Before committing to a course of study I researched Pilates teacher training programs at both the local and national levels. I was extremely disappointed to learn that many programs relied heavily on online instruction and prerecorded videos followed by a handful of in-person or zoom meetings. I felt that for the price, I should get so much more. I loved pilates and wanted to be sure that the training program I chose would foster and grow that love, not squash it.
I called Rocky Mountain Pilates completely unaware that they offered a teacher training but with the intent of utilizing their expertise in the Pilates community here in Colorado, hoping to get some recommendations for good programs. Taylor was amazing and answered all of my queries before she even mentioned that they in fact offered a training course. The program sounded like a dream compared to what I had found in my research. Everything would be hands-on, in-person, taught by Taylor who has years upon years of experience in the industry. When comparing what Rocky Mountain Pilates was offering to the meager offerings of other programs I realized that it was quite affordable.
Taylor was very accomodating. There were no consequences for missed class time and Taylor would always find time to meet for a makeup or to simply answer questions. She opened her studio to us allowing for practice and observation time which was truly invaluable. Rocky Mountain Pilates was a welcoming, supportive, safe place to dive further into this skill. I cannot recommend the teacher training enough!
Beginning Mat Certification
We offer a 16-hour beginning mat certification that’s a prerequisite for the 500-hour comprehensive training. You will learn the 6 principles of Pilates, basic anatomy, the history of Joe Pilates and how to teach students the beginning mat series using the principles of Pilates. The 16 hours includes taking notes on the transitions, beginning positions of the exercises, cues and modifications and practice. It’s a great way to begin your journey to becoming a Pilates teacher or deepen your own understanding of the work and your practice.
Our 500-hour teacher training consists of classroom time and log hours that include practicing, teaching, observing and meditation of your choice. This training will transform you physically and spiritually. During the classroom time you will learn the beginner through advanced exercises using all of the classical apparatus, and also learn the Intermediate/advanced mat work. It includes an anatomy workshop as well as guest teachers who offer their approach on the work. You will learn teaching skills, precautions and contraindications, an introduction to the business of Pilates, and emotional intelligence to help you navigate different clients and their needs. You will learn the modifications for each exercise and when it’s appropriate to use them. The style of teaching taught helps you to be able to teach to all different fitness levels while keeping everyone safe. There is a section of your training dedicated to Jump board and variations.
Pilates is as much a spiritual practice as it is a physical one. Becoming a Pilates teacher requires understanding and embodying both of these aspects of the work.
The studio is available at certain times throughout the training for practice and I’m available at certain times outside of the classroom time to help guide and support you. I feel strongly about making sure everyone feels accepted and supported. I always welcome questions and I am committed to helping you become the best teacher you can be. Throughout the training we offer our clients discounted rates to take private lessons with teachers in training to help you get experience and hours. We also offer a free class taught by teachers in training to help get the experience of teaching in a group setting.