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Pilates Instructor Courses | Pilates Matwork Instructor Courses

Pilates Instructor Courses by Focus Training, the leader in Pilates Matwork Instructor qualifications. All of our Pilates Instructor Courses provide everything you need to achieve your Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Pilates Matwork Instructor. Our Pilates Instructor Courses are suitable for beginners and experienced gym instructors.

Expand your horizons by becoming a Pilates Instructor.

Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, teaching Pilates Matwork can open doors for you within the fitness industry. Whether you are already a gym instructor, personal trainer or an exercise to music instructor or if you simply want a gateway into the fitness industry, this qualification could be for you.

Pilates instructors have a passion for helping people of all ages improve their posture, balance, strength and flexibility. Pilates is regularly used as a strategy for reducing low back pain, to rehabilitate injuries and to address muscle imbalances, as well as develop overall strength and fitness.

As well as learning Pilates exercises and how to structure classes and one-to- one sessions, you will also develop your skills as a coach and improve your understanding of anatomy and physiology, posture and movement screening; prepping you to help clients wherever possible.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Should I Do This Course?

    Completing this course will help you to gain employment as an employed or self-employed Pilates Instructor. The qualification is internationally recognised and allows you to work one-to-one with clients to address specific needs and design Pilates group fitness classes at a beginner and intermediate level.

    Whether Pilates is your passion or you are looking at add something to your repertoire, this course will develop your skills and knowledge and contribute to your continuing professional development.

    Many Pilates instructors are able gain employment quickly within a health and fitness club or set up in the community as a Pilates instructor.

  • How Is This Course Delivered?

    Upon booking your course you will be sent a student guide, manual/s and log in details to your online learning portal. You will be assigned a telephone support tutor who will guide your through every step of your learning. The telephone support process involves online quizzes followed up with interactive teaching over the phone.  Depending on your level of entry, you may need to supply evidence of previous qualifications so that we design your individualised learning plan.

    If you have no previous qualification, or have a level 2 qualification, you will also be provided with learning materials for anatomy and physiology, and other topics, along with Pilates specific content.  Once you have completed your online and telephone support learning, you will attend five face-to-face course delivery days, which are spread over two and three day workshops and submit a video of you teaching a Pilates class.

  • How Will I Be Assessed?

    • Video practical assessment delivering a pre-prepared Pilates matwork class.
    • Case Study for planning Pilates Matwork sessions
    • Written worksheets
    • Multiple choice theory exam for anatomy and physiology (if required)
    • Multiple choice theory exam for principles of exercise, fitness and health (if required)
  • What Will I Need?

    You do not require any previous fitness qualifications to enrol onto this course. If you have previous fitness qualifications, these may be used to exempt you from elements of the qualification such as anatomy and physiology and principles of exercise fitness and health.


  • What Will I Learn?

    • SMART goal setting
    • Key elements within Pilates
    • Assessing posture and alignment
    • Identifying muscle imbalances
    • Correcting muscle imbalances with Pilates
    • Activating the core muscles
    • Phases within Pilates
    • Planning beginner Pilates classes
    • Planning intermediate Pilates classes
    • Planning Pilates exercise for special populations
    • Progressing Pilates exercises
    • Using small equipment within Pilates
    • Effective coaching skills
    • Tactile cueing
    • Advanced anatomy & physiology (if applicable)
  • What Qualification Will I Receive?

    You’ll receive an internationally recognised Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork, which will prepare you for stepping into any avenue of Pilates.

  • How Can I Pay?

    You can either pay for your course fees in full with an early bird discount or you can choose to opt for a ‘pay as you study’ payment plan. We would just require a small deposit and then you can choose to pay for the course over 12, 24, 36 or 48 months period. To find out more on payment options please contact your Course Advisor free on 0800 999 6664.

Locations & Dates

Location Venue Module Start Date Book
Trafford Park Manchester David Lloyd
Barton Embankment, Trafford Park Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8RH, GB
Pilates 12/14 July 2019 & 10/11 August 2019
Trafford Park Manchester David Lloyd
Barton Embankment, Trafford Park Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8RH, GB
Pilates 01/03 October 2019 & 28/29 October 2019 (Midweek)
Vauxhall South Bank Club
124-130 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LD, GB
Pilates 21/23 June 2019 & 13/14 July 2019
Vauxhall South Bank Club
124-130 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LD, GB
Pilates 08/10 November 2019 & 07/08 December 2019



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