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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 Jetset

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!

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The Power Pilates Certification is a $6000 investment.

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:

  1. Attend a minimum of 25 apparatus sessions – ideally with a classically trained instructor
  2.  Complete the Power Pilates Core Mat I & Core Mat II training
  3. Attend anatomy classes and have a basic knowledge of anatomy. 
  4. Memorize exercise names and order
  5.  Attend 5/6 weekend intensives 
  6.  24 hours of apprentice meetings
  7. Practice Advanced Mat class weekly 
  8. Take Pilates apparatus classes at an additional cost 
  9.  Practice teaching with fellow apprentices, family, and friends
  10.  Observe Power Pilates instructors at a studio or online videos
  11. 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.

When I became a pilates teacher

 

Jess at UAE

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.

Jess at Sydney

Jessica Guevara

Jessica Guevara

Hey there, I'm Jess and I worked for Pilates studios and gyms worldwide for over 9 years, gaining insights into designing the best core & pelvic floor workouts. I’ve managed to help thousands of busy moms achieve their flat stomach goals...After 9 years in this industry, I became known as waist cincher.
Jessica Guevara

Jessica Guevara

Hey there, I'm Jess and I worked for Pilates studios and gyms worldwide for over 9 years, gaining insights into designing the best core & pelvic floor workouts. I’ve managed to help thousands of busy moms achieve their flat stomach goals...After 9 years in this industry, I became known as waist cincher.

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