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STOTT PILATES Intensive Reformer Instructor Training

Tuesdays/Thursday/Saturdays 11:00-4:30 Fridays/Sunday 12:00-5:30

This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement, as well as those who are unable to devote the time required in our Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues. Conducted over 2 weeks. Building on your industry knowledge it teaches you to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Reformer repertoire for personal or group training settings for a range of clients. You will leave with a solid foundation and required skills to develop effective and motivating Pilates Reformer programs. While Intensive Reformer(IR) may be taken prior to Intensive Mat Pilates (IMP), we recommend completing IMP first.

What you will learn:

  • The STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles

  • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts

  • Effective use of the reformer to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination

  • Effective communication and observational skills

  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

  • Theory and practice of postural analysis

  • 139 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions

  • How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises

  • Exercise layering related to effective program design

  • Workout composition for personal and group training

Requirements of certification

  • 50 hours of instruction and supervised teaching

  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation

  • Minimum of 40 hours of physical review

  • Minimum of 25 hours of practice teaching

  • Total: 125 hours

Observation, practice teaching & physical review

A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses and should be completed between instructed sessions at any STOTT PILATESĀ® facility. Additional training may be required before certification. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time. The practice logs must be submitted on your exam date (either written or practical exam). If the student fails to submit all the logs within 7 days from the last portion of the exam, the entire exam will be void.


Includes watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or relevant STOTT PILATES videos.

Physical review

Means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or working out with video can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

Practice teaching

Hours can be fulfilled by instructing family, fellow students, friends or clients.

Continuing education credits

STOTT PILATES 5.0 REPs 16.0 canfitpro 4.0 ACE 5.0

Required Education materials

  1. Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book*

  2. Reformer Course Package

  • Essential Reformer Manual 2nd Ed.

  • Intermediate Reformer Manual 2nd Ed.

  • Essential Reformer DVD, 3rd Ed. (2 disc set)

  • Intermediate Reformer DVD, 2nd Ed. (2 disc set)

Note: The Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book is required for IMP and IR courses but only needs to be purchased once and can be used for both.

Optional Resources:

These resources are not available at, however you may want to purchase these as additional resources for your practice.

  • Trail Guide to the Body, Andrew Biel

  • Anatomy Flash Cards, Anne Gilroy

  • Atlas of Anatomy, Gilroy, MacPherson, Ross

  • Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Germain

  • Muscular System Flash Pak, Bryan Edwards

Cost for course is $1700 plus HI state tax and course materials.


Later Event: November 2
Prenatal Pilates on the Reformer