Becoming a Pilates Instructor
Pilates is a popular exercise method which is helping people all over the world become stronger, flexible, more active and healthy. “Pilates” has boomed in the UK since its introduction to the UK fitness market and is featuring more widely on group exercise timetables in health clubs and leisure centres.
Pilates in the UK
If you want to
We always advise our students to consider how they wish to use their qualification before embarking on any Pilates qualification to ensure that the training meets their specific needs and adequately qualifies them for the environment in which they intend on working.
Pilates is a system of physical strength and flexibility exercises to balance the body, as devised by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) and originally known as “Contrology”. It consists of a mat work system and exercises using apparatus specifically designed by Joseph Pilates to include: The Universal Reformer, Cadillac, high chair, low chair, ladder barrel, small barrels and the magic circle and more.
Joseph Pilates was German-born and was placed under forced internment in the UK during World War I, where he spent time developing his exercise system. Pilates has been described by many as being 50 years ahead of his time. He immigrated to America after the war where he spent the rest of his days, continuing to teach his method “Contrology” right up to his death in 1967. Pilates as we know it today only became known as “Pilates” after Joseph Pilates death, as a tribute to his work.
Joseph Pilates passed his Contrology method onto a select few, known as Pilates Elders, many of which were dancers. The method has lived on since many of Joseph Pilates elders have set up their own training schools to educate the next generations of Pilates teachers to come. It has led to further development and interpretation of the method over the years. Classical Pilates training schools seek to protect the method, keeping it as true as possible to its original source. Contemporary approaches have emerged which are considered more modified and accessible- training in Pilates Mat Work via the fitness industry would fall into this category. Some would argue that training available today is well suited to the needs of the average person in the 21st century, others would argue that the Pilates method has become somewhat diluted through its interpretations.
5 Facts About Pilates
- It is not a derivative of Yoga – a lot of people seem to think this, but as you’ve previously read, Pilates is its own form of movements and sequences
- Breathing is key– while the execution of the exercises themselves is very important, your breathing technique should be too. Now repeat after
us :’ breathe in….breathe out….breathe in…..breath out’
- It’s for everyone – Pilates is not specifically directed towards women, it’s a form of exercise for both men and women, beginners or advanced.
- Resistance training is the essence of Pilates – with core muscle strength and spinal alignment being two key elements
- Pilates is a form of exercise where quality is more important than quantity