If you like to have an intense and quality training in becoming a pilates instructor, you can go to various schools with a studio or a gym. Among the mentioned major schools are Peak Pilates, Physical Mind Institute, Romana’s, Pole Star and Stott. Know that certification is offered in two different kinds, and these are training on a pilates machine and the other one is for mat pilates. If you plan to instruct students in both forms, you need to be certified in these two types of certification.
Each school have a slight method that differ in pilates with differing philosophies, but all offer an intensive training course to individuals who want to become certified and knowledgeable instructors. Style of exercise and philosophy may differ on how these are taught but the idea is the same, and that is to make students become educated completely on the exercise method while the schools are adjusting each exercise to fit people’s different level of fitness and physical ability.
To choose which course or school to take, it is good to take a few minutes to read about these various schools and their differences.
In the case of Peak Pilates, you can take a three level course within a period of 452 hours spread out over a year or more. The focus in this school is on a contemporary pilates method that covers both mat and machine pilates for both beginners and advanced intensity levels. A basic mat certification is needed for one to enter the 452 hour program.
The next school, which is the Physical Mind Institute, what is offered is contemporary pilates which focuses on the mental aspects coupled with the courses on standing pilates, mat pilates and comprehensive pilates.
With Romana’s Pilates, the focus is on the classic pilates method that is offered under a 600 hour course series.
The school of Stott Pilates offer potential instructors also the contemporary pilates for an intensive 310 hour mat instruction course together with an additional 165 hour on pilates machine instruction course.
On the other hand, the Pole Star Pilates focus on physical therapy and rehabilitation that can be completed over a 240 hour contemporary pilates method instruction program.
Generally, one or two intensive weekend sessions are covered to complete certification courses offered in these mentioned schools. Students are required in the basic mat certification to be able to demonstrate each exercise in pilates and to explain how it is done, what muscles work, and the results will be after the student will do the exercise on routine basis for weeks or months.
To get the certification, the cost one would usually spend is from $250 to $5,000 depending on which course one would take.