The following questions and answers
explain the procedure to obtain your
STOTT PILATES® Certification


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What will I be asked to do for my practical exam?


The time allotment for each practical exam is as follows:

Group SPX Mat-Plus – 1 hour
Group SPX Reformer – 1 hour

For each exam, 3 – 6 clients will make up your group. Each participant should be capable of doing the required exercises safely.

In the first 5 to 10 minutes you will take your group through The Five Basic Principles incorporating them into the Matwork or Reformer warm up. Use clear imagery and movement cues to help the group achieve biomechanical body awareness. You must clearly explain why each principle is important.

Be prepared to teach a well-rounded workout. The workout can be one of the pre-programmed workouts from the course or your own custom program. Include mobilizing the spine in various movements: flexion, rotation, extension, and lateral flexion. Mobilize the shoulder and hip joints, and focus on strengthening core and periphery.

In the remaining 40-45 minutes you will take your group through the workout.
You will be evaluated in the following areas:

Five Basic Principles: should be noted at the beginning of the exam and applied to all the exercises.

Teaching manner and energy: group rapport, motivational skills and positive attitude. You should "lead " the group through the workout in a controlled manner.

Cueing: should be specific to the group and be a combination of verbal cues using imagery and muscular reference, tactile cues, and possibly demonstration and aid in guiding the group through the exercises and transitions in a safe and timely manner. Cues should also reinforce The Five Basic Principles. Stay one step ahead of the group and "lead " the workout. Should be able to cue all participants effectively without singling anyone out.

Corrections: use of imagery, verbal cues, and tactile cues to ensure proper alignment and proper execution of the exercises. Corrections should be used to achieve dynamically stabilized, conscious and safe movement. You should be able to anticipate what may occur within exercises and no areas of the body should be overlooked. Be able to correct effectively while not singling anyone out.

Knowledge of content: knowing the relevant repertoire of exercises and the corresponding movement and breath patterns.

Ability to adapt workout to subjects: exercise progression and rationale for the exercises chosen. The appropriate application of adaptations and exercise modifications and use of props for individuals where necessary. The workout should cater to the participants and corrections should be given specific to the individuals. The essence of the exercises should be clear.

Rhythm and pace: rhythm refers to cueing each exercise in a manner that encourages proper timing of movement and breath. Pace refers to the speed of the workout, the ability to keep the workout fluid using transitions from one exercise to another. The pace should challenge the group without compromising The Five Basic Principles or causing overexertion

At the end of the practical exam, expect to be questioned on the exercises and your choices. You may be asked to teach a few exercises of the examiner’s choice to "spot check " your knowledge of the entire repertoire. This is to evaluate the depth of your understanding regarding the exercises and how to administer them to your group.

Completed Observation and Practice Logs must be brought to the practical exam. Exams will not be processed unless accompanied by these logs.

Minimum eight Essential, four Intermediate exercises
Incorporate Fitness Circle, Flex-Band‚ and Toning Ball exercises into the workout.

Minimum six Essential, four Intermediate exercises.
Knowledge of Reformer safety and usage exhibited.


How do I prepare for my practical exam?


In addition to understanding the material conceptually and physically reviewing the exercises, the best preparation for the practical exam is practice teaching as many different groups as possible. This allows you to apply your knowledge of the STOTT PILATES method, adapt it to many different body types, improve your teaching skills and become comfortable with your teaching experience. Practice teaching workouts within the specified timelines including warm up and cool down exercises with different groups of people.


What do I need to know for my written examination?


The written exam consists of 60 multiple choice, 3 fill-in-the-blank or matching type questions, and 25 muscle identification questions. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete; however, you are not required to finish within a specified time limit.

In addition to STOTT PILATES manuals and support materials, outside resources such as Trail Guide to the Body and Muscular System Flash Packs, are highly recommended. They can be purchased through their respective websites and or resellers such as


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