About Pilates International

The Pilates Academy International upholds course requirements commensurate with other Pilates teachers training programs around the world.  In the chart below, prospective students will find the hours required of them both in the classroom and out, as observation, personal practice and practice teaching are all necessary components of becoming a successful Pilates instructor.

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Practice Teaching, Observation & Personal Study Hours

Class Hours

A PAI manual will be provided for every course. ABP requires an additional text which the student is responsible for obtaining: “Trail Guide to the Body” Fifth Edition by Andrew Biel.

Students should dress in exercise clothing and wear socks, as they will be performing the exercises as they learn them.

Observation Hours

The student watches a class, private session, or videos. Taking class is not considered observation.

Personal Study Hours

The student practices teaching the exercises on another person.

Course Descriptions & Requirements

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Anatomy, Biomechanics and Posture Review (ABP) - 15 hours

This course reviews the structures (bones, muscles, joints, etc.) that form the support of the human body. An emphasis will be placed on "ideal" posture and "ideal" biomechanics of each joint while helping students learn how to detect abnormalities both statically and dynamically. Open to all personal trainers, this course is invaluable in helping you provide lasting results for your clients and increase your marketability.

This course is CEC Approved.
CEC's:  (ACE) 1.2

All Populations Mat I (APM I) - 35 hours

What makes great buildings?  Great foundations!  This course teaches the first three tiers of the Pilates Mat repertoire and how to modify exercises for all age groups and fitness levels.  Emphasis is placed on maintaining variety and providing small challenges while safely progressing a client in order to avoid monotony.  Students leave the course confident and capable of creating safe and effective workouts for today’s diverse client.  68 Exercises.

Prerequisite: ABP or equivalent
This course is CEC Approved.
CEC's: (ACE) 3.0


All Populations Mat II (APM II) - 5 hours

This course teaches the last two tiers of the full Pilates Mat repertoire, a necessity for students pursuing full Pilates certification with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Students learn how to assess when a client is ready to be challenged and then how to progress the client safely and effectively.

Prerequisite: APM I

Course Prices & Policies

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