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Pilates Teacher Training

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Spiral Spine Pilates is a premier Authorized Training Center for Balanced Body with full Pilates mat and equipment courses directed by Erin Myers offered twice yearly. The Spiral Spine Pilates and Balanced Body program is designed to create thoughtful, creative, and successful Pilates teachers.

The curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Courses are modular and progressive, allowing students to build on their education and training in the way that works best for them. These courses are also a great opportunity for certified instructors to learn new teaching tools and for renewed inspiration. All courses are taught by the Balanced Body Master Instructors at Spiral Spine Pilates in weekend modules, giving students who live outside of the Nashville area an easier opportunity to train at the studio.


Anatomy

Spiral Spine Pilates’ anatomy course will give you a solid understanding of how and why movement happens. Hands on knowledge of different muscles, range of motion, types of muscle contractions, and bones are discussed in class. You will learn basic bony structures of the spine, skeletal names and landmarks, and muscular structures of the back, abdominals, neck, hips, pelvic girdle, and lower and upper extremities.

The acclaimed Trail Guide to the Body is used as the class manual, which beautifully describes musculoskeletal anatomy, palpation, and basic kinesiology, adding a deeper level to Spiral Spine Pilates’ anatomy course.

Balanced Body’s requirement of at least 12 hours of anatomy to sit for the final Mat, Reformer, and Pilates Instructor exams are fulfilled by this anatomy course.

Day and Times

  • Saturday: 9am-4pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 9am-4pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$395 plus Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel, LMP

You can purchase Trail Guide to the Body at Spiral Spine Pilates if you don’t have it purchased prior to the first day of class.

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Pilates Mat Teacher Training

The Balanced Body Pilates Mat teacher training includes the complete Pilates Mat repertoire as well as an introduction to the movement principles. Modifications and variations are included to help you successfully teach a wide range of clients. The training will empower you to become a successful, creative, and transformative Mat Instructor.

Pilates Mat teacher training program includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Mat repertoire
  • Comprehensive manuals and DVDs consistent with current national standards
  • Cueing, coaching, and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Safety information for teaching older adults, pre- and post-natal women, and clients with back, knee, neck and shoulder conditions
  • Tips on teaching successful group programs

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Mat 1: Introduction to Pilates & Beginning/Intermediate Exercises

Mat 1 includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors, pre-, and post-natal classes.

Days and Times

  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$495 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Mat 2: Intermediate/Advanced Exercises

Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.

Days and Times

  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$495 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Pilates Mat Teacher Training Prerequisites

  • At least 20 Pilates Mat classes completed
  • 1 year movement experience recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Mat Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Mat 1 (16 hours)
  • Mat 2 (16 hours)
  • 25 Mat personal practice hours and 45 Mat student teaching hours or
  • 20 Mat personal practice hours, 15 Mat observation hours, and 35 student teaching hours
  • Pass the Balanced Body Final Mat Exam (written and practical)

Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Pilates Mat Instructor will be issued.

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinarily flexible piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. The program gives you a thorough understanding of how to use the Reformer to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination, and balance. The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating workout for clients at any level of ability.

Pilates Reformer teacher training program includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Reformer repertoire
  • Comprehensive manuals and DVDs consistent with current national standards
  • Cueing, coaching, safety and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Guidelines for teaching older adults, pre- and post-natal women, and clients with back, knee, neck and shoulder conditions
  • Program design for clients at every level including sports specific lessons
  • Equipment safety and maintenance

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Reformer 1: Introduction to Reformer & Movement Principles

Reformer 1 includes movement principles, an introduction to the Pilates Reformer including set up and safety, plus beginning exercises, program sequencing, and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach a beginning Reformer class or private session.

Days and Times

  • Friday: 3-5pm
  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$495 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Reformer 2: Intermediate Exercises

Reformer 2 includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired.

Days and Times

  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$495 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Reformer 3: Advanced Exercises & Sports-Specific Programs

Reformer 3 includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client, and programs designed for specific sports.

Days and Times

  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$495 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.

Pilates Reformer Teacher Training Prerequisites

  • At least 30 Pilates Reformer classes or private sessions
  • Completion of Mat 1 & 2 highly recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Mat Instructor training
  • Reformer 1 (18 hours)
  • Reformer 2 (16 hours)
  • Reformer 3 (16 hours)
  • 50 Reformer personal practice hours and 100 Reformer student teaching hours or
  • 30 Reformer personal practice hours, 30 Reformer observation hours, and 90 Reformer student teaching hours
  • Pass the Balanced Body Final Reformer Exam (written and practical)

Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Pilates Reformer Instructor will be issued.

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Pilates Equipment Teacher Training

Balanced Body Pilates Equipment teacher training completes the full Pilates Instructor program. Included is the full repertoire on the Cadillac, Chair, and the Barrels. Completing the additional equipment training gives you a great variety of tools to use when working with clients and qualifies you to take the national Pilates certification exam.

Pilates Equipment Teacher Training includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels
  • A comprehensive manual and DVD for each piece of equipment consistent with current national standards
  • Cuing, coaching, safety and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Program sequences for classes and private sessions
  • Equipment safety and set up

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Cadillac

The Cadillac training provides a thorough introduction to Cadillac exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation, and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Reformer Tower of Power, Half Trapeze, and Wall Unit as well as those working with a full Trapeze Table/Cadillac. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set-up, safety, and maintenance.

Days and Times

  • Friday: 3-5pm
  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break
  • Sunday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$495 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Chair

The Chair training includes exercises and variations for both the original Wunda Chair and the split pedal Combo Chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients and is a great addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both private sessions and group classes.

Days and Times

  • Friday: 1-5pm
  • Saturday: 8am-5pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$395 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Barrels

The Barrels training includes exercises and variations for the Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel/Arc. This course includes exercises and programming for both private sessions and group classes on the Barrels.

Days and Times

  • Sunday: 9am-4pm with 1 hour lunch break

Cost

$295 plus manual and DVD materials from Balanced Body

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.

Pilates Apparatus Teacher Training Prerequisites

  • At least 10 group or private sessions on the apparatus recommended
  • Completion of Mat 1 & 2, and Reformer 1, 2, & 3 highly recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Anatomy
  • Mat 1 & 2 with completed hours
  • Reformer 1, 2, & 3 with completed hours
  • Cadillac (18 hours)
  • Chair (14 hours)
  • Barrels (6 hours)
  • 45 personal practice hours and 105 student teaching hours on the Equipment or
  • 35 personal practice hours, 20 observations hours, and 95 student teaching hours on the Equipment
  • Pass the Balanced Body Final Pilates Instructor Exam (practical and written)

You are exempt from taking the Mat and Reformer final exams if you take the Pilates Instructor final exam because the content of the Mat and Reformer tests is included in the Pilates Instructor final exam.

Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Pilates Instructor will be issued.

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.


Teacher Trainer FAQ & Other Info

Teacher Training Hours

Spiral Spine Pilates is committed to supporting and encouraging students actively enrolled in the Balanced Body teacher training courses. A key piece of this process is working through the hours of observation, practice teaching, and self-practice.

These required hours build teaching skills and confidence.

Spiral Spine Pilates’ goal is to help students develop the confidence and skills to teach by providing a rich learning environment that students can be immersed in, so training does not happen in isolation. We want students to feel that they have a base at Spiral Spine Pilates to practice, observe, and collaborate with others in the training program and to learn from the staff at the studio.

For the cost of $100 per month teacher trainers have access to the following:

  • Observe group and private sessions taught by staff at Spiral Spine Pilates
  • Complete self-practice hours on studio equipment
  • Do practice teaching hours on studio equipment

Please contact a staff member at Spiral Spine Pilates for more details.

Note: teacher-led classes and sessions are not part of the $100 a month deal offered to teacher trainers.

Private Teacher Training:

Private trainings are available at Spiral Spine Pilates. Please contact the studio for pricing and scheduling.

Students of other Pilates teacher trainings:

Students who have completed their Mat, Reformer, or Equipment training through other organizations can take the Balanced Body curriculum and receive a certificate of completion from Balanced Body. Students will need to provide proof of completion of a comparable Mat or Reformer program before being accepted by Balanced Body. Please contact Balanced Body for details on the Umbrella Program.

Mat, Reformer, and Pilates Instructor Final Exam:

Once instructors have completed the entire Mat and/or Reformer and/or Pilates Instructor course work and hours, they must pass a written and practical exam demonstrating their teaching ability.

Once all documented hours have been sent into Balanced Body and an approval has been issued for the test-out, a date and time will be agreed upon at Spiral Spine Pilates for the exam. Balanced Body will create a registration link so the test-out can be registered for online.

To begin getting ready for the written portion of the test, start reviewing the manuals, including movement principles, lectures, families of exercises and exercises on each piece of equipment. You will have a 1-hour written and a 1-hour practical test, during which you will teach a student a full.

*Early Bird Discount: sign-up at least 6 weeks prior to course and receive 15% off.

TEACHER TRAINING TESTIMONIALS

Erin was a phenomenal teacher. I would highly recommend any certification course she is teaching. Well worth my time and money. I can’t wait to take more certification courses with Erin and Balanced Body!

– Reformer 1 Teacher Trainer


Erin Myers is a wealth of knowledge. This course blew my mind! Awesome anatomy training!

– Anatomy Teacher Trainer


Erin and her staff are so dynamic as instructors. Each has a totally different style, each equally engaging and incredibly informative. I feel like I am getting the highest level of Pilates instruction under these teachers.

– Chair Teacher Trainer


Erin and her staff are simply – dynamic. Very knowledgeable and approachable. Erin’s staff is a great complement to her and they make a great team. They are so good at what they do.

– Reformer 3 Teacher Trainer


Erin did an amazing job teaching the class. She is so brilliant and her skill level blows me away. She made the whole learning process and the weekend sailed by with complete enjoyment.

– Mat 1 Teacher Trainer


Erin is one of the best instructors I have ever worked with. Her knowledge and presentation is superior to most. She motivates others to become better in their field. I truly enjoyed Erin and the course.

– Reformer 1 Teacher Trainer


As always, Erin was brilliant, inspiring, and adorable! I am running out of superlatives to describe the high quality of education offered by the staff. I have taken 7 Pilates modules, 5 with Erin and she is remarkable. Bravo!

– Anatomy Teacher Trainer


Erin Myers is a great teacher and is very knowledgeable of the body. She and her staff are probably the most articulate Pilates professionals I have ever heard of. They are excellent Balanced Body Master Instructors. I love the way that Balanced Body encourages creativity within the realm of Pilates principles.

– Chair Teacher Trainer


Erin and her crew are truly some of the best. They are extremely gifted teachers and inspire me at every single training module.

– Reformer 2 Teacher Trainer


This course was phenomenal. I’ve never seen anyone so excited about anatomy than Erin. It made so many things “click” in my mind and helped me understand my body better and how better to help others. I loved it!

– Anatomy Teacher Trainer