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Teacher Training Programme

Do you want to train to become a Pilates Matwork Teacher?

Matwork Course Summary

The Matwork Teacher-Training Programme at Bodywise Pilates Studio leads to certification as a Pilates Foundation Matwork Teacher. It is a one-year course involving over 500 hours of study time. The course runs every Friday from 2:30 – 6pm, as well as one full weekend every month (11 weekends in total). In addition to these taught lectures and classes (totalling over 250 hours), students will also be required to log at least 250 hours of self-study and self-practice during the course, including:

  • a minimum of 50 hours of attending Pilates classes (self-practice)
  • a minimum of 50 hours of supervised teaching practice, observation, and assisting qualified teachers
  • a minimum of 150 hours of self-study (including a 10-week case study with a volunteer, homework tasks, reading and revision)

    The next course runs from 2nd February 2018 to January 2019. Final exams will take place in January 2019, involving a 3-hour theory paper and a 1-hour practical exam. Applications for this course should be submitted no later than 1st November 2017 (although early application is encouraged).

    The cost of the course is £3,300 if paid in full in advance, or £3,630 when paid in 11 monthly instalments of £330 per month. Course fees include all lectures and classes, the Pilates Foundation Matwork Manual, and the one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course (EFAW). Course fees do not include PF membership, student insurance, examination fees, or books and other equipment.

    Students also have the option of taking the YMCA level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates. Learning is embedded within the course we offer, so any student may choose to take this qualification if they wish (it enables you to join the Register of Exercise Professionals, in order to work within the gym industry). The cost of the YMCA diploma is £150 and this is additional to the course fees.


    Matwork Course Content

  • The history and development of the Pilates method, and Pilates principles and fundamentals
  • Pilates repertory, both classical and evolved (with adaptations, creative variations, “pre-Pilates” repertory, and the use of small equipment)
  • Natural movement / functional movement patterns
  • Human anatomy / physiology and biomechanics
  • Static and dynamic postural analysis
  • Pilates class planning / objectives
  • Teaching methodology
  • Manual (“hands-on”) facilitation and the use of imagery
  • Injury / pathology, remedial applications and rehabilitation (overview)
  • Pre- and post-natal Pilates (overview)
  • Complimentary therapies, referral, and self-care as a teacher
  • Business management skills
  • One-day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)


    Pre-requisites / Matwork Course entrance requirements

    Applicants should ideally have at least one year of experience attending Pilates classes (50 hours minimum), or at least 6 months of experience with a Pilates Foundation teacher (25 hours minimum). Applicants with less experience may also be considered, based on their other experience. Applicants will be expected to submit our application form along with their CV before the deadline, and may then be invited to attend a 1-hour class and a 30-minute interview. Applicants must demonstrate a serious commitment to the course, and must be highly motivated in order to complete the necessary self-study at home, and to achieve the high standard required by the Pilates Foundation.

    For more detailed information about the course or for an application form, please contact Bodywise Pilates.



    Bridging (Apparatus) Teacher-Training

    Are you already a Matwork teacher, who now wants to become qualified to teach on the apparatus?

    Bodywise offer a “Bridging” Course, which allows already-qualified Matwork teachers to learn to teach on the apparatus (equipment). It is called Bridging because it "bridges" the gap between being a Matwork teacher and being a fully comprehensive teacher. While the Pilates Foundation sets criteria for the final assessment of trainees, each accredited Teacher Training Provider is free to teach the Pilates Method in their own individual way, encouraging a much more creative and less formulaic approach that that offered by any other Pilates organisation. Therefore, the best way to select the right course for you is to meet the course director, and to observe and/or attend classes at the studio, to decide what approach suits you best.

    Applicants should already be fully qualified Pilates Foundation Matwork teachers, ideally with at least one year of experience teaching Matwork. Applicants must also have at least 50 hours of experience on the apparatus (group classes or 1-1s, preferably some experience of both, ideally with various different teachers). Applicants who are not personally known to the Course Director will be invited to attend a verbal interview and 1-1 class, once their application form has been received. If the Course Director is not familiar with the applicant's teaching, part of the initial assessment will involve observing the applicant teach for 30-minutes as well. All interested applicants must speak to us in advance to confirm their interest in applying for a place (there are a maximum of 8 places available). Applications may also be considered from Matwork teachers who are not Pilates Foundation members, but they will need to demonstrate a commitment to converting to a Pilates Foundation qualification by pursuing the provisional application route.

    The next course will start in September 2018, depending on interest. The course runs over 14 weekends, between September 2018 and April 2020. The cost of the course is £3,300 if paid in full in advance, or £3,630 when paid in 11 monthly instalments of £330 per month. Please do register your interest with us well in advance, so that we can interview you and start the course as soon as there are enough successful applicants to run it. Pilates Foundation apparatus exams take place in November and June each year, so you can take as long as you need to log all of the required hours and complete all of the necessary course work, before sitting the final exams. You must have completed 2 x 10-week Case Studies, various assessed homework tasks, 150 hours of practical training (attending apparatus classes), and a minimum of 400 hours of observing and assisting experienced studio teachers. Although all areas of anatomy and theory will be reviewed, this course is practically-oriented.

    For more detailed information about the course, or for an application form, please contact Bodywise Pilates.