PMA Registry of Schools

Instructor Training

Pilates Defined offers a comprehensive, contemporary approach to teaching the classical work of Joseph H. Pilates to prospective instructors.

This 450-hour training program prepares individuals to become strong and confident Pilates instructors who are well-versed in the history of Pilates and the exercises.  Students achieve a deep understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, and gain superior skills in both verbal and hands-on cueing.

The goal is for future instructors to assist clients in achieving their optimal health goals.  Students receive an in-depth understanding of how to teach the entire Pilates repertoire – from the reformer, Cadillac, chair, and barrels – all with a focus on the individual; not just the series of exercises.

Upon completion of the program and after passing the practical exam, students receive a certificate of completion and are prepared to take the PMA Certification Exam.

20 private sessions or 30 group equipment classes, plus a strong foundation in the Pilates repertoire.

Required Workshops:
One weekend per month.  Specific weekends to be determined.

Program Elements:

  • Anatomy.
  • Essential Mat Exercises, Fundamentals, Breathing.
  • Postural Analysis and the Beginning Client.
  • The Intermediate Client.
  • Reformer and Cadillac Intensive, Teaching transitions.
  • The Advanced, Long-Term Client.
  • Program Design, Teaching Skills: cueing, communication.
  • Teaching Group Classes.
  • Special Populations: common injuries, how to modify.

Additional Required Hours:

  • 75 hours of personal practice.
  • 75 hours of observation.
  • 200 hours of practice teaching.
  • Passing a practical exam.

Students will have a key and access to the Pilates Defined studio during the course of training, and will be required to carry their own personal liability insurance before practice teaching can commence. (Approximate Insurance Cost: $200.)

There will also be additional manuals and books required.