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120 Cromer Street
London WC1B 8BS

t: 020 7343 1850

Jessica Ortiz

Jessica Ortiz
Instructor Trainer
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Alison Salmond
Lead Instructor Trainer
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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 MERRITHEW™ courses and education in London, YMCAfit offer a comprehensive range of workshops throughout the year, winning the Licensed Training Centre 'Rookie of the Year' award. Along with MERRITHEW 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
Fall 2016 | October 28-30, November 4-5, 11-12
Friday 10:30am-4:30pm | Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Fall 2016 | November 28-December 1, 5-8
Monday-Thursday 10:30am-4:30pm
Winter 2017 | January 13-15, 20-22, 28-29
Friday 10:30am-4:30pm | Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Winter 2017 | February 13-16, 20-23
Monday-Thursday 10:30am-4:30pm
Spring 2017 | March 10-12, 17-19, 25-26
Friday 10:30am-4:30pm | Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Intensive Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Winter 2017 | January 23-27, 30-February 3
Monday-Friday 10:30am-4:30pm
Spring 2017 | March 20-24, 27-31
Monday-Friday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Cadillac (ICAD)

LEVEL: 1      25 hours
Winter 2017 | February 27-March 3
Monday-Friday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Stability Chair™ (ICHR)

LEVEL: 1      15 hours
Winter 2017 | March 6-8
Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-4:30pm

Intensive Barrels (IBRL)

LEVEL: 1      10 hours
​Winter 2017 | March 9-10
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.

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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
Fall 2016 | December 3
Saturday 11am-6pm
​Winter 2017 | March 16
Thursday 10am-5pm

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 2017 | February 6-9
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
Fall 2016 | November 3
Thursday 9am-5pm

CORE Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training – developed exclusively by MERRITHEW 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.

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
Fall 2016 | December 13
Tuesday 9am-5pm
Winter 2017 | March 5
Sunday 9am-5pm


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

Monday November 7 Prenatal Pilates on the Mat 9am-11am
Monday November 7 Post Natal Pilates 11:15am-1:15pm
Monday November 7 Prenatal Pilates with Stability Ball™ & Flex-Band® 2:15pm-4:15pm
Friday November 11 Postural Analysis Review 10am-1pm
Friday November 11 Exam Preparation: Matwork
Tuesday November 29 Matwork Flow with Ankle Tubing 9am-11am
Tuesday November 29 Fitness Circle® Flow 11:15am-1:15pm
Tuesday November 29 Mini Stability Ball™ Workout 2:15pm-4:15pm
Friday December 2 Exam Preparation: Matwork
Friday December 2 Postural Analysis Review
Sunday December 4 Programming for Osteoporosis Management 11am-1pm
Sunday December 4 Programming for Scoliosis Management 2:15pm-4:15pm
Sunday December 4 Matwork for Breast Cancer Rehab 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday December 10 Prenatal Pilates on the Mat 11am-1pm
Saturday December 10 Post Natal Pilates 2:15pm-4:15pm
Saturday December 10 Armchair Pilates with Handweights 4:30pm-6:30pm
Sunday December 11 Dynamic Balance, Stability Ball™ Level 2 11am-1pm
Sunday December 11 Athletic Conditioning with Fitness Circle® 2:15pm-4:15pm
Sunday December 11 CORE™ Power & Stamina: Medicine Ball Interval Training, Volume 1 4:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday January 11 The Knee: Stability & Function 9am-11am
Wednesday January 11 The Shoulder Girdle: Stability & Function 11:15am-1:15pm
Wednesday January 11 Lumbo-Pelvic Region: Stability & Function 2:15pm-4:15pm
Tuesday January 17 Postural Analysis Review 10am-1pm
Tuesday January 17 Exam Preparation: Matwork
Saturday February 4 Foam Roller™, Level 1 11:15am-1:15pm
Saturday February 4 Mini Stability Ball™ Workout 2:15pm-4:15pm
Saturday February 4 Toning Ball™ Workshop 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday February 25 Pilates with Props, Level 1 11am-1pm
Saturday February 25 Rotational Disks on the Mat 2:15pm-4:15pm
Saturday February 25 Total Body Sculpting 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday March 4 Prenatal Pilates on the Mat 11:15am-1:15pm
Saturday March 4 Post Natal Pilates
Saturday March 4 Prenatal Pilates with Stability Ball™ & Flex-Band®
Monday March 13 Programming for Osteoporosis Management
Monday March 13 Programming for Scoliosis Management
Monday March 13 Matwork for Breast Cancer Rehab