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Our comprehensive Pilates teacher training program was born out of our desire to meet the growing needs in the industry for extremely well-educated, knowledgable, and dynamic teachers that are solidly rooted in the original work & teachings of Joseph Pilates’ traditional methods.

We are interested in developing teachers with passion, integrity, and a love of teaching this brilliant body of work, and that will be strong and passionate players in the industry backed by one of the best educations possible at this time.

Learn the traditional Pilates Method in its comprehensive entirely, on every piece of apparatus big & small (Reformer, Mat, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, and all additional apparatus except the Guillotine). Teaching Pilates as a method is an art, and we not only teach you the exercises/choreography that make up the original body of work…but also their application, and how to teach them.

We only take 4 apprentices each year, and our program is comprised of 725 hours of formal study (compared to the PMA’s requirement of 450 hours), and is made up of two primary elements, seminars & the apprenticeship:


Comprised of 68 hours of formal lecture total, learn to teach the Pilates repertoire as you would layer it in and teach it to a new student/client, each seminar covers every exercise on every piece of apparatus at that corresponding level of proficiency. In addition to the traditional syllabus, each seminar weekend has unique additional lecture components that helps give a full spectrum education ensuring our graduates enter the industry fully prepared to teach Pilates successfully in any endeavor and environment. Each Seminar will have homework and required reading associated with it.

The apprentices will utilize the 360 Pilates Online Catalogue as a reference for the syllabus covered in the seminars, but will also be hand writing their own “manuals” through the seminar weekends over the material covered.

Here’s a breakdown of the dates/time, and education curriculum for each seminar:

Fundamental Seminar

June 7th, 2019 12pm-7pm

June 8th, 2019 10am-7pm

June 9th, 2019 9am-5pm

-Fundamental System Repertoire (Reformer, Mat, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, Additional Apparatus)

-How to begin with a new client

-Developing your eye & Assessing Postural & Movement Patterns

-Session Format & Structuring/Balancing a lesson

-Modifying/Breaking Down an Exercise

-History & Philosophy of the Pilates Method

-Pilates Principles, Concepts, & the 5 Parts of the Mind

-Hands on Assists relevant to the Fundamental System

-Vocal Skills & Teaching Pilates

-The Business of Pilates

-Self Care as a Pilates Professional

-Professional Standards & Ethics

Intermediate Seminar

September 6th, 2019 12pm-7pm

September 7th, 2019 10am-7pm

September 8th, 2019 9am-5pm

-Intermediate System Repertoire (Reformer, Mat, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, Miscellaneous Apparatus)

-Progressing a Client/Building their Practice

-The Art of Imagery

-Hands on Assists relevant to the Intermediate System

-Social Media, Marketing, & Branding

-The Art of Group Teaching (Semi Privates, Group Apparatus, & Mat Classes)

-Working with Props

Advanced Seminar

December 13th, 2019 12pm-7pm

December 14th, 2019 10am-7pm

December 15th, 2019 9am-5pm

-Advanced System Repertoire (Reformer, Mat, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, Miscellaneous Apparatus)

-What is “Advanced Pilates”? (Advanced exercises vs. advanced thinking)

-Hands on Assists relevant to the Advanced System

-Theming a Lesson

-Creating & Balancing a Session: Revisited

-Special Needs & Considerations

-Working with Elite Athletes

-Developing Workshops, retreats, teaching online, and other teaching avenues


Comprised of 657 hours total, the apprenticeship is the heart & soul of our teacher training program. It’s where true transformation happens and the skills of becoming a great teacher of the Pilates Method are acquired.

The apprenticeship is comprised of accumulating the following required hours of study and accumulation, here’s a breakdown:

Observation Hours: 200 hours total

By observing teachers of the Pilates method practicing their craft in the studio (read: the everyday nitty gritty teaching of real people), apprentices are able to hone their skills, and deepen their teaching. Up to 75 hours of observation may be done online by approved sources & teachers. While required hours are preferred @ Kinetic MKE, approved teachers/studios may be utilized on an as needed basis.

Practice Teaching: 200 hours total

A great teacher must build on their experience teaching real Pilates to real people. The first 25 hours of the apprentice’s teaching are required to be on a volunteer basis (friends & family are great beginning students!), and going forward the apprentices teaching @ Kinetic MKE will be paid for their required teaching hours with clients of the studio. Apprentices may also teach and accrue required hours in other studios, gyms, etc.

Apprentice Meetings: 30 hours total

The apprentice meetings are where the apprentices get to bring their questions, seminar syllabus/repertoire review happens, and workout/study under the direction of the program director. Meetings are scheduled at the beginning of the program and occur through the year.

Personal Practice: 150 hours total

A good teacher is also a good practicer of the Pilates Method. The work isn’t something that can or should be overdone between the ears, the real value, ownership, and embodiment is getting the work into your in your own body. Then relying on the depth, experience, self-inquiry, and growth from your own Pilates practice, the artistry of teaching starts to truly emerge.

Private Lessons: 50 hours total

As a growing practitioner and teacher of the work, having the watchful eye of a skilled teacher on your body regularly ensures complete body, mind, and spirit transformation.

Miscellaneous Hours: 27 hours total

The apprentices have access to any workshop (Franklin Method®, or Pilates) that studio co-owner/program director Trey Fry is teaching throughout the course of their training.

Required Reading:

Return to Life/Your Health, by Joseph H. Pilates

Dynamic Alignment through Imagery, by Eric Franklin

The Art & Science of cueing, by Eric Franklin

The Anatomy Coloring Book, by Wynn Kapit & Lawrence M. Elson

Joseph Pilates Biography, by Javier Pérez Pont & Esperanza Aparicio Romero

The Pilates Path to Health, by Gary Calderone

Movement Matters, by Katy Bowman


Each apprentice will have three exam cycles to complete, scheduled at their convenience, throughout the course of their apprenticeship. The testing format as follows:

Fundamental Systems Exams:

Comprised of a personal practice exam (Reformer, Mat, various additional apparatus/exercises as given at the Fundamental level), two observed teaching exams consisting of two private lessons at the Fundamental System level, and a written exam.

Intermediate Systems Exams:

Comprised of a personal practice exam (Reformer, Mat, various additional apparatus/exercises as given at the Intermediate level), observed teaching exams consisting of a private lesson at the Intermediate System level, a semi private (duet) at the Intermediate System level, a Group Training Session (Fundamental to Intermediate level), and a written exam.

Advanced Systems Exams:

Comprised of a personal practice exam (Reformer, Mat, various additional apparatus/exercises as given at the Advanced level), observed teaching exams consisting of teaching a private lesson at the Advanced System level, a Group Training Session on apparatus (Intermediate heading to Advanced level), a Group Training session on the mat (Intermediate heading to Advanced level), and a written component.

Upon passing their last exam, graduates are issued a diploma of graduation as a comprehensively trained teacher of the traditional Pilates Method. They can then sit for the PMA certification exam at their discretion or interest.


Application Fee/Consultation: $150 (non-refundable)

Program (Seminars, Apprenticeship, and Testing): $7,000 (monthly payment plan available)

360 Pilates Online Education Platform/Catalogue: $440

total investment: $7,640

Prerequisites/Admission Requirements:

-Must have an existing Pilates practice, and be at an intermediate level of proficiency (Reformer & Mat) of Pilates practice

-Must be injury-free

-Must have approval of the teacher training program director after the consultation for entrance into the program