Pilates instructors are the highest paid and most in-demand instructors in the industry. With over 10
million people participating in Pilates today, there’s no wonder the supply for instructors is higher than
Club owners are eager to attract qualified instructors, and there are more opportunities for fitness professionals
to enhance their earning potential. Why? Because by adding Pilates to their current repertoire, trainers can attract
and retain more clients of all ages and fitness levels; keep their interest in “personal training”
or “one-on-one” instruction; and make more money in a method that is growing in popularity every day.
Ambitious instructors, who obtain professional instruction and expand their knowledge base to include special
populations covering the de-conditioned exerciser to the very fit, become very marketable.
THE SECRET TO SUCCESS: EDUCATION
Pilates has become a top choice for fitness instructors because it has no age barrier or fitness requirements.
This method of exercise produces longer, leaner muscles, improves postural alignment, increases core strength,
balance strength and flexibility, heightens body awareness, and prevents injury. Pilates is a kinder, gentler
exercise for your body with all of the benefits of strength training – but is not as stressful on the
Pilates is also a method of exercise for everyone. From the athlete to special populations such as rehab and pre-
and post-natal exercisers to the active aging – trainers can reach a broad range of clients and ultimately
touch the lives of more people.
Instructors are able to cross-promote their multi-faceted training abilities and implement new and exciting
fitness skills into their clients’ regimens. They have the opportunity to increase their client base with
their newfound expertise by offering core strength, functional fitness and muscle conditioning through effective
INCREASE YOUR EARNING POWER WITH PILATES
Group exercise instructors are amazed at the increase in working hours they can actually put in consecutively
by teaching Pilates. You can teach 3-5 hours of one-on-one or group Pilates sessions in a row without burning out.
The transition from group exercise to Pilates can be quite natural considering all of the continual verbal cues in
this format of teaching.
Instructors can also add a “wow” factor for their clients. Adding Pilates certification training
to their services gives them more programming options for their existing clients, and allows them to increase their
client base as a whole. Pilates opens up the doors for fitness career-building.
Facility owners are realizing that high-quality equipment and programming equals increased membership retention,
and at the same time, instructors are increasing clientele ten-fold. Owners are realizing how valuable quality
instructors are and they’re adding to the demand in the industry.
Pilates instructors also enjoy the fact that this contemporized form of exercise allows them to cater to a wide
range of clients. Specific programs are now available for athletes, rehab and prenatal clients, new moms or
moms-to-be, and the active aging.
Pilates is the perfect modality for rehabilitation from a sports-related or other injury. When a Pilates
practitioner trains a client with a knee injury, the body is seen as a whole and the movement patterns are designed
to strengthen from the deep stabilizing muscles to the large mobilizers integrating the mind-body connection
It is important that instructors are well versed in the curriculum and keep up with their continuing
education. Innovative programming is very important and instructors need to be prepared to instruct any client who
walks through a facility’s door.
TOP-NOTCH TRAINING FACILITIES
People who are interested in certifying in Pilates are often not aware of their options for professional
instruction, programming and long-lasting education. However, there are many high-caliber Licensed Training Centers
around the globe to assist in the process.
Watch out for ‘one-time’ weekend programs that don’t require apprenticeship hours or
proper qualifications of the attendees’ skills before giving them a certificate. Many of the people teaching
these one-weekend certification programs possess little to qualify them to do so. The most well-respected
certification programs specific to Pilates include observation, physical review, practice teaching, written and
It is important for anyone looking for good instruction or certifications to seek out organizations that
provide in-depth knowledge and practical programming options to teach effective group or personal training programs
to clients of any age or fitness level – from post-rehabilitation patients to elite athletes.
Most credible organizations adhere to standards of operation that ensure consistent delivery of programs and
services for those wanting to pursue a career in this exercise method.
THE END RESULT
Most clients or facility patrons seeking a new form of exercise or training tend to ask around their gym or club
for verbal “references” of trainers. Therefore it’s in the best interest of those wanting to
certify to research the various organizations that offer certification and examine how comprehensive their courses
and programs are.
High-caliber Pilates certification shows clients and employers that instructors are well-qualified professionals
who align with top organizations in the industry. Certification also makes you eligible for client referrals.
Instructors need to be patient with their learning and understand that quality education goes a long way when
trying to obtain new clients.
Customized workouts are always in-demand and in Pilates, those instructors who tailor their teaching approach
to working with all walks of life, fitness abilities, ages and levels, are the ones who are going to be able to
address the varying demands ofthe marketplace.