This is part 2 in our blog series to help you decide which Pilates training program is best for you. We talked about the training programs curriculum style and focus in our last blog. Today we will talk about your goals. In a future blog we will talk about how the training program is administered.
Think about the factors below when deciding whether to enroll in a Comprehensive Pilates training program, a Modular Program or a Mat training program:
- the 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 are your ideal clients?
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.
Part 3 of Selecting a Pilates Teacher Training Program, will post in a few days!