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How to Become a Pilates Instructor

Kundan Pandey
In the last few years, Pilates has entered the mainstream fitness regime, and is now popular in many countries. Opting for a profession in this field can prove to be a rewarding career choice in today's health conscious society.
Pilates is a system of exercise developed in the 1920s by a German man named Joseph Pilates. He developed these exercises to help people achieve holistic health, by increasing their body's flexibility and by strengthening their muscles. In this system, there are exercises for every body part to help treat physical ailments.
For achieving faster results, every exercise is performed while keeping breathing in focus. There are several benefits of this method, and it is immensely popular among the masses. Thousands of people are learning Pilates every year, and industry experts predict that this will create more career opportunities for people interested in this field.

Job Description

A Pilates instructor is expected to teach his clients about the Pilates exercise system. Therefore, aspirants who wish to build a career in this field must make an effort to learn this system from an authentic source. There are several profit and non profit organizations that train candidates to become professionals.
For instance, The Pilates Method of Alliance (PMA) is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching Pilates all across the United States. It is(,) in fact(,) one of the most reputed bodies for certifying Pilates teachers. PMA has schools located in all major cities. Training usually costs anywhere from $30 to $100 per session.

Educational Requirements

A Pilates course may take months to complete; it usually depends on the type of training you opt for. Organizations generally offer certification for two main courses: The Pilates mat instructor course and comprehensive Pilates instructor course.
Mat training covers basic exercises, while comprehensive training covers more deeper methods of Pilates. Most professionals complete both programs, so that they are well prepared to pass the national level certification exam.


Pilates instructors normally make around $15 to $40 per hour. In a year, they can earn anywhere between $30,000 to $75,000, depending on experience, location, and organization. Various health clubs, studios, and rehabilitation clinics hire such professionals.
Candidates having mixed profiles, such as yoga instructors, doctors of medicine, registered nurses, or medical assistants, have tremendous opportunities to get hired in good hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Since it is a relatively new career option, there is plenty of growth in this field.