Body & Core Pilates Program is an intense specialized program designed to make a quality Pilates professional interested in experiencing the depth, intensity and precision that only this program provides.  This is the perfect program to acquire a Pilates education and to ultimately join the fitness professional community. Our program’s focus is placed on the principles and methodologies that represent the key differences between Body & Core Pilates and other teaching methods.

The Comprehensive Pilates Program consists of the following eight modules, which include lectures, exercise analysis, discussion and practice (100 hours). In addition to the academic study, students complete observation (100 hours), self practice (150 hours) and student teaching (200 hours). Additional fees may apply.

This program is geared for students who have some exercise experience and wish to gain comprehensive a knowledge of Pilates on all the Pilates apparatus .

To receive a Body & Core Pilates Diploma, students will be required to complete and/or pass the following requirements:

  • Complete all 8 Modules
  • Complete a minimum of 450 hours (observation, self practice and student teaching)
  • Pass Final Written Exam
  • Pass Final Teaching Evaluation
  • Pass Final Practical Examination

Students who complete this Comprehensive Pilates Program may test for Pilates Method Alliance teaching credential that qualifies them as a Certified Pilates Teacher equipping them to teach on the full compliment of Pilates apparatus. The Final Teaching Evaluation and Final Practical Examination is administered at a Body & Core Pilates approved studio. Additional fees may apply.

The hours required should be completed during the program, or up to one year following the completion of the final module. If the requirements are not completed within one year, the student will need to repeat 50% of the modules prior to submitting hours and receiving a Body & Core Pilates Diploma. Hours must be logged and submitted on Body & Core Pilates’ Tracking Forms.

Module 1: The Fundamentals and Basic Exercises

This course is structured for the individual to familiarize themselves with the Pilates equipment while learning the basic exercises for mat and Pilates apparatus (Reformer and Trap table). We will also start to cover the scope of practice for a Pilates instructor, along with the code of ethics.


This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:

  • Anatomy of Pilates Equipment
  • Scope of Practice
  • Code of Ethics
  • Basic exercises on both mat and Pilates Apparatus


Module 2: Functional Anatomy Course

This eleven class course, is a complete rundown of the human anatomy and how movement is affects it. Each week, we will break down either the bones and alignment followed by the muscles and the movements.


This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:

  • Anatomy of the body will be broken up in to five segments or chapters
  • Each week builds on the foundation of the previous weeks lessons
  • Understanding of both agonist and antagonist muscles
  • Much more then just memorization of muscles and their location


Module 3: Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair, Ped-o-pull and intermediate Work

We start this class off by taking a closer look at the history of Pilates and the founder, Joseph Pilates. We also cover the Basic exercise on the Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair and ped-o-pull, along with intermediate work on the mat, Reformer and Trap table as well as their modifications.


This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:

  • History of Pilates
  • Basic Exercises on Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair and Ped-O-Pull
  • Intermediate exercises on the mat, Reformer and Trap table
  • Modifications to Simplify and to Challenge


Module 4: Advance Exercises and Choreography


            We review the exercises taught in the previous two classes and begin to create a structure to follow. This is where we start to implement teaching and how to flow from one exercise to the next. One of the greatest attributes of Pilates is that it is adaptable to every level or type of client an instructor will like to work with. In this module we will cover the Advance work of Pilates along with discussing what individuals would benefit from said work.


This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:


  • Review of basic and intermediate exercises
  • Advance work of Pilates
  • Flow of Exercises
  • Setting purpose behind choice of exercises.


Module 5: Anatomy of Pilates routines

Instructors begin to break down the exercises for their clients, distinguishing what muscles are being used during exercises. They identify weaknesses and strengths of clients for preparation of a new level of exercises. While always remaining on track for clients goals

This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:

  • Muscles in Use
  • Prep Exercises and Advancement
  • Tactile Cueing


Module 6: Posture of Pilates

           Everything in Pilates begins with posture, thus it is vital to learn how to spot deviations in postural alignment. Always paying attention for muscle imbalances and finding the proper exercises to address and to realign the body is essential for successful posture.

This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:

  • Posture Analysis
  • Functional Screening
  • Corrective Exercises
  • Base Lines and Goal Setting


Module 7: Special Populations

           Pilates instructors must know their limitations while being prepared to work with many different populations of clients. Clients that walk through the door of a studio may have one or more physical limitations; it’s the instructor’s responsibility to know what their scope of practice allows and when they should refer to someone that is more qualified for the client.

This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the following topics:

  • Know Your Own Limitations
  • Have a Base for Referrals
  • Never Diagnose or Prescribe
  • Common Injuries and Guide Lines


Module 8: Hands on approach for Pilates

           One of the great attributes of Pilates, is it’s adaptable to any individual. An instructor must learn how to convey their directions to the client. Quite frequently this will be hard to do by just using words. It’s important to learn to use one’s hands and body movements to convey the information one is trying to teach. This skill may only be learned by doing hands-on work. Thus this workshop will be the first step to finalizing our basic educational program.

This course consists of 16 hours of class time which include the Following topics:

  • Create an better understand of what you are teaching
  • Understanding the do’s and don’t of tactile teaching
  • Work on overall teaching techniques
  • Problem solving