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112 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3NP

t: 020 7343 1850


Alison Salmond
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Brigitte Wrenn
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Robert Izatt
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Amanda Kitchen
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Charlotte Albion
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YMCAfit is the UK’s most experienced fitness training provider with over 25 years’ experience. The Licensed Training Centre for STOTT PILATES® courses and education in London, YMCAfit offer a comprehensive range of workshops across the year, winning the Licensed Training Centre ‘Rookie of the Year’ award. Along with the STOTT PILATES training courses, YMCAfit has an abundance of high quality training options for both current fitness professionals looking to develop their knowledge and skills, and for budding instructors taking their first steps in the fitness industry. With courses ranging from Advanced Diploma in Personal Training, Gym Instructor, Exercise to Music and Yoga, to more specific courses such as Kettlebells and Suspension Fitness, YMCAfit is guaranteed to have a course for every fitness professional. As a registered charity, YMCAfit has a determination to not only train the next generation of fitness instructors but also to make a real, tangible difference to people’s lives along the way. It is with this ethos, that they remain the most trusted and sought-after fitness training provider in the UK.


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The Intensive Program

The STOTT PILATES Intensive program is for fitness and health professionals. This program prepares you to teach STOTT PILATES Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based repertoires safely, effectively and with confidence.

Intensive Mat-Plus™ (IMP)

LEVEL: 1      40 hours
Winter 2015 | January 16-18, 23-25, 31- February 1
Friday-Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm
Winter 2015 | February 16-19, 23-26
Monday-Thursday 10:30am-4:30pm
​Winter 2015 | March 6-8, 13-15, 21-22
​Friday-Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Winter 2015 | February 2-6, 9-13
Monday-Friday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Cadillac (ICAD)

LEVEL: 1      25 hours
Winter 2015 | March 16-20
Monday-Friday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Stability Chair™ (ICHR)

LEVEL: 1      15 hours
Spring 2015 | March 23-25
Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Barrels (IBRL)

LEVEL: 1      10 hours
Spring 2015 | March 26-27
Thursday-Friday 10:30am-4:30pm

The Comprehensive Program

Designed for those with some movement training and exposure to Pilates, Comprehensive courses cover functional anatomy and the practical skills needed to develop effective and motivating Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based programs.

Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer (CMR)

120 hours
Fall 2012 | September 11-December 14
Tuesday-Thursday 1pm-5:30pm | Friday 2pm-6:30pm
 3 Additional
Saturday | September 29, October 27, November 17 | 9am-1:30pm

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The Advanced Program

The Advanced program consists of Level 2 courses in Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. Completion of the Advanced program is required for full certification.

Advanced Matwork (AM)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Winter 2015 | January 30
Friday 10am-5pm
Winter 2015 | March 2
Monday 10am-5pm

Advanced Cadillac (ACAD)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Spring 2015 | March 29
Sunday 10am-5pm

Advanced Stability Chair™ (ACHR)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Spring 2015 | March 28
Saturday 10:15am-1:15pm

Advanced Barrels (ABRL)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Spring 2015 | March 28
Saturday 2:15pm-5:15pm

Injuries & Special Populations

The STOTT PILATES Injuries & Special Populations course equips you with the skills required to address a broad range of physical challenges among your clients. Completion of ISP is required for full certification.

Injuries & Special Populations (ISP)

      24 hours
Winter 2015 | March 9-12
​Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm

The Rehabilitation Program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports medicine professionals and chiropractors wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices.

Rehab courses are available at many of our training locations worldwide.  Please click here for a complete listing of training options worldwide.  Currently, training isn’t offered at this location, but and check back regularly for updates.

ZEN•GA Courses

ZEN•GA™ is an innovative fusion of exercise science and mindful movement that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles allow you to become aware of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on your neuromuscular system allows you to reap the benefits of improved strength, clarity and overall fitness.

ZEN•GA™ Instructor Foundation Course, Mat

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
​Winter 2015 | January 29
Thursday 9am-5pm

CORE™ Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training– developed exclusively by Merrithew Health & Fitness™ experts.  This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. This multi-layered system is designed for both novice and high-level athletes.

CORE™ Instructor Foundation Course

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
Winter 2015 | February 22
Sunday 9am-5pm

Total Barre™ Courses

Total Barre™ is a high-energy program that focuses on strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability by combining elements from Pilates, dance, cardio and strength training. Programming is driven by music which increases coordination, motivation and improve movement quality. Incorporating the Total Barre Foundational Principles, this program teaches choreography, exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movements as well as how to cue effectively and safely to music.

Total Barre™ Instructor Foundation Course

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
​Winter 2015 | January 27
Tuesday 9:30am-5:30pm


This area may include upcoming Continuing Education workshops, Exam Preparation workshops and Practical & Written Exam dates. Please note only Continuing Education workshops qualify for CECs. No prerequisites required.

Continuing Education Workshops

Tuesday January 13 Ultimate Back Care 9am-11am 
Tuesday January 13 Flexion Free  11:15am-1:15pm 
Tuesday January 13 The Knee: Stability & Function  2:15pm-4:15pm 
Wednesday January 14 Exam Prep: Matwork  11:15am-1:15pm 
Wednesday January 14 Postural Analysis Review
Saturday February 21 3 workshops TBD  TBD 

The intensive courses are recommended for certified fitness instructors, personal trainers, and other fitness & health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and enhance their business. Applicants must have, at least three years experience teaching fitness, dance or movement, familiarity with the works of Joseph Pilates, formal anatomy training and a working knowledge of muscle origins, insertions and functions, in order to attend the course.
A Note Regarding Exams:
You are not obliged to write (and pay for) two exams if you are planning to take both courses. You may choose to wait until completion of the second course to write your exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam). If you prefer to pause between courses, you may choose to take an exam to become certified in Matwork only, and another exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam) after completing the second course to become certified in Reformer work. In this case two exam fees would apply.