How do I become a Pilates Instructor?
Pilates has two main groups, Classical Pilates and Contemporary Pilates. Courses fall into either of these two categories.
What is the difference between Classical and Contemporary Pilates?
Classical Pilates style follows as closely as possible to Joseph Pilates' original work, his exercises and the order in which they were performed. However, this is open to variations on the exact order of the exercises.
Contemporary Pilates is based partly on Joseph Pilates' work but with modifications to the exercises so that they fit with modern research with a heavy influence from physical therapy and bio-mechanics. Many of the exercises remain the same but allowances are made for injury rehabilitation and creativity by the teacher.
What is Modern Pilates Training?
Our unique 'clinical' and contemporary approach to Pilates training was created by Cherry Baker, Christine North-Minchella BSc and Christopher Norris MSc MCSP. Our method of Pilates looks at functional stability, postural alignment, core stability and modifications of the original works of Joseph Pilates. This combination of all approaches brings you the respected Modern 'clinical' Pilates training programmes.
Modern Pilates is based on the original works of German-born Joseph Pilates who designed a series of exercises that used both mental and physical techniques to condition the body. His methods were used primarily by dancers however, in recent years these methods have been introduced into the health and fitness industry.
Many things have changed since Joseph Pilates first developed his techniques. We believe that our training programmes bring the best of his techniques into the 21st Century by combining his principles with all the recent research and knowledge we have about fitness, exercise and core stability. Our unique exercises have been devised in conjunction with physiotherapists to bring specific exercises that look at posture, back, hip and knee stability and strength while still working on core function. We have created a unique scientific and educationally sound programme for fitness and health professionals.
Our unique approach is taught by physiotherapists and clinical Pilates practitioners. This will give you a sound and solid foundation to be successful as a Modern Pilates teacher.
SHOULDER CONDITIONS - 1 DAY COURSE
NEXT COURSE DATE: TBC
Shoulder injuries are common in the general public as well as in sports men and women. Rather than shy away from clients who have injuries this course will develop your confidence and knowledge to deal with these injuries. This theory and practical workshop is run by our physiotherapists & will look at in-depth anatomy of the shoulder and shoulder girdle. It will look at muscle balance testing along with conditions including rotator cuff injury, impingement, bursitis, frozen shoulder, dislocation and surgery. You will learn how to adapt Pilates exercises and assess posture and muscle balance to prescribe corrective exercises.
HIP & KNEE CONDITIONS - 1 DAY COURSE
NEXT COURSE DATE: 9TH JUNE 2018
Ever had a client with hip or knee replacements or pelvis problems? Have you been anxious to know what you can do with these conditions and what exercises to give in your Pilates class? Our Physiotherapists lead this theory and practical day and will look at conditions including osteoarthritis, knee replacement, ligament injuries, hip replacement and bursitis. The workshop will show you how to adapt and modify your Pilates repertoire to help with rehabilitation and corrective therapy exercises to aid recovery. It will also look at how poor technique and muscle imbalance can contribute to issues in the lower limb.
SPINAL CONDITIONS 1 - 1 DAY COURSE
NEXT COURSE DATE: 21ST JULY 2018
As a Pilates instructor over 70% of your class will at some point tell you they have back pain. Clients who have had a back problem may be referred to you by a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath. Don’t be afraid to have these clients in your class as this course will develop your understanding of back complaints, terminology and advanced anatomy of the spine. This course will take your knowledge of exercise and back pain to another level and show you how to adapt exercises and include exercises that are appropriate for a range of back conditions including arthritis, spondylosis, prolapsed disc, osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis and ankylosing spondylitis. This practical and theory course also focuses on the function and strength of the abdominals and back muscles and enables you to create a more balanced programme for all your clients.
YMCA AWARDS LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN TEACHING PILATES
NEXT COURSE DATE: Starting 8-9 September (for full dates please download click here)
Our Diploma in Teaching Pilates, held in West Yorkshire, aims to give you a strong foundation to build or develop a new career.
This course comes highly recommended by our past students due to the depth of knowledge, the standard
of teaching and the exceptional skills they have gained. This has given them the competitive edge in
the workplace. Our course is very comprehensive and covers functional anatomy alongside the practical
motivational and programming skills needed to become a successful Pilates Instructor.
PROGRESSIVE MATWORK 1 - 1 DAY COURSE
NEXT COURSE DATE: 13th October 2018
This course will give you new ideas and exercises to refresh and inspire your Pilates repertoire. It will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Matwork Pilates. It progresses and advances Joseph Pilates and Modern Pilates’ exercises as well as looking at the physiological changes that take place.
The course also looks at advanced teaching and develops your collection of exercises. This course is also open to teachers who have qualified with other Pilates organisations at Level 3. This inspirational pilates day will give you an abundance of ideas and exercises to ensure your classes are creative and progressive
PROGRESSIVE MATWORK 2 - 1 DAY COURSE
NEXT COURSE DATE: TBC
***THIS IS A NEW COURSE*** This course will be a follow on from the Progressive Matwork 1.