In the Studio Pilates Matwork Course, you essentially learn how to become a qualified Pilates instructor! This
▪️ A massive repertoire of beginner to intermediate mat exercises (88 in total!)
▪️ How to actually instruct Pilates and become a world class instructor
▪️ The history and basic principles of Pilates
▪️ Common injuries that you will encounter as an instructor
▪️ How to modify the exercises for a range of injuries and conditions
▪️ How to work with pregnant and post natal clients
▪️ How to ensure clients are activating the correct muscles
▪️ How to program a Pilates class for everyone from beginners through to advanced clients and athletes
▪️ How to assess and correct poor movement patterns
▪️ How to assess posture and core stability
▪️ How to verbally cue each exercise so your clients understand you straight away (using the Studio Pilates Cueing Formula, imagery, demonstration, voice projection and variation)
▪️ How to take a large group class safely and instruct different levels
How will we support you? Let us count the ways!
When you enrol in any Studio Pilates course, you have full access to our instructor support team who are here to guide you through every step of your learning journey. If you have a question, you can contact us at any time. You can also contact us after your training if you have any questions about your instructing.
Here are some ways we are here for you -
▪️ Phone support (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
▪️ Live chat support (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
▪️ You can also email us at any time (we always respond to emails within 24 business hours!)
The Matwork Course is broken down into the following components -
▪️ 40 hours of online pre-course study (which is completed at home prior to the face to face course)
▪️ A 3 1/2 day practical course (which is completed face to face at one of our host venues across Australia)
Note: if you do not have an extensive Anatomy background (which focused specifically on the muscles and muscle movements), you may also need to complete the Studio Pilates Anatomy Course in conjunction with the Matwork training. If you do need to complete the Anatomy training, this would also involve -
▪️ A further 40 hours of online pre-course study
▪️ A 1/2 day practical course
So how long does the training take? Well it depends on how long it takes you to complete the pre-course study. Most people who do our courses give themselves around 2 months to prepare for the Anatomy and Matwork Courses. This usually gives enough time to complete all of the pre-course study (40 hours for just Matwork or 80 hours for both Anatomy and Matwork). However if you are a very busy person, you may wish to allocate more time!
This course has been approved by a number of leading health and fitness bodies. In fact, 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)*
▪️ 3 PDPs through Physical Activity Australia (AUS)
▪️ 15 PDPs through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (AUS)
▪️ 20 CPEs through Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AUS)**
▪️ 30 CECs through REPs (NZ)
▪️ 12.5 CEUs through AFAA (USA)
▪️ 1.9 CEUs through NASM (USA)
▪️ 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
** If you hold a Certificate IV in Massage and are registered with AAMT, you can claim the full 20 CPE points upon also completing the Studio Pilates Anatomy Course. Members with a Diploma of Massage are not required to complete the Anatomy Course as a prerequisite
The sky is the limit! We have trained Pilates instructors who work in luxury resorts and on cruise ships, instructors who teach Pilates on stand up paddle boards in the middle of the ocean, and instructors who use Pilates to enhance the performance of horse riders and circus performers!
While there are so many options with regard to how you can use your Pilates training, most people tend to work in -
▪️ A Pilates studio
▪️ A gym*
▪️ An allied health clinic
▪️ A park
▪️ A town hall
▪️ From home
*Note: the major gym chains (Goodlife, Fitness First, Virgin Active) only hire Pilates instructors who also have a Fitness qualification ie. a Certificate III or IV in Fitness. However this is not the case with smaller independent gyms
You are not alone! Approximately 1/3 of people that we speak to on a daily basis don't have a background in the health or fitness industry. The great news is that this is totally fine, we teach you everything you need to know to become a confident world-class instructor.
If you are new to the industry, you will just need to ensure that you enrol in the Anatomy Course in conjunction with the Matwork Course so you can learn all about the bones, muscles and joints prior to the Matwork training (as this is a prerequisite). The Anatomy learning will be really important for you to feel confident when instructing pregnant clients and people with injuries (let's face it, we all have a niggle here or there and as an instructor, we want to help our clients become stronger, not injure them further). So the combination of Anatomy and Matwork will set you up with everything you need to succeed!
PS. The only requirement to becoming a Pilates instructor is having a passion for Pilates. We teach you everything else!