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Experienced HFE Pilates instructor working with a client
Experienced HFE Pilates instructor working with a client
Experienced HFE Pilates instructor working with a client

Level 3 Pilates Instructor Course

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Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates

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Based on Joseph Pilates' original Contrology concepts and techniques, this mat Pilates course opens up a range of possibilities for instructors

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    8-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

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

Learn More About This Pilates Instructor Course

Intro

Pilates is one of the most popular and effective forms of exercise for those looking to improve musculoskeletal health and function. It’s also perfectly suited for those looking to enhance flexibility and deal with certain aspects of injury rehabilitation. Qualified instructors are able to deliver classes in a precise and controlled manner and this helps participants get the most out of a class.

The practice of Pilates actually began life as Contrology and was pioneered in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. As a child, Joseph himself suffered terribly from multiple conditions including asthma, rheumatic fever and rickets. It was these afflictions that made him determined to return his body to peak physical condition through exercise.

Our Pilates instructor course follows Joseph’s original principles and exercises, which is a testament to how effective they are and how much they’ve stood the test of time. This qualification has been created with your success in mind. So whether you have designs on teaching in a leading health club, developing your own Pilates brand, or even branching out to teach at retreats worldwide, you’ll be able to do so once qualified.

The course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by CIMSPA. We specialise in blended learning which combines practical attendance at a nationwide venue including Manchester, Cardiff, London and Glasgow, with in-house support from our expert tutors. This is backed up by learning materials that have designed and delivered by some of the industry’s most experienced professionals.

To learn more about the history of Pilates and how you can develop a successful career, start with our in-depth career guide. We’ve also prepared a sample of our bespoke student manual and this can be accessed online or via the HFE app.

What You'll Learn

The best Pilates instructors have unrivalled attention to detail and are able to deliver classes in a precise and controlled manner – at the end of the day, that’s what Pilates is all about.

Our course takes the fundamentals of a Pilates qualification and builds on it exponentially. HFE’s training is designed to make you more adaptable, more confident and ultimately more successful as an instructor.

Here’s what you’ll be encountering on your Pilates journey:

  • Principles and Fundamentals of Pilates

  • Level 2 and 3 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Posture for Mat Pilates

  • Performing Pilates Exercises

  • Planning Pilates Classes

  • Teaching Pilates

You’ll also discover elements of hands-on correction, how to adapt Joseph Pilates’ original 34 exercises and the most effective ways to incorporate equipment into your class.

How You'll be Assessed

Our Pilates course has been carefully split into various, easy to manage components. This gives you the best possible chance of passing first time and securing employment as a qualified instructor. Here’s how we’ll assess you during your studies:

  • Worksheets

    Principles of Mat Pilates and Adaptations and Modifications

  • Case Study

    Design a 12-week progressive programme for a client

  • Lesson Plan

    Demonstrate how you would effectively structure a Pilates session

  • Theory Exams

    Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health, and Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Practical Assessment

    Put everything into practice a deliver a Pilates session just as you would in the real world

  • VIVA

    Complete this over the phone with your support tutor after passing your other assessments

Entry Requirements

While there are no formal entry requirements for this Pilates instructor course, we advise that you’ve already completed a Level 2 Gym or Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification.

In addition, you should ideally have experience performing Pilates exercises or attending classes regularly. This will enable you to get the best possible head start.

This mat Pilates qualification also acts as a prerequisite for the Level 3 Reformer Pilates Teacher course and the Level 4 Certificate in Mat Pilates.

Timetable

Before your first practical weekend, we usually recommend 6-8 weeks of home study, based on an hour a day.

During this period, you should take the time to familiarise yourself with your Level 2 and Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, and your Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates manuals.

Via LES (the Learner Engagement System), you’ll find plenty of learning resources including practice tests and video lectures.

  • Weekend 1

    Your introduction to the principles and fundamentals of Pilates, posture and lesson planning

  • Weekend 2

    Practical workshops covering preparation, main and closing phases of Pilates class, and preparation for your practical assessments

  • Weekend 3

    Put everything into practice with your theory exams and practical assessments

Upgrade Your Pilates Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with others, saving money and benefiting from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

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Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates

Using Joseph Pilates’ original Contrology methods, concepts and techniques, we’re proud to deliver the industry’s most popular and comprehensive Pilates instructor training.

The course itself features hours of video lectures presented by a chartered physiotherapist and expert demonstrations of Joseph’s original 34 exercises.

Alongside the wealth of printed and digital learning materials you get on enrolment, you’ll be able to get truly hands-on with three intensive practical training weekends.

Our Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates is accredited by YMCA Awards, fully endorsed by CIMSPA and internationally-recognised by all active leisure employers.

Level 3 Pilates for Pre and Postnatal Clients

This CPD programme combines the Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Instructor course with a one-day specialised workshop focusing on adapting Pilates for pre and postnatal clients.

If you’re looking for a way to make your Pilates classes as inviting and inclusive as possible, then this course is an absolute must-have.

You’ll encounter a range of topics including physical conditions associated with pregnancy, pre and postnatal exercise guidelines, appropriate diet and nutrition recommendations, and how to effectively plan and adapt Pilates classes for your pre and postnatal client base.

Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults
Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity
Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate

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All the courses and all the training you need to become a world-class instructor


Courses
Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates

Using Joseph Pilates’ original Contrology methods, concepts and techniques, we’re proud to deliver the industry’s most popular and comprehensive Pilates instructor training.

The course itself features hours of video lectures presented by a chartered physiotherapist and expert demonstrations of Joseph’s original 34 exercises.

Alongside the wealth of printed and digital learning materials you get on enrolment, you’ll be able to get truly hands-on with three intensive practical training weekends.

Our Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates is accredited by YMCA Awards, fully endorsed by CIMSPA and internationally-recognised by all active leisure employers.

Level 3 Pilates for Pre and Postnatal Clients

This CPD programme combines the Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Instructor course with a one-day specialised workshop focusing on adapting Pilates for pre and postnatal clients.

If you’re looking for a way to make your Pilates classes as inviting and inclusive as possible, then this course is an absolute must-have.

You’ll encounter a range of topics including physical conditions associated with pregnancy, pre and postnatal exercise guidelines, appropriate diet and nutrition recommendations, and how to effectively plan and adapt Pilates classes for your pre and postnatal client base.

Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults

In the famous words of Joseph Pilates, “Our prime of life should be in the 70s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.” It’s precisely this reason why we’ve combined our Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults course with a specialised hands-on workshop for older adults.

This workshop is designed to help qualified Pilates instructors safely adapt and modify the classic Pilates exercises for the older demographic. In doing so, you’ll not only work towards making your classes more inclusive, but you’ll also stand to widen your client base.

Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma

With this qualification, you’ll be able to work with an expanded range of clients, helping them manage chronic illnesses and conditions like asthma, obesity, arthritis and diabetes.

As the name suggests, the Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma enables you to get involved with exercise/GP referral schemes and work alongside various public and private health organisations referring clients.

The course tackles a wide-range of subjects, including professional practice, pathophysiology of various conditions, programming exercise for medical conditions, the role of medications, and assessing and monitoring referred clients. To really bring the subjects to life, your learning will be enhanced by a range of extensive video lectures presented by a leading GP who is well-versed with exercise referral.

Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity

Diet and nutrition are key components when it comes to helping clients achieve their goals and in fact, they can be just as important as exercise. With that in mind, Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity is a must-have qualification.

In just a few short weeks you’ll have gained the knowledge and real-life solutions to improve the dietary habits of your clients. It’s a great standalone qualification to have but even better and more effective when it’s combined with other disciplines.

Throughout the course, you’ll encounter a range of topics including popular nutrition myths and diets, healthy eating guidelines and weight management best practices.

Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate

Low back pain is an ever-growing problem, not just in terms of the number of people it affects, but the strain it puts on the NHS and the economy.

The Level 4 Low Back Pain Certificate is a specialist qualification that puts you at the forefront of the fight against this chronic and, for many, debilitating condition.

The course comprises of a combination of expert-led practical training that is supported by a range of home-study learning and support materials. These resources include specialist video lectures presented by a leading back pain doctor and author, comprehensive training manuals and ongoing guidance from a dedicated learning support tutor.

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Course content written and delivered by the some of the industry's best physiotherapists and Pilates teachers

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  • James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

    "HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

    James Crossley

    (Hunter from Gladiators)

  • Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

    "The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1"

    Laura Massaro

    (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)

  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

    "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

    Holly Bradshaw

    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

  • Kardy Laguda is an internationally renowned fitness instructor

    "HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

    Kardy Laguda

    (International Fitness Presenter)

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Love the way you can just teach yourself in your own time and enjoyed the weekend sessions.

    Karen Kennedy

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Having undertaken an extensive and challenging set of qualifications with HFE over the last couple of years, I have to say the tutors, support and course materials provided were first class. Whilst the standards required to pass are high, HFE were with me every step of the way in providing guidance and support to help achieve the qualifications. I would highly recommend HFE as a great training provider.

    Philip Brooke

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Just done 2 days online zoom part of the course. it was brilliant, better than being actually in the room in person. Dawn- the instructor was awesome

    Kate Maltby

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    A very interesting, enjoyable and helpful course.

    Douglas McGlashan

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