Pilates teachers help clients change and improve their body strength and posture through breathing, stretching and conditioning exercises.
Salary range: £12,000 to £40,000
How to become a pilates teacher
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- specialist courses run by private training organisations
You could do a course like a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates or Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates.
It may be useful if you have a background in teaching exercise.
You’ll usually need:
- Level 2 or 3 fitness qualification
You could start by doing an exercise and fitness advanced apprenticeship then move into pilates teaching after completing further training.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You can train as a teacher by doing pilates courses with a specialist training provider or a professional body.
Professional and industry bodies
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- the ability to work on your own
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
- have insurance
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- working with clients, either one-to-one or in groups
- designing exercise routines that suit the needs and abilities of each client
- teaching exercises which are done on a mat, or using specialist equipment
- breaking down exercises and helping clients to establish good movement skills using exercises to target problem areas
- keeping detailed client records
- maintaining your own level of fitness through regular practice
- teaching clients to handle stress and to relax more easily
You could work at a fitness centre or in a creative studio.
Career path and progression
You could find work in private health studios, commercial or council leisure centres to teach group classes. You could also find work as a private tutor, working in clients’ homes.
You could work with health professionals, like physiotherapists, to help athletes or dancers with rehabilitation following injury.
You could also specialise in antenatal Pilates (for pregnant women), Pilates for lower back pain, or Pilates for older adults.