Comprehensive Instructor Training

Comprehensive Training Program Overview

Balanced Body Mat Instructor Training at Pure Pilates

Balanced Body Pilates Apparatus teacher training combines the Mat training program and the Reformer training program to complete the full Pilates instructor program. In addition to Mat I and II, and Reformer I – III, apprentices add other specialized equipment to their training. Included is the complete repertoire on the Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower, the Pilates Chair, the Barrels, and small equipment. Completing the additional apparatus training gives apprentices a great variety of tools to use when working with clients and qualifies apprentices to take the national Pilates certification exam through the Pilates Method Alliance.

Pure Pilates offers early bird pricing for those who register for Apparatus modules more than 10 days in advance of the first date of the module.

The Apparatus teacher training program at Pure Pilates includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Trapeze Table/Cadillac, Pilates Chair, and Barrels
  • A comprehensive manual and streaming content for each piece of equipment from Balanced Body consistent with current national standards
  • Cuing, coaching, safety and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Program sequences for classes and personal training sessions
  • Equipment safety and set up
Pure Pilates Apparatus Comprehensive Instructor Training

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Trapeze Table/Cadillac Upcoming Training Dates

Trapeze Table/Cadillac

Provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance. 18 hours.

Prerequisites: Reformer I or Mat I

June 16 – 24, 2018

Days and Times
Friday, June 16th 2-6pm
Saturday, June 17th 11am-4pm
Friday, June 23rd 2pm-6pm
Saturday, June 24th 11am-4pm

*Dates and times are flexible for this training to accommodate student needs

Susan Clark

$400.00 (Early)/$450 (Regular)

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Pilates Chair Upcoming Training Dates

Pilates Chair

Includes exercises and variations for both the original Wunda chair and the split pedal Combo Chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients, and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes. 14 hours.

Prerequisite: Reformer I or Mat I

January 26 – 27, 2018

Days and Times
Friday 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Susan Clark


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Pilates Barrels Upcoming Training Dates

Pilates Barrels

Includes exercises and variations for the Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel. The Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel are excellent tools designed to add variety, enhance spinal mobility and challenge to any workout or class. 6 hours.

Prerequisite: Reformer I or Mat I

January 28, 2018

Days and Times
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Susan Clark


Materials & Fees

Balanced Body Comprehensive Training Program Requirements

Balanced Body Pilates Comprehensive Program Requirements

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body® Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:


• Balanced Body Mat I and II Instructor training modules or equivalent (102 hours)*

• Balanced Body Reformer I, II and III Instructor training modules

• Balanced Body Cadillac/Tower Instructor training module

• Balanced Body Chair – Instructor training module

• Balanced Body Barrels – Instructor training module

Total hours of BB course work = 118

• Anatomy (pre-requisite requirement, BB anatomy or outside equivalent)

Pure Pilates recommends Anatomy in Three Dimensions for apprentices who need to satisfy their Anatomy prerequisite.

Total hours of course work including anatomy = 130

Successful completion of each module includes course work, a written examination, and a practical examination. The written is a take-home exam given on the first day of the course; the practical is successful demonstration of a teaching segment on the second day of the course.

*If you have successfully completed a mat program from another training provider, it is possible to apply previous mat work toward your training requirements. Please call 1-800-PILATES to see if you are exempt from additional mat requirements.

Practical Hours

Practical experiential hours are in integral part of the learning process. The coursework is designed to introduce movement concepts, exercises and exercise adaptations, but it is equally as important that students practice on themselves (personal sessions), watch other instructors (observation) and begin the process of teaching potential clients (student teaching hours) in order to embody the materials that are presented in the courses. Courses alone give you the tools; experiencing the work makes you an instructor.

Personal Sessions
Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training session they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring teacher.

Observation Hours
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes or private sessions. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours
Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center or Pilates Studio, or for family and friends.

Mat Practical Hours = 70
20 personal sessions; 15 observation hours; 35 student teaching hours

Reformer Practical Hours = 150
30 personal sessions; 30 observation hours; 90 student teaching hours

Apparatus Practical Hours = 150
35 personal sessions; 20 observation hours; 95 student teaching hours

Total hours: Course work + practical + anatomy = 500

Suggested Texts

Trail Guide to the Body (5th Edition)

by Andrew Biel ISBN-13: 978-0982978658 ISBN-10: 0982978650 Edition: 5th Revised

Anatomy of Movement (Revised Edition)

by Blandine Calais-Germain ISBN-13: 978-0939616572 ISBN-10: 0939616572 Edition: Revised