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How to Get a Job as a Pilates Instructor

Pilates is an exercise system done either on a mat or with specially designed equipment. To get a job as a Pilates instructor, follow these steps.


  • Step 1: Take classes Take both the mat classes and the classes that use the specially designed Pilates machine to gain experience.
  • Step 2: Decide on certification Decide whether you want to be certified to teach mat classes or the comprehensive certification, which includes the equipment.
  • TIP: Start with the mat certification, and then get your own Pilates equipment to study further.
  • Step 3: Study Study the human body and practice form and movement as well as Pilates principles.
  • Step 4: Register Register for one or both of the certification tests. Make sure you have studied because the tests are expensive.
  • TIP: Search online for study materials and testing centers.
  • Step 5: Assist Assist a certified teacher before you teach alone. You will gain the practical experience you need to get a job.
  • FACT: Joseph Pilates developed the exercise program to overcome his childhood ailments of asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever.

You Will Need

  • Certification
  • Experience
  • Mat
  • Pilates equipment (optional)
  • Internet access (optional)

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