Become a Pilates Matwork Instructor.
Pilates was pioneered in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Joseph had suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever a child. His parents were told he could die prematurely, but Joseph was determined to return his body to peak physical condition. This journey eventually brought Joseph to America and the formation of ‘Contrology’, which is the precursor to modern Pilates. Today, Pilates is used to improve musculoskeletal health and function of those who participate.
Typically, Pilates is performed with a mat, usually using only the participants’ bodyweight. At times, portable equipment such as stability balls, foam rollers, resistance bands and Pilates circles are used. Reformer Pilates is a more advanced form of the method, though it is less popular than traditional Pilates due the cost of the equipment involved.
Qualities required to be a Pilates Instructor.
Attention to detail is a prerequisite for a Pilates instructor as classes need to be delivered in a precise and controlled manner. In addition to this, instructors are required to motivate, encourage and inspire all those that participate in their class.
As a practice, Pilates is perfectly suited to enhancing flexibility and aspects of injury rehabilitation – therefore instructors may need to work on clients’ posture and musculoskeletal health even if they’re not in class/group situation. Because of this, an open-minded and adaptable approach is need for teaching.
Clients and participants will likely be at a differing skill levels and may have very specific postural and musculoskeletal requirements – it’s important therefore, particularly in a class environment, that everyone’s needs are catered for.
Qualifications required to be a Pilates Instructor.
To become a Pilates instructor you will need to gain a minimum of a Level 3 Diploma in Pilates Matwork, once you have successfully achieved this qualification you can progress to Level 4 and specialisation routes.
For professionalism and insurance purposes, it’s important to choose a recognised training provider when considering a Pilates qualification. Ensure that the course is certificated by the likes of YMCA Awards or Active IQ and carries 20 REPs points.
The course we deliver is the Level 3 Diploma in Pilates Matwork, for details of what is involved in the course click here.
Opportunities as a Pilates Instructor.
Pilates Instructors can operate freelance or in a permanent position in a health club or leisure center. Instructors with the necessary business skills, could launch their own private studio and reap much greater financial rewards than those who solely work on a freelance basis.
Freelance instructors are usually paid on an hourly or class-by-class basis, and this rate of pay ranges from employer to employer. Some employers may require the instructor to work on a self-employed basis, invoicing them for their work each month. Others will prefer to operate a payroll scheme where tax and National Insurance are deducted at the source.
Most Pilates instructors earn between £15-£40 per class, although those who operate their own studios or hire facilities to conduct sessions have the ability to earn substantially more.