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How To Become a Pilates Instructor

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 take and complete a Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor Course, the entry-level course.

The level 3 course will train you to be a Pilates Instructor and allow you to teach on a one-to-one basis or in group sessions.

Pilates has become a very popular form of exercise creating a demand for opportunities to train to be a Pilates Instructor and become qualified within this field.

You can become a qualified Pilates Instructor within 4-9 months of training. However, it can be dependent on the time you choose to study, some can finish it sooner and others may choose to take their time with their learning. It would be assessed through both practical and written assessments.

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We understand that changing careers and learning new skills can be daunting, so we have created this guide to help map out your journey to becoming a qualified, successful Pilates Instructor.

You'll also have the opportunity to speak with one of our experts Career Advisers, who can provide friendly, no-obligation advice about your options and help you get started if you're ready.

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Become a Pilates Instructor in 5 Easy Steps

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.

Step 2

Find a Pilates Course

Here are the steps on how to become a Pilates Instructor. It's a combination of qualifications and personal preferences and passions.

During your research for the right course - it is important that you choose the training provider.

Comparing different schools and understanding which one is the best, can be a daunting task.

For this reason, we have developed a complete comparison checklist to help you find the right course and provider for you.

Discover our Pilates Instructor Courses Locations to find Pilates training courses near you.

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

Step 3

Get Qualified - In Pilates Teacher Training

Once you have decided that you have what it takes, the next step is to choose the right qualification and train to be a Pilates teacher.

Our Pilates Instructor courses will provide you will all of the essential knowledge and training required to qualify confidently as a Pilates Instructor. By combining all the benefits of e-learning with interactive weekend courses, our qualifications will make it easy to fit your studies around your work and home life.

Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor Course

This pilates qualification will enable you to teach Mat Pilates at beginner, intermediate & advanced levels. Gain the skills to teach on a one-to-one basis or in group classes.

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Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor Course with Antenatal and Postnatal

The course enables you to teach Pilates with small equipment, pre & postnatal women and people who suffer from joint complaints or common injuries.

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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.

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 usually 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.

Future Fit's Pilates Teacher Training

Pilates is a form of exercise that strengthens the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. It has something to offer all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. This is beneficial to general fitness and overall well-being. This form of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany where he was a gymnast. He invented Pilates for injured dancers and soldiers whilst living in the UK as an exercise program.

Join a highly specialised group of experts when you begin your Pilates teacher training journey with us. Our workshops are high in quality and share the knowledge and passion for the Pilates method by guiding you to become the best in the industry. You will gain experience and confidence as you move through your Pilates training course, learning all the essential techniques and skills to be able to deliver your own classes.

If you want to turn your passion into a career and learn how to become a Pilates Instructor you will need to complete our CIMSPA endorsed Level 3 Pilates Instructor course, which is entry-level. This course will cover the entire repertoire of Mat work Pilates exercises that were created by Joseph Pilates, teaching the theory and original versions pls adaptations of all 34 exercises to ensure all ages, sizes, and abilities can perform this form of exercise.

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 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. Its 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 become a Pilates teacher, however the role you choose to take from this is dependent on the career you are looking to follow.

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 encouragment 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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Become a Pilates Teacher

As a Pilates Teacher you will be able to:

  • A teacher is somebody who use their pilates knowledge to educate their students about the movement, how it should feel, which muscles should be activating at which stages of the exercise, how to activate the correct muscles and to be safe whilst doing these exercises.
  • Able to teach Pilates at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • A teacher will have the ability to provide their students with the information to enable them to have the knowledge to be some what independent.

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Do you provide Pilates training courses near me?

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

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

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.