Pilates 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 info@spiralspine.com.

CourseHoursSemester 1Semester 2Time^Cost*+
Anatomy12Jan 10-11June 6-79a-4p$395
Movement Principles16Jan 12-13June 8-98a-5p$495
Reformer 116Feb 7-8July 11-128a-5p$495
Mat 116Feb 9-10July 13-148a-5p$495
Barrels6Mar 15Aug 169a-4p$295
Chair14Mar 16-17Aug 17-188a-4p$445
Reformer 216Apr 25-26Sept 12-138a-5p$495
Mat 216Apr 27-28Sept 14-158a-5p$495
Cadillac18May 17-19Oct 18-208a-5p; Fr: 3-5p$545
Reformer 314June 20-21Nov 14-158a-4p$445
Mat 316June 22-23Nov 16-178a-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

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 programs

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

  • Anatomy
  • 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.

Course descriptions


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 by Andrew Biel, LMP 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. Students will need to purchase the manual prior to class or it can be bought at Spiral Spine Pilates when you arrive for training.

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.

Movement Principles

Movement Principles combines information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate movement concepts. Broken down into five categories (Whole Body Movement; Trunk Integration; Lower Body Strength and Power; Upper Body Strength, Balance, and Dynamic Flexibility; and Rest and Relaxation) the Movement Principles provide a solid foundation for training in any environment, with any equipment.

Reformer 1

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.

Mat 1

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 clients.


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.


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.

Reformer 2

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.

Mat 2

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


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.

Reformer 3

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

Mat 3

Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands, and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, it includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility.


Can I complete my teacher training hours at Spiral Spine Pilates?

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.

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. The studio serves as a base for students to practice, observe, and collaborate with others in the training program and to learn from studio staff.

For the cost of $100 per month (plus 9.75% tax) teacher trainers have access to:

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

Please contact us for more details.

Note: While trainees are allowed to take group and private classes, they are not included in $100/month deal.

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 1-hour written and a 1-hour practical test, during which you will teach a student a full lesson.

Have a question not covered here? Contact us at: info@spiralspine.com.

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