Many people may assume that the job of a certified Pilates instructor means you will go to a health club and run a Pilates class, and that is all the career has to offer. This is how many instructors make their living, but this career can offer much more if you are dedicated and good at it.
When going the fitness center or health club route, you will need to come up with a plan for that day’s class and lead the class through it. This requires you to be knowledgeable about Pilates, as well as being a good teacher. Some people will not want to be part of the class, so you may try and schedule one-on-one time to work with just them. You may even get so many offers for individual classes that you can start going to people’s homes. Parents or retirees want to participate at health clubs but don't have the time or the means to travel to the health club. People are using Pilates as a form of physical therapy now, so that is an option as well. It can be a great way to build up muscles that have been damaged or neglected without causing them too much stress. A wellness spa is another great place to look for a job that may be a bit higher-paying than a health club.
You may be able to be a private Pilates instructor with no certification, but if you want any health club or wellness center to hire you, then you will need to be fully certified. The same is true with most industries. If you want to get the higher paying jobs, the more certification and experience you have, the better.
Certified Pilates Instructor Tasks
Conduct classes and private sessions which teach participants how to correctly perform Pilates or yoga movements and techniques.
Help participants tailor the class workout to their individual abilities and needs.
Ensure a safe class environment, informing participants of safety rules and monitoring participants throughout the class.