Comprehensive Course Goals
Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:
- Understand and apply the basic principles of Pilates in the teaching and demonstration exercises.
- Recognize common postural deviations and provide cues for improvement of the functional components of these conditions.
- Analyze and understand key Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
- Learn how to modify key Pilates exercises in order to address common individual limitations and goals.
- Effectively teach and demonstrate a wide range of classical and contemporary Pilates exercises along with their modification on the Mat, Reformer, Trap Table, Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair Ped-o-Pull and other auxiliary equipment.
Required Texts, Materials, or Equipment
Students will be provided with Body & Core Pilates Education course manual and Trail Guide to the Body text book and workbook. Students are expected to come to class with materials to take notes. We strongly suggest “Return to Life” by Joseph Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance Study Guide.
Students are expected to review the content presented during lecture hours from one week to another and complete and maintain practical hours accordingly. After each Module, students will be tested with both a written and practical test.
Major Assignments: Descriptions
Students must complete written and practical tests at the end of each Module The questions are true or false, fill in the blank, multiple choice. Students will need about 20 minutes to complete written test and 15 minutes to complete practical test and students must be ready to show modifications. The written tests will consist of questions from current and past modules.
Students are expected to participate by asking and answering questions and working in groups or pairs. Class participation is an element that is used to monitor student progress. All interactions must be civil, respectful and supportive. Should any concern arise, students are encouraged to talk to their teacher, mentor or to the school director.
Progress reports with grades and feedback will be issued to students throughout the duration of the program. The reports will be delivered to the students in person or via email.
96 – 100 = A Excellent
86 – 95 = B Above Average
76 – 85 = C Average
66 – 75 = D Below Average
Under 65 = U Unsatisfactory
The school implements methods to monitor student’s progress:
- Satisfactory progress requirements
- Advisory meetings
- Periodic assessments
Academic probation procedure
Each student is assigned an advisor. There are four meetings between the advisor and the student held within the 12-month training program to ensure that the student makes satisfactory progress. Students must maintain an 80% grade point average. The school’s director monitors student’s overall progress. Unsatisfactory progress will be grounds for dismissal.
After the student has completed their internship consisting of 550 hours, which include the functional anatomy course along with all eight modules and passed each modules exam, they will have qualified to take the final written and practical exams. The final exams consist of three parts and are given in this order, Written, Special populations test and Practical exam. The following is the breakdown of each exam along with grading process
- Written Final Exam consisting of 109 questions. Passing requires a score of 80% or higher.
- Special Populations Exam consisting of written exam that includes a case study, definitions, exercises and explanation for choice of exercises. This is a pass or fail exam.
- Final Practical Exam covers a Postural exam along with programing an exercise program for said clients posture. The exercises chosen will be evaluated on being appropriate for client; clients positioning; instructors positioning; equipment set up and teaching performance is evaluated in point form. Lastly, we evaluate the student on performing exercises similarly as we did when evaluating while they worked with client. There is 240 points possible and passing score is 192 or higher. (80%)
Students are expected to arrive on time for class with proper materials. An overall attendance rate of at least 85% is required. Instructors may request a student to withdraw from a course or program if absences or tardiness exceed 70% .
Internship is a requirement for this program and all students are expected to complete a minimum of 18 hours of said internship per week. This internship will begin following Module 1. The internship must be completed within one year of the completion of Module 8.
Students who are unable to continue classes for medical reasons or severe personal problems will be required to take a leave of absence until they are able to return to class. Proper documentation will be required to substantiate a student’s withdrawal (see Leave of absence). If a student misses a lecture, a make-up session can be arranged for the price of $120.
Policies on missed exams, make up exams or quizzes
All exams must be taken and an average of 80% GPA must be maintained. Exams can be retaken twice ($50 per retake)