INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AT VIA PILATES

BALANCED BODY® PILATES CERTIFICATION

Whether you are starting your teaching journey or looking for inspiration along the path, Balanced Body - the world leader in Pilates teacher training - provides everything you need to succeed. Balanced Body courses are designed to make you a confident and competent instructor by combining the latest developments in movement science with a passion for movement and a commitment to the art of teaching.

The Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor program includes the following "modules":

  • Balanced Body Movement Principles (16 hours)

  • Anatomy in Three Dimensions (strongly recommended)

  • Balanced Body Mat 1 (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Mat 2 (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Mat 3 (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower (18 hours) 

  • Balanced Body Chair (14 hours)

  • Balanced Body Barrels (6 hours)

  • 20 Mat personal sessions, 15 observation hours and 35 student teaching hours

  • 30 Reformer personal sessions, 30 observation hours and 90 student teaching hours

  • 35 Apparatus/Studio personal sessions, 35 observation sessions, 95 student teaching hours

  • Final written and practical test

 Total hours for completion of Comprehensive Pilates Certification program: 520 hours (not including anatomy)

Options for Mat-only, Reformer-only or Mat and Reformer Certification also available.

Not Balanced Body? Why not Bridge!

If you have completed or are on your way to completing a Pilates program but would like to become part of the Balanced Body family, we have a bridge program just for you. Download the Balanced Body® Bridge Application online.

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ANATOMY IN THREE DIMENSIONS

Build muscles in clay on Balanced Body’s own specially designed skeleton, and imprint the body’s design deeply into your mind and body.

Calling all students and anatomy nerds... 

 

Build the body from the inside out with Anatomy in Three Dimensions™. Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the origin, insertion and action of the major muscles of movement by building them yourself on the Anatomy + Movement skeleton. Learn how muscles move by experiencing each muscle group in action and relating these exercises to functional movement. This course covers the body from the knees through the shoulders. Balanced Body's Anatomy + Movement skeleton is a scale model based on actual bones to be as accurate as possible.

  • Anatomy in 3-Dimensions (16 hours)

Building muscles with clay is effective, engaging and fun!

 

COREALIGN TEACHER TRAINING

The CoreAlign® system from Balanced Body® stimulates core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing challenging exercises, stretches and core controlled aerobic training. Give your clients a unique exercise experience that improves gait, posture, balance and functional movement. Clients at all fitness levels will feel the difference.

Join us for this class and train your way to a healthy body and mind. These techniques build a strong body from which one can transition into more

 

CoreAlign 1: Foundations (16 hours)

The CoreAlign provides a superior environment for training gait, balance, core stability and sport specific movements in a flexible and dynamic environment. CoreAlign 1: Foundations, is the heart of the CoreAlign training program. The course includes the theoretical basis of the CoreAlign method along with essential exercises to illustrate the full potential of the CoreAlign. The course includes:

  • 60+ foundation exercises designed to build functional movement skills applicable to daily life and athletic pursuits.

  • Exercises in standing, plank, all fours and supine positions.

  • Specific exercise Tracks to focus on Trunk Integration, Upper Body Strength and Balance, Lower Body Strength and Power, Gait and Dynamic Flexibility.

  • Progressions and regressions to address clients at different levels of ability.»Specific modifications and precautions for working with clients with injuries and special populations.

  • The Balanced Body Movement Principles to make your training more efficient, effective and safe.

  • CoreAlign equipment set up, maintenance and safety. 

CoreAlign 2: Progressions (16 hours) 

Builds on the foundation of CoreAlign 1 with progressions of the key exercises learned in CoreAlign 1 and additional exercise categories, training options and teaching techniques. CoreAlign 2 includes:

  • Progressions of plank and standing exercises to address a range of training goals from core stabilization to creating integrated rotation for throwing sports.

  • Training options using rotator discs, variable directions of resistance and moments of suspension.

  • Exercises to challenge balance, coordination and complex movement patterns to prepare clients for anything life throws their way.

 

CoreAlign 2 provides an excellent platform for improving functional movement patterns for clients at any level of ability from physical therapy patients to professional athletes.

 

Most courses are approved for CEC’s from Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFFA)

 

INTEGRATED MOVEMENT SPECIALIST (IMS) CERTIFICATION

Balanced Body Integrated Movement Specialist™ (IMS) certification dives deep into the relationship between Anatomy and Movement — understanding how the body works, how it works in motion, and the role of foundational movement in physical fitness. Those who attain Integrated Movement Specialist certification are recognized as experts in movement performance and have learned the skills to customize programming to meet individual goals. This professional achievement helps attract and retain clients and continue to grow your business.

Are you a movement professional looking to take your career to the next level?

 

Are you seeking to understand the quality and standards of movement?

Are you intrigued by anatomy and the interplay of muscles-bones-joints while the body is in motion?

If so, the Integrated Movement Specialist (IMS) certification is for you! IMS candidates learn how to optimize client training by recognizing foundational movements, employing quality standards and applying client progression. You will dive in to hands-on anatomy, giving you the physiological baseline for why and how the body works. The Integrated Movement Specialist certificate positions you as an expert in movement performance, enabling you to retain and attract clients.

  • Advance your knowledge of movement quality as the foundation of every training method

  • Develop efficient and effective movement analysis skills and program recommendation abilities

  • Expand your programming repertoire to attract more clients and grow your business in clubs and fitness facilities

  • Join our elite Balanced Body Education global community of leading movement professionals

Earn certification by taking 40 hours of the following:

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  • Anatomy in Three Dimensions Workshops or Courses (12 hours)

  • Balanced Body Movement Principles (12 hours)

  • Balanced Body Movement Programming, Courses or Workshops (16 hours)

 

Hours can be completed through any Balanced Body conference workshop or Balanced Body courses at an Authorized Training Center like Via Pilates.

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VIA PILATES APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Different individuals may experience widely varying opportunities to pursue in-depth workplace on-the-job training in the Pilates world, often depending on geographic location, proximity to a participating studio, financial security, socioeconomic status, race, gender, personal relationships or myriad other situational factors. Because of this, Via Pilates has chosen to provide a structured Apprenticeship Program open to Balanced Body Pilates Teacher Trainees who participate in a majority of their training modules with Via Pilates during their pre-certification process. Via Pilates offers a structured, competency based 12-month paid apprenticeship opportunity for Balanced Body teacher trainees in order to provide a supportive practice-based learning environment for motivated Pilates instructors-in-training.

​The primary goal of the Via Pilates Apprenticeship Program is to provide an experiential environment which can help launch successful Pilates careers. The Apprenticeship will help prepare the trainee for his/her comprehensive Pilates test-out and will deepen their understanding of the Pilates method. In addition, he or she will be trained in rehabilitation-based Pilates and movement techniques that would be useful and applicable in any working Pilates studio situation.​​

  • Apprentices gain realistic expectations about client, employer and studio demands, needs and rewards.

  • With real-world experience, the Apprentice will often have a competitive advantage when job-seeking.

  • Even if the apprenticeship does not become a regular position with Via Pilates, the Apprentice will enlarge his/her network of contacts in the Pilates world and will build valuable relationships for his or her future career.

Most Trainees in any Pilates certification program have “found” Pilates instruction as a second, third or fourth career. Many come from non-traditional backgrounds, some come from professional careers, some are home-makers, some are students, some are dancers, some are rehab patients, some are Pilates clients, some are physical therapists. Exposure to Pilates, to teaching movement, and to prior training in Balanced Body’s Pilates modules will vary.

Individuals selected as Apprentices are chosen based on the following qualities:

  • Dedication. This includes to learning Pilates through the Balanced Body comprehensive teacher training program, to his or her personal practice, to practice teaching and observation, etc.

  • Growth mindset. Is the trainee committed to his or her growth and development as a Pilates professional? Is the individual interested in undertaking the necessary continuing education throughout his or her career?

  • Grit. Individuals must be able to overcome the challenges set before them and learn to problem-solve in a fast-paced studio environment with exceptional standards, and we support you 100% of the way and beyond!

  • Communication skills. Working with clients is, of course, essential, but so is working with part of a team within any business and within the larger Pilates community. 

  • Potential for success. Availability to assist and teach some classes and private sessions at the studio during studio hours is required. An interest in working at a small studio with a more rehabilitative focus is important.

Individuals selected to join Via Pilates Apprenticeship Program become paid employees of the studio as is required by law and are entitled to the same protections and rights of other employees under federal statutes, including but not limited to equal opportunity employment, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment legislation, and wage and overtime laws.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis depending on studio need and space availability in the program.