Pilates Precision info pack TM
Contents Career Introduction
Pilates Precision: Our Method
The Matwork Diploma
The Matwork Diploma Course Structure
Matwork Level 1 - The Fundamentals
Matwork Level 2 - Working One-to-One
Matwork Level 3 - Intermediate and Advanced Teaching
Equipment Course Structure
Equipment - An Introduction
Pilates Precision Course Fees
Frequently Asked Questions
Pilates: An Introduction Pilates is based around the development of the body through core strength and flexibility, and performed on either a mat, referred to as Pilates Matwork, or on exercise equipment originally conceived by founder Joseph Pilates. These equipment workouts generally utilise pulleys and resistance from the participantâ€™s own body weight and graduated levels of springs. Successful Pilates Precision students have gone on to work in many areas of the fitness industry, including some of the biggest fitness chains in the UK and setting up their own Pilates studios. A Pilates diploma can also offer the flexibility of being able to offer private one-to-one sessions with clients. Pre-requisites The Pilates Matwork Diploma is the core training for any Pilates instructor. The only pre-requisite for enrolment onto the Pilates Matwork Diploma is the attendance of five mat-group or one-to-one classes, so you can familiarise yourself with the concept and movements. No previous training within the fitness industry is required. The Pilates Precision also offers continued development on completion of your Pilates Matwork training, with the Equipment Diploma. To enroll on the Equipment Diploma you will need to have completed the Pilates Matwork Diploma or a level 3 Pilates Instructor qualification with another provider. Why the Pilates Precision? The Pilates Precision is committed to delivering learner-focused education of the highest quality, based on superior industry knowledge. With our emphasis on expert teaching and flexible learning, the Pilates Precision helps students achieve their professional goals by providing them with in-depth understanding of the fitness industry, taken from decades of experience. Our Pilates Matwork diploma is Level 3 REPs accredited, which is the recognised national standard within the UK fitness industry and the fitness industryâ€™s employers.
Testimonials Zilla Baker â€“ Former Pilates Precision student Zilla currently works with a wide range of clients, from dance students and members of the older population, to clients going through treatment and surgery for breast cancer. Zilla also covers classes for a national chain of high-end health clubs. Q. Why did you decide to do the Pilates Diploma? I wanted to take a new direction with my education, and having come to Pilates after suffering spinal problems during pregnancy, I was already passionate about bringing awareness to others about what Pilates could do for them. I was also a full-time working mother to a toddler and felt that a career in Pilates could allow me more flexibility to spend time with my family while doing something that I genuinely love! Q. What were you doing before the course? I was a marketing executive for the Royal Opera House and had just moved in to Higher Education at a University local to my home in Guildford. Q. What did you like about the course? The leadership. I felt my tutor was excellent at teaching the fundamentals of the Pilates Precision way of instructing, but at the same time gave us the freedom to explore the Pilates method and keep an open mind to other schools of thought which I felt wasnâ€™t so with the other training establishments I contacted prior to the course. I feel the course itself develops high quality Pilates instructors, giving them the confidence to grow and develop their skills rather than just produce a completely set way of teaching. Q. Did you feel confident about entering the fitness industry after training with the Pilates Precision? Yes, I think because our tutor shared with us ways of setting up courses it made it seem simple to find a venue and set up my own private sessions. I was also incredibly lucky that I already had the support of the University I worked for so I had my own class scheduled in from when I qualified.
Maggie Araujo â€“ Former Pilates Precision student With 10 years of experience teaching Pilates the Pilates Precision helped renew Maggieâ€™s enthusiasm for her passion as she embarked on gaining her Level 3 recognised diploma. Q. Why did you decide to do the Pilates Diploma? I trained 10 years ago with the Pilates Precision and needed to update my qualifications. The diploma will now enable me to be registered on the Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 3 Pilates. The original Level 2 qualification is not eligible to be included on the register and employers are reassured with a REPs Level 3. Q. What was the most valuable thing you took away from the course? It has given me confidence that my qualification is as up to date as possible and on a par with other training providers offering the same certification. Q. What do you love about being a Pilates Instructor? I love the one to one aspect of teaching Pilates. Even in a group setting you have to get to know everyone individually and their injuries! Q. What has been the highlight of your Pilates career so far? Gaining my Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology qualification, it was a lot of study in a very short time.
History Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1880 to a prize-winning gymnast father and a naturopath mother. He spent his formative years improving his physical strength – studying body-building, yoga, zen and gymnastics – to overcome a number of childhood ailments which included asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. Joseph first developed the concept of ‘Pilates’ during the First World War, while he was interned at a hospital unit on the Isle of Man. As a medical aid, he developed a programme of resistance training for bed-ridden patients utilising bed springs for tension. The results were revolutionary; patients who were exercising recovered noticeably quicker. At the end of the war, Joesph returned to Germany, met his wife Clara and opened an exercise studio, where he started teaching his new technique. Joseph was passionate about his work and it was his belief that only he could truly teach it. However his wife Clara eventually passed on the technique, after fulfilling the role of trainer to an elite ‘Pilates’ group, who she continued to work with when Joseph Pilates died in 1967. As there was technically no training manuals, every teacher learned Pilates by word of mouth, and passed the knowledge on through a system that required a student to serve an apprenticeship. Like a game of ‘chinese whispers’ though, each trainer altered the process slightly, often adding their personal experiences and perception of the work. Hence, the Pilates technique has been subject to many interpretations over the years.
Pilates Precision: Our Method Joseph’s Method, which focused on continuous flowing movements that worked the body in a very systematic and balanced way, initially attracted dancers who had already achieved a high level of physical ability and were looking for new ways of movement. As recently as a decade ago this still was the case with the majority of practicioners, who were very fit and strong students. However, when health clubs started to introduce group Pilates classes into their timetable, it became apparent that the Pilates client base would change dramatically. The necessary core strength and flexibility was found to be very challenging to clients who had been training their ‘superficial’ muscles for so long. Running and weight training, which are excellent forms of exercise for maintaining a healthy body, had not prepared the deep stabilising muscles required to perform authentic Pilates exercises. The Pilates Precision, which began teaching fitness instructors the Pilates Method during 1999, soon realised that participants were struggling with the original repertoire as taught by Joseph Pilates. Precision Team rose to the challenge by adopting research from Australian physiotherapists and modified the classic Pilates repertoire. The Pilates Precision faculty examined each of the 34 original movements with a view to maintaining the set up and sequencing of neutral spine, mild engagement and diaphragmatic breathing. We were able to modify 15 of the original movements to a sufficient level, which became the basis for our Matwork 1 course. By applying the technique consistently the Pilates Precision Method has been extremely successful in introducing beginners of all ages and abilities to the Pilates technique. With this foundation, people can continue to work within their range of ability and achieve excellent results, or develop the ability to effectively practice Joseph’s original movements. Everyone benefits. The Pilates Precision approach to the Pilates technique is research and evidencebased. We are proud to say that our goal is for everyone to achieve the wonderful feeling of practicing the original 34 movements in the sequence that Joseph Pilates advocated, regardless of age, injury problems or postural disadvantages. The Pilates Precision Method is inclusive and allows teachers to offer classes and personal training to a broad spectrum of clients.
The Matwork Diploma Qualification Aim To enable the student to gain a Level 3 Teaching in Mat Pilates instructor qualification. Qualification Overview This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and competence required of an individual to work in an unsupervised capacity, as well as the ability to plan, instruct, and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a Mat Pilates session. Candidates who take the Certificate in Teaching Mat Pilates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the following areas: • Exercise and fitness knowledge covering bones and joints, muscles, nervous and endocrine system, functional kinesiology, energy systems and principles applications and benefit to progressive fitness training • Basic principles of Mat Pilates • How to plan, teach and evaluate a Mat Pilates session • How to progress a programme of Mat Pilates exercises
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About the Exam Board Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ) is an awarding body specialising in and providing a wide range of exercise and fitness Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs). The purpose of this qualification is to develop and recognise the competence of a Pilates instructor. These Level 3 qualifications are based on national standards, agreed by experts from all sectors of the industry.
Matwork Diploma Course Structure MATWORK DIPLOMA - £3500 11 weekends of training carried out over a 6-8 month period + independant learning
(** level 3 accreditation)
TECHNICAL LECTURES (Available for individual purchase)
Healthy Back Shoulder Girdle & Neck Sacroiliac & Hip Knee & Foot Clinical Posture
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Matwork 1 – The Fundamentals Matwork 1 will enable you to develop an understanding of teaching group Pilates Matwork and to provide the knowledge to teach a beginners class. Pre-requisites Attend a minimum of five mat group or one-to-one classes Module 1 - Course induction and introduction to the basics 1 Day This will introduce you to the course, structure, assessment, independent learning and paperwork. EFK Training module 2 Days These training days are designed to support independent learning of EFK (Exercise and Fitness Knowledge) and will enable you to progress onto the Level 3 EFK examination. Module 2 - EFK exam and intro to the moves 4 Days (over 2 weekends) During Module 2 you will undertake the EFK Level 3 paper, as well as covering the moves and teaching skills. You will also be introduced to class organisation, planning, preparing, health and safety, practice teaching and subsequent assessments. You will also be introduced to your Personal Development Journal (or PDJ). Module 3 – Practice session and prep day 2 Days This weekend will allow you to sign-off your teaching plans, practice teaching and to begin to assess others in your group. This will also be a time for one-to-ones with your course tutor. Assessment of learning • Practical observation • Completion of Beginner Class Plans • Evaluation of teaching and Action Plan • Level 3 CYQ Theory Paper – Exercise and Fitness Knowledge • PDJ (Personal Development Journal)
Matwork Level 2 – Personal Training Matwork 2 will enable you to develop an understanding of teaching group Pilates Matwork to both beginner and intermediate clients. This will also cover personal training skills within Pilates allowing you to modify, adapt and prescribe exercise on an individual basis. You will also be introduced to small equipment and will be encouraged to consider different levels of programme design. Pre-requisites Matwork 1 Module 4 - Enhancing teaching skills, EFK knowledge and posture 3 Days As well as reviewing the knowledge gained on Matwork 1 and enhancing teaching skills, you will also be introduced to posture types and learn how to perform a postural analysis. You will also look at modifications from the 34 exercises and a variety of teaching methods. Module 5 - Exercise analysis, selection and progression and PT Skills 2 Days Module 5 will allow you to work on client programmes and practice teaching with another student. You will receive continued tutor feedback and will look at the modifications to the intermediate levels and moves. You will be encouraged to gather and analyse information in more detail, complete a case study exam and the live case study assessment as part of your ongoing portfolio. Assessment of learning • Observations and tutor one-to-ones • PDJ (Personal Development Journal) • Internally assessed worksheets • Internally assessed Live Case study
Matwork 3 – Intermediate and Advanced teaching Matwork 3 will introduce you to more advanced teaching skills and a greater range of levels and modifications. Module 6 - Advanced teaching skills 2 Days On Module 6 you will continue your work on planning skills and preparing clients for a mixed level class, whilst learning and reviewing intermediate and advanced levels and modifications. Module 7 - Practicing teaching and assessment day 2 Days Module 7 will see you continue to practice teaching and observe others teaching with tutor support. You will also be handing the work and completing your final practical assessment. Assessment of learning • Observations and one-to-ones with tutor • PDJ (Personal Development Journal) • Internally assessed lesson plan • Internally assessed progressive programme • Internally assessed observed assessment of a practical session
Technical Lectures The technical lectures are delivered by our resident physiotherapists whose teaching remain an integral part of our programme today. It was their original research that laid the foundations of the training ethos. We consider the technical lectures to be one of our core competencies as a training provider, with no other Pilates training organisations offering these extended technical lectures as part of their full Matwork Diploma. Each lecture will enhance the knowledge that you have previously gained throughout your Matwork education, particularly building your personal training skills from Matwork 2. Lectures include: Healthy Back Understand the structure and function of the spine and learn about the causes of problems. Sacroiliac and Hip A full understanding of the anatomy and function of this area is key to the Pilates method. Knee and Foot Taking an in-depth look at the function of the foot and its role in correct posture while standing. shoulder girdle and neck Investigate the close connection between these two areas, and learn how to use basic Pilates exercises for prevention and rehabilitation. Clinical Posture The assessment of posture is key to designing an effective one-to-one Pilates programme.
Equipment Course Structure
Equipment diploma - £2300
Purchased Individually - £2975 Diploma saving - £675 8 weekends of training carried out over a 6-24 month period + independant learning
STUDIO EQUIPMENT - £700 Cadillac Wunda Chair Spine Corrector
£350 £175 £175
REFORMER LEVEL 2 - £875 (Advanced repertoire and group class work)
REFORMER LEVEL 1 - £875 (Advanced repertoire and group class work)
SMALL EQUIPMENT COURSES Isotoner / Foam Roller Dyna Band / Mini Ball Pilates on the Ball
£175 £175 £175
Equipment: An introduction It was Joseph Pilates’ intention that equipment and matwork would work to assist each other, which is why his equipment exercises are designed to be almost identical to the series of movements used in matwork. Originally, Pilates was taught in studios with equipment, and a session would consist of a circuit-style class where clients would be moved from Matwork to Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair or Spine Corrector. Whichever piece of equipment was considered by the teacher to be most appropriate for the client that day was used, as supported by the spring tension found in equipment, some matwork moves become easier while conversely making them more challenging. The Pilates Precision teaches equipment with the knowledge that it will enhance both understanding and performance of the basic matwork exercises. Qualification overview Since Pilates was introduced into health clubs, the significance of equipment has been overshadowed by matwork sessions. Clubs found that the simplest way to introduce Pilates to the mainstream exercising public was through group matwork, as no specialised equipment was necessary – just a mat and a towel. We now have a situation where people are practicing Pilates and even teaching the technique who are completely unaware that there is an equipment series. The Pilates Precision believe strongly that students of the technique should be fully schooled in both elements – matwork and equipment – in order to fully understand the concept of Pilates. We appreciate that not all teachers will buy, or have access to equipment in their teaching practice, but as students of the system it is vital they experience the Pilates Method to the full. We offer a complete Masters Certification programme so that students can achieve coherent and comprehensive training from one training provider.
Reformer 1 Reformer The Reformer – a frame with a moving carriage, pulleys and straps – is the most commonly used piece of equipment. The Universal Reformer was ahead of it’s time, and, with emphasis now on core training and the unstable surface, the Universal Reformer is being given the recognition it deserves. Reformer 1 will provide you with a full repertoire of movements to enable you to prepare appropriate exercise programmes for a variety of client levels. Pre-requisites Pilates Precision Matwork diploma or equivalent Level 3 qualification. Reformer 1 will provide the foundation of your equipment training. You will be introduced to the basics of the Pilates Precision equipment repertoire, given the opportunity to learn to complete a client postural analysis and develop exercise programmes with variations for all body types. A practical assessment will take place on the last day of your training. Assessment of Learning • Client pre-screening and postural assessment • Practical assessment • Completion of class plans, evaluations and action plans
Reformer 2 Reformer 2 will build on the knowledge gained from Reformer 1, and will prepare you to teach on the Reformer in a group environment. As well as preparing you for group classes, Reformer 2 will assist you in developing the skills learnt on Reformer 1. It will add additional levels to your repertoire and allow you to review a wider range of moves, as well as examining a more advanced range of modifications. You will also spend additional time on client screening and practicing with the moves. A practical assessment will take place on the last day of training. Assessment of Learning â€˘ Practical assessment â€˘ Completion of class plans, evaluations and action plans
Studio Equipment Studio Equipment will introduce you to the repertoire and modifications for the Cadillac, Spine Corrector and Wunda Chair machines. While there are no practical assessments for this part of the programme, you will be observed and given feedback by your tutor. Pre-requisites Reformer 1 Cadillac Wunda Chair Spine Corrector
2 Days 1 Day 1 Day
Cadillac Resembling a four-poster bed, the Cadillac is a remarkable piece of equipment that lends itself well to rehabilitation work, with many physiotherapists use it in their maintenance programmes. Both the Cadillac and Reformer may be used in supine, prone, side laying, kneeling and standing positions, giving their users a variety of challenging exercises to work with. Wunda Chair The Wunda Chair was designed for a friend of Joseph Pilates who wanted a Reformer, but didnâ€™t have space in his New York apartment. Exercises on the Wunda Chair are challenging, with many exercises performed in an upright seated or standing position. Spine Corrector The Spine Corrector is a large barrel-styled box used for building strength and flexibility in the spine. While working with the Spine Corrector, the client is exposed to a full and varied exercise session that could target any muscular imbalances.
Small Equipment The Small Equipment course will introduce you to the repertoire and modifications for the Dyna-Band and Mini Ball, Isotoner and Foam Roller, and stability ball. While there are no practical assessments for this part of the programme, there will be a short written assessment at the end of each day. Isotoner and Foam Roller Dyna-Band and Mini Ball Pilates on the Ball
1 Day 1 Day 1 Day
Pilates Precision Course Fees NEW CANDIDATES Your payment plan will depend on which diploma programme you choose to undertake.
Minimum 10% Down payment required
Masters (Matwork + Diploma) £4500
Option to pay monthly
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MATWORK DIPLOMA Due to new fitness industry requirements, you must now pass all the levels of the Matwork Diploma before receiving a final qualification. This requires you to purchase the diploma as a single qualification, but to counter the increased up-front payment and financial commitment, the Pilates Precision has reduced the total cost of the Matwork Diploma to £3,500 and introduced a 0% finance plan (optional). EQUIPMENT DIPLOMA The Equipment Diploma is still available to puchase as individual modules, however, you can save £675 by paying for the entire course up-front at a cost of £2,300. The Pilates Precision can also offer a 0% payment plan if the diploma is purchased in its entirety. Individual Level/Module Pricing Structure STUDIO EQUIPMENT Cadillac Wunda Chair Spine Corrector REFORMER LEVEL 1 REFORMER LEVEL 2
£350 £175 £175
SMAll EQUIPMENT COURSES Isotoner/Foam Roller Dyna Band/Mini Ball Pilates on the Ball
£175 £175 £175
MASTERS DIPLOMA The Masters Diploma is a combination of the Matwork and Equipment Diplomas, taught side-by-side as Joseph Pilates intended them to be. Again, there are savings to be made by commiting to the entire Masters Diploma, which will cost you £4500, a saving of £1300. PAYMENT PLAN EXAMPLE • Available for all full Diplomas and Masters • Pay just 10% deposit • Spread the cost over 6-12 months and enjoy low monthly payments Example Masters Diploma cash price Deposit Monthly payment Total Payable Typical APR 0%
£4500 £450 £337.50 £4,500
Upgrade Candidates Candidates who already hold OCR Level 2 or fundamental Matwork qualifications with us (or another training provider) have a number of upgrade options, and should contact the office to discuss directly. Students who have already completed part training with us please contact the office if you woud like to upgrade to a level 3. Details can also be found on the website.
Frequently Asked Questions Q. What prior qualifications do I need in order to register on the Matwork or Equipment Diploma courses? A. We do not require any prior qualifications to register for our Matwork Diploma. We do require you to attend at least five classes with any qualified instructor before your training begins. In order to begin the equipment diploma, you will need a Level 3 Teaching in Mat Pilates qualification from the Pilates Precision or another training provider. Q. How long will the training take? A. Your Matwork diploma will take between 6-8 months depending upon the dates set for your group. However, we do allow you to be flexible. If you cannot attend one of your scheduled dates then there is no problem re-booking this module at a later date. We do recommend that you try to complete the Matwork Diploma within the time period set out for your group. The Equipment Diploma may add a further 6-12 months to your training, depending on where these dates fall in the year. Q. How much does the training cost? A. There are several ways you can commit to the training with the Pilates Precision, which will affect the payment. Q. Where does the training take place? A. The courses take place at various venues in Central London. Module locations will be confirmed on application. Q. What qualification do I achieve at the end of the training? A. The Matwork Diploma programme carries a Level 3 Teaching in Mat Pilates certificate awarded by CYQ. Gaining this qualification will enable you to register on the Register of Exercise Professionals as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor. The Equipment Diploma carries the Pilates Precision accreditation and certification. The Masters Certification is accredited by the Pilates Precision. âžž
Q. Are there any additional fees? A. There are no additional costs for Diploma students. All course fees are inclusive of course materials, administration, registration and assessment fees. On an individual basis returning non-Diploma students may incur an additional fee of £50 for the Level 3 examination and materials. VAT is not charged on this fee, as it is the direct cost charged to the Pilates Precision by Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ), from whom you will receive Level 3 status. Fees for entry on to the National Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) can vary and are charged directly by them to you upon application. www.cyq.org.uk www.exerciseregister.org Q. What’s the difference between your course and others on the market? A. We offer comprehensive training through all levels of Matwork and Equipment, including remedial and lectures with physiotherapists. When you commit to the Pilates Precision training programmes, whether you commit to all or part of the Master’s Programme, you will benefit from the full support of the faculty, before, during and following your completion of the training. You do not need to join another school to achieve your complete training in the Pilates technique. Our programmes are research and evidence-based with an excellent success rate. We do not require any supervised teaching hours. We do however have one of the highest face-to-face tutor contact hours of any Pilates training provider. All evidenced practice hours are completed in your location within your schedule. We also offer a flexible approach to payment and time. Q. What happens if I do not pass my examinations first time? A. The Pilates Precision takes pride in helping students achieve the best standard possible. We take our training very seriously and will make every effort to enable you to gain a pass mark. The Pilates Precision will make faculty members available to you for additional tutelage, practice teaching and revision where re-attendance of a course element is not practical. However, each case is dealt with on an individual basis and is dependent upon the specific circumstances at the time. If your tutors or assessors recommend or support re-attendance then no extra fees are charged. Q. If I am unable to attend a course I have pre-booked, will I loose my fees?
A. No, however all fees are non-refundable. All we need is written confirmation of postponement and we will transfer you to the next available course date. This could even be an extended period depending on circumstance. If it is an unforeseen emergency and no notice is given, we will transfer fees to the next course once written confirmation is received. In cases of regular non-attendance the Pilates Precision will advise you that a fee may be due on any further occurrences. Cancellation or non-attendance fees will not be charged without this being advised prior to any future events. This does not effect registration terms and conditions. Q. Does the new Level 3 qualification effect my existing qualifications? A. It doesnâ€™t! Nothing can take away from the work you have already done.
Published on May 16, 2011
Published on May 16, 2011
Pilates is based around the development of the body through core strength and flexibility, and performed on either a mat, referred to as Pil...