Matwork Programming and Progressions Course


The Matwork Programming and Progressions Course is the second half of Studio Pilates’ matwork training and completes your Matwork knowledge. In this course, you learn an additional 76 Matwork exercises, including Joseph Pilates’ original Matwork exercises. Not only is this course a must to enhance your instructing skills, but it is also essential in gaining further expertise in programming for specific injuries and progressing your clients as they improve. 

When clients have been coming to classes for a while, the movements that they have been performing in every class can become less effective over time as the body adapts to the position and load. As such, it is so important as an instructor to have the skills and extended Pilates repertoire to be able to progress your clients through these adaptation stages to continually develop strength and muscle tone. Otherwise you may find that your clients experience plateaus in their progress due to the body’s ability to adapt to the exercises prescribed. 

Regardless of whether your clients are injured, elderly, pregnant, or athletes, being able to identify adaptation cycles and knowing how to utilise the beginner to advanced Pilates repertoire to progress your clients through these stages is incredibly important. So whether you are looking to progress your injured clients toward more functional movement, or are just looking to progress your everyday clients to become stronger and more flexible with enhanced results, this is the course for you!


  • 35 hours of online pre-course study then
  • 2 day practical course (via Zoom)
  • 10 hours post-course study


  • Comprehensive online training centre
  • Course manual (474 pages)


  • Learn 76 new exercises and the second half of the full Matwork repertoire to complete your Matwork knowledge
  • Gain further expertise in programming for specific injuries
  • Learn about adaptation cycles and how the body adapts to position and load
  • Learn how to progress clients through stages of adaptation to continually develop strength and muscle tone
  • Learn how to avoid plateaus in results
  • Learn a massive range of intermediate to advanced Matwork exercises to progress your clients
  • Extended repertoire of exercises are even more functional and mimic real life movement – these exercises teach the body how to control the spine through a larger range of movement which is necessary for day to day activities like bending forward to put on shoes
  • Extended repertoire of exercises increase flexibility of the spine in flexion, extension and rotation
  • Progress your instructing skills

NOTE: To complete this course, it is not necessary for you to be at an advanced level with your own Pilates practise.  The only prerequisite is having completed the Studio Pilates Matwork Course.


As a prerequisite to enrolling in this course, you –

  1. Must be enrolled in or have completed the Studio Pilates Matwork Course
  2. Have access to high speed internet (ADSL 2+ or Cable) as well as an up to date web browser to stream online video content

NOTE: To complete this course, it is not necessary for you to be at an advanced level with your own Pilates practise.

Pilates Instructors Trained By Another Education Provider

Please note that you are only able to enrol in this course if you are currently enrolled in or have previously completed Studio Pilates’ Matwork Course. You must bridge across to the Studio Pilates method prior to completing any of our ongoing education courses. Click here for more information.


If you are a member of any of the following health or fitness bodies, you are able to claim professional development points upon completion of this course.

  • 15 CECs through AUSactive (AUS)*
  • Health Practitioners – earn CPD hours through AHPRA (AUS) to maintain annual registration

* You must be a registered Personal Trainer and/or Group Exercise Instructor in order to attain AUSactive CECs and be recognised as a Fitness Pilates Instructor. Fitness Pilates Instructors and Pilates Method Teachers are also eligible for CECs.



As a part of this course, you are assessed in a variety of ways –

  • Self mastery log (where you physically perform a number of workouts and log these hours)
  • 1 online pre-course exam (multiple choice)
  • Practical assessment on the practical course
  • 1 online post-course exam (multiple choice)
  • Observation log (where you watch a number of pre-recorded workouts taken by master instructors and log these hours)

The practical assessment takes place on the last day of your practical course. For this practical assessment, you will instruct a number of exercises to a small group of people on the course with you. You will be assessed on both your technical knowledge of the exercises and your ability to instruct or “cue” them effectively using the Studio Pilates Cueing Formula.



Course Video

Online Sample #1

Online Sample #2

Our Course Facilitators



  • Amazing! You will learn so much, gain confidence, get constructive criticism AND support at the same time. Wonderful people and fantastic instructors. I recommend it to ANYONE!! I will continue to complete more courses
    Alle Johnson
  • One of the most comprehensive and enjoyable courses that I have attended.
    Angela Mills
  • As a remedial massage therapist having never instructed a class, I have found the Matwork Course incredibly inspirational, informative, and an asset to my business.
    Anna Hill – Massage Therapist
  • The course was excellent - the instruction was very clear, concise and thorough and the facilities were good. Enjoyable and fun yet learned so much at the same time. I would certainly recommend this course to other PTs as an essential course to do not only to learn to teach Pilates but also about body, injuries and core stability.
    Cheryl Turner – Fitness Trainer
  • This course is amazing. A very intelligent concept that honours Joseph Pilates' foresight and a revolutionary way of exercising.
    Gail Hedley
  • Studio Pilates has changed my life and the life of my Personal Training career.
    Gerri Quirke – Personal Trainer
  • I found this course so informative, practical and functional. I had done a Pilates course previously with another physiotherapy specific Pilates company, and feel like this course was much more comprehensive. It taught more exercises and went into more detail about each exercise. It contained more information about specific injuries and exercise prescription for injuries, and it also taught me how to actually instruct and teach the exercises.
    Jeannie Kim – Physiotherapist
  • The Matwork Course has helped me in my work as a personal trainer and given me instant skills to use with clients 1:1 and in a group situation.
    Julie Anderson – Personal Trainer
  • Studio Pilates is not just another CEC course, it's a career! The course sets you up for all types of injuries and not only gives you exercises but credibility and knowledge. Love, love, loved this course!
    Jessica Combe
  • Studio Pilates really delivered on the Matwork Course, our instructor was exceptional, the process of booking in through to course end and assessment was thorough, professional and exactly what was outlined at the beginning. You will certainly come away feeling empowered and ready to teach.
    Karen Breznikar
  • The Matwork course was everything it was set out to be - a hands on, practical course that had me feeling like a professional instructor from day one. I thoroughly enjoyed the content and people I met throughout the weekend. I was highly recommend this course for anyone who is wanting to either improve their own technique or instruct classes.
    Karen Laing
  • The course facilitators made this course for me: their passion and enthusiasm is remarkable!
    Kelsey Armstrong
  • The course gives you the confidence and skills to step straight out into delivering high quality Pilates classes.
    Kelsie Hewitt – Musculoskeletal Therapist
  • The training from Studio Pilates is superb; this is a thorough, integrated and well-supported course. I feel confident in my ability to lead a class now; the combination of reading, videos and face-to-face practice make for a really well-rounded learning experience. You will love it!
    Kris Tulloch
  • Fantastic company to deal with. They offer great support and learning materials.
    Lauren MacPhail
  • I would highly recommend this Pilates course. As a physio I found this course very informative. It placed high emphasise on the set up, programming, injuries and detailed analyse on technique required to perform the Pilates exercises.
    Lindsay O – Physiotherapist
  • I cant think of anything I would fault with the course - this is the best and most thorough course I have ever done.
    Lee C – Personal Trainer
  • The course was fantastic and the content was well delivered, I have learned a lot from the experience. The course has given me confidence in my ability and knowledge to instruct Pilates classes and I can't wait to get started!
    Lucy Hyde
  • The Matwork Course gave me the skills and confidence to be able to walk away from it ready to teach and keen to learn more!
    Mel Lush
  • I had already qualified as a Pilates Instructor through another training course and have done quite a few work shops over the years, but felt I needed to do a refresher. I am so glad I found Studio Pilates, the course was so much more professional, just love the on-line training videos. Staff very supportive and helpful. I have learned so much more and am already lined up for more training.
    Mandy Tomlinson
  • I thought I knew everything about core stability, only to find out there is so much more to learn! The course has helped me greatly in taking clients who have injuries and also in adding more variety to my sessions I loved it and found it so worth while.
    Mel Thompson – Personal Trainer
  • As an already qualified Matwork Pilates instructor, I was so impressed and delighted with all of the extra additional information I received on the Studio Pilates Matwork Course. The information and detail by far surpassed what I had already learned and has made me a far better instructor.
    Mickie Du Boulay
  • It is no exaggeration to say this course experience was transformative–both professionally and personally. This course will long remain a high point of my life.
    Nasrin Al-Khani – Personal Trainer
  • This was the best course that I have done. It was presented well and it was very engaging. Loved this course.
    Rachelle Tallon
  • This is actually the best course I've ever completed.
    Robyn Stevens
  • One of the best courses I have been on. Our instructor passed on all her knowledge and passions. A positive and encouraging environment.
    Rebekah Baker
  • This course has given me more confidence and variety to teach my chiropractic patients the correct exercises according to their conditions.
    Sabena Najim – Chiropractor
  • Studio Pilates is the FIRST place I would recommend to any of my friends to undertake a Pilates course.
    Susa Wyne-Hoelscher