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COVID-19 and your education

Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and we thank you for your cooperation and appreciate your support during this time. We understand that due to these unprecedented times your education plans may have been disrupted or put on hold. Uncertainty can be stressful but we are committed to keeping you informed by answering your frequently asked questions.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates or changes as necessary. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please contact and we will be happy to assist you.

We ask that you please refer to your local government’s policies and regulations for guidance on social and physical distancing specific to your facility location.


I don't have a DVD player available but I would like to review Merrithew® videos and workouts. Do you offer digital video options?

Yes! We have recently launched our new digital video platform, Merrithew Connect. You’ll get access to on-demand workouts and video content so you can learn from our team of renowned instructors and re-watch and practice what you learn anytime, anywhere.

How can I complete my observation, physical review and practice teaching hours during this time?

In addition to the options found on our website, our team has approved new ways that you can complete the practice hours required for your course(s).


Observation hours can be logged during relevant course homework or after a STOTT PILATES® course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer teach clients (in-person or online), as well as observing the relevant course videos on DVD or through Merrithew Connect.

Physical review

Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer or working out with relevant course videos on DVD or through Merrithew Connect can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

Students can participate in an online Pilates session or join an online group Pilates class that teaches STOTT PILATES repertoire with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer. Students can also attend a Merrithew Online Workshop (offered by Merrithew Training Centers worldwide or the Corporate Training Center).

Practice teaching

Practice Teaching hours can be fulfilled by teaching STOTT PILATES course repertoire to family, fellow students, friends or clients, cueing and correcting them through a workout. Practice Teaching can be done in-person or by using a video conferencing program, such as Skype or Zoom.

My local Training Center is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. How can I keep up with practicing and studying?

In addition to the different options to complete your Observation, Physical Review and Practice Teaching Hours, there are different ways to keep up with practicing and studying:

  • Use online platforms to connect with fellow students, friends and family and guide them through a workout
  • Take online private sessions with a Merrithew Instructor Trainer or participate in online group classes or ask to observe the class. Private session rates to be determined by the Training Center/Instructor Trainer
  • Review Functional Anatomy
  • Review your course manuals, focusing on starting position, movement/breaths, essence of the exercise, target muscles and modifications. It is very important to read the manuals thoroughly to understand each exercise in depth
  • Review your course support material, focusing on postural theory, postural assessment and programming
  • Watch and review Merrithew DVDs
  • Create a group with peers to study together using a video conferencing program
Is Merrithew offering online training during this time?

Select Training Centers are offering online workshops and we are actively working to rollout more virtual training opportunities and we will continue to share updates with our community on this.

For further information on currently scheduled offerings, please contact your local Training Center.

Is Merrithew offering Online Examination options during this time?

Merrithew’s online examination options do include both the written and the practical components of the examination. These online examination options are a temporary solution to help ease the challenges of examining in-person during COVID-19 and local lock-downs. Select Training Centers, including Merrithew’s Corporate Training Center, are able to offer this option to students. Please connect with a Training Center who is offering online examinations to schedule a time.

To find a Training Center near you, please see our website under Find Training. Please keep in mind that if you do choose to complete the examination online, you will need to have access to all the necessary equipment for your examination and will be responsible for providing your own exam body. For more details on the online exam option, please download the Online Examination Guide for Students (PDF) for the full details.

What if I cannot complete my STOTT PILATES examination prior to my exam deadline?

We are committed to supporting each student through their STOTT PILATES Certification. With the assistance of our Training Centers, are continuing to monitor the effect COVID-19 is having on different regions, if a student needs an examination extension due to COVID-19 restrictions in their area, please contact your local Training Center or

What if I need to complete an Examination Reinstatement Session before taking my exams?

Please contact your local Training Center for options.

How can I complete my CECs when I am unable to attend an in-person course or workshop like I normally would?

In light of the global effect of COVID-19, we have made some temporary changes to our Continuing Education program and policies. We understand that during this time, some of the CEC options that you are used to, are not available or difficult to complete.

For full details on this option, please refer to the CEC FAQ page.

What if I am unable to complete my CECs this year due to COVID-19?

We understand many Instructors may face difficulties maintaining their CECs during COVID-19 for various reasons.

For any STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor who is unable to complete their CECs in 2020 and require an extension due to COVID-19, we are providing a complementary extension, valid until May 31, 2021. Please contact

I had requested an extension on my 2019 CECs and planned to make them up by my new deadline of May 31, 2020 but am unable to now. What are my options?

For any Certified Instructors who requested extensions on their CECs from previous years, will be granted a further extension to December 31, 2020 to complete their CECs. In order to receive this extension, please contact If closer to that time you are still unable to complete the required CECs, please contact us as we will work with you and discuss your options.

For any additional questions or concerns related to continuing education, please contact

What is the best way to clean and maintain my Merrithew equipment from home?

We’ve put together some tips here on how to best clean the high-touch surfaces on your equipment and a few other strategies you can put in place at home to minimize the spread of germs, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You can view our full guidelines and recommendations here.

What is Merrithew doing to help take care of the community and staff?

We are committed to ensuring we do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and to keeping you informed along the way.

We have taken several precautions over the last week. Some of those actions are:

  • Temporary closure of the Merrithew Studio & Corporate Training Center
  • Social distancing
  • Suspension of our “white glove” in home delivery and installs & service related calls
  • Following the World Health Organization’s prevention guidelines

Learn more about steps Merrithew is taking here.