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Become A Pilates Instructor

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Working As A Pilates Instructor

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $36,160

    Average Salary

What Does A Pilates Instructor Do At City Colleges of Chicago

* Instruct both private and group Pilates classes while maintaining the cleanliness of the Pilates studio.
* Develop and maintain a Pilates client base.
* Promote and sell Pilates training programs and classes to members.
* Achieve or exceed monthly revenue and session goals.
* Begin and end classes on time and keep accurate attendance records.
* Monitor participants throughout entire class.
* Offer and demonstrate exercise modifications based on participants needs and levels of fitness.
* Follow check-in policies for each class.
* Provide suitable music and routines according to class descriptions.
* Show evidence of continuing education through participation in seminars and workshops.
* Know and review emergency procedures.
* Perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines for the safety of the program.
* High School Diploma or equivalent.
* Pilates Method Alliance approved Pilates certification required.
* Peak Pilates System, Power Pilates, Stott Pilates, or Physical Mind Institute certification preferred.
* One year Pilates instruction (Mat and Reformer) experience preferred.
* Thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology and the effects of exercise on the body.
* Basic nutrition knowledge.
* Must possess good teaching and communication skills.
* Ability to motivate participants and treat them as individuals.
* We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer

What Does A Pilates Instructor Do At Club Pilates

* Providing Pilates group reformer classes pursuant to Club Pilates standards Instructing clients (up to 12 clients per class) using proper form and safe methods on a variety of equipment including, but not limited to, Reformer, Springboard, Exo
* Chair, hand weights, etc. to ensure a safe, yet creative experience Conducting private, semi-private, demo or other additional sessions as needed Visually inspecting the equipment prior to each class to ensure it is in good working order and safe to use Maintaining a clean and orderly workout environment Assisting with membership sales and checking clients in Building studio revenue by promoting retail and membership sales & services Being a motivating and inspiring force to promote our motto: Do Pilates.
* Do Life.
* COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: This position offers a very competitive base salary; based on Experience & Performance.
* Unlimited growth potential as well within the company.
* Company Description Founded in 2007, Club Pilates is the nation's largest and fastest-growing Pilates franchise with locations in 33 states and 2 countries.
* Class formats target a wide range of clients needs from young to more senior and beginner to advanced.
* Club Pilates is the first company to create a 500-hour Teacher Training Program designed to thoroughly and safely teach group Pilates apparatus classes along with TRX, Triggerpoint, and Barre.
* Club Pilates has already sold more than 700 territories throughout the United States and Canada.
* Its over 500 instructors provide a current annual rate of over 7 million workouts to tens of thousands of members.
* In 2017, Club Pilates was recognized in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500®, the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise

What Does A Pilates Instructor Do At Educational Alliance, Inc.

* Customer Service
* Create a unique and memorable experience with students
* Guide students through a challenging and level appropriate class
* Maintain neat, professional attire and a courteous, helpful attitude
* Foster and grow strong relationships with our fitness facility members
* Uphold key values of 14Street Y team members: accountability, anticipating needs, Positive attitude and atmosphere
* Health & Safety
* Create and lead sequences and routines that are appropriate for the students
* Check in with students to ascertain any injuries or special needs
* Maintain CPR/AED certification
* Be familiar with and adhere to established building procedures and protocols
* Respond appropriately to emergency situations arising in class
* Other
* Announce upcoming workshops and special events to the members
* Develop professional relationships with co-workers, participants and guests
* Attend Fitness department meetings as scheduled
* Perform other duties as assigned
* Maintain certifications

What Does A Pilates Instructor Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Plans and instructs fitness and/or related classes, following YMCA standards and guidelines.
* Sets up and takes down class equipment.
* Reports equipment problems.
* Attends staff meetings and approved trainings as required.
* Maintain current certifications.
* Observes and discusses individual progress with participants.
* Develops rapport with members and responds to questions related to fitness.
* Ensures safe and effective workouts.
* Responds to, and reports, accidents and incidents.
* Discusses and promotes all YMCA programs.
* Motivates members to commit to long term participation.
* Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergency procedures.
* Plans and implements a program in accordance with the goals and policies of the YMCA.
* Coordinates activities which are culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate.
* Any additional duties as assigned.
* Report any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor or the person responsible for those items at your site.
* Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to managing visitors and guests at our facilities.
* Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
* Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.
* Support the YMCA’s mission and center operations as needed

What Does A Pilates Instructor Do At Pilates Design Corp.

* Conduct quality and unique 1 hour classes for a diverse group of people. " Develop positive relationships and maintain rapport with clients. " Ensure the maintenance of the studio before and after each class.
* Report any maintenance needs to the Front Desk. " Participate and be highly motivated in marketing and promoting the studio through events and in classes. " Find coverage for time-off

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How To Become A Pilates Instructor

The education and training required for fitness trainers and instructors varies by type of specialty, and employers often hire those with certification. Personal fitness trainers, group fitness instructors, and specialized fitness instructors each need different preparation. Requirements also vary by facility.


Almost all trainers and instructors have at least a high school diploma before entering the occupation. An increasing number of employers are requiring fitness workers, particularly personal trainers, to have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree related to a health or fitness field, such as exercise science, kinesiology, or physical education. Programs often include courses in nutrition, exercise techniques, biology, anatomy, and group fitness. Personal trainers also learn how to develop fitness programs for clients of all ages.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Employers prefer to hire fitness trainers and instructors who are certified. Many personal trainers must be certified before they begin working with clients or with members of a gym or other type of health club. Group fitness instructors can begin work without certification, but employers often encourage or require them to become certified. Most specialized fitness instructors receive certification for their preferred type of training, such as yoga or Pilates.

Many organizations offer certification. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, lists certifying organizations that are accredited.

All certification exams have a written part, and some also have a practical part. The exams measure the candidate’s knowledge of human physiology, understanding of proper exercise techniques, and ability to assess clients’ fitness levels and develop appropriate exercise programs. Many certifying organizations offer study materials to prepare for the exam, including books, webinars, other audio and visual materials, and exam preparation workshops and seminars.

Advanced certification requires an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in an exercise-related subject that includes more-specialized instruction, such as training athletes, working with people who are injured or ill, or advising clients on general health. For more information, see the profiles on athletic trainers and exercise physiologists.

Most trainers or instructors need certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators before applying for certification in physical fitness.


After becoming a certified personal trainer, new trainers typically work alongside an experienced trainer before they are allowed to train clients alone.

Training for specialized fitness instructors can vary greatly. For example, the duration of programs for yoga instructors can range from a few days to more than 2 years. The Yoga Alliance offers several credentials that require a minimum of between 200 and 500 hours, with a specified number of hours in techniques, teaching methods, anatomy, physiology, philosophy, and other areas.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Many fitness trainers and instructors must sell their services, motivating clients to hire them as personal trainers or to sign up for the classes they lead. Fitness trainers and instructors must therefore be polite, friendly, and encouraging, to maintain relationships with their clients.

Communication skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must be able to clearly explain or demonstrate exercises to clients.

Listening skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must be able to listen carefully to what clients tell them in order to determine the clients’ fitness levels and desired fitness goals.

Motivational skills. Getting fit and staying fit takes a lot of work for many clients. To keep clients coming back for more classes or to continue personal training, fitness trainers and instructors must keep their clients motivated.

Physical fitness. Fitness trainers and instructors need to be physically fit because their job requires a considerable amount of exercise. Group instructors often participate in classes, and personal trainers often need to demonstrate exercises to their clients.

Problem-solving skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must evaluate each client’s level of fitness and create an appropriate fitness plan to meet the client’s individual needs.


Fitness trainers and instructors who are interested in management positions should get a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, or a related subject. Experience often is required in order for a trainer or instructor to advance to a management position in a health club or fitness center. Many organizations prefer a master’s degree for certain positions.

Personal trainers may eventually advance to a head trainer position and become responsible for hiring and overseeing the personal training staff or for bringing in new personal training clients. Head trainers also are responsible for procuring athletic equipment, such as weights or fitness machines. Some fitness trainers and instructors go into business for themselves and open their own fitness centers.

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Pilates Instructor Demographics


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  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Danish

  • German

  • Dutch

  • Greek

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Thai

  • Italian

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Real Pilates Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pilates and Suspension Trainer Instructor Livingfit Inc. Key Largo, FL Feb 21, 2014 $73,045
Senior Pilates Instructor Kismet LLC Sunnyvale, CA Sep 30, 2016 $56,160
Senior Pilates Instructor Pilates Bodyshop Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 02, 2013 $52,175
Senior Pilates Instructor The Pilates Bodyshop Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 02, 2013 $52,175

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Top Skills for A Pilates Instructor


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Top Pilates Instructor Skills

  1. Mat Classes
  2. Yoga/Pilates
  3. Mat Pilates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead beginning and intermediate level mat classes, as well as instructed private and duet lessons on Pilates equipment.
  • Instructed small groups of students in basic concepts of mat Pilates, such as correct breathing, and correct form.
  • Instructed private and semi-private sessions in addition to machine classes.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Work in a chiropractic/physical therapy office where I focus on strength training with patients who are going through rehabilitation.

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