entire repertoire of Mat Work Pilates exercises that were created by Joseph Pilates. The information delivered covers all the required underpinning theory and teaches the original version exercises plus adaptations and modifications of all 34 exercises to ensure that all ages, sizes and abilities can perform this form of exercise. This course covers everything from the Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor Course with Antenatal and Postnatal, alongside 3 additional courses.


What you'll learn

Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist

The course covers:

  • How back pain is treated and the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of common treatments including, medication, manual therapy, psychotherapy and exercise
  • How to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the management of clients’ low back pain
  • The anatomy of the spine and its associated structures concerning back pain
  • The different types of low back pain and their diagnosis
  • The motivational processes, models and techniques used with lower back pain clients to encourage adherence to long term beneficial lifestyle changes

Level 3 Exercise Referral for Health Management

The course covers:

  • How to develop an exercise referral scheme
  • Physical activity, health and well-being
  • Health and lifestyle screening
  • Fitness testing
  • Exercise prescription
  • Orthopaedic diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension
  • Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
  • Pulmonary diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • The overweight and obese client

Level 3 Nutrition and Weight Management

This course covers:

  • Influence on eating habits
  • Introduction to nutrition principles
  • Protein, fat and carbohydrate
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Fluids
  • Energy balancing
  • Dietary assessment
  • Weight management
  • Food labelling
  • Diet and common health conditions
  • Practising as a nutrition adviser
  • Setting up a nutrition and weight management programme
  • Evaluation and assessment

Basic Mat Pilates

The course covers:

  • The description and application of the Pilates principles
  • The structure of a beginner (mixed ability) class
  • Preparation phase, set-up and mobilisation of the body
  • The safe instruction of a variety of mat-based Pilates exercises and the modifications, adaptations and progressions for each exercise
  • Pilates specific teaching techniques
  • Relaxation and stretching techniques
  • Smooth and effective transitions and class management

Intermediate Mat Pilates

The course covers:

  • New ideas for warm-up preparations in the standing and lying position
  • Improver/intermediate level mat Pilates exercises
  • Linking exercises to create effective sequences to intensify and add veriety to your current sessions
  • Techniques on how to modify, adapt and progress each exercise to suit individual needs

  • Common postural types including exercises and stretches to assist in muscle balance which will help improve posture
  • How to modify exercises to offer specific exercises to your participants
  • Correct teaching practice for the exercises learned
  • Guidelines for your practical assessment and case study

Advanced Mat Pialtes

The course covers:

  • The study of the Original Repertoire of Pilates as created by Joseph Pilates
  • Analysis of Advanced level mat exercises
  • Effective transitions and sequencing
  • How to modify, adapt and progress each exercise
  • Development of advanced teaching skills

This is an opportunity to come back after qualifying and gain further CPD to develop your skills to teach advanced classes.

We recommend a minimum of 6 months teaching experience to gain the most value from this workshop.

Pre and Post-Natal Exercise

This course covers:

Part 1: Pre and Post-Natal Exercise - Theory

  • Physiological changes and physical problems during pregnancy
  • Benefits and risks of exercise during pregnancy
  • Safe exercising during pregnancy
  • Benefits and risks of postnatal exercise

Part 2: Pre and Post-Natal Exercise - Assessment

  • Exercising guidelines during pregnancy
  • Preparing to exercise
  • Assessment information

Pilates with Small Equipment

The course covers:

  • The purpose of small equipment in a mat Pilates class
  • Safe and effective use of a range of small equipment in a Pilates class
  • Using small equipment to change the intensity or focus of Pilates exercises
  • Identifying and correcting poor exercise technique when using small equipment in Pilates

Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions

The course covers:

  • Common spine, hip and knee conditions
  • Common shoulder and elbow conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypermobility
  • Exercise considerations

Learning & Assessment

This course is delivered in a blended learning format, i.e. digital e-learning content to support the theoretical elements and practical, tutor-led workshops to hone your practical abilities.

As well as workshops manuals, there is a high volume of resources available for learners across our e-learning, student zone and social media platforms.

Assessment Methods:
  • Exams
  • Online Worksheet Assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Teach a 50-60 minutes Pilates class for mixed abilities

Breakdown

Training & Study
50% 50%
Online Training Practical Workshops
Assessment
57% 43%
Online Assessment Practical Assessment

Specialist Pilates Instructor Careers

As a Pilates teacher you can make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives by easing shoulder tension, strengthening core muscles and creating greater body awareness to improve posture.

This course not only qualifies you as a Pilates teacher, but also widens scope and opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and special populations.

It includes CPD courses that will support development as a Pilates teacher and provides ideas and innovations for programme design.


Career Accelerator Programme

Qualify as a Pilates instructor with Future Fit and be fully confident your exciting new venture will be off to a flying start with our Platinum Career Accelerator Package - included with this course.

Our in-house industry experts, all successful Pilates instructors, have carefully selected everything you need to catapult your new career.

The Platinum Career Accelerator Package comes included with the Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor Course with Antenatal and Postnatal and comprises:

Pilates Equipment:

Quality Pilates equipment from the physical company. The pack contains 6 essential props that will allow help them to prescribe a wide range of exercises. You’ll also enjoy a special discount code with 10% off any Physical company product.

ProZone:

This is a 30-day free trial to the ProZone, an online training platform, accredited by CIMSPA. You will have access to training videos, resources and articles on various topics, from 4 strands; Business, Nutrition, Training and Coaching to enhance your knowledge in these areas.

Free Music Download:

Download up to 20 tracks of PPL free music created by Pure Energy. Offering a wide range of instrumental, covers and sounds to create a cool, calming mood in your classes to help your participants relax and focus. Burn your music to a CD or sync it to an mp3 player and take it with you wherever you go. View Tracks

Facebook Zone Access

Career Support

As you are joining the forever industry, you'll be pleased to know that you will receive lifetime support from our specialists and advisors. Once you train with Future Fit, you become part of the family where our aim is to help you succeed in as many ways as we can.

Specialist Pilates Instructor/Pilates Teacher

As a qualified Exercise Specialist Pilates Instructor you will be able to:

  • Run your own classes and work with clients on a 1-to-1 basis.
  • Teach Pilates at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Be able to create bespoke Pilates routines for clients with mobility considerations such as Arthritis or Hypermobility
  • Instruct clients on the safe use of equipment in your Pilates routines
  • Offer nutrition advice to your clients to support their Pilates practice
  • Adapt your Pilates routines to support those with mobility complaints such as lower back pain
  • Expand your client base via GP referrals

Fees & Funding Options

Our genuine commitment to your career success is why we don’t offer “one size fits all” pricing options.

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Pay in full

Pay the full ammount for your training in one whole lump sum, nice and simple.

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0% finance*

Put down a deposit and then spread the cost of your training with 0% finance*

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Deposit & balance

Put down a deposit and then pay the remaining balance in one lump sum at a later date.

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Pay as you learn

Put down a deposit and then pay for the rest of your training in monthly payments.

Course Dates & Locations

We have over 40 venues across England, Scotland and Wales, including venues in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Manchester.

To find a pilates course near you, download the price guide and speak to one of our experience careers advisors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At what point in my training can I start teaching classes?

While you are training you can get student insurance from a company called Balens in order to teach, but you must declare that you are in training and charge a lower rate than you would if you were a fully qualified Pilates Instructor. You will, of course, need a proof of training letter from us in order to do this, and it will also be subject to eligibility criteria.

Can I teach at an advanced level with the standard course?

Yes, by the end of the standard course, you will have been taught all of the original 34 exercises. Your course tutors will have shown you how to modify each of the exercises so that you can teach a mixed ability class, plus you will have experience performing the advanced exercises yourself and learnt the relevant teaching and safety points in preparation for instructing others.

How can I fit my training around my life?

Future Fit Training offers flexible training solutions, which means we build your programme around you, your commitments, and the time you can dedicate to study. If your circumstances change, we simply re-work your training plan. Previous students have taken time out to have babies, change jobs, start work – all sorts of reasons.

Most of the theory that underpins the practical part of our courses is delivered via e-learning. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to study wherever and whenever you want. Also, we deliver the largest number of practical mat Pilates courses in the UK, so you should have plenty of course dates to choose from.

How experienced are the School of Pilates teachers?

The teaching team in the School of Pilates are highly experienced Pilates teachers and expert course tutors. Each tutor must pass a comprehensive teacher training programme within the School of Pilates to ensure you get the high quality tuition our reputation is built on. They’ll provide you with the knowledge and information you need to achieve your goals and will do everything they can to support and help you succeed.

How much could I earn as a Pilates Instructor?

As with any other job, income for Pilates Teachers varies according to geographical location, skills and experience. Pilates Teachers are typically paid by the hour from £30 to £100 in either an individual or group setting.

Is it better to take the course in Mat Pilates and add on the extra courses at a later date?

This is entirely your choice. If you are new to the fitness industry and ‘testing the water’, our advice would be to complete the standard Mat Pilates Instructor Course in the first instance. This will give you the chance to learn and achieve each part at a pace that suits you. If you are already a fitness trainer or Personal Trainer, we suggest you complete the Exercise Specialist Pilates Instructor Course as this will give you additional qualifications straight away to offer your client base and open further opportunities to you.