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This covers all Reformer work for successful completion candidates will need to: Mat I and Mat II; Reformer I, II, III, and an anatomy pre-requisite. Teaching and observation hours are also required to complete the program.


Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training sessions they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring instructor.


Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group class or private sessions in person, online or watching the Instructor training videos. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.


Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center or studio or for family and friends.



Strongly recommended for Mat. Required for equipment training unless you have already taken anatomy.

A Balanced Body Approved Course provides an introduction to the key elements of the musculoskeletal system including the bones, joint structure and function, and the primary muscles involved in movement. Some of our Balanced Body Master Instructors offer an approved anatomy course specifically geared toward Pilates and movement teachers and includes practical exercises on the functions of the muscles and joints allowing you to embody the information more effectively. Balanced Body also offers our exclusive Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ course. This creative and hands on approach to learning anatomy is highly recommended.

To fulfill your anatomy requirement, you can:

» Satisfactorily complete an approved Balanced Body anatomy course or equivalent. Check our Education Finder® for approved course offerings.

» Show proof of college level anatomy course or equivalent

» Have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in physical therapy, athletic training, kinesiology, biomechanics, dance, physical education or a related field.


Becoming a Pilates instructor takes time and effort. Balanced Body has designed our world renowned program to make the process easy to understand, flexible and affordable.

Modules are taken in sequence to complete the Mat, Reformer or Comprehensive Pilates training program. You can take the modules individually, and depending on your goals, you can take as long as you need to complete the program.

Every module includes a certificate of completion for that course. The module certificates establish you as a Balanced Body student teacher. Additional personal practice, observation and student teaching hours are required to become a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.

The three levels of Pilates Instructor training within Balanced Body are:

» Balanced Body Mat Instructor

» Balanced Body Reformer Instructor (includes Mat) » Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor ·

Enables you to teach the complete Pilates repertoire on the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Barrels and Small Apparatus.

Balanced Body®

Pilates Instructor Training

Our Pilates instructor training program will open your mind to the magic of movement and the joy of teaching.

Our Master Instructors are experienced, caring and passionate Pilates instructors from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their rich diversity of experience and perspectives allow us to offer courses appropriate for studio, fitness and rehabilitation environments.

Our curriculum is rooted in the classical work with branches that reach into every corner of the Pilates family tree. You will learn the work that Joseph Pilates taught as well as variations and modifications developed in response to scientific advances and the needs of today’s student for work that is safe, effective and fun

Balanced Body® Pilates Final Exam

Once you have completed all required Mat, Reformer and/or Apparatus course work and hours, you must pass a written and practical exam demonstrating your teaching ability.

Exams are regularly scheduled at Balanced Body Authorized Training Centers and at trade shows and conferences in different parts of the world. If you are not able to test out due to geographical challenges, testing out by video may be arranged. Students completing only the Mat program can test out after Mat. Students completing Reformer can test out after Mat and Reformer. Students completing the full program will test out after completing all of the modules and additional hours must be completed before scheduling a test out.

Once you have completed all hours and are ready to test out, fill out and send the test out application available at to the Balanced Body office. Balanced Body reviews your records, approves a test out and sends specific details to you.



Our curriculum meets national guidelines and is designed to prepare you for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification exam, which can be taken upon completion of the full program.


Sixteen hours of continuing education every 2 years are required to maintain your status as a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates instructor. Continuing education credits can be earned through workshops from Balanced Body or any of our affiliated educators or approved continuing education providers.


All published prices for Balanced Body courses include the course fee and materials only. The cost of personal sessions and any costs associated with completing observation and student teaching hours are not included in the cost of the training program and are the responsibility of the student. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee employment


If you would like to be a Balanced Body Pilates instructor but have completed some or all of your training through another Pilates educator, you may be eligible for the Balanced Body Bridge program. For an application and more information, please visit or contact us at (800) PILATES (800-745-2837). Balanced Body reserves the right to change requirements at any time.

This is an in-depth exploration of Pilates from mat to barrels and all that lies in between. The comprehensive modules include: Mat I and Mat II; Reformer I, II, III; Tower or Trap Table, Chair and Barrels, and an anatomy pre-requisite. 


The most basic of our options, the Mat program requires a student to successfully complete both Mat I and Mat II modules. An anatomy pre-requisite, teaching, and observation hours are required to complete the program.


To be the best Pilates instructor possible, personal practice with Pilates, experience teaching movement and a solid foundation in Anatomy are essential. The minimum prerequisites for each program are as follows:

Mat Instructor Training

» 20 Pilates Mat classes

» 1 year movement teaching experience

» Anatomy is highly recommended

Reformer and Comprehensive Instructor Training

» Pilates Mat instructor training

» 30 Reformer or Apparatus based sessions

» 2 years of movement teaching experience

» Successful completion of the Anatomy requirement


Pilates Instructor Training Videos are delivered as both DVD and streaming video and are included with every Balanced Body Pilates training module*. As valuable additions to your library, use them to review exercises, refresh your understanding of the fine points and create new programs for your clients.


To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:

» Anatomy

» Balanced Body Mat Instructor training or equivalent (102 hours)*

» Balanced Body Reformer Instructor training (198 hours)

» Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac (or Tower) course work and tests (18 hours)

» Balanced Body Chair course work and tests (14 hours)

» Balanced Body Barrels course work and tests (6 hours) OR

» Apparatus 1, 2 and 3 course work and tests

» 45 Personal sessions and 105 teaching hours OR

» 35 Personal sessions, 20 observation hours and 95 teaching hours

» Final written and practical test

Total hours for completion of Trapeze Table/Cadillac (or Tower), Chair and Barrels: 188 hours (not including anatomy).

Total hours for completion of full program: 488 hours.


The Balanced Body exam consists of a written exam and a practical exam. The practical is an observation of a session with a client or a class. During the exam your teaching skills will be evaluated in the following areas: » Correct set-up and execution of the exercises » Client safety » Appropriate sequencing » Appropriateness of the exercises to the client or class » Understanding and application of the principles » Cueing and the ability to communicate with your client or class If you do not pass on the first try, Balanced Body will discuss what you need to focus on in order to pass and set up a time line for completion.


The written exam is a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions and an essay. The written exam covers exercise progressions, programming, appropriateness, organization, equipment setup & maintenance, special population & safety protocols.


A fee is charged for final test-out. Test outs are available by appointment at Balanced Body Authorized Training Centers and Pilates on Tour conferences, or we can send an instructor to your facility. Video test out options are available if no other test out option exists.

The amount of the fee depends on the location of the test and on the number of students attending.

Upon completion of all requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Mat, Reformer, or comprehensive Pilates Instructor will be issued.