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STOTT PILATES

Comprehensive program


Overview

The STOTT PILATES® Comprehensive Program (Level 1) teaches the STOTT PILATES principles and Essential and Intermediate exercises in a time frame that allows you to assimilate and apply the material at a slower pace. This “ground up” approach is intended for those with no prior teaching experience and little or no training in functional anatomy and/or movement as well as limited exposure to Pilates.

Comprehensive program choices

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to teach the STOTT PILATES method of exercise. Upon passing the exam, they will be recognized as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor. Only upon the receipt of their certificate will they be entitled to identify themselves as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor.

For those who are unable to devote the amount of time required in our Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues we suggest the Intensive stream.

Our programs provide a balanced and thorough blend of theory, observation and practical experience to help you master the repertoire.

General course objectives
  • How to apply STOTT PILATES biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises
  • A complete breakdown of each exercise
  • Exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
  • Modifications to increase or decrease exercise intensity
  • Modifications for specific body types and postural issues
  • How to recognize optimal and less than optimal movement patterns
  • A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated
  • Effective communication, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer (CMR)

This course will teach functional anatomy, the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES exercises and their application to the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate Matwork and Reformer repertoire. Typically courses are run full-time over a 12–15 week period then followed by an apprenticeship. Students learn to design, teach and modify Essential and Intermediate level classes, integrating small equipment to add variety and to meet the specific needs of your clients. You will leave with a solid foundation and required skills to develop effective and motivating Pilates Matwork and Reformer programs.

Details
What you will learn
  • Functional anatomy (lecture/demonstration format)
  • Theory and practice of postural analysis
  • 185 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • Workout composition for personal and group training
  • Use of Flex-Band® exerciser, Fitness Circle® resistance ring and Arc Barrel to enhance, support and intensify strength and flexibility exercises
  • Effective use of the Reformer to enhance torso stability and strength and for peripheral extremity conditioning, flexibility, joint stability, balance and coordination
  • Effective communication and observational skills
  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
  • Exercise layering related to effective program design
Certification requirements
  • 30 hours functional anatomy
  • 90 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • minimum of 20 hours of observation
  • minimum of 70 hours of physical review
  • minimum of 40 hours of practice teaching
  • 60 hours apprenticeship performed upon completion
  • 310 hours total

Observation, practice teaching and physical review
A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses and should be completed between instructed sessions at any STOTT PILATES facility. Additional training may be required before certification. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time.The practice logs must be submitted on your exam date (either written or practical exam). If the student fails to submit all the logs within 7 days from the last portion of the exam, the entire exam will be void.

Observation
Includes watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or relevant STOTT PILATES videos.

Physical review
Means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or working out with video can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

Practice teaching
Hours can be fulfilled by instructing family, fellow students, friends or clients.

Note
  • There are no hours required for Injuries & Special Populations or Advanced Level courses
  • Students may be required to complete some or all of the observation, practice teaching and physical review hours at the training center where the Comprehensive Program is offered
  • Contact the training center you plan to do your course with directly for more information
Continuing education credits (CECs)
  • 12.0 STOTT PILATES
Required materials
Education materials
  1. Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book (ST08050)
  2. Mat-Plus Course Package (DV80335)
    • Comprehensive Matwork Manual
    • Essential Matwork DVD, 3rd Ed.
    • Intermediate Matwork DVD, 3rd Ed.
    • Total Body Sculpting DVD
    • Fitness Circle® Challenge DVD
  3. Reformer Course Package (DV80336)
    • Essential Reformer Manual 2nd Ed.
    • Intermediate Reformer Manual 2nd Ed.
    • Essential Reformer DVD, 3rd Ed. (2 disc set)
    • Intermediate Reformer DVD, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)

Additional languages
A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. See available resources

Optional resources
These resources are not available through Merrithew, however you may want to purchase these as additional resources for your practice.

  • Trail Guide to the Body, Andrew Biel
  • Anatomy Flash Cards, Anne Gilroy
  • Atlas of Anatomy, Gilroy, MacPherson, Ross
  • Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Germain
  • Muscular System Flash Pak, Bryan Edwards

Equipment required (provided by the facility)

  • 1 per Reformer
    Reformer Box; Padded Platform Extender; pair Long Spine Straps (included with V2 Max Plus Reformer and not required with Retractable Rope System); Foam Cushions A & C (Foam Cushion C may be replaced with Padded Platform Extender); Pilates Pad; Mini Stability Ball; Maple Pole; pair Foam-Grip-Handles (included with V2 Max Plus Reformer)
  • 1 per student
    Mat; Flex-Band® exerciser; Fitness Circle® resistance ring
  • 1 per 2 students
    Foam Cushions A & C (in some cases, Foam Cushion C may be replaced with a Padded Platform Extender); Eco-Friendly Pilates Pad; Mini Stability Ball
  • 1 per 3 students
    Arc Barrel, Reformer (V2 Max; V2 Max Plus, SPX or Rehab V2 Max)
  • Optional
    1 Spine Supporter

Comprehensive Cadillac, Chair & Barrels (CCCB)

This course prepares you to teach Level 1 Essential and Intermediate exercises on the Cadillac Trapeze Table, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrel. Typically, courses are run full-time over a 8 week period then followed by an apprenticeship. Upon completion students will be able to fine-tune both personal and circuit training programs to meet general fitness and athletic conditioning goals for a range of clients.

Details
What you will learn
  • Effective use of the equipment to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
  • How to develop dynamic programs in a full studio environment
  • Effective communication and observational skills
  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • Exercise layering related to effective program design
  • 295 exercises plus multiple modifications
Prerequisite
  • Completion of CMR or IMP or IR
Certification requirements
  • 50 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • minimum of 20 hours of observation
  • minimum of 35 hours of physical review
  • minimum of 25 hours of practice teaching
  • 40 hours apprenticeship performed upon completion
  • 165 hours total

Observation, practice teaching and physical review
A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses and should be completed between instructed sessions at any STOTT PILATES facility. Additional training may be required before certification. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time. The practice logs must be submitted on your exam date (either written or practical exam). If the student fails to submit all the logs within 7 days from the last portion of the exam, the entire exam will be void.

Observation
Includes watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or relevant STOTT PILATES videos.

Physical review
Means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or working out with video can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

Practice teaching
Hours can be fulfilled by instructing family, fellow students, friends or clients.

Note
  • There are no hours required for Injuries & Special Populations or Advanced Level courses
  • Students may be required to complete some or all of the observation, practice teaching and physical review hours at the training center where the Comprehensive Program is offered
  • Contact the training center you plan to do your course with directly for more information
Continuing education credits (CECs)
  • 5.0 STOTT PILATES
Required materials
Education materials
  1. CCB Course Package (DV80355)
Manuals (6)
  • Essential Cadillac Manual, 2nd Ed.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Cadillac Manual, 2nd Ed.
  • Complete Stability Chair Manual
  • Complete Arc Barrel Manual
  • Complete Ladder Barrel Manual
  • Complete Spine Corrector Manual
DVDs (4)
  • Essential Cadillac, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)
  • Intermediate Cadillac, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)
  • Essential & Intermediate Stability Chair, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)
  • Complete Barrel Repertoire
Equipment required (provided by the facility)
  • 1 per 6 students
    Cadillac
    OR
    1 per 12 students
    Cadillac and Reformer with Traditional or Plus-style Vertical Frame (including Mat Converter)
PLUS
  • 1 per student
    Mat (optional 1:2)
  • 1 per 4 students
    Spine Corrector 1 per 3 students: Split-Pedal Stability Chair; Arc Barrel; Padded Platform Extender; Reformer Box; Eco-Friendly Pilates Pad; Foam Cushions A & C; Mini Stability Ball
  • 1 per 6 students
    Ladder Barrel; pair Rotational Disks (10" or 12"); Maple Pole

Admissions

For many people the decision to become a professional Pilates instructor comes from the need to start a new career, a passion for fitness, or a desire to supplement their income. Before signing up for teacher training, be sure your personal Pilates practice and your foundational knowledge of the work are both solid. Knowing Pilates in your own body will not only give you an appreciation of the method, it will also help you teach it to your clients. Take Pilates classes at your gym or find a studio and watch Pilates DVDs. In other words, do whatever you can to familiarize yourself more fully with the work.

Admission requirements
In the Comprehensive stream we’re looking for self-directed and highly motivated people with strong interpersonal and communication skills and the following:

  • Some training in dance, fitness or movement
  • Minimum 30 hours participation in Pilates classes/workouts

Exams

See all exam FAQs

Fees

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

Note
  • Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Contact individual training centers for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available
  • Purchase Course Packages for your course materials and save up to 30% off the price of individual pieces

Policies and procedures

See general policies and procedures. Please refer to the specific course and facility policies when registering for instructor training