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Student taking part in a Level 3 Reformer Pilates teacher course
HFE Pilates reformer student using the apparatus
Student taking part in a Level 3 Reformer Pilates teacher course

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This is the industry's most advanced Level 3 Pilates Reformer Teacher course

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Level 3 Reformer Pilates Teacher Course


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    Total payable £712.50 5% discount £37.50
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £110 and 5 x £108 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £750

Learn how to master the most recognisable piece of Pilates equipment and elevate your teaching career to new heights with this hands-on, industry-recognised reformer course.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    6-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    Level 3 Mat Pilates

  • Accreditations

    HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are fully endorsed by REPs HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA HFE's reformer Pilates teacher course is recognised by the ASCM

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Course Intro

The Pilates reformer is one of the most recognisable and respected pieces of Pilates apparatus from which it is possible to perform over 500 different exercises. If you are passionate about Pilates and you want to master the universal reformer, this essentials reformer Pilates course will deliver exactly what you need and more.

Reformer Pilates has long been associated with the more clinical application of the Pilates methodology, largely owing to the fact that reformers are often found in rehabilitation environments like chiropractic surgeries and physiotherapy treatment rooms. However, as society, on the whole, is becoming more sedentary, the prevalence of people living with musculoskeletal disorders, pain and poor posture is rife. This is one of the primary reasons why people turn to Pilates and why the demand for Pilates professionals is so high.

Mat-based Pilates is certainly the most popular application of the method. However, it is this popularity that has however given rise to a growing level of interest and demand for more specialist forms of the method, like the reformer. Consequently, there are more dedicated Pilates studios offering their specialist exercise services than ever before.

Like mat-based Pilates, the reformer approach involves performing highly controlled exercises that align closely to the 6 core principles of the Pilates method. With reformer work, however, it is possible to target very specific patterns of movement and areas of the body that just wouldn’t be possible on a mat.

If you are serious about becoming the best Pilates teacher you can be, this REPs, CIMSPA and ACSM recognised reformer Pilates course is definitely for you.

What You'll Learn

This essentials reformer Pilates course will teach you everything you need to know to become a highly competent and proficient reformer teacher. Specifically, the course includes:

  • Reformer safety – expert tuition and guidance on how to operate a reformer safely and effectively, both for your own practice and while teaching others
  • Anatomy for reformer Pilates – an exploration of musculoskeletal anatomy and how this can be applied to plan safe and effective reformer Pilates sessions
  • History and origins of Reformer Pilates – a detailed insight into the origins of the reformer, how it was conceived and how it has evolved
  • Principles of Pilates – building on the content presented in the Level 3 matwork programme, a broader and deeper exploration of the classical and applied principles of Pilates is presented
  • Reformer exercises – Over 100 different reformer exercises across 7 different series, including footwork, supine, seated, long box, short box, kneeling, standing and whole-body
  • Planning and teaching reformer Pilates – combining the core Pilates principles with the anatomy of the movements to create safe, effective and engaging reformer Pilates sessions

Upon enrolment, you will receive print and digital copies of one of the most comprehensive reformer Pilates manual available. You will also be given access to our online Learner Engagement System (LES) where much of your coursework will be completed.

How You'll be Assessed

You will be assessed continually throughout your training courses in a variety of ways.

  • Multiple-choice knowledge questions – during the home-study phase you will be required to complete 6 online multiple-choice assessments, each comprising of 20 questions, to demonstrate your understanding of key elements of the course. You are required to answer all questions correctly to pass this element.
  • Reformer Pilates session plan – between your course weekends you will be required to produce a session plan for a small group of mixed-ability participants. You will be given full instruction on how to do this effectively during your course.
  • Continuous practical assessments – on day 3 of your training course you will complete 2 short practical assessments demonstrating your ability to plan and teach a safe and effective preparation (warm-up) and closing (cool-down) phase.
  • Summative practical assessments – on the final day of your training programme you will be assessed teaching the main component of a reformer Pilates session to a small group of mixed-ability participants.

Upon successful completion of the above assessments, you’ll be awarded the following certificates: Level 3 Award in Teaching Reformer Pilates (CIMSPA & ACSM endorsed) and Reformer Pilates Teacher (REPs endorsed).

Entry Requirements

This reformer Pilates teacher training programme is suited to anyone who has a keen interest in mastering what it takes to become a reformer Pilates teacher.

Given the scope and depth of the information presented in this programme, we strongly advise that participants attending this course hold a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates qualification (or equivalent).

Applications may also be considered from students with other fitness industry qualifications (e.g. personal trainers, yoga teachers etc), where they can demonstrate that they have extensive experience of performing Pilates as a participant (e.g. attending classes).

Finally, upon enrolment students are advised to attend as many reformer Pilates classes or sessions as they can in order to give themselves the best opportunity of passing this course. It is not advisable to attend the practical training having never used a reformer.


Prior to attending the first practical training weekend we recommend that you take between 6-10 weeks to complete the home-study activities and familiarise yourself with the contents of the training manuals.

Some students, especially those with more time to study (we recommend around 1 hour per day), or who already have lots of experience in Pilates, may be able to reduce this part of the course.

Important note: Due to the specialist nature of our reformer Pilates courses, we usually deliver them in a dedicated reformer Pilates studio. Therefore, in order to maximise your time on the reformer, it is likely that this course will be delivered later in the working day when the studio has delivered its own timetable for the day (e.g. 11:00-19:00 or 12:00-20:00). Please speak with our Careers Advisors if you need to know more about start and finish times of specific courses.

  • Weekend 1

    You will get a comprehensive induction to the Pilates reformer and will work practically through an extensive range of reformer-based exercises, learning how to adapt and progress them appropriately.

  • Weekend 2

    You will consolidate the teaching from weekend 1 and look at how to use other studio-specific apparatus to make reformer-based exercises more appropriate for your clients. You will also complete your continuous and summative assessments here.

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