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Are you a Pilates enthusiast and are interested in building a career from Pilates? Do you long for the exciting career opportunities that being a Pilates instructor could bring? Being a freelance or full-time Pilates instructor can be very exciting, but you have to ensure that you are committed to this exercise form and be able to deal with people on a regular basis.
Sometimes people really enjoy doing Pilates, but when it comes to training people every day, it can be difficult to deal with if you don’t have the correct personality to spend hours on end with people. Before embarking on a Pilates instructor course, you have to ask yourself a few questions to ensure that you are heading in the right direction. Going through the training and qualifying can be expensive, and you have to ensure that you get a return on your investment in the end.
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Is Pilates Right for You?
As the training is extensive and expensive, it is crucial that you are absolutely sure that this is a career path that you want to follow. You have to be interested in exercise and very well connected with your body if you want to teach Pilates to others, and you have to be passionate about teaching or instructing. Make a careful and informed decision, and do plenty of research and Pilates practice before choosing. Ensure that you feel comfortable with Pilates, and that you feel confident about teaching. Certain experts recommend that you attend Pilates classes for a few months before you decide, as this is not just a career, but also a type of lifestyle. Once you are certain that you want to become a Pilates instructor, you have to complete the course and fulfil all the theoretical and physical Pilates requirements before you can qualify.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Am I seriously interested in training or would I just like to know more about Pilates?
- Am I good with people and can I work with and around them for long periods of time?
- Am I planning to do this has a hobby, part-time career or a full-time career?
- Do I want to teach groups or private individual sessions?
- Where would be my ideal place to work be? A studio? Your home?
- Is there a particular form of Pilates that I particularly want to teach?
- Am I passionate about exercising regularly?
- Do the mechanics of physique and exercise fascinate me?
- Do I have the funds and the time available that a Pilates instructor course will require?
Qualifications and Training
Once you have made your decision about which type of instruction you would like to do, you have to find a suitable Pilates teaching academy that can provide all the recognised courses that you need to complete to qualify. There are a variety of certifications that you can complete and you have to ensure that you start with the one that you would most likely be teaching. Mat certification only enables you to teach mat work, whereas the wider overall qualification will enable you to teach Pilates on the mat and using the relevant equipment. A mat course is a good place to start, as it will qualify you to teach mat work while you study for the overall qualification.
Whether you are experienced or a beginner, it is necessary to commit to extensive classes and considerable costs in order to qualify as an instructor. It takes around 500 hours to qualify as an instructor, and this usually takes around 24 months to complete.
It is really important that you have a sincere enthusiasm and interest in teaching this exercise form, in order to remain motivated in the long term, as it can be very hard work. You will also have to practice on volunteers and take time to do practical sessions. When you are a qualified instructor, the journey still doesn’t end. You have to remain on top of all the modern developments, and introduce yourself to the new movements and trends that take place in the development of Pilates.
Instructing As a Career
Over the last two decades, Pilates has become a very popular exercise form and as a result, there is a big demand for highly qualified instructors. There are very exciting opportunities as an instructor and it does not have to be limited to teaching at your local studio! It is possible to work aboard cruise ships, luxury hotels, exotic holiday resorts and even as a private Pilates instructor for celebrities. At the very least, you will be able to teach Pilates from a studio or at a client’s home or gym.
BASI Pilates Instructor Course
At BASI Pilates, we specialise in training courses for Pilates instructors that are of an extremely high calibre. We strive to maintain exceptionally high standards at all times with our courses and our programme is curriculum-based. We also provide regular workshops to hone particular skills and to remain on top of Pilates developments and methods.