Pilates instructors are increasingly in demand. You don’t have to be the most agile or strong person to be a Pilates teacher, you do however have to have a passion for it. A passion for Pilates is essential, but a passion for teaching others and passing on your knowledge is what makes a great Pilates teacher.
We’ve put together 4 of our top tips to consider and remember when looking to complete your Pilates qualification.
Experience a wide range of classes and immerse yourself into the teaching style, approach to Pilates and learn about your own body. Trying new classes allows you to adapt ideas and approaches from a variety of teachers, determining what style you prefer and the approach you want to take.
Take the opportunity to ask teachers plenty of questions and find out about their training experience and certificates they hold. The more knowledge you hold the better.
Pick the right course
There are lots of great Pilates courses out there, but it is important to find a course that meets your style of Pilates and allows you to learn in whatever methods suits you best. It is important to find a course that works for your learning style and Pilates form that you most enjoy teaching. Some courses offer online learning and 3-4 days contact with a tutor and others offer lots of contact with a tutor and mentor. Modern Pilates offers 10 days contact with tutors and physiotherapists and support with their mentor when away from the course.
There are many styles of Pilates from Classical to Contemporary through to Clinical Pilates. Classical Pilates is the original works of Joseph Pilates, Contemporary Pilates has adapted his movements to bring his work into the 21st Century and Clinical Pilates adopts a physiotherapy approach. It is important that you determine the style of teaching you are drawn to. Take your time and research exactly what courses are available and if they meet your specific requirements.
Be open to feedback
The best way to become a successful Pilates teacher is to be open to feedback, whether that’s from your tutor, peers or clientele. At the end of a session ask for feedback, people often have ideas that you can adapt and incorporate into your training that you may not necessarily have thought about.
Being open to feedback at an early stage also helps to prepare you for becoming a teacher. Feedback helps you to develop your teaching skills and makes you seem more approachable and friendly to paying clients.
Select a course that supports you
We pride ourselves on nurturing and supporting students throughout their educational journey at PFE Training to ensure that each student has the best learning experience and achieves their full potential. We strongly support face to face learning as we believe that our students gain essential practical teaching skills, however, this may not be the best style of learning for yourself.
Our Modern Pilates courses are scheduled over a period of none-consecutive 5 weekends, allowing you to maintain a work and family balance whilst developing the foundations to become a Pilates teacher.
At PFE Training we offer a comprehensive Modern Pilates Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (YMCA). The course is designed to include everything you need to become a successful and respected Modern Pilates teacher, including all aspects of functional anatomy alongside the practical motivational teaching and programming skills needed to become a successful teacher. You will develop skills to teach in a one to one setting or to run small group classes.
If you’re looking to begin your new journey to become a qualified Pilates teacher, please contact our team today and we’ll be happy to discuss every aspect of the course with you.