Reformer Course



This course is a must to enhance your existing Matwork Pilates skills and become a Reformer instructor! In this practical course, you will learn an extensive repertoire of beginner to intermediate exercises, as well as learn about shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and elbow injuries. This course opens up opportunities for you to successfully prescribe Reformer exercises with rehab clients, as well as those wanting to tone up and gain an effective and challenging workout.




Online Pre-Course Study (30 Hours)

The online study for this course involves performing sample reformer workouts, reading through your manual, watching practical exercise workshop videos (one video workshop for each of the 120+ exercises included in the course), and watching videos on programming, muscle activation, reformer orientation, common injuries, pregnancy, how to perform physical corrections and much more! As a part of this study, you will also complete an online, multiple choice exam.

You complete this online study in full (30 hours) before attending the 4 day practical course.


Live Practical Course (4 or 5 Days)* – Completed in Person or Fully Online via Zoom

Because of the online, pre-course study, you come into the 4 day practical course with a really solid understanding of the exercises. The practical course is then all about workshopping the exercises further. We look at how to make them harder, how to make them easier, how to ensure the correct muscles are activating and how to modify each exercise for a range of injuries and pregnancy.

The course is extremely practical and you are actually practising your instructing for a vast majority of the course. Whether you complete the practical course fully online via Zoom or face to face, you will be split into small groups where you practise instructing your partner through the exercises and they practise instructing you. All while your course facilitator provides you with targeted and individual feedback.

*The practical component of this course may be 4 or 5 days depending on the course location and hours available at the venue. Please refer to the dates of the course that you are wanting to enrol in to check the duration.



  • Learn over 120 basic to intermediate Reformer exercises
  • Become familiar with the Reformer equipment
  • Learn about common peripheral injuries and how to create programs for injury rehabilitation
  • Learn about programming for injury rehabilitation (spinal and peripheral joints)
  • Learn how to cater towards different client levels and also push your clients hard, such as challenging athletes
  • Learn about pregnancy and small group classes



Do I need a Reformer to complete this course?

You do not need access to a Reformer to complete the online pre-course study for this course. When it comes to the practical course, if you complete this face to face, you do not need access to a Reformer as the host venue will have these. However if you complete the practical course fully online via Zoom, you will need access to a Reformer at home.

Do I need to complete the Matwork Course before Reformer? 

Yes, the Matwork Course is the prerequisite to Reformer and is where you learn all the Pilates Basics. For more on why you need to complete Matwork before Reformer, click here.



As a prerequisite to enrolling in this course, you –

  1. Must be enrolled in or have completed the Studio Pilates Matwork Course (Note: your face to face Matwork training must take place prior to the face to face Reformer training)
  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

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.



This course has been approved by a number of leading health and fitness bodies. 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 Fitness Australia (AUS)*
  • ESSA Members are eligible to earn PDPs for non-ESSA accredited courses as long as the course content is relevant to the scope of practise. These points are earned on a basis of 0.5 points per hour (with a maximum of 10 points)
  • Health Practitioners – earn CPD hours through AHPRA (AUS) to maintain annual registration

* You must be a registered Group Exercise/ Gym Instructor in order to attain Fitness Australia CECs



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

  • Online multiple choice pre-course exam (part of your online study)
  • Practical assessment (on the practical course)
  • Online multiple choice post-course exam (after the practical course)

The practical assessment takes place on the last day of your practical course (either via Zoom or face to face). 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 Learning Sample #1

Online Learning Sample #2




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