BALANCED BODY TEACHER TRAINING
Spiral Spine Pilates is a premier Authorized Training Center for Balanced Body where all courses are offered twice yearly.
Spiral Spine Pilates strives to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers.
The Balanced Body curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Courses are modular and progressive, allowing students to build on their education and train at a pace 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 at Spiral Spine Pilates are taught by Erin Myers and Amy Butler, Balanced Body Master Instructors with over 10 years of teacher training experience. Courses are offered over long weekends, making it easier for students who work full-time or live outside of Nashville to train at the studio. Erin and Amy have carefully arranged the modules to create outstanding comprehensive teachers. The Mat, Reformer, and Equipment trainings are intertwined, helping students understand how to create private lessons earlier in their studies instead of waiting until the end of their studies to learn this concept. As a result, our trainees spend more of their practice hours composing comprehensive lessons and also can be hired earlier.
In 2019, the training program will include two new modules, Mat 3 and Movement Principles. Read more about the new modules on our blog.
Below you will find training requirements, course descriptions, and FAQs. Should you have further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPREHENSIVE TEACHER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
The comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program includes:
- Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates repertoire
- Comprehensive manuals and DVDs consistent with current national standards
- Program design and cueing, coaching, 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
- Modifications and variations to help you successfully teach a wide range of clients
- Equipment safety and maintenance
- How to integrate props
- Tips on teaching successful group program
To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:
- Movement Principles
- Mat 1, 2, & 3
- 20 Mat personal practice hours, 15 Mat observation hours, and 35 student teaching hours*
- Reformer 1, 2, & 3
- 30 Reformer personal practice hours, 30 Reformer observation hours, and 90 Reformer student teaching hours*
- Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels
- Total of 35 personal practice hours, 20 observations hours, and 95 student teaching hours across the Equipment *
- Pass the Balanced Body Final Pilates Instructor Exam (practical and written)
*Hours for each module may only be started after you have taken the module.
Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Pilates Instructor will be issued.
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|Course||Hours||Semester 1||Semester 2||Time^||Cost*+|
|Anatomy||12||Jan 10-11||June 6-7||9a-4p||$395|
|Movement Principles||16||Jan 12-13||June 8-9||8a-5p||$495|
|Reformer 1||16||Feb 7-8||July 11-12||8a-5p||$495|
|Mat 1||16||Feb 9-10||July 13-14||8a-5p||$495|
|Barrels||6||Mar 15||Aug 16||9a-4p||$295|
|Chair||14||Mar 16-17||Aug 17-18||8a-4p||$445|
|Reformer 2||16||Apr 25-26||Sept 12-13||8a-5p||$495|
|Mat 2||16||Apr 27-28||Sept 14-15||8a-5p||$495|
|Cadillac||18||May 17-19||Oct 18-20||8a-5p; Fr: 3-5p||$545|
|Reformer 3||14||June 20-21||Nov 14-15||8a-4p||$445|
|Mat 3||16||June 22-23||Nov 16-17||8a-5p||$495|
^1-hour lunch break included for all full-day trainings
*Required manual and DVD not included
+15% discount offered on all modules if you sign up 6 weeks in advance
TEACHER TRAINING FAQ
Can I complete my teacher training hours at the Spiral Spine Pilates Studio?
When can I start completing my hours?
Hours may only be started after you have taken the corresponding module. For example, you may start working on your Mat hours after taking Mat 1, but not your Reformer hours.
Is private teacher training available?
Private trainings are available. Please contact the studio for pricing and scheduling.
Does Balanced Body offer a bridge program for 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.
How do I schedule my final exam?
Once instructors have completed the modules and hours, they must pass a written and practical exam demonstrating their teaching ability.
After all documented hours have been sent into Balanced Body and an approval has been issued for test-out, a date and time will be agreed upon for the exam, which will be taken in person at Spiral Spine Pilates. Balanced Body will create a registration link so the student can register for the test-out.
To prepare for the written portion of the test, review the manuals, including movement principles, lectures, families of exercises, and exercises on each piece of equipment. You will have a 2-hour written and a 1-hour practical test, during which you will teach a student a full lesson.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:
"Due to experiencing chronic bodily pain, a friend suggested I try Pilates with her. I took classes for 3 years and then my Pilates instructor moved away. There was nowhere else to practice Pilates in Birmingham, Alabama. My instructor encouraged me to get certified and to make it my career.
In 2006 I took my first workshop with Erin Myers, when she came down to Birmingham to teach a Reformer 1 training module at a YMCA. I loved teaching and would share Pilates with anyone who would listen. I wanted to help people.
In 2008 I had a heart attack at the age of 39. I was then diagnosed with Lupus. I didn’t want to stop Pilates, but didn’t have a reliable place to teach. Erin guided me through navigating my own business and encouraged me to get more training. I opened ReformUPilates in Birmingham.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. Erin was such a good friend! She listened to me cry, gave me guidance, and even prayed with me.
It is now 2019 and I train over 100 people a week and have crossed the $150,000 mark in yearly sales. Erin has helped me grow as a person in so many ways! Pilates is her passion. She is inspirational to learn from and is so encouraging. I have a staff now to help me and I send them all to her because I truly think she is the best. Erin makes the long training sessions really fun. I highly recommend you make the effort to make this part of your path. It is a true blessing to have her be part of my life."