How can I choose the best Pilates Personal Trainer?
If you are looking for the best Pilates personal training experience here are a few tips that you may not know:
There are a number of styles of Pilates out there, and with more Pilates studios popping up ubiquitously, it is increasingly difficult to choose who to train with.
Pilates personal training is a very personal choice. One needs to click with the instructor at a personal level but at the same time quality of instruction needs to be a priority.
Choose the right Pilates Style for you
Classical Pilates courses are usually rigorous courses that take months, or years to complete. They require hours and hours of learning the vast repertoire, self-teaching, observation and both a practical and theory examination. In contrast, in house Pilates reformer courses (taught by a studio in house), can be completed in a weekend or two. These trainings are usually provided by dynamic reformer studios, where neither the original Pilates repertoire or any of the above requirements need to be met. These courses are not usually recognised by a body or accreditation, such as REPS in the UK.
• Always Choose Certified Pilates Instructors
When choosing a Pilates personal trainer, you must look for someone that is fully certified. Having a certification by an accredited Pilates brand or a body recognises the qualifications and expertise of Pilates instructors in the UK is important.
For example, REPs provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards. STOTT PILATES certified instructors are recognised by REPS in the UK after they have completed their certification.
Interestingly, many Pilates instructors nowadays are REPS certified, but not for their Pilates education, but because they were gym instructors first. They might have done a quickie certification in house with a studio, but nonetheless, their Pilates certification is not recognised by REPS.
It’s worth to ask your prospect instructor about their level of certification and who they did their training with before you decide.
• Fully Certified Instructors For the icing on the cake, if your instructor has the full certification in all levels, meaning, training in all the pieces of equipment (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Essential, Intermediate, and Advanced), you will be instructed by someone who has undergone a complete education in Pilates. This person is likely to understand the broader scope of the method and progress you to the more complicated advanced exercises. Choose wisely.
• Experience Your instructor may have just qualified and may need some time to season. But don’t let this put you off. If he/she holds a full certification, you are in great hands. However, having experience teaching goes a long way in any discipline.
• Charisma and personality This is probably the easiest to find and you are probably the best judge of character.
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