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Pilates instructor working with an older adult

Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults

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Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults


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  • Pay in full

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

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

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

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

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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.

Course Structure:

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Home study

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Practical training



To aid your development, we’ve created Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults, providing a perfect upskill opportunity for Pilates professionals. Essentially, this combines the Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults course with a specific practical workshop designed to help you adapt Pilates exercises for a rapidly growing special population.

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

Above all else, you will have a vested interest in Pilates and a desire to help older clients get the most out of their exercise experience.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

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

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

  • Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

    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

    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 adults
    • Subjective norms and perceived behavioural control
  • Teaching Exercise for Older Adults

    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

    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

    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

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.



  • Worksheets
  • Case studies
  • Complete in your own time

Theory exam

  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • 70% pass mark
  • Unlimited re-sits

Learning and Support Materials

On our Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults course, you'll have access to everything you need to give you the best chance of success. Here are some of the learning and support materials.

Quality training manuals
Learning materials range

All you need to succeed

Written by industry professionals, available in print and digital copies, current, topical and up to date. What more could you ask for?

Meet LES, our Learner Engagement System
Study at your own pace

Access all your resources online

LES is your central hub for all the resources you need for your course.

Personalised home-study guide
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Stick to the plan

We'll provide you with a home-study guide that will show you how to approach your studies. Our team of tutors will work with you to adapt the plan to your needs.

Unlimited learning support from a personal tutor
Learning support tutor

Here when you need us

Our team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors will be on hand to guide you through your course and help you if and when things get challenging.

Career enhancing advice
Online learner engagement system

Accelerate your career

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

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

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