400 Level: Continuing Education

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor” - Joseph Pilates, 1880 – 1967

At Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy, we believe the study of Pilates is a lifetime journey. Your initial teaching certificate is just the first step toward a rewarding career. Our continuing education workshops are designed to deepen your understanding of the Pilates method of exercise, and its place in promoting health and wellness for yourself and your clients. In addition to learning new skills and applications of Pilates, you’ll learn CEU’s from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), ACE (American Council on Exercise), AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association).

101:  Fundamental and Beginning Mat Exercises

A Refresher for PMA Certified Teachers. Required for Comprehensive Instructor Education (Also Offered as Continuing Education)
This intensive 15 hour weekend course is designed to take PMA Certified Pilates Teachers "Back to Basics".  It is a comprehensive review of fundamental and beginning Pilates Mat exercises for group or private instruction.  We approach Pilates as an important element of fitness that enhances the clients’ ability to perform in all aspects of exercise, sport and health.  Our unique curriculum draws on the connection between the principles of exercise science and the focus of mind body fitness. The course is taught by experienced fitness professionals who are continuing education providers for AFAA and PMA.

  • Prerequisites:  Current PMA Certification
  • Cost: $300 - must present proof of current PMA Certification, including workbook for 101 Pilates Mat workshop
  • Continuing Education Units: ACE 1.5 cec, 15 PMA
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403: Adding Cardio to Pilates Mat and Equipment Classes

This 4 hour workshop will teach you how to design and teach Pilates circuit and interval classes.  Cardio circuit training is a proven exercise method for delivering outstanding results, and has been used to train elite Olympic and Professional athletes, as well as clients like yours. Learn why this training technique is so effective for burning calories, increasing endurance and strengthening the cardio respiratory system.  Get fail-safe tips on designing choreography that will challenge and energize your clients!

404: Flexibility and Advanced Stretching Techniques

This 4 hour course is designed to teach Pilates instructors, group fitness instructors, personal trainers and other fitness professionals the knowledge and skills they need to be able to choose and execute the most effective stretches to meet their clients' goals. This workshop content goes beyond the basic stretches and delves into the anatomy of each stretch, including when to stretch, in what order, and for how long. Participants will be shown a variety of stretches for every major muscle group and joint.

Class Details

  • Prerequisites: A working knowledge of human anatomy and biomechics is recommended.
  • Cost: $150 Price include workshop manual, textbook and dvd
  • Continuing Education Units:  AFAA - 2.5, PMA - 4.
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