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 CURRICULUM PILATES ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL 

 

PAI Pilates Teacher Training Sonoma County

The Pilates Academy International is committed to helping dedicated and qualified individuals gain the knowledge and teaching skills they need to become excellent, sought-after Pilates instructors.

A great Pilates instructor must have five essential skills

·      Solid understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and postural issues

·      Strong command of the Pilates exercise repertoire

·      Ability to see the need for modifications and adjust accordingly

·      Ability to progress and challenge clients safely and effectively

·      Ability to inspire and motivate clients to reach their fitness goals

 

REGISTERED SCHOOL OF THE PILATES METHOD ALLIANCE 

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The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers.  For the past decade, Pilates teachers from around the world have worked together to create a unified community, to share knowledge and information, and most importantly, to establish the practice of teaching Pilates as a profession.  Petaluma Pilates Academy International is a recognized school by the (PMA). As a recognized PMA school Petaluma PAI Pilates Teacher Training adheres to the following criteria.

  1. Offers a minimum 450-hour comprehensive Pilates teacher training program.  (Online-only programs do not qualify.)
  2. The program must include a practical assessment of movement and teaching skills.
  3. The Program Director must have a minimum of 10 yrs experience teaching Pilates.
  4. The Program Director must be a PMA®-CPT (PMA®Certified Pilates Teacher).
  5. The Program must comply with all applicable business, employment and intellectual property laws, as per PMA Code of Ethics.

The PMA offers these tips when considering a Pilates Teacher Training Program.

 

PILATES TEACHER TRAINING COURSE OBJECTIVES FOR COMPREHENSIVE TEACHER TRAINING

  • Anatomy, Biomechanics & Posture Review

     Anatomy, Biomechanics & Posture (ABP) 15 hours This course reviews the structure (bones, muscles, joints, etc.) that forms the support of the human body. An emphasis will be placed on the “ideal” posture and biomechanics of each joint while helping students learn how to detect abnormalities both statically and dynamically. Open to all personal trainers, this invaluable course will help you provide lasting results for your clients and will increase your marketability.
    If you already have an anatomy background such as physical therapist or college level anatomy you can take the Anatomy, Biomechanics and Placement Exam with receipt of your $200 PAI deposit. You will receive 1 hour to complete the exam.
  • All Populations Mat I

     All Populations Mat I (APM I) 35 hours This course teaches the first three tiers (Fundamental 1, Fundamental 2 and Intermediate) of the Mat repertoire. Students will learn how to modify exercises for all age groups and fitness levels to create safe and effective workouts. Emphasis is placed on maintaining variety and providing small challenges while safely progressing a client in order to avoid monotony. 
68 exercises 
Prerequisite: ABP or proof of competency
  • All Populations Mat II

    All Populations Mat II (APM II) 5 hours
    This course teaches Tiers 4 and 5 (Advanced Intermediate and Advanced) of the Mat repertoire. Students will learn to assess when to challenge a client and how to progress the client safely and effectively. 
20 Exercises
    Prerequisite: APM I
  • All Populations Reformer I

    All Populations Reformer I (APR I ) 50 hours
    This course covers the Reformer exercises, and equips students with an ability to customize workouts for all ages and fitness levels. Covering the first three tiers, Fundamental through Intermediate, APR also teaches the physics of the Reformer so that students understand how to safely and correctly operate the Reformer. Emphasis is placed on the differences between Pilates machines and regular gym equipment to prepare instructors to meet their clients’ various needs. 
134 Exercises
    Prerequisite: ABP or proof of competency
    • All Populations Reformer II

      All Populations Reformer II (APR II)  18 hours
      Students will learn how to teach their clients very challenging Reformer exercises, using Tiers 4 and 5. Care is taken to ensure each student understands the benchmarks a client should accomplish before an advanced exercise is attempted, which may include exercises on other equipment. 
67 Exercises
      Prerequisite: APM I & II, APR
    • All Populations Cadillac I

      All Populations Cadillac I (APCad I ) 30 hours
      This course teaches students the fundamental first three tiers of exercises conducted on the Cadillac/Tower. The Cadillac provides focus on isolated joint movements to strengthen the joint properly and correct faulty movement habits. Emphasis will be placed on the benefits of Cadillac exercises as stepping stones to a more challenging workout. 
128 exercises 
Prerequisite: ABP or proof of competency
    • All Populations Cadillac II

      All Populations Cadillac II (APCad II)  12 hours
      Building on the previous course, the Cadillac/Tower Progressions course teaches the final two tiers in the Cadillac repertoire so students can challenge their clients safely and effectively. Some of these exercises challenge core strength significantly. Students will learn the benchmarks for assessing when to progress a client. 
37 exercises
      Prerequisite: ABP, APCad I

    • All Populations Barrels I

      All Populations Barrels I (APBarrels I ) 8 hours
      Covering the first three tiers of exercises on the spine corrector and ladder barrel, students will learn how to incorporate the barrel into a client’s workout using it as a support or a challenge, depending on the exercise. 
122 Exercises
      Prerequisite: ABP, APM I
    • All Populations Barrels II

      All Populations Barrels II (BPC II) 4 hours
      This course builds on the material learned in the APBarrels course, adding the final two tiers of the repertoire. Students will learn how to use these exercises to challenge both their core strength and their own body awareness and control. 
33 exercises
      Prerequisites: APBarrels I
    • All Populations Chair I

      All Populations Chair I  (APChair I)  15 hours
      Students will learn the first three tiers of Chair exercises from Fundamental through Intermediate. Students will be taught the many merits of the chair and how to integrate this often under-used piece of equipment into clients’ workout routines. 
66 exercises
      Prerequisites: ABP or proof of competency
    • All Populations Chair II

      All Populations Chair II (ChairPC II) 12 hours
      This course adds Tiers 4 and 5 to the chair repertoire learned in the All Populations Chair course. Students will not only learn the new exercises, but also how to progress their clients carefully, delivering optimal results in strength and control. 
23 exercises
      Prerequisite: APChair I

    PILATES TEACHER TRAINING COURSE REQUIREMENTS

    Training Class Observation  Practice Teaching Self Practice Total
    ABP 15 - - - 15
    All Populations I Courses
    Mat 35 10 20 10 75
    Reformer 50 15 25 15 105
    Cadillac 30 10 10 10 60
    Chair 15 10 10 10 45
    Barrels 8 4 4 4 20
    All Populations ll Courses
    Mat 5 5 5 5 20
    Reformer 18 10 10 10 48
    Cadillac 12 5 5 5 27
    Chair 12 5 5 5 27
    Barrels 4 2 2 2 10
    Totals 204 96 76 76 452
    • OBSERVATION HOURS

      Observation hours are important part of teacher training. Each module has a required amount of hours. Students should only log observation hours once the course has started, so they can receive guidance on what to observe. Observation hours can be logged during or after the course. Students can earn observation hours by watching a Certified Pilates Instructor teach clients, but also by observing UPW online classes.  We suggest that 60% of observation hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor teach. Taking class is not considered observation.  
    • PRACTICE TEACHING HOURS

      Practice teaching hours are the cornerstone of your training. Completing all practice teaching hours will help ensure you pass the practical exam portion of your test. Students can only log practice teaching hours once the course has started, so they can receive guidance on how to practice teach.  Students earn practice teaching hours by practice teaching students at home, in the studio or other approved locations (TBD once you are in the program).  
    • SELF PRACTICE HOURS

      Self practice hours are for you to practice the work in your own body. You are not observing other students nor are you practice teaching. The importance of these hours are understanding what the movements  feel like in your body. It is also a great time to practice going over all the modification and prop options.  Students can only log self practice hours once the course has started, so they can receive guidance on how to self practice.  Students earn self practice hours teaching  at home, in the studio or other approved locations (TBD once you are in the program

    PILATES ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS 

     

    • FOUNDATIONS OF POST-REHABILITATIVE PILATES

       

      Pre-requisite Workshop for all Post-Rehab Pilates
      This workshop seeks to provide Pilates and movement instructors who teach in fitness the environments to be able to workout clients who have injuries or special conditions.
      Workshop Goals:
      1) Understand types of injuries and the general causes of each
      2) Understand and apply scientific principles of tissue healing and rehabilitation
      3) Conduct research on the injury/condition of a client
      4) Assess the stability and strength of a joint using theories of injury and pain management
      5) Create a general protocol for the post-rehab client
      6) Analyze both the status and the progress of the client and the injury

      Workshop Formats

      This workshop is Part I of a five part series, structured as follows:

      Workshop I: Foundations and Theory 6 hours

      Workshop II: Post-Rehab Pilates: Sacrum and Lumbar Spine 6 hours

      Workshop III: Post-Rehab Pilates: Cervical Spine and Shoulder Girdle 6 hours

      Workshop IV: Post-Rehab Pilates: Hip/Knee/Ankle/Foot 6 hours

      Workshop V: Post-Rehab Pilates: Disorders, Diseases and Disabilities 6 hours

      The course will NOT prepare instructors to diagnose or treat any specific injuries or conditions; this is NOT our role. The Pilates & movement instructor’s role is at the level of post-rehabilitation NOT rehabilitation.

      To pay for this workshop please call the studio at 707-953-4570 or email at pilateswithanne[@]gmail.com. We accept cash, check, credit card and paypal.

    • Post-Rehab Pilates: Sacrum and Lumbar Spine

      Review / learn anatomy of sacrum and lumbar spine and how to work with common injuries and dysfunctions. Next learn how to restore client to better mobility, strength and health using Pilates Mat and Equipment repertoire with specific exercise protocols.
      Learn how to manage:
      1. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
      2. Degenerative Conditions of the Spine
      3. Facet Syndrome
      4. Spinal Stenosis
      5. Spondylolisthesis
      6. Spinal Instability
      7. Degenerative Disc Disease
      8. Scoliosis
      9. And more…
    • Post-Rehab Pilates: Cervical Spine & Shoulder Girdle

      Review/learn anatomy of cervical spine and shoulder girdle and how to work with common injures and dysfunctions. Next, learn how to restore client to better mobility, strength and health using Pilates Mat & Equipment repertoire with specific exercise protocols.
      Learn how to manage:
      1. Impairment Syndromes
      2. Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome
      3. Rotator Cuff Tear
      4. Thoracic Outlet syndrome
      5. And more…
    • Post-Rehab Pilates: Hip, Knee, Ankle & Foot

      Review/learn anatomy of hip, knee ankle and foot and how to work with common injures and dysfunctions. Next, learn how to restore client to better mobility, strength and health using Pilates Mat & Equipment repertoire with specific exercise protocols.

      Learn how to manage:

      1. Piriformis Syndrome
      2. Total Hip Replacement
      3. Stress Fractures to Tibia
      4. Meniscal Tears
      5. Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee)
      6. And more…
    • Post -Rehab Pilates: Disorders, Diseases & Disabilities

      Review/learn basic information of common disorder, diseases and disabilities such as (Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Epilepsy, etc.) Next, learn how to restore client to better mobility, strength and health using Pilates Mat & Equipment repertoire with specific exercise protocols.

      Learn how to manage:

      1. Rheumatoid Arthritis
      2. Obesity
      3. Fybromyalgia
      4. Osteoporosis
      5. And more…
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