Pilates is one of the most versatile, effective, challenging and fun exercise programs available in the fitness industry. Every aspect of fitness and athletics is improved and enhanced by including a Pilates regimen into ones program. Of course Pilates is great stand alone exercise option for many reasons. The number of Certified Pilates Teachers in New England and especially Central and Eastern CT is lacking. The number of untapped potential Pilates clients is significant. This is good news for anyone who is thinking about entering a Pilates Teacher training program. You want to know that there will be clients waiting for you when you complete your training. I am in a few networking groups and I repeatedly hear about the need for qualified, hard working Pilates Teachers.
If you are considering enrolling in a Pilates Teacher Training Program, there are a few things to consider. You want to make sure your training fits your lifestyle, goals, and objectives as well as prepares you to rise to the top in the industry.
When deciding which Pilates training program is best for you, consider these three key factors:
- The training program’s curriculum style and focus.
- Your goals as a Pilates teacher.
- How the training program is administered and your ability to adhere to the program.
What are Your Goals
Think about the factors below when deciding whether to enroll in a Comprehensive Pilates training program, a Modular Program or a Mat training program:
- -he location at which you plan to work;
- the amount of time that you are able to devote to training; and
- the type of student you want to teach.
Where do you want to teach?
Do you plan to teach in a traditional Pilates studio? a large gym? a community wellness program? or open your own studio? If your goal is to teach the full spectrum of the Pilates method no matter the location, you need training on all the apparatus. That means you need take the courses one by one over time through a modular program, or enroll in a comprehensive program.
Although it may not seem so at first glance, the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program is often the fastest and most affordable path for becoming a fully certified, versatile and effective Pilates Teacher. The Comprehensive program is usually an “all inclusive” program. Everything you need is included in the program costs: use of equipment for practice sessions, supervision and mentoring for mastering your skill, and availability of potential clients. Part of Pilates Teacher training is self practice and practice teaching on students. If you choose a modular program (usually requiring you to travel to a large city for a weekend) where will you practice and who will you practice on? Unless you have a Reformer or Tower at home, you will have to pay a studio and certified teacher to allow you use of their equipment and to supervise you. A modular training program usually requires a certain number of practice hours before you can take the next module. If you choose a modular program just make sure you have access to a studio/equipment for practicing and factor in practice sessions costs into your overall financial commitment as those costs are not included in the training fees.
Who is your ideal client?
Are you interested in teaching clients who are rehabilitating from injuries? Do you want to teach clients at any level of fitness? Athletes? teens? older adults? then you will want to enroll in a Pilates training program that includes in depth anatomy studies as well as a course in how to personalize the exercise to the specific client. Look for a program that includes anatomy and kinesiology, adaptations and contraindications. Modular and comprehensive programs vary so do your research and ask a lot of questions.
How does the Pilates Training School/Studio administer the program?
Once you’ve narrowed down which Pilates education path is best for you, the next question for you to consider is how does the Pilates training school administer the program. Below are a few questions that you should ask:
- Does your training fee include the exam fees? Materials fees? Studio usage fees? You should ask what is included in the fees and if there are additional fees anytime throughout the program.
- What are the exams/ assessments? When do they occur? Are they scheduled? Do you have a course calendar? Training workshops are often advertised, but the exams necessary to obtain a certificate of training may not be advertised at the beginning of the Program so get clarity on this. Are there any required pre-requisites?
- Who is training you and what is their education and experience? Do you see these teachers teach clients? What support do you receive in the program?
- What do you have to do and when can you anticipate a certificate of training from your training program?
- Do you like the vibe? Like a college or job – do you like your environment, your peers, the “feel” of the place. Go with your gut – you’ll be spending a lot of your whole self and resources there, and it needs to feel good for your growth.
Your Program and You
You must learn how to address your client as an individual which is a life-long process that starts as soon as you begin your training program. The Pilates education and training you receive in any program is kind of like a tool belt full of various tools you have at your disposal and, over time, you will learn which tools to use in specific situations.
Make sure you are in an environment where you must apply yourself in your own physical practice and teaching practice. You'll be best served if you can fully immerse yourself in your Pilates education. This doesn’t mean your life needs to stand still or you have to quit your day job, but in order to get the most out of your education, you have to give yourself the opportunity to put yourself truly in the experience.
In summary, both the Comprehensive Pilates training approach and the Modular training approach are great options because they include training on the equipment. The best program for you is the one that fits your lifestyle, goals and objectives