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Level 3 Diploma in Pilates

Expand your horizons by becoming a Pilates matwork 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.

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 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 two 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 use to exempt you from elements of the qualification such as anatomy and physiology and principles of exercise fitness and health.   

    You must be aged 16 and over. 19 + Learner Loans are available for your qualification, please call Focus Training to see if you are eligible on 01204 388330.

  • 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 Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork

Locations & Dates

LocationVenueModuleStart DateBook
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid Lloyd
Barton Embankment, Trafford Park Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8RH, GB
Pilates 17/19 September 2018 & 04/05 October 2018 (Midweek)
VauxhallSouth Bank Club
124-130 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LD, GB
Pilates 08/10 February 2019 & 16/17 March 2019
VauxhallSouth Bank Club
124-130 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LD, GB
Pilates 21/23 June 2019 & 13/14 July 2019
VauxhallSouth Bank Club
124-130 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LD, GB
Pilates 08/10 November 2019 & 07/08 December 2019


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