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Teacher Training

Excel Pilates - DC Pilates Teacher training program
EXCELlence in Second Generation Teacher Trainers

The Pilates Teacher Training Program is dedicated to providing high-quality training in the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. Our comprehensive and in-depth one-year training program requires a minimum of 700 hours of hands-on training in all levels of the Pilates mat and apparatus work. Apprenticeship involves seminars, observations and practice teaching.

In addition to Pilates exercises, seminar topics cover anatomy, teaching skills and session design. The program involves readings, case studies and powerhouse-hour workshops, free solo workouts, teaching feedback and a Pilates teaching manual. There are prerequisites and testing requirements.

Excel is ideal for a quality learning experience with a fully equipped studio (reformers, cadillacs, wall units/towers, wunda chair, electric chair, ladder barrel, spine corrector, small barrel, foot corrector, toe exerciser, ped-o-pull, magic circles, bean bag, hand weights) and a dynamic teaching and client base.

Why Complete a Teacher Training Program?

The entire Pilates method, both mat and apparatus, consists of over 500 exercises and is systematically ordered and layered. Pilates has been in existence for over 75 years. To preserve its power, it is important to study the complete Pilates Method. The exercises should be studied authentically and in person. Being a Pilates teacher offers the opportunity to assist individuals to be in control of their own health and well-being, and to provide an opportunity for clients to grow, learn and be guided toward a fitter lifestyle. The Pilates Method of physical and mental conditioning is mutually empowering for clients and teachers.

How to Apply

Please contact Excel Pilates DC for an application form and program requirements, or download the application. Upon approval of the application, an evaluation session and interview will be scheduled. The evaluation session and interview will determine acceptance to the program. Acceptance into the Teacher Training Program is based on, but not limited to, level of skill and physical integration of Pilates exercises. Criteria also include the ability to articulate existing knowledge of the Pilates Method and professionalism.

Prerequisite requirements include a daily study of the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, both mat and apparatus, consistently for a minimum of one year or over 60 sessions. Applicant must be at an intermediate/advanced level in mat and apparatus work with basic knowledge of apparatus setups and safety features

Our mission is to preserve and share the life’s work of Joseph Pilates with the integrity and spirit in which it was taught to us as second generation teachers. Joseph Pilates spent a lifetime developing his method of physical and mental conditioning. The sophistication of his work necessitates intense study.

There are three different format options for Teacher Training: Seminar Format, Independent Study, and Immersion Independent Study.

Seminar Format is done in groups with specific seminar dates for Teacher Training hours. This is for the advanced Pilates student.

Independent Study allows the participant to establish and coordinate Teacher Training hours independently with the Director. This is for the advanced Pilates student.

Immersion Independent Study allows the participant to establish and coordinate Teacher Training hours independently with the Director and has an added 30 hours in the program for additional personal skills development. This is for an intermediate level or higher Pilates student.


Seminar Dates

Application deadline: 9/23/2022

Seminar 1 • October 7-9

Seminar 2 • November 11-13

Seminar 3 • December 9-11

Seminar 4 • January 27-29 2023

*dates subject to change

For DC Great Streets Scholarship application (DC residents only) contact info@excelpilates.com

Cost for Teacher Training Program as of February 1, 2022 is: $6,500.

Immersion Independent Study is $9,050 (payment accepted via cash or check only).

Practice teaching hours and observation hours may be completed at Excel Pilates DC, Excel Pilates Annapolis or Excel Pilates Northern Virginia. Independent Study may start at any time. The application deadline does not apply.

Program Directors: Second Generation Teachers Kerry De Vivo, Lesa McLaughlin

Program Faculty: Peter Fiasca, Alexandra Adams

For more information about completing the Teacher Training Program at any of our locations, visit any of our three affiliate studios:

Excel Pilates DC   Excel Pilates NoVa    Excel Pilates Annapolis