Getting the biggest bang for your buck with a Pilates course
Written on the 21 January 2015 by Studio Pilates
Want to know how to get the biggest bang for your buck with a Pilates course? Read on to find out what you should research so you get the most value for your money.
There are a number of courses offering various degrees of training for new Pilates Instructors, and it is worth doing your research before making the investment. Here are my top 10 tips for choosing the best instructor training course for you...
1. Check out the amount of exercises covered, and duration of the training course some institutions have broken out the learning over numerous, ongoing modules so it takes you longer and costs more to get the same training offered more efficiently in other courses.
2. Ensure the course you sign up for is accredited with Fitness Australia, so you earn CEC points and you don't have to take out extra insurance cover saving you money.
3. Check on the quality and detail provided in the course manuals, as this has been found to vary enormously between course providers. Good quality manuals with extensive information, large numbers of exercises covered and clear diagrams and images will facilitate your learning and also become an essential ongoing resource for reviewing exercises and brushing up on your skills down the track.
4. What is the full cost of the course and can it be paid in instalments through flexible payment plan options?
5. What ongoing support is offered by the institution? Some courses come with a learning guarantee stating that you can re-take the course again for free if you don't feel confident to teach. In addition, will your instructor trainer welcome your contact and questions at any time after the course?
6. The course should have a strong focus on your practical training, so that when you finish your course you are fully equipped with the skills you need to establish, run and manage your own classes. Check what percentage of the course is devoted to role-plays and practicing the instruction rather than just discussing the theory.
7. The experience and background of the course facilitator are crucial to the quality of the training you will receive. What formal qualifications and working experience do both the trainer and the course creator possess?
8. Explore how up-to-date the course material is and enquire about the process for ensuring the latest developments in core stability are adapted in to the training course. The application of Pilates in to the wider, fitness environment and the benefits of resistance training in general are always evolving....
9. Ask to view an example of the style of instructing you will be learning. Does the method include clear and effective cueing and can you visualise yourself teaching in that style. It is vital to choose a course that matches your approach.
10. What opportunity for further expansion of your instructing skills is offered by the Institution and are there more advanced courses for you to move on to that enhance your class offering. Are there further opportunities and ways to advance your career and your earning potential?
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