How to Become a Pilates Instructor

Pilates is among the most popular ways to exercise worldwide, and there are good reasons for this. Since it began in the early 20th century, Pilates has become people’s favorite workout for individuals who wish to build strength, flexibility as well as lean muscles, which will concentrate on the core. In 2017, over 9 million people were doing Pilates worldwide.

If you want to learn more about Pilates and you would like to assist other individuals to align their bodies, enhance their posture and accomplish total body conditioning, then the time has come for you to pursue a Pilate’s certification. Continue reading to find out how you can become a Pilates instructor;

1. Take Pilates Workout classes

Attend classes to learn the workouts, learn more about the human body, and watch other teachers. Go to as many classes as possible and always practice. Take lessons from different teachers so that you can decide which style you prefer and the type of path you would like to follow.

2. Choose between a comprehensive certification and a mat certification

A mat certification trains you to instruct group mat lessons, which is quite common in gyms. On the other hand, comprehensive certification trains you to teach clients using customary Pilates tools, as well as a mat.

A comprehensive certification is what you need if you want to instruct “full time” or teach private clients. It isn’t effortless to earn a living if you only depend on mat certification.

3. Explore and choose a suitable Pilates certification program

There are plenty of decent programs in various institutions; therefore, you can ask friends or your favourite teachers about any recommendations they may have. You must determine whether you prefer the contemporary or classical method of teaching.

4. Finish your Pilates certification procedure

It takes a few months to get your mat certification, while a comprehensive one takes more than 12 months. Most programs are flexible, and this way, it blends in perfectly with your goals and schedule. Your program needs tests and a chance to “test out” in the final lessons, which will most probably comprise of a written test and a practical teaching assessment.

Preferably you can also find someone to tutor your work via your certification and start instructing students. Learning to be an instructor can be busy, especially if you have a full-time job, but it can be achieved.

5. Acquire liability insurance

For most studios, it is mandatory to have your liability insurance. You can apply for this online, and there are many platforms to choose from. After this, you can comfortably pursue any teaching opportunities that come your way.


Similar to any other job out there, income for Pilates instructors depend on the physical location, experience as well as skills. They are usually paid hourly in their group or private setting. Honestly, it would be best if you never stopped learning as a Pilates teacher. Finalizing your certification program is the beginning of your education. And there you have it; the steps you need to follow to become a Pilates instructor.


Robert Nichols

Robert is a full-time blogger, father of 1, and certified working and sharing fitness information. He also regularly contributes to on the latest topics and trends in health & wellness. When he not writing she can be found running and doing intermittent fasting.

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