On a daily basis, clients stroll into my studio sharing with me their nightmare Pilates experiences. My response is always the same: “Did you ever ask a teacher where they were trained?” or “How long have they been teaching?”
Here are some general questions and information you can use to search for a qualified Pilates teacher by getting to the Core of their training and experience:
- Are the instructors trained through a comprehensive training program?
- Did that training program require a written and practical test, lecture, observation, practice and apprentice hours?
- How many total hours are spent in the training program? (The Pilates Method is a knowledge based method of exercise and training. Time spent in certification training produces qualified teachers.)
- Does the instructor have any other movement related teaching experience?
- How long have the instructors been teaching Pilates?
- What is the instructor’s or studio’s philosophy and specialty? Are they able to handle special needs, injuries, and rehabilitation?
- Does the instructor or studio teach the full repertoire of Pilates on all pieces of apparatus?
- Teaching Pilates for whole-body fitness requires a great deal of specialized training, including a proven understanding of how the body moves efficiently.