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Pilates is one of the fastest growing forms of exercise and is here to stay. If you want to become a Pilates instructor, it is worth realising before you start that this profession should not be placed in the same category as general group fitness instructors. It has to be done correctly to ensure you tap into the benefits of development of balanced muscles, building a strong core, decreasing your risk of injury and improving sport performance.

A body and mind workout

Pilates as an exercise focused on spinal and pelvic alignment, concentration of movement, being in tune with your body and most importantly, doing all of this with proper breathing. Even more than just getting a good workout, learning to breathe properly will have great effects on how you control stress. Keep in mind that every activity you do in life requires the use of your core, so if you have that sorted, you’ll be able to do everything in a stronger and healthier way.

Muscles, flexibility and a strong core

The core of your body is a series of muscles that act as stabiliser to support almost every other functional movement you make. A strong core also decreases your risk of injury. Pilates targets those muscle groups and every exercise is done with the intention of stretching and strengthening your muscles to train your body to work together as a whole.

The seven key Pilates principles

The following seven key principles can be used as a guide for everyone who practises Pilates – the students as well as the instructor. If you manage to incorporate and focus on these principles in everything you do, you’ll be successful in achieving the benefits that Pilates has to offer. They are:

  1. Concentration
  2. Control
  3. Precision
  4. Body centring
  5. Movement flow
  6. Breathing
  7. Integration

Have what it takes?

To become a Pilates instructor, you need to have a multitude of skills. First off, you need to be a great communicator, love working with people and be passionate about Pilates as an exercise. As with most sport professions, leading a healthy lifestyle is also important. If you think you have what it takes, consider our Pilates instructor course that will give you the knowledge and skills to enter the workplace as a Pilates instructor.

We also recommended that you add additional qualifications like the National Fitness Certificate and Diploma to enhance your employment prospects nationally and internationally. In addition, a national qualification keeps you on a formal academic path enabling you to continue your higher education studies to any level that matches your academic dream. Contact your nearest campus today for more information.


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