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BODY PRECISION PILATES TEACHER TRAINING

About the Modular Program

The Body Precision Pilates Training Program teaches the classical work focusing on the proven concept of layering in exercises safely, based on client needs and compensations. Our goal is to produce successful teachers who clearly understand body mechanics relative to Pilates, who safely yet creatively teach purposeful lessons and who believe in the integrity of the Joseph Pilates Method.

 

The Body Precision Training program was developed in 1998 by owner Beth Downey and currently boasts over 100 graduates. Beth has been teaching since 1996 and completed both The Comprehensive Training Program and the Masters Program at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder. Body Precision is nationally recognized and listed on the Pilates Method Alliance’s Registry of Schools.

 

The Body Precision comprehensive curriculum is now being offered in modules to account for time and financial constraints. This offers flexibility in completing portions of the training at different times as schedule and budget allow. In addition, Body Precision has comprehensive training manuals and DVD’s to support the workshop hours. You can choose to do portions of the training or complete the entire program, learning every exercise on every piece of Pilates equipment.

 

Along with learning the exercise repertoire, you will be given teaching skills which build into a successful and comprehensive Pilates instructor. The workshop hours go hand in hand with the apprenticeship program so the lecture information can be applied in a practical setting. There is also a 6 hour anatomy course to learn the muscles and bones as it relates to Pilates. In addition, written, teaching and performance tests are required as part of the process to increase the skill level as well as contribute to the overall learning process. Body Precision provides a flexible and supportive environment to all trainees.

 

Module 1 – Mat Training – Levels I-III

Prerequisite: Mat experience through Level II (Beginner/Intermediate)

 

Mat Training Program Dates and Times:

  • Foundation, Sat. 9/30/17 10AM-4:30PM
  • Level I, Sun. 10/15/17  9AM-3:30PM
  • Level II, Sat. 10/21/17 12-6:30PM
  • Level III, Sat. 11/18/17 12-6:30PM
  • Anatomy, Sun. 1/21/18 9AM-4PM

 

Pilates Foundation Work

(One workshop - 6 hours)

  • Program Overview
  • History and Philosophy of Joseph H. Pilates
  • Principles of Pilates
  • The Fundamentals and how they provide the basis of the work
  • Exercises
    • Basic 5 Mat
      • All exercises include technique, modifications, teacher spotting, safety and anatomy.

Mat Levels I-III

(Three workshops - 18 hours)

  • Mat Exercises Levels I-III
    • All exercises include technique, modifications, teacher spotting, safety and anatomy for beginner through intermediate mat
  • Practice Teaching
  • Teaching Skills
    • Teach by communication style
    • Imagery for verbal cuing
    • Transitions
    • Link system – looking at muscular patterning and bony landmarks
    • How to Teach a Mat Class
  • Complementary Exercises/Equipment
    • Magic Circle
    • Roller
    • Standing Weights
    • Standing Footwork
    • Wall

 

Anatomy & Pilates Movement Principles

(One workshop - 6 hours)

This workshop covers basic musculo-skeletal anatomy but in a much more comprehensive way. We will look at the skeletal system, muscles most commonly affected by Pilates movements, joint movement and other important anatomical terminology. We also take an in-depth look at breathing and the scapular-humeral rhythm; how the shoulder blade should move in order to decrease neck and shoulder tension. This workshop can only be opted out of if completed an equivalent course or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.

 

Body Precision Requirements for Instructor Certificate of Completion

Mat Levels I-III

  • Completion of the above workshops
  • 50 practice teaching hours
  • 40 observation hours
  • 25 lessons (10 privates/15 classes)
  • 5 miscellaneous hours
  • 2 written tests – Level I- III and anatomy
  • 1 teaching test – (Level II, private client)
  • 1 performance test – Level III

Total Apprentice Hours: 120
Total Workshop Hours: 30
Total Hours for Completion: 150

 

Cost: $1500

Includes:

  • Workshop hours: 30
  • 5 privates sessions, 5 mat classes
  • 15% discount off of all other sessions
  • Use of Body Precision Studio for observation, practice teaching and independent workouts
  • Advisor for support and apprenticeship supervision

 

Not Included:

  • Training Manual: $50
  • Anatomy Book: $34.95 (optional)
  • Private Teaching Test: $75
  • Performance Test: $75
  • 1 Written Test: $75
  • Anatomy Test: no charge

Module 2 – Reformer Training – Levels I-III

Prerequisite: Mat Training Level I-III and Reformer experience through Level II (Beginner/Intermediate)

Reformer Training Program Dates and Times

  • Levels I, II, III - Dates TBD for 2017/2018

 

Reformer Levels I-III

(Three workshops - 18 hours)

  • Reformer Exercises - Levels I-III
    • All exercises include technique, modifications, teacher spotting, safety and anatomy from beginner to intermediate reformer
  • Teaching Skills
    • How to teach an evaluation session
    • How to teach group classes
    • Transitions
    • “Taking Root to Fly” by Irene Dowd
    • Equipment maintenance
    • Imagery for verbal cueing

Body Precision Requirements for Instructor Certificate of Completion

Reformer Levels I-III

  • Completion of the above workshops
  • 60 practice teaching hours
  • 40 observation hours
  • 20 lessons (10 privates/10 reformer classes)
  • 8 miscellaneous hours
  • 2 hours equipment maintenance
  • 1 written test – Levels I- III
  • 1 teaching test – (Level II, private client)
  • 1 performance test – Level III

Total Apprentice Hours: 130
Total Workshop Hours: 18
Total Hours for Completion: 143

 

Costs: $1100

Includes:

  • Workshop hours: 18
  • 5 privates sessions, 5 reformer classes
  • 15% discount off of all other sessions
  • Use of Body Precision Studio for observation, practice teaching and independent workouts
  • Advisor for support and apprenticeship supervision

Not Included:

  • Training Manual: $40
  • Private Teaching Test: $75
  • Performance Test: $75
  • 1 Written Test: $50

Module 3: Cadillac/Pole System, Levels I-III
(Two workshops - 12 hours) $450

Prerequisite: Completion of Module 1

  • Complementing the Mat & Reformer is the repertoire of the Cadillac/Pole System. This adds an array of exercises to give the teacher additional tools to use when working with clients. We will look at proper technique, modifications for client issues and compensations, safety, teacher spotting and anatomy as it relates to the exercises.
  • Training Manual: $25

 

Cadillac Training Program Dates and Times:

  • Cadillac Levels I-II, Sat. 9/23/17 12-6:30PM
  • Cadillac Levels II-III, Sat. 10/14/17 12-6:30PM

 

Module 4: Chair All Levels, $225

Prerequisite: Completion of Module 1

(One workshop - 6 hours)

The Pilates Chair, or “Wunda” Chair, is a powerful piece of exercise equipment. Its small size makes it a convenient exercise piece and offers the ability to build core stability and improve upper and lower body strength.

  • Chair Exercises Levels I-V (Beginner through advanced)
  • Proper technique, modifications, safety issues, teacher spotting and verbal cues
  • Learn how to teach a chair class
  • Training Manual $40

Module 5: Pilates Smaller Equipment (Two workshops - 8 hours), $300

Prerequisites: Completion of Module 1 or Previous Pilates Teacher Training

  • In this workshop we will cover the remainder of the Pilates equipment not covered in the previous modules. These smaller pieces are still a very valuable part of the work and we will take an in-depth look at all of them and how they can benefit your client.
    • High Barrel
    • Half Barrels
    • Spine Corrector
    • Pedi-Pole
    • Shoulder Cuff Series
    • Foot Corrector
    • Toe Corrector
    • Towel (Foot Exercise)
    • Bean Bag
    • Jump Board
    • Pilates and Pregnancy
    • Common Ailments and Injuries
  • Training Manual $40

Modules 6-8: Advanced Training

Module 6: Advanced Mat, $450

Prerequisites: Module 1

(Two workshops, 12 hours)

  • Mat Exercises Levels IV-V
  • We will take the base knowledge from the previous mat work and learn how to transition into the advanced work. We will cover proper technique, modifications, safety, correct teacher spotting and anatomy. Transitions and how to teach an advanced class will also be addressed. Participants will practice teaching a class.
  • Training Manual: $25

 

Module 7: Advanced Reformer (Two workshops - 12 hours), $450

Prerequisites: Modules 1-2

  • Reformer Exercises Level IV-V
  • Progressing into the advanced reformer work requires knowledge and understanding of how to best use equipment set-up to assist the clients.  We will look at how to transition into the advanced work as well as the technique, modifications, safety issues, proper teacher spotting and verbal cues.
  • Practice Teaching for the advanced repertoire
  • Training Manual: $40

 

Module 8: Advanced Cadillac (One workshop - 6 hours), $225

Prerequisites: Modules 1-3

The Cadillac/Pole System is a wonderful complement to the Mat and Reformer Exercises. This important piece offers spinal articulation and release, upper body flexibility and strengthening and isolation of the leg muscles for specific strengthening.

  • Cadillac Exercises Level IV and V
  • Exercises are evaluated by proper technique, safety issues, modifications and correct spotting and verbal cues
  • Practice Teaching for the advanced repertoire

Training Manual: $25

Program Requirements

  • Completion of Modules 1-8
  • 140 practice teaching hours (on other apparatus and advanced work)
  • 100 observation hours (in addition to the 80 completed for Mat and Reformer Levels I-III)
  • 40 lessons (20 privates/20 classes)
  • 20 hours miscellaneous
  • Final written test (Level 5)
  • Final teaching test (Level 5)
  • Final performance test (Level 5)

Total Apprentice Hours: 300 (550 including Mat/Reformer Completion)
Total Workshop Hours: 56 (104 including Mat/Reformer Completion)
Total Hours for Full Program: 654

 

Additional Costs:

  • All lessons 15% off group rate
  • Final Tests: $100/ each