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How can I become a Pilates instructor?

How can I become a Pilates instructor?

Do you know what’s the most frequently asked question when people learn that I’m a Pilates instructor? Right after „how can I lose weight?” and „how can I get rid of back pain?” of course.

How can someone become a Pilates instructor?

So, I decided to summarize what I usually would like to answer to this question but I never have the time to go into such details.
Pilates is one of the top fitness trends in the world and it is getting even more popular year by year. It’s effective, it’s a safe form of exercise and it can provide a massive basis for any kind of sports. So here it is, I’ll tell you how you can become an instructor.

Step 1 – take Pilates classes

It takes time to learn all the exercises with proper form and while it’s the teacher training’s task to teach you the perfect form, it helps, if you have a good basis. I highly recommend visiting different teachers to learn and observe different teaching styles. Visiting a bigger variety of teachers can make you decide which style you want to follow. Not only the style but your real path, too. You can decide whether you want to teach classic Pilates, yogalates or some other workout types that are only inspired by Pilates.

Step 2 – figure out if being a fitness trainer is really for you

You have a lot of questions to be answered, like:

  • do you enjoy teaching AND working out or just one of them?
  • do you enjoy being in the center of attention?
  • is it okay for you to trade job stability for job flexibility?

There are plenty of other stuff to be discussed, I went into more details about it in my mini-course „From Dream to Career” and I usually ask ten times more on my coaching sessions but before/besides that you should write a list of the pros and cons of becoming a fitness trainer in general.

Step 3 – decide what kind of certification you want

Even if we consider only classic Pilates, you have two options: teaching mat pilates (group classes mostly) or training clients using the traditional Pilates equipment like the Reformer, Cadillac, etc. however, if we add Pilates-inspired workouts you have almost endless options. You can learn yogalates, Piloxing or Blogilates, for example. If you ask me, it’s the best if you start with classic Pilates before specializing on anything.

Step 4 – choose and complete a Pilates certification program

You are very lucky that you are thinking about becoming a Pilates instructor int he 2010s because, at this very moment, there are a countless number of possibilities to become a Pilates instructor. There are shorter and longer, offline and online certification programs. You can choose something in your town or decide to travel to learn more about Pilates, it’s up to you. Try to write a list of what you expect from a school, then choose a certification program that suits you the best.

Step 5 – go legal

Choose a legal form for yourself. Decide if you want to be an employee (note: not every studio will employ you with this form), or work as an entrepreneur. Consult with a professional about your possibilities.
When you are „legal”, secure yourself with a liability insurance. Most studios will require a liability insurance but even if they don’t it’s highly advisable to have insurance.
When you are ready with these, you can begin working with clients.

Step 6 – make yourself visible

It’s not enough to finish a certification to be a trainer but you must make yourself visible, you must spread the word about your services. Start training friends and family and at the same time, create a website*, a facebook page, Instagram or whichever social media platform you prefer.

See? It’s not that complicated! Yes, it’s a bit time consuming but you will enjoy the process of becoming a well-educated Pilates instructor.


*I have an awesome biz buddy who creates wonderful websites and who is not only a professional magic maker with websites, she is supernice, as well. Check out her site!

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