Pilates Comprehensive Instructor Education

Balanced Body Pilates Instructor courses are taught in modular segments and are offered by our highly qualified master instructor affiliates around the world. This allows students flexibility and convenience in choosing when, where and how to complete the program. Each module is self-contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow.

A fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor has completed their course work, practical hours and testing for the Movement, Principles, Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table (Cadillac), Chair and Step Barrel. They have also completed training in Anatomy.

BB Pilates Comprehensive Program Requirements

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body® Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:


  • Balanced Body Movement Principles Instructor training module
  • Balanced Body Mat 1 and 2 Instructor training modules or equivalent (102 hours)*
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1, 2 and 3 Instructor training modules (
  • Balanced Body Trapeze Table / Tower Instructor training module
  • Balanced Body Chair – Instructor training module
  • Balanced Body Barrels – Instructor training module

Total hours of BB course work = 118

Anatomy (pre-requisite requirement, BB anatomy or outside equivalent)
Minimum Anatomy Course Hours = 12

Successful completion of each module includes course work, a written examination, and a practical examination. The written is a take-home exam given on the first day of the course; the practical is successful demonstration of a teaching segment on the second day of the course.

If you have successfully completed a mat program from another training provider, it is possible to apply previous mat work toward your training requirements. Please call 1-800-PILATES to see if you are exempt from additional mat requirements.

Practical Hours
Practical experiential hours are in integral part of the learning process. The coursework is designed to introduce movement concepts, exercises and exercise adaptations but it is equally as important that students practice on themselves (private sessions), watch other instructors (observation) and begin the process of teaching potential clients (student teaching hours) in order to embody the materials that are presented in the courses. Courses alone give you the tools; experiencing the work makes you an instructor.

Personal Sessions
Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training session they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring teacher.

Observation Hours
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes or private sessions. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours
Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center or Pilates Studio, or for family and friends.

Mat Practical Hours = 70
25 personal sessions; 45 student teaching hours -or-
20 personal sessions; 35 student teaching hours; 15 observation hours

Reformer Practical Hours = 150
50 personal sessions; 100 student teaching hours -or-
30 personal sessions; 90 student teaching hours; 30 observation hours

Apparatus Practical Hours = 150
45 personal sessions; 105 student teaching hours -or-
35 personal sessions; 95 student teaching hours; 20 observation hours

Total hours: Course work + practical + anatomy = 500