With so many choices for pilates training it can be overwhelming to try to choose a pilates training program. You should be doing pilates for a few years so you know what you are getting into before you get started. You will want to take pilates classes from various teachers so you can observe all kinds of pilates teaching styles such as west coast pilates, windsor pilates, pilates method alliance or stott pilates so you can find a style that resonates with you.
Start asking your instructors what they did to get certified so you know what kind of experience you will need. Then you need to figure out what level you want to take your pilates instruction to. You'll need to assess what kind of lifestyle will accomodate your pilates teaching to see how it will fit in. If you have a full time job then you'll need to go through your pilates training more slowly. You need to get comprehensive certification though, especially if you are not a dancer. Many pilates instructors have been working with their bodies for years and you need to be at that kind of level of physical fitness and endurance. If you see a training that you can get in a weekend then you need to look at other trainings since you need to have thorough training especially if you want to start working with pilates equipment.
Start asking various pilates teachers what kind of training they received and where they would recommend you get your certification. You want to start taking pilates classes at the center where you will be getting your training. You want to start to get used to your instructor's methods and styles.
You should all take at least one in-depth anatomy clas if not a more in depth training. You will need to be well-versed in bio-mechanics and anatomy in able to be able to assess movement and mobility issues. You need to start studying movement, muscles and joints so you can speak intelligently about movement. As an instructor you will want to have on-going training in anatomy and physical fitness. This will make you a better instructor.
Take pilates for as long as you can before you consider being an instructor. When you take your pilates certification you don't want to be focused on how to do pilates but you want to be focused on how to teach pilates. The actual courses can be months long and sometimes they can lead to you being an apprentice level instructor with can lead you to being a teacher. When you start teaching at first you won't be making as much for your classes or private sessions so be realistic about how much you can earn when you are beginning to teach.
Amy Backer earned her BFA degree in Dance at the University of Colorado and her teaching certificate from the internationally renowned PILATES Center of Boulder in 2002. In 2009, she completed Body Language, a 200 hr anatomy study with Thomas Myers, the author of Anatomy Trains. Amy Backer the owner of Bodylogic Pilates http://www.bodylogicpilates.com
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