Mat Instructor Training

Mat Training Program Overview

Balanced Body Mat Instructor Training at Pure Pilates

The Balanced Body Pilates Mat training includes the original, classical Pilates Mat repertoire, as well as, an introduction to the movement principles that make Pilates a successful exercise program. Modifications and variations are included to help you teach a wide range of clients. The Balanced Body Pilates Mat program will empower you to become a successful, creative and transformative Pilates mat instructor.

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

The Mat teacher training program at Pure Pilates includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the classical Pilates Mat repertoire
  • A comprehensive manual and streaming content from Balanced Body consistent with current national standards
  • Cueing, coaching, and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Safety information for teaching special populations
  • Tips on teaching successful group programs
  • Anatomy lectures incorporated into the Mat I and Mat II trainings
Pure Pilates Mat Instructor Training

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Mat I Upcoming Training Dates

Mat I: Introduction to Pilates & Beginning/Intermediate Exercises

Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors, pre and post-natal classes. 16 hours.

Prerequisites: 1 year experience teaching movement, anatomy, 20 Pilates Mat class sessions is suggested

February 19 – 21, 2018

Days and Times
Monday, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday, 8:00am – 12 :00pm
Wednesday, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Susan Clark

$325.00 (Early)/$360.00 (Regular)

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Mat II Upcoming Training Dates

Mat II: Intermediate/Advanced Exercises

Mat II includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises, as well as essential movement principles, and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered. 16 hours.

Prerequisite: Mat I

March  2 – 4, 2018

Days and Times
Friday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Susan Clark

$325.00 (Early)/$360.00 (Regular)

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Mat III Upcoming Training Dates

Mat III: Advanced Exercises and Small Props

Mat III is currently being developed by Balanced Body. Course information will be released in 2018, and apprentices beginning in 2019 will add this module to their training. Pure Pilates will share course information about the module as it becomes available.

Prerequisite: Mat II

Date TBD

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Balanced Body Mat Training Program Requirements

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

• Balanced Body Mat I and II Instructor training modules

Total hours of BB course work = 32

• Anatomy (pre-requisite not required but highly recommended, BB anatomy or outside equivalent)

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

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 hours) and begin the process of teaching potential clients (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. Online class resources such as Pilates Anytime may count toward personal sessions. 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. Online resources such as BB Podcasts and Pilates Anytime count toward observation hours. 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 of a fitness center of Pilates Studio or for family and friends.

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

Total hours: Course work + practical = 102

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