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Pilates Teacher Training: The Difference is Quality

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

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Pilates Teacher Training on Barrels at Holly's Pilates Village

Is there any difference between Pilates teacher training courses? Isn't one pilates teacher training program as good as any other? The answer is "No!" At Holly's Pilates Village, we strongly endorse the mission and message of our partner organization, Pilates Sports Center (PSC) in Los Angeles:

"We create TEACHERS…Not Trainers. What's the difference? Well, it's a big one. Trainers tell you what to do. Teachers educate you. We're not a 'one size fits all' program that merely teaches you exercises and graduates you. This is a college-level professional course to create a skilled teacher. We believe in educating our students to look at the body in front of them and program to that body.

"To do that, you need to know how to assess a client, the purpose of each exercise, how to dissect it, and safely and effectively apply it. If you want through, in-depth knowledge, and confidence in yourself and your skills upon graduation, this program is for you." (Source)

At our studio, Master Teacher Trainers Teresa Willis and Holly Holland reinforce these principles through the 17-week instructional program that we conduct twice yearly. Each apprentice teacher has a year to complete a 500-hour program, which includes direct instruction, practice teaching, class observations, self-integration, and an anatomy thesis and client assessment project. Experienced teachers at the studio also mentor the apprentice teachers, offering guidance and shadowing of students to help them better understand the modifications that are necessary for people with a range of injuries and illnesses.

Emily Thompson, a certified yoga instructor who recently gained certification through Pilates Sports Center and joined our teaching team, said she did a lot of research comparing teacher training programs before beginning her studies at Holly's Pilates Village.

"Throughout the training, I was amazed again and again how they presented the material and the depth of perspective of how to assess clients, modify movements and help clients build strength," Emily says. "I also appreciated that PSC meets every client where they are. Their 'modify before abandon' approach to each exercise truly fits with my personal experience and supports all movers, no matter where they are starting. Once completing the coursework, I appreciated the additional requirements of observations hours, teaching hours, apprentice hours and such. The program provided such a thorough experience that when completed, I was ready to teach group classes and private clients. Such a comprehensive experience was made better by those who taught and mentored me."

Dr. Divya Cantor, a board-certified OB-GYN who also has a master's degree in business, discovered Pilates when she was recovering from a series of back and knee injuries. A life-long learner, she initially pursued Pilates teacher training because she was so curious about the exercises that had brought her so much relief from pain.

"To be honest, I thought it was going to be mostly for my personal education and less about teaching," said Divya, who has a full-time job in the medical field. "But