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Would you like to be a Pilates Instructor? 

Take your passion to the next level and become a Balanced Body instructor. Through a series of workshops, student coaching, online and in-studio classes you can become an Internationally recognised instructor. The programmes I offer are flexible and affordable, so you can train in your own time and when it's right for you. Check out my teacher training programmes below and contact me if you have any questions.


Balanced Body® Mat Instructor Training

Mat work is the foundation of the Pilates method. The Balanced Body Mat program includes the full repertoire of Pilates exercises, along with modifications and variations to make your program successful for a wide range of clients. By incorporating the Balanced Body movement principles, we give you the power to be a transformative teacher.

Mat 1 (16 hours)
Prerequisites: Movement Principles, 10 Mat classes. 6 months experience teaching movement and anatomy recommended.

Mat 1 forms the foundation of the Pilates method. This course includes an introduction to the history and principles of the Pilates method and the beginning and intermediate level exercises. Each exercise includes training on modifications, challenges, the purpose of the exercise and any precautions for injuries and special populations. How to design and teach group classes and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre and post–natal classes are included.


Mat 2 (16 hours)

Mat 2 teaches the remaining intermediate and advanced level Mat exercises for a complete understanding of the Pilates Mat program. Lectures include progressive skill development to achieve the advanced exercises, programming for intermediate and advanced classes and creating successful Mat classes.

Mat 3 – Enhanced Mat and Props (16 hours)
CEC course: Take for continuing education credits or simply to add infinite variety to your current Mat programming. Students who have taken Mat training, either from Balanced Body or another provider are welcome.
Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative and accessible and clients love toys!

Requirements for Completion – Mat only

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Mat Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy (strongly recommended)

  • Balanced Body Movement Principles (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Mat 1 – Course work and module test (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Mat 2 – Course work and module test (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Mat 3 – Course work and module test (16 hours)

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

  • Final written and practical test.

Total hours for completion of Mat program: 134 hours.

Balanced Body® Reformer Training

The Pilates Reformer is a brilliant piece of training equipment allowing resistance and support to every part of the body. This teacher training programme gives you a thorough understanding of how to use the Reformer and its wide range of exercises provides a stimulating and strong workout designed to optimise your clients potential.

Reformer 1 (16 hours)

Prerequisites: Movement Principles and 20 Reformer classes. 1 year experience teaching movement. Anatomy required prior to testing out.

This course introduces the Universal Reformer, the centre piece of the Pilates equipment studio and an invaluable training tool. Reformer 1 includes an introduction to safely using the Pilates Reformer for a wide variety of supine, seated and standing exercises for the beginning to intermediate student.

Movement Principles include improving lower body alignment, creating balanced muscle development and learning a protocol for effectively training the upper body.

Reformer 2 (16 hours)
Reformer 2 expands the potential of the Reformer with intermediate and advanced exercises and modifications along with programs designs for special populations including pre–and post–natal clients and clients with osteoporosis and lower back injuries. Class design, dynamic assessment and correcting common dysfunctional movement patterns are also included.

Reformer 3 (16 hours)

Reformer 3 is the pinnacle of the Reformer work and includes advanced and super advanced exercises to challenge clients to achieve their best. Progressive sequences designed to teach students advanced movement skills are included along with an introduction to the revolutionary Principle Based Programming System helping you to create successful classes for clients at any level.


Requirements for Completion – Reformer only

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Movement Principles (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work and test (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work and test (16 hours)

  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work and test (16 hours)

  • Anatomy must be completed prior to testing

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

  • Final written and practical test

Total hours for completion of Reformer program: 214 hours (not including anatomy).


Allison James

Balanced Body Pilates Master Instructor
Certified GYROKINESIS® Trainer

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