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The dynamic Total Barre™ program is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement.  Instructors looking to bring music-inspired movement to their clients will love the 11 specially arranged and selected segments that serve as the template for each session or class. 

Segments are accompanied by timed selections of music, each at a designated pace and focus on individual areas of the body or movement type. After completing this program students will be prepared to teach the repertoire safely, effectively and with confidence.

Our Total Barre program provides a balanced and thorough blend of theory, observation and practical experience to help you master the repertoire.

General Course Objectives:
  • Learn creative choreography of a well-balanced Barre workout.
  • Receive a template to effectively guide participants to modify and choreograph future workouts.
  • Break down various movements and explore the stabilization and mobilization required to achieve them.
  •  Learn how to cue, correct and modify effectively for all populations.
  • Experience and implement six Total Barre Foundational Principles.
  • Participants are supplied suggested beats per minute for each segment of the workout they learn with optional music playlist.

Total Barre Instructor Foundation Course

The 7 hour, one-day Total Barre Foundation Course provides the groundwork for Instructors to produce safe, effective and varied barre programs that address the needs and goals of every client. Participants are introduced to the Total Barre Principles – six movement awareness fundamentals that provide the structure and biomechanical basis for each exercise. During the course, participants have the opportunity to experience the movements before examining the application of the principles, and learn the essence of each exercise along with the theories of dynamic stability, optimal mobility and movement efficiency.

What you will learn:

  • How to use of the Total Barre Template
  • Choreography to teach exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movement
  • How to use and choose appropriate music for the template
  • The most efficient way to cue and correct when teaching to music
  • Suggestions of modifications or props are made throughout the workout to aid and progress clients and add variety

Requirements of Qualification:

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement who hold a related certification and/or degree, however, all those interested in this material are encouraged to participate. 

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 0.7
REPs 6.0
ACE 0.7
canfitpro
4.0
 

Education Materials

A new manual for the course will be available in August 2014.

Manual (1)

 

Equipment Required

1 per 4 or 8 Students: Parallel Stability Barres™ (6’, 4:1; 12’ 8:1) 

1 per Student: Mat; 12” Mini Stability Ball™ 

 2 per Student: Mini Handweights/Soft Dumbbells 1.1 - 2.75lbs

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement (personal training and/or strength conditioning experience) or someone with an interest in developing these skills. There are no prerequisites.  

Courses/Workshops fees:

Click here for a price list from the Toronto Corporate Training Center for courses, exams and materials.

NOTES:

  • Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Please contact individual training centres for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available.

There are no exams for the Total Barre™ program.

Please note: These are general Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Policies. Please refer to the specific course and facility policies when registering for instructor training at any of our licensed training facilities around the world.

Prospective Pregnant Registrants

While it is considered safe and desirable to work out during pregnancy our courses can be quite demanding, and have not been tailored for pregnant women. We do not accept registration into our courses from students who are knowingly pregnant. Under certain circumstances permission may be granted for select workshops. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the workshop date.

Auditing

We allow auditing of the following courses if a student has previously taken them: IMP, IR, ICAD, ICHR, IBRL, AM, AR, ACAD, ACHR, ABRL, CMR, and CCCB. We also allow auditing of the ISP course if taken post-June 2007 to present and the RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 courses if taken post-June 2012. Please contact your closest Training Center if you are interested in auditing. We do not however, allow auditing of any Functional Anatomy course and any of the workshops we offer (CEC / introductory) as the main goal of the workshops is continuing education and not certification.

Please note: Auditing is not permitted for any Foundation Course.

Absenteeism & Make-up Hours

It is strongly advised that make-up hours are done as soon as possible after they are missed - especially if it occurs in the middle of a course. This allows students to cover the missed material prior to returning to the course. Please note that this is done in private review at the student’s expense. Students have six months to make up any hours missed. If they exceed this timeline, the course is forfeited and the entire course must be retaken in order to examine and certify.

  • Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels Essential courses Less than five hours of a course - 2:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up half the time in private review).  More than five hours of a course – 1:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up the entire time in private review). 

  • Rehab, Anatomy courses, ISP and Advance courses Any make-up hours for these courses are done on a 1:1 ratio due to the density of the course material and the expectation that it will take the same amount of time to teach one student as to teach a group.

Note: Licensed Training Centers must inform us via the submitted class list that a student has not completed a course. A note will be made on the student's file. A letter of completion will be sent to the student when the Center has confirmed that the student has completed the remaining hours.

No time can be missed during any Foundation Course. If a student misses any time then the course must be re-taken.

Date of Certification

Upon successful completion of the exam, students are considered certified instructors from their exam date. If the student takes the exam on two separate days, the latter date is the date that they may refer to themselves as a Certified Instructor. CECs are then earned the next full calendar year after one becomes certified, regardless of what month they examine in.

Video or Audio Recording

Audio or video recordings of courses being taught is strictly prohibited. If there are exceptional circumstances that make this necessary, the student must apply for and receive express written permission from the Senior Program Director, Education and sign a contract restricting its use. This policy is to help us avoid any infringement on our intellectual property.

Observation Hours

Observation hours can be logged during or after the course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor teach clients, as well as observing the relevant course package DVDs. We recommend that 80% of observation hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor teach. Please contact your nearest Training Center or STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, to arrange for observation.

Eligibility

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any STOTT PILATES® course, workshop or examination.

Special Exam Accommodations

Special exam accommodations may be arranged for students with disabilities or circumstances that prevent them from taking the STOTT PILATES written examination as outlined in our regular procedures. In order to be considered, a formal request supporting the student's situation must be provided to the Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the scheduled examination date. Merrithew Health & Fitness reserves the right to determine the reasonableness of the accommodation requested.

Cheating Policy

Merrithew Health & Fitness takes dishonest and unethical behavior very seriously. If a student is found to have cheated on any exam a mark of zero will be recorded for that exam and the student will be unable to re-take that exam for a minimum of six months. The re-take and any future exams will then need to be completed at our Toronto Corporate Training Center or at one of our Licensed Training Centers and may not be proctored. The student will be required to pay for a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer to be present during the written exam. Merrithew Health & Fitness™ will not be held responsible for any adverse effect this policy may have.

Certification Appeals Process

Students who choose to appeal their certification score may do so in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education within 30 days of their exam scores being issued. All appeals will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.

Grievance and Appeals Process

Students who choose to submit a formal grievance regarding their education training may do so in writing to instructorcustomercare@merrithew.com within 30 days of the course or workshop completion. Grievances should include details regarding the specific situation, the desired resolution of the grievance, and any other relevant supporting information. All grievances will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.