Evolve Instructor Training

Evolve Instructor Training Program

Evolve Pilates offers a full schedule of Training Courses for Pilates Instructors.

Our in-depth series begins with the core philosophy, history, and principles created by Joseph Pilates. Then, using hands on activities and sate of the art technology, we help students understand the anatomy and science behind the Pilates concepts and how they relate to the way we move. With our course design, each apparatus is learned alone, giving students time to absorb and practice the exercises. In addition, our courses provide vital information for Pilates instructors, like how to build a program that keeps your clients inspired, how to administer posture assessments and how to relate that information to a client’s fitness goals.

Our Full Comprehensive Instructor Training meets with the standards of the Pilates Method Alliance requirement of 450 hours and all levels of the mat work. Our teachers will be accepted and allowed to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance national certification exam.

See program information below or click here to download a PDF with information about prerequisites and program completion requirements.

Programs For Aspiring Pilates Instructors

Teach Pilates on the Mat

Open to fitness pros and/or aspiring instructors only, this program is for persons who wish to become a qualified Pilates instructor capable of private and group training on the Mat.

PREREQUESITES
    PREREQUESITES
  • 25 hours of personal practice (10 must be mat Pilates only) in a professional studio by a PMA certified instructor.

CLASSES
    The Pilates Foundation

      Pilates is much more than a list of exercises. It provides us with a vocabulary for movement and a philosophy for life. What does it mean to move from your core? The Pilates Foundation explains it all.

    • Be confident with the skeleton and its major bony landmarks
    • Learn all the muscle groups involve in “moving from your core”
    • Learn the history of Joseph Pilates and the philosophy behind the movement
    • Experience the principles in your own body
    • Gain your first movement series that put the Pilates principles into action
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    The Pilates Matwork

      The Pilates Matwork is the original work of Joseph Pilates and the base of the Pilates movement science.

    • Integrate the philosophies and principles into exercises on the mat
    • Learn the specific exercise sequence that Joseph Pilates designed to create a healthy, efficient body
    • Understand how to modify and use preparation exercises to help clients build strength and body awareness
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy: The Spine
    • Learn the muscles involved with movement and stabilization of each section of the vertebrae
    • Learn the components of the vertebrae and how they affect its function
    • Understand the function of the spine with hands-on activities
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Program Design I: Teaching Skills
    • Develop cueing skills
        •   Learn the different learning styles and how to create cues for each type of client
        •   Understand how learning develops with the learning matrix
        •   Learn imagery for exercises
        •   Learn appropriate ways to use touch in cueing
        •   Be able to identify the 5 spinal dysfunctions and modify exercises for them
    • Learn to set class goals for your you and your clients
    • Understand your scope of practice
    • Learn ethics and rules
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
    COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Successful completion of the associated prerequisite hours
  • Successful completion of all courses listed in this section
  • 10 hours of mat class observation
  • 20 hours of personal practice with 8 hours being private instruction with a PMA certified instructor
  • 20 hours of teaching practice with 4 hours observed by an instructor (may be done by video)
  • Completion of a written exam

Teach Pilates on the Reformer

Open to fitness pros and/or aspiring instructors only, this program is for persons who wish to become a qualified Pilates instructor capable of private and group training on the Mat and Reformer.

PREREQUESITES
    PREREQUESITES
  • Completion of the Evolve Mat Instructor Training OR a Mat certification from another educator (Restrictions apply. Contact Evolve to see if you qualify.)
  • + 10 additional hours of personal practice on REFORMER specifically (must include at least 5 private lessons)

CLASSES
    Reformer I

      Continue to build a well -rounded program by adding equipment to your sessions.

    • Understand the design of Pilates equipment and the functionality of the spring system
    • Know how to keep your clients safe when using equipment
    • Begin to learn the foundation exercises of the most widely used Pilates apparatus
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Reformer II

      Continue to build your portfolio of exercises to create complete, well rounded sessions for your clients

    • Learn 25 + new intermediate level exercises that include more complex movements, challenging spatial and body positions
    • Learn to increase the pace of your work out to increase agility in your clients
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Reformer III

      Continue to build your portfolio of exercises and increase difficulty to continue to challenge your clients.

    • Learn 25 + new intermediate level exercises that include more complex movements, challenging spatial and body positions
    • Learn to increase the pace of your work out to increase agility in your clients
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Intermediate and Advanced Concepts
    • Learn the vocabulary and concepts of intermediate and advanced work
    • Learn to increase pace and add dynamic movement to your workout
    • Understand how to layer exercises to build to more complex movement
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy - The Hip
    • Use hands on acvities and 3d technology to understand the anatomy and function of the hip joint
    • Learn to maintain a healthy, functional hip joint
    • Learn how a dysfunctional hip joint can effect the rest of the body
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy - The Shoulder
COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
    COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Successful completion of the associated prerequisite hours and training
  • Successful completion of all courses listed in this section
  • 20 hours of reformer class observation for each level of practice (foundation, intermediate and advanced)
  • 35 hours of personal practice on the reformer with at least 15 of those hours being private lessons with a PMA certified instructor
  • 30 hours of teaching practice divided between the levels with 6 hours of observed teaching
  • Successful completion of a written exam

Full Comprehensive Instructor Training

Open to fitness pros and/or aspiring instructors only, this program is for persons who wish to become a fully qualified Pilates instructor capable of private and group training on all apparatus (Mat and Reformer + Cadillac, Chair, Barrel). This course enables instructors to create a full, goal-oriented private program as well as teach effective and safe group classes on all apparatus.

PREREQUESITES
    PREREQUESITES
  • Successful completion of both the Evolve Teach Pilates: Mat and the Evolve Teach Pilates: Reformer programs OR Mat and Reformer certifications from another educator (Restrictions apply. Contact Evolve to see if you qualify.)
  • + 10 Hours of Personal Practice on Cadillac
  • + 10 Hours of Personal Practice on Chair
  • + 5 Hours of Personal Practice on Barrel

CLASSES
    The Pilates Foundation

      Pilates is much more than a list of exercises. It provides us with a vocabulary for movement and a philosophy for life. What does it mean to move from your core? The Pilates Foundation explains it all.

    • Be confident with the skeleton and its major bony landmarks
    • Learn all the muscle groups involve in “moving from your core”
    • Learn the history of Joseph Pilates and the philosophy behind the movement
    • Experience the principles in your own body
    • Gain your first movement series that put the Pilates principles into action
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy: The Spine
    • Learn the muscles involved with movement and stabilization of each section of the vertebrae
    • Learn the components of the vertebrae and how they affect its function
    • Understand the function of the spine with hands-on activities
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    The Pilates Matwork

      The Pilates Matwork is the original work of Joseph Pilates and the base of the Pilates movement science.

    • Integrate the philosophies and principles into exercises on the mat
    • Learn the specific exercise sequence that Joseph Pilates designed to create a healthy, efficient body
    • Understand how to modify and use preparation exercises to help clients build strength and body awareness
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Program Design I: Teaching Skills
    • Develop cueing skills:
        •   Learn the different learning styles and how to create cues for each type of client
        •   Understand how learning develops with the learning matrix
        •   Learn imagery for exercises
        •   Learn appropriate ways to use touch in cueing
        •   Be able to identify the 5 spinal dysfunctions and modify exercises for them
    • Learn to set class goals for your you and your clients
    • Understand your scope of practice
    • Learn ethics and rules
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy - The Hip
    • Use hands on acvities and 3d technology to understand the anatomy and function of the hip joint
    • Learn to maintain a healthy, functional hip joint
    • Learn how a dysfunctional hip joint can effect the rest of the body
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy - The Shoulder
    • Use hands on activities and 3D technology to understand the anatomy and function of the complicated and widely injured shoulder joint
    • Understand the basics of common shoulder injuries/ dysfunctions and how to keep your clients safe
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Reformer I

      Continue to build a well -rounded program by adding equipment to your sessions.

    • Understand the design of Pilates equipment and the functionality of the spring system
    • Know how to keep your clients safe when using equipment
    • Begin to learn the foundation exercises of the most widely used Pilates apparatus
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Intermediate and Advanced Concepts
    • Learn the vocabulary and concepts of intermediate and advanced work
    • Learn to increase pace and add dynamic movement to your workout
    • Understand how to layer exercises to build to more complex movement
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Reformer II

      Continue to build your portfolio of exercises to create complete, well rounded sessions for your clients

    • Learn 25 + new intermediate level exercises that include more complex movements, challenging spatial and body positions
    • Learn to increase the pace of your work out to increase agility in your clients
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Program Design II: Client Assessment

      Be able to establish a fitness baseline for your clients and create a goal oriented program bases on your results.

      Posture assessment

    • Be able to perform in depth posture assessments
    • Asses the posture of your classmates
    • Learn how to modify exercises for specific spinal dysfunctions and other postural issues
    • Fitness testing

    • Learn to asses specific movements/exercises to test strength, flexibility and balance in your clients
    • Begin to understand the difference in structure vs. function
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Core Anatomy - The Head and Neck
    • Learn the muscles and bones associated with the head and neck
    • Have a deeper understanding of how to keep the neck safe during exercise
    • Learn common dysfunctions of the cervical vertebrae and what anatomical components are involved in them
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Cadillac/Chair/Barrel I
    • Learn the foundation and preparatory exercises of the Cadillac apparatus
    • Understand when use of the Cadillac is appropriate to use for your clients
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Anatomy of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand
    • Learn the muscles and bones associated with the elbow, wrist and hand
    • Have a deeper understanding of the function of these joints and how to move them safely and effectively
    • Understand the effect of dysfunction of these joints on the rest of the body
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Cadillac/Chair/Barrel II
    • Learn the remaining (intermediate and advanced) exercises on the Cadillac
    • Be able to design full Cadillac workouts for your clients
    • Start to learn the exercises of the Pilates Chair and Barrel
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Anatomy of the Knee, Foot and Ankle
    • Learn the muscles and bones associated with knee foot and ankle
    • Have a deeper understanding of the function of these joints and how to move them safely and effectively
    • Understand the effect of dysfunction of these joints on the rest of the body
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Program Design III
    • Bring real life case studies to the board to discuss program design you’re your teachers and peers
    • Understand appropriate use of equipment for different types of clients
    • Understand how to progress your client through all the levels of fitness to reach their specific goals
    • Sign up on Mind Body »

    Advanced Apparatus:

    Reformer III

      Continue to build your portfolio of exercises and increase difficulty to continue to challenge your clients.

    • Learn 25 + new intermediate level exercises that include more complex movements, challenging spatial and body positions
    • Learn to increase the pace of your work out to increase agility in your clients
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
    Cadillac/Chair/Barrel III
    • Learn and practice the 30 + exercises on the chair
    • Learn the 20+ exercises on the Barrel and the spine corrector
    • Sign up on Mind Body »
COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
    COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Successful completion of the associated prerequisite hours and training
  • Successful completion of all courses listed in the "Teach Pilates: Full Comprehensive" section
  • + 204 hours of classroom time
  • + 50 hours of observation (hours are separated in the log book for each section of training)
  • + 100 hours of self-mastery
    - At least 60 total hours must be done in a professional studio with instruction (classes or private sessions)
    - At least 20 hours must be private sessions with a PMA certified instructor
  • + 75 hours of teaching practice divided between levels and apparatus
    - At least 15 hours must be observed teaching (maybe done in house or by video). These hours will comprise the practical of the test.
  • + Successful completion of a written exam.