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STOTT PILATES

Intensive program


Overview

The STOTT PILATES® Intensive Program (Level 1) is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement, or those who have completed the Functional Anatomy course and meet the Pilates class requirements. The focus is on expanding student’s current knowledge while delivering complete instruction in STOTT PILATES principles and Essential and Intermediate exercises in a fast-paced format.

This option is ideal for those who are unable to devote the amount of time required in our Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues.

Intensive Program choices:

  • Intensive Mat-Plus™ - IMP
  • Intensive Reformer – IR
  • Intensive Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – ICCB

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.

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 STOTTPILATES 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

Intensive Mat-Plus™ – IMP

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement, as well as those who are unable to devote the time required in our Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues. Conducted over 2 weeks or 3 weekends. Building on your industry knowledge it teaches you to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Matwork repertoire, for personal or group training settings for a range of clients. You will leave with a solid foundation and required skills to develop effective and motivating Pilates Matwork programs.

Details

What you will learn:

  • The STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles
  • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
  • Flex-Band, Fitness Circle and Arc Barrel variations
  • Effective communication and observational skills
  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Theory and practice of postural analysis
  • 63 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises
  • Exercise layering related to effective program design
  • Workout composition for personal and group training

Requirements of certification

  • 40 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation
  • Minimum of 30 hours of physical review
  • Minimum of 15 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 95 hours

Observation, practice teaching & 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 and submitted at the time of the practical exam.

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.

Continuing Education Credits

STOTT PILATES 4.0
REPs 6.0
canfitpro 4.0
ACE 4.0

IMP1 – Module 1 & IMP2 – Module 2

To help accommodate your schedule, we also offer Intensive Mat-Plus in two modules – IMP1 & IMP2. Key learnings are the same as the full course. Completion of both modules is required to be eligible for certification. IMP1 is a pre-requisite of IMP2. Both modules must be taken within 6 months of each other.

IMP1 – Module 1

Provides the solid foundation and skills needed to develop effective personal training programs. Learn to design and teach the Essential portion of the Level 1 repertoire with 38 unique exercises plus multiple modifications and progressions.

  • 25 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum 6 hours observation
  • Minimum 20 hours physical review
  • Minimum 10 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 61 hour

CECs:2.5 STOTT PILATES; ACE; canfitpro

IMP2 – Module 2

IMP2 expands on the foundation and skills developed in the first segment as you learn to design programs incorporating the Intermediate repertoire. Learn 25 unique exercises plus multiple modifications and progressions.

  • 15 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum 4 hours observation
  • Minimum 10 hours physical review
  • Minimum 5 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 34 hours

CECs:1.5 STOTT PILATES; ACE; canfitpro

Required materials

Education material

  1. Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book*
  2. Mat-Plus Course Package
  • Comprehensive Matwork Manual
  • Essential Matwork DVD, 3rd Ed.
  • Intermediate Matwork DVD, 3rd Ed.
  • Total Body Sculpting DVD
  • Fitness Circle® Challenge DVD

Note: the Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book is required for IMP, IR and CMR courses but only needs to be purchased once

Additional languages:

A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. Please click here for more information.

Optional resources:

These resources are not available at merrithew.com, 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

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

Optional: 1 Spine Supporter

Intensive Reformer – IR

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement, as well as those who are unable to devote the time required in our Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues. Conducted over 3 weeks or 4 weekends. Building on your industry knowledge it teaches you to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Reformer repertoire for personal or group training settings for a range of clients. You will leave with a solid foundation and required skills to develop effective and motivating Pilates Reformer programs. While IR may be taken prior to IMP, we recommend completing IMP first.

Details

What you will learn:

  • The STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles
  • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
  • Effective use of the reformer to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
  • Effective communication and observational skills
  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Theory and practice of postural analysis
  • 139 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises
  • Exercise layering related to effective program design
  • Workout composition for personal and group training
Requirements of certification
  • 50 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation
  • Minimum of 40 hours of physical review
  • Minimum of 25 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 125 hours

Observation, practice teaching & 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 and submitted at the time of the practical exam.

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.

Continuing education credits

STOTT PILATES 5.0
REPs 6.0
canfitpro 4.0
ACE 5.0

IR1 – Module 1 & IR2 – Module 2

To help accommodate your schedule, we also offer Intensive Reformer in two modules – IR1 & IR2. Key learnings are the same as the full course. Completion of both modules is required to be eligible for certification. IR1 is a pre-requisite of IR2. Both modules must be taken within 6 months of each other.

IR1 – Module 1

Provides the solid foundation and skills needed to develop effective personal training programs. Learn to design and teach the Essential portion of the Level 1 repertoire with 74 unique exercises plus multiple modifications and progressions.

  • 30 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum 6 hours observation
  • Minimum 25 hours physical review
  • Minimum 15 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 76 hour

CECs:3.0 STOTT PILATES; ACE; canfitpro

IR2 – Module 2

IR2 expands on the foundation and skills developed in the first segment as you learn to design programs incorporating the Intermediate repertoire. Learn 65 unique exercises plus multiple modifications and progressions.

  • 20 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum 4 hours observation
  • Minimum 15 hours physical review
  • Minimum 10 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 49 hours

CECs:2.0 STOTT PILATES; ACE; canfitpro

Required materials

Education material

  1. Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book*
  2. Reformer Course Package
  • 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)

Note: The Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book is required for IMP and IR courses but only needs to be purchased once and can be used for both.

Additional Languages:

A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. Please click here for more information.

Optional Resources:

These resources are not available at merrithew.com, 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

1 per 3 Students: Reformer (V2 Max™; V2 Max Plus™, SPX™ or V2 Max Rehab)

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); Eco-Friendly Pilates Pad; Mini Stability Ball™; Maple Pole; pair Foam-Grip-Handles (included with V2 Max Plus™ Reformer)

Intensive Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – ICCB

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement, as well as those who are unable to devote the time required in our Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues. Conducted over 3 weeks or 4 weekends. Students registering for this course must have completed Intensive Mat Plus or Intensive Reformer. The Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels course has been structured into three separate modules; ICAD, ICHR and IBRL, to give you maximum flexibility. Completion of all three modules is required to be eligible for certification.

Details

Intensive Cadillac – ICAD

Building on your industry knowledge and the material learned in IMP or IR you learn to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Cadillac repertoire for personal or group training settings for a range of clients. 125 exercises on the Cadillac Trapeze Table

What you will learn:

  • A variety of exercises performed on the Cadillac Trapeze Table through the full Essential and Intermediate repertoire
  • To become better acquainted with the Cadillac as a tool to create complete workouts or as a complement to routines featuring Matwork and other equipment
  • To observe and experience a variety of exercises utilizing the Cadillac’s features including the Roll-Down Bar, Push-Thru Bar, Trapeze, Leg and Arm Springs
  • The goals of each exercise, biomechanics and alignment, as well as cueing and correcting for safety and effectiveness
  • How to apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles to a variety of exercises, variations and modifications
  • Familiarity with the safety guidelines and application of the equipment for a variety of clients

Requirements of certification

  • 25 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation
  • Minimum of 15 hours of physical review
  • Minimum of 10 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 60 hours

Observation, practice teaching & 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 and submitted at the time of the practical exam.

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.

Continuing education credits

STOTT PILATES 2.5
REPs 6.0
canfitpro 4.0
ACE 2.5

Intensive Stability Chair™ – ICHR

Building on your industry knowledge and the material learned in IMP or IR you learn to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Stability Chair repertoire for personal or group training settings for a range of clients.

What you will learn:

  • Functional exercises to develop core strength against spring resistance in a variety of positions, including standing, sitting, prone and side-lying
  • How to apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles to Essential and Intermediate-level Stability Chair exercises
  • Better understanding of movement essence and exercise goals, proper execution and muscle activation
  • How to improve core stability, increase peripheral strength and enhance mobility on one piece of equipment
  • How the split-pedal option transforms exercises by challenging bilateral, unilateral and reciprocal strength and stability
  • Cues and corrections for safety and effectiveness

Requirements of certification

  • 15 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum of 5 hours of observation
  • Minimum of 10 hours of physical review
  • Minimum of 10 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 40 hours

Continuing education credits

STOTT PILATES 1.5
REPs 6.0
canfitpro 4.0
ACE 1.5

Intensive Barrels – IBRL

Building on your industry knowledge and the material learned in IMP or IR you learn to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrel repertoire for personal or group training settings for a range of clients.

What you will learn:

  • How to apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles to exercises on the Arc Barrel, Spine Corrector and Ladder Barrel
  • Exercises from the STOTT PILATES Essential and Intermediate Barrel repertoire
  • To understand movement essence and exercise goals
  • How to support the spine in flexion, lateral flexion or extension, to target core and peripheral muscle groups, and to adapt exercises to specific body types
  • How to incorporate the barrels into a full-body workout and program for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • To develop effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

Requirements of certification

  • 10 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum of 5 hours of observation
  • Minimum of 10 hours of physical review
  • Minimum of 5 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 30 hours

Continuing education credits

STOTT PILATES 1.0
REPs 6.0
ACE 1.0
canfitpro
4.0

Required materials

Education materials

CCB Course Package

  1. Manuals
    • 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
  2. 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

Intensive Cadillac – ICAD

ICAD Course Package

  1. Manuals (2)
    • Essential Cadillac 2nd Ed,
    • Intermediate/Advanced Cadillac 2nd Ed
  2. DVDs (2)
    • Essential Cadillac, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)
    • Intermediate Cadillac, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)

Intensive Stability Chair™ - ICHR

ICHR Course Package

  1. Manuals (1)
    • Complete Stability Chair™ Manual
  2. DVDs (1)
    • Essential & Intermediate Stability Chair, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)

Intensive Barrels – IBRL

IBRL Course Package

  1. Manuals (3)
    • Complete Arc Barrel Manual
    • Complete Ladder Barrel Manual
    • Complete Spine Corrector Manual
  2. DVDs (1)
    • Complete Barrel Repertoire

Equipment required

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 6 Students: Ladder Barrel; pair Rotational Disks (10" or 12"); Maple Pole

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 Student: Mat (optional 1:2)

Exams

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Admission

In the Intensive stream we’re looking for self-directed and highly motivated people with industry-specific knowledge and skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ideal candidates include:

  • Current health and fitness professionals with prior teaching experience
  • Career changers who would like to begin their training while still working full time

Admission requirements

  • Working knowledge of functional anatomy and prior participation in an anatomy course that covers in detail the human musculoskeletal system and includes muscle attachments, actions and basic biomechanics. Acceptable courses include the STOTT PILATES Functional Anatomy course or a university or college level anatomy or physiology course (minimum of 20-25 hours of in-class instruction). Online courses may be accepted provided they amount to a minimum 20-25 hours of learning and include homework assignments, tests and/or a final examination.
  • Minimum 30 hours participation in Pilates classes/workouts

Recommended

  • Three+ years teaching movement or fitness. Applicants with a strong history of Pilates participation and/or experience instructing students/clients in another field may also be considered.

How to apply:

Click here for contact information and admission processes at a location near you.

Fees

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Note:

  • 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.
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