Pilates Teacher Training

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The Balanced Body Pilates Mat teacher training includes the complete Pilates Mat repertoire as well as an introduction to the movement principles that make Pilates such a successful exercise program. Modifications and variations are included to help you successfully teach a wide range of clients. The Balanced Body Pilates Mat training will empower you to become a successful, creative and transformative Pilates teacher. Courses are taught by Tom McCook.

Our Mat teacher training program includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Mat repertoire
  • A comprehensive manual consistent with current national standards
  • Cuing, coaching and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Safety information for teaching older adults, pre- and post-natal women, and clients with back, knee, neck and shoulder conditions
  • Tips on teaching successful group programs

10% Discount - All Modules!

Receive 10% discount when you register for all 8 modules at once (Mat, Reformer and Apparatus)! Email us for the discount code! Note: all modules must be taken at Center of Balance to receive the discount.

50% Discount - Balanced Body Alumni!

For Alumni who would like to retake any course, we extend a 50% discount! This is a great opportunity for refreshing your skills with Tom! Email us for the discount code!

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balancedbody smallPilates Movement Principles

August 9 - 11, 2019

Days and Times

  • Friday: 3pm - 7pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm

The Balanced Body Movement Principles form the foundation of Balanced Body Education. They include the most important information on anatomy, assessment, biomechanics and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher, personal trainer or movement educator. The course mixes information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate the information in movement. Broken down into five categories: Whole Body Movement, Trunk Integration, Lower Body Strength and Power, Upper Body Strength and Balance and Dynamic Flexibility, Rest and Relaxation, the Movement Principles provide a solid foundation for training in any environment, with any equipment. You will come away with a complete tool box for effectively training clients to recover from injuries, improve their general fitness and enhance their performance. The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

Prerequisites

  • Movement experience recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

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Instructor

Tom McCook

Cost

$550 / Module plus materials


balancedbody smallMAT 1: Introduction to Pilates & Beginning/Intermediate Exercises

September 6 - 8, 2019

Days and Times

  • Friday: 3pm - 7pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm

Mat 1 forms the foundation of the Pilates method. This course includes an introduction to the history and principles of the Pilates method and the beginning and intermediate level exercises. Each exercise includes training on modifications, challenges,the purpose of the exercise and any precautions for injuries and special populations. How to design and teach group classes and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre and post-natal classes are included.

Prerequisites

  • Pilates Movement Principles
  • 10 Pilates Mat Classes completed
  • Movement experience recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

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Instructor

Tom McCook

Cost

$550 / Module plus materials


MAT 2: Intermediate/Advanced Exercises

October 4 - 6, 2019

Days and Times

  • Friday: 3pm - 7pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm

Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.

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Prerequisites

  • Completion of Mat 1

Instructor

Tom McCook

Cost

$550 plus materials


MAT 3: Enhanced Pilates Mat and Props

October 25 - 27, 2019

Days and Times

  • Friday: 3pm - 7pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm

Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. The Balanced Body programming system is introduced to make class design easy, effective and fun. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative and accessible and clients love toys!

Enhanced Pilates Mat and Props Instructor Training course includes:
• Detailed manual and instructor training video to support your learning process.
• The Balanced Body Movement Principles to enhance your teaching skills.
• Balanced Body programming system to help you create classes quickly and easily. Photos of each exercise sequence to aid in class design.
• Progressions, regressions and modifications to make Pilates Mat useful for everyone.

Enhanced Pilates Mat and Props expands the concept of Pilates mat to reach a wider audience and create new fitness opportunities for you and your clients.

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Instructor

Tom McCook

Cost

$550 / Module plus materials

 


 

Required Materials (Available From Balanced Body)

Please contact Balanced Body for required materials at 1-877-Pilates (745-2837)

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Mat Instructor, students must complete the following

(total hours for completion of Mat program = 102 hours, not including anatomy):

  • Anatomy (strongly recommended)
  • BBU MAT 1 - Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • BBU MAT 2 - Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • 25 Mat Personal Sessions and 45 Mat Student Teaching Hours or
  • 20 Mat Personal Sessions, 15 observation hours and 35 student teaching hours (Note: Center of Balance does not offer observation hours for Mat, only for Reformer and Apparatus)
    Note: Center of Balance offers discount rates for students who are currently enrolled in the full certification program at Center of Balance. The student discount applies to mat classes once you are enrolled in MAT 2.

Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body University Mat Instructor will be issued.

About Tom

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Tom is an internationally recognized Pilates Master Teacher and movement specialist. Beginning his full-time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for a range of clients, from Silicon Valley executives and Olympic athletes, to active seniors and people looking for solutions to their imbalances and injuries. Tom's unique approach synthesizes over 30 years of fitness training, Pilates, body therapy, Somatics, the Franklin Method of experiential anatomy and imagery, anatomy in motion, meditation and Life Coaching. His fascination with movement began at an early age playing sports and growing up in a large athletic family with 11 siblings. Tom's teaching focus is to inspire and empower people to access their mind/body intelligence with a practical understanding of their own anatomy through mindful movement and consistent practice. These skills go beyond exercise to cultivate presence, dignity and being responsive and resilient in life. His long and successful history working with athletes include the Stanford women's swim team and four Olympic Gold medal swimmers.

Tom has been leading teacher trainings in the Pilates Method since 2001 at Center of Balance, recognized as a premier movement, body therapy and education center. Tom is part of the teacher training faculty for Balanced Body for PIlates, CoreAlign and the Bodhi suspension system. Tom is also a sought-after international presenter at conferences, retreats and studios worldwide. He is on the teaching staff for the Franklin Method Institute, a groundbreaking education system for improving movement potential, health and mind/body mastery. Tom also reaches an international student audience through his online classes and tutorials on PilatesAnytime.com. In 2003, Tom produced the exercise video “Combining Pilates & Yoga for Balance.”


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