Pilates instructors work primarily in fitness centers, but also work at offices of physical therapists or directly for individuals as personal trainers. They may either lead group classes or conduct one-on-one private pilates training sessions.
Successful pilates instructors must be motivating and energetic. They should have interpersonal and leadership skills and be able to communicate clearly and concisely. It's important to understand rhythm and pace, and they must make sure that their programs are safe and balanced. In order to help clients achieve their needs and goals, they must be able to manage clients’ individual pilates techniques and be thoroughly familiar with all apparatuses used to improve physical strength, posture, and flexibility; pilates programs are also designed to enhance the mental awareness of participants.
Employers usually require that pilates instructors be certified. The certification is administered by Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), an independent third-party.
Employers often prefer those who have significant experience in teaching pilates programs and exercises. In addition to pilates certification, employers prefer that candidates have at least a high school diploma or GED. They must have basic computer skills and be familiar with fitness tracking software, and should always stay up-to-date with new pilates techniques by attending training classes and workshops relevant to their work. They must be flexible, as they may be required to work days, evenings, or weekends. They must also be willing to train or coach new or junior pilates instructors.
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.