Pilates certifications can be snagged in weekend or take several years and hundreds of hours to earn. Good instructors gain the equivalent of a Master’s degree. When you want high quality instruction, look for:
- Minimum of 300 training hours
- Comprehensive and mat certifications
- Several years of teaching
- Ask about specialties. Some instructors focus on populations such as seniors, pre/post natal, rehab or high performance athletes.
Like yoga, Pilates has evolved through time. Today, there are a variety of styles but core development is fundamental to them all. Among the most well-known trademarked brands are: Stott, Power Pilates, Core Dynamics, the Physical Mind Institute, and Romana’s Pilates. But a trademark doesn’t necessarily ensure quality instruction.
“Anyone can take a list of exercises and teach them,” says Chicago-based Vered Arbel of Elements in Motion, “how you analyze and fit the exercises to the needs of the person requires anatomical and biomechanical knowledge. Really look for that.”
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT STUDIO FOR YOU
A web search will result in lots of choices and can reveal a lot about a place. What’s the vibe? Warm and welcoming? Super intense high energy? Look at the pictures and the language. Do they communicate well? What do the instructors say about themselves? Look for client testimonials and consult Yelp.
Ask them questions that relate to what you are looking for and they should ask you questions too. That will reveal their level of experience and care about new clients. Questions instructors should ask you include:
- What do you do for exercise now?
- What attracts you to Pilates?
- What are your fitness goals?
- Any injuries?
Taking a mat class is an inexpensive way to check out a studio and discover if the place simply feels right to you. Also, many studios offer discounted rates for first time students.
Counteracting the stresses of everyday life is among the main benefits of any exercise discipline. Ultimately, Pilates can balance the body helping you feel at ease and comfort in your skin, increase energy, rid you of body aches and possibly back pain too. Well worth the price of admission.