Even in the worst economy a good Pilates Instructor can find work. Despite economic difficulties, everyone still needs to retain good health, and Pilates allows people of all physical conditions to do so. A career as a Pilates Instructor is fulfilling and rewarding.
The fitness industry as a whole is growing rapidly – faster than the national average, and more and more jobs within the Pilates niche in this industry will be opening up. In fact, most experts agree that there simply are not enough Pilate’s instructors in existence to properly teach those who wish to practice this beneficial exercise.
Pilates Instructors work in a variety of places, including health clubs and gyms, spas, resorts, cruise ships, and hospitals. They can even become personal trainers and work exclusively for individual clients – usually in the client’s home. Many Pilates Instructors will open their own studio as well.
Although many Pilates Instructors in smaller, rural areas cannot make a fulltime living as an instructor for one place of business, those who live and work in metropolitan areas do fairly well, making a little over $33 per hour. Those who work in private settings tend to earn more than this as well.
Becoming a Pilates Instructor is not hard. You will need training and certification, but many can become certified during a one day intensive program, as long as they meet the training requirements of the certifying organization. Typically, the future Pilates Instructor will start out as a Pilate’s student. From there, he or she will join a training program and spend a certain amount of time observing the instructor. After this time period has satisfactorily passed, the student will then become the instructor’s aide. Following this, the student will instruct a class with the supervision of the certified instructor. All phases of training have a set number of hours that must be completed in order to qualify to take a certification examination.
Instructor Certification Resources
Course Title: Pilates Instructor Training
Name of Company: Balanced Body University
Location: 8220 Ferguson Avenue, Sacramento, California, United States
Description: This is the largest Pilates instruction company in the world, and you can take the course at one of their many host sites, which are located worldwide, or at your own studio.
Course Title: Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification – Level 1 and Level 2
Name of Company: American Fitness Professionals and Associates
Location: 1601 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, New Jersey, United States
Description: The Level 1 certification for Pilates trains and certifies you to teach beginner and intermediate Pilates. Level 2 is designed for those who already have experience as a Pilates Instructor, and have a desire to teach more advanced classes.
Course Title: Pilates Teacher Certification
Name of Company: United States Pilates Association
Location: 1500 East Broward Blvd., Suite 250, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Description: You can choose between monthly workshops or a 12 day intensive program to receive your Pilates Teacher Certification through this organization.
Course Title: PMA Pilates Certified Teacher
Name of Company: Pilates Method Alliance
Location: PO Box 370906, Miami, Florida, United States
Description: In order to become certified through this organization, you must meet the eligibility requirements and then pass a 150 multiple choice question examination.
Course Title: Pilates Certificate Workshop
Name of Company: National Exercise Teachers Association
Location: 5955 Golden Valley Road, Suite 240, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Description: This program holds one day certification workshops for Pilates, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are unable to attend a workshop, a home study program is also available.