How to Find a Pilates InstructorPilates classes are commonly taught in groups of varying size or during private one-on-one instruction. The movements, once perfected, can also be performed at home.
Choosing an instructor who is qualified to teach Pilates - especially for beginners - is highly recommended. Certifications are awarded through reputable training programs and professional institutions. Qualified Pilates teachers should have trained under a master Pilates instructor. The formal training should take at least 600-hours of apprenticing, observation and teaching both with an assistant and solo. A written exam and a practical exam are required for trainees to demonstrate their knowledge of all aspects of Pilates exercise.
There are many capable and gifted certified Pilates instructors in studios and working freelance in North America today. Local gyms, holistic workshops and dance studios are ideal places to help you get connected with one.
Before you start your hunt for a qualified Pilates teacher, here are some general questions and guidelines to consider:
- What is his/her training background?
- What training program did he/she complete?
- How many total hours did he/she spent in this program?
- In addition to teaching Pilates, does he/she teach or study any other related movements (dance, yoga)?
- How long has he/she taught Pilates?
- What is his/her specialty and philosophy?
- Is he/she able to handle special needs students - those with injuries or in rehabilitation?
- Does he/she teach the full repertoire of Pilates on all pieces of equipment (mats and equipment)?
Needless to say, observing the instructor teaching students is a good start. Also, trying out one class (some offer free trials) is the best way to know if their teaching style suits your fitness goals. Once you find the right teacher for you, you will enjoy the benefits of the Pilates exercise that much more.