Today, I will tell you about how I became a Pilates teacher in less than 12 months and how this career has changed my life.
When I first started to learn about Pilates, I was not in the best shape or place in my life. I was self-conscious. I hated my body and was desperate to change my life around.
In this blog, I will tell you the exact steps I took in becoming a Pilates teacher and how it has transformed my life.
How Pilates changed my feelings about fitness
I used to hate working out, and I was a major party girl. I was the queen of the nightlife, and I would sleep in till noon. Yes, I was lazy and unmotivated.
I belonged to a gym, and I even hired a trainer to help me lose weight, but still, I hated every minute of exercising.
Finally, one day in Miami Beach, I was limping around with a hurt knee, and my roommate suggested I take a low-impact Pilates class to rehab my knee injury.
I signed up for my first Pilates class at Jet Set Pilates Sobe, and I loved every second of the Pilates class. I had never enjoyed exercise until my first reformer Pilates class.
Pilates Teacher Training
After my first Pilates class, I was hooked, and I could not stop thinking about how great I felt after my workout. The workout endorphins made me feel happy and energetic. I had never felt this way before.
My Pilates friend Vivian invited me to take her group Pilates tower – reformer class at Pilates of Boca Raton. The Pilates class was terrific, and after class, I met the studio owner Stephanie Ellis. She asked If I would consider a career in Pilates teaching.
At first, I said no, but after a little persuasion and a payment plan option, I said yes!
The best decision I’ve made in my life! Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had said no. My intuition told me to say yes and jump in, even though I was brand new to Pilates, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
What I did know is that anytime I was doing a Pilates class, I felt so happy and stress-free. A feeling that was far and few during that time in my life.
Steps to become a certified Pilates teacher
The first step I took in becoming a Pilates instructor was fully committing to the 600 hours of Pilates Complete Apparatus teacher training.
The Pilates training program was a huge time commitment:
- Attend a minimum of 25 apparatus sessions – ideally with a classically trained instructor
- Complete the Power Pilates Core Mat I & Core Mat II training
- Attend anatomy classes and have a basic knowledge of anatomy.
- Memorize exercise names and order
- Attend 5/6 weekend intensives
- 24 hours of apprentice meetings
- Practice Advanced Mat class weekly
- Take Pilates apparatus classes at an additional cost
- Practice teaching with fellow apprentices, family, and friends
- Observe Power Pilates instructors at a studio or online videos
- Complete and pass all evaluations before becoming certified.
Hard work pays off
To gain more hands-on experience teaching, I taught my friends Mat Pilates for free in my living room.
I commuted from Miami Beach to the Pilates studio in Boca Raton 2x a week for one year. I worked two jobs to afford the Pilates teacher training, Pilates classes, gas, etc.
I would bartend at night and wake up early for my Pilates class or teach mat Pilates to my friends.
I had no social life for an entire year and worked 7x days a week. I was very lonely at times, and I was not very good when I first began teaching, but I didn’t quit, and I kept going.
Halfway through my Pilates training program, I was allowed to apply for my first Pilates job.
My first Pilates jobs were at Jet set Pilates and Sobe Pilates. I barely made money the first couple of months. I was an apprentice, and I first needed to learn, observe, and teach at a beginning rate until I gained enough confidence and experience to teach paid clients.
Pilates Body Before and After Transformation
My body was always swollen before I began my Pilates practice. I used to drink a lot of alcohol and eat whatever I wanted. The more time I spent in the Pilates studio, the healthier I became.
Healthy women surrounded me, and most of them were about 10-20 years older than me. I learned how to eat healthy snacks and meal prep from them.
Pilates legs: Before and after
My legs have always been thick and curvy since the day I was born. Anytime I ran or lifted weights, my legs would automatically bulk up. I never thought I could have lean, strong legs. Through Pilates, weight training, and changing a couple of things in my diet, I have accomplished my dream legs.
The following year, I moved to Sydney, Australia, and I managed an organic juice shop and taught Pilates and Barre classes at Balance Moves. I loved living in Bondi Beach and have gone back many times to visit my friends.