Level 3 Pilates for older adults course

Broaden your client base and learn how to adapt Pilates to be safe and inclusive for older adults

HFE Pilates instructor directing older adult client in class
HFE Pilates instructor directing older adult in class

The industry's first Pilates for older adults course

Deliver safe and effective Pilates sessions to a whole new client base by combing the Older Adult Award with a specific older adults Pilates workshop.

  • Course type:

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify:

    6 weeks

  • Entry requirements:

    Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates

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    Total payable £418 5% discount £22
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £60 and 5 x £56 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £440

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Course overview: Level 3 Pilates for older adults

Learn how to deliver safe and effective Pilates sessions to older adults by combining the regulated older adult qualification with a dedicated workshop for adapting Pilates exercises for the aging population.

“We retire too early… Our prime of life should be in the 70s and old age should not come until we are almost 100”, those are the famous words of Pilates founder, the eponymous Joseph Pilates and it’s hard to argue with his outlook, especially considering what he was able to achieve with his own body.

Mat-based Pilates offers a wealth of benefits including reducing stress levels, improving balance and strength. It can also prove incredibly effective in alleviating the symptoms of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and low back pain.

As a population, we are living longer than we ever have done before and staying active well into our older years. As a Pilates instructor, your role is to ensure that continues and that you’re helping as many clients as possible.

If you haven’t yet completed the prerequisite course and you’re looking to maximise your career opportunities and earning potential as a new Pilates instructor, this course is combined with our other Pilates instructor courses in the master Pilates career package.

  • Entry requirements

    In order to enrol on this Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults course, you must already possess the Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults Award is fully accredited by the YMCA Awards and CIMSPA, so you have this qualification for life, wherever you go.

  • Quality training resources

    In addition to engaging online content, our manuals are written by industry professionals, available in print and digital copies, current, topical and up to date. We'll also provide you with a home-study guide to keep you on track. What more could you ask for?

  • Career enhancing advice

    Once you graduate, you’ll have access to CV Connect, connecting you to employers who are actively looking to hire people just like you.

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As a consistent provider of training excellence, we are immensely proud of our courses and their quality, accessibility and versatility.

Our many years of experience have allowed us to create a ‘Pilates for older adults’ certification that not only delivers the highest quality content but also remains financially accessible for all.

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We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.

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Your personal learning support tutor will be there to help you when you need it, in form of the following:

  • Phone calls

  • Emails

  • Video calls

  • Webinars

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What you'll learn

This specialised qualification enables an instructor to safely adapt and modify traditional Pilates exercises for older clients.

The following is far from an exhaustive list, but this course includes:

  • Benefits of exercise for older adults

    Functional benefits of exercise
    Muscular benefits of exercise
    Skeletal and cardiorespiratory benefits of exercise
    Neural and cognitive benefits of exercise
    The psychology of exercise
    Flexibility in older adults

  • Behaviour change and motivation

    Barriers to participation for older adults
    Principles of behaviour change
    Pre-existing attitudes and expectations
    Goal setting and SMART targets for older adults
    Marketing towards older clients
    Subjective norms and perceived behavioural control

  • Teaching exercise for older adults

    Health and safety matters
    The stages of teaching
    Correcting exercise technique
    Progressive programming for the older adult
    Monitoring exercise intensity
    Age-friendly equipment for the older adult

  • Planning and adapting Pilates exercise for older adults

    Defining the audience
    Adapting and modifying Pilates exercise for the older adult
    Contraindications to exercise
    Progressive exercise planning
    Exercise guidelines for the older adult
    Assessment of physical function
    Pathologies associated with ageing

  • Preparing and executing a mat Pilates session

    Sample preparation phase exercises
    Flexibility routines
    The main workout phase
    The closing phase
    Individualising teaching and instruction
    Health and lifestyle screening

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

One Pilates career
Unlimited opportunities

Learning how to adapt Pilates for a wider clientele means your career opportunities are even greater. Join our Pilates instructor graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs, you're sure to be in high demand after completing this course.

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How you'll be assessed

As a student on our course, we provide you with ample opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities in an engaging and practical way. You’ll be given the opportunity to attend a hands-on, one-day workshop. It’s here you’ll sit your theory exam and then the rest of the day is dedicated to learning how to specifically adapt, modify and teach Pilates to older adults.

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  • Case Study
  • Scenario based


  • Complete online
  • Complete in your own time


  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • 70% pass mark
  • Online or at test centre

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