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with Tom McCook, Louise Johns and RaeLea Saxton

The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinarily flexible piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. Our program gives you a thorough understanding of how to use the Reformer to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance. The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating workout for clients at any level of ability.

Our Reformer teacher training program includes:

  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Reformer repertoire
  • A comprehensive manual consistent with current national standards
  • Cuing, coaching, safety and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Guidelines for teaching older adults, pre- and post-natal women, and clients with back, knee, neck and shoulder conditions
  • Program design for clients at every level including sports specific lessons
  • Equipment safety and maintenance

Hybrid Format !

Our Reformer and Apparatus courses will be offered both virtually and in-studio, giving students flexibility and an opportunity to join in from anywhere in the world!

50% Discount - Balanced Body Alumni!

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

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REFORMER 1: Introduction to Reformer & Movement Principles

October 18, 19, 20, 2024

pilates_teacherHybrid (In-studio and virtual options)
REFORMER 1 introduces the Universal Reformer, the center piece of the Pilates equipment studio and an invaluable training tool. Reformer 1 includes an introduction to safely using the Pilates Reformer for a wide variety of supine, seated and standing exercises for the beginning to intermediate student. Movement Principles include improving lower body alignment, creating balanced muscle development and learning a protocol for effectively training the upper body.

Days and Times (California Time)

  • Friday 10/18: 12:30pm - 6pm
  • Saturday 10/19: 12:30pm - 6pm
  • Sunday 10/20: 10am - 3pm

Prerequisites

  • Pilates Movement Principles recommended (required for test out)
  • 20 Pilates Reformer sessions completed

Important Protocols for Successful Completion of this Course

The protocol for the Balanced Body teacher training is to be in live attendance and participation for all hours of each course. For virtual students, you must have your camera on at all times. The purpose of this is for you to learn in real time with feedback in the live learning process. It also is to stay current with the group and be in alignment with the standards of a certifying program, and to help ensure your success in completing the coursework with confidence.

For all equipment trainings (Reformer, Apparatus, CoreAlign, Bodhi)
For Virtual students, in addition to the above protocols, you’ll need to have the appropriate equipment to participate in the training. We strongly recommend you use a computer or laptop, not a phone.

Instructors

Tom McCook, Louise Johns, Rae Lea Saxton

Cost

$595

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REFORMER 2: Intermediate Exercises

Hybrid (In-studio and virtual options)
Reformer 2 expands the potential of the Reformer with intermediate and advanced exercises and modifications along with programs designs for special populations including pre–and post–natal clients and clients with osteoporosis and lower back injuries. Class design, dynamic assessment and correcting common dysfunctional movement patterns are also included.

December 6, 7, 8, 2024

Days and Times (California Time)

  • Friday 12/6: 12:30pm - 6pm
  • Saturday 12/7: 12:30pm - 6pm
  • Sunday 12/8: 10am - 3pm

Prerequisites

  • Reformer 1 completed

Important Protocols for Successful Completion of this Course

The protocol for the Balanced Body teacher training is to be in live attendance and participation for all hours of each course. For virtual students, you must have your camera on at all times. The purpose of this is for you to learn in real time with feedback in the live learning process. It also is to stay current with the group and be in alignment with the standards of a certifying program, and to help ensure your success in completing the coursework with confidence.

For all equipment trainings (Reformer, Apparatus, CoreAlign, Bodhi)
For Virtual students, in addition to the above protocols, you’ll need to have the appropriate equipment to participate in the training. We strongly recommend you use a computer or laptop, not a phone.

Instructors

Tom McCook, Louise Johns, Rae Lea Saxton

Cost

$595

Register online!

 


REFORMER 3: Advanced Exercises & Programming

Hybrid (In-studio and virtual options)
Reformer 3 is the pinnacle of the Reformer work and includes advanced and super advanced exercises to challenge clients to achieve their best. Progressive sequences designed to teach students advanced movement skills are included along with an introduction to the revolutionary Principle Based Programming System helping you to create successful classes for clients at any level.

January 31, February 1 &2, 2025

Days and Times (California Time)

  • Friday 1/31: 12:30pm - 6pm
  • Saturday 2/1: 12:30pm - 6pm
  • Sunday 2/2: 10am - 3pm

Prerequisites

  • Reformer 2 completed

Important Protocols for Successful Completion of this Course

The protocol for the Balanced Body teacher training is to be in live attendance and participation for all hours of each course. For virtual students, you must have your camera on at all times. The purpose of this is for you to learn in real time with feedback in the live learning process. It also is to stay current with the group and be in alignment with the standards of a certifying program, and to help ensure your success in completing the coursework with confidence.

For all equipment trainings (Reformer, Apparatus, CoreAlign, Bodhi)
For Virtual students, in addition to the above protocols, you’ll need to have the appropriate equipment to participate in the training. We strongly recommend you use a computer or laptop, not a phone.

Instructors

Tom McCook, Louise Johns, Rae Lea Saxton

Cost

$595

Register online!


Prerequisites

  • 20 Pilates Reformer classes
  • Completion of Pilates Movement Principles highly recommended (required for test out)
  • Anatomy recommended (required for test out)

Practice Sangha

Center of Balance is committed to support and encourage students actively enrolled in the BB training courses at Center of Balance and working toward certification. A key piece of this process is the hours required to build teaching skills and confidence, specifically in completing your hours of observation, practice teaching and self-practice. Our goal is to help you develop the confidence and skills to teach by providing a rich learning environment that you can be immersed in, and not train in isolation. We want for you to feel that you have a base at Center of Balance to practice, observe and collaborate with others in the training and learn from the staff of teachers at the studio.

Practice Sangha, or "Practice Community," is a program specifically for BB student teachers actively studying at Center of Balance toward Reformer and/or full certification. It begins after Reformer 1. The cost is $100/month and includes the following:

Observation (Pilates equipment), self-practice and practice teaching hours (during studio hours Monday through Saturday). These hours are to be scheduled in advance during select times for seamless accommodation in our busy studio. Note that teacher-led classes and sessions are not part of the Practice Sangha — we do offer discounted rates for students actively enrolled in the full certification program at Center of Balance. Also note that observation is for private Pilates equipment sessions and not mat classes or group classes.

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 Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Movement Principles module
  • Reformer 1, 2 and 3 modules
  • Reformer Practical hours (150 hours total)
    - 30 Reformer personal sessions
    - 30 observation hours
    - 90 student teaching hours
  • Anatomy

Total hours: 214 (not including anatomy)

(NOTE: Center of Balance offers discount rates for students who are actively enrolled in the full training program (Mat, Reformer and Apparatus) at Center of Balance. The student discount begins once a student has taken Reformer 1 & 2 and Apparatus 1).

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


About Tom McCook

ACE, NCPT, Balanced Body Educator and Mentor, Franklin Method Level 3 Educator, Certified Somatic Coach

Tom McCook, Founder and Director of Center of Balance in Mountain View, CA, is an internationally-recognized Pilates Educator and movement specialist. Beginning 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 mission is to improve people’s lives through movement! He teaches a practical and accessible way to understand your own body and then apply it to your movement practice. These skills go beyond exercise to cultivate health, body wisdom, and being responsive and resilient in life.

Tom's unique teaching approach synthesizes over 35 years of fitness training, Pilates, body therapy, Somatic Coaching, the Franklin Method, Anatomy in Motion and meditation. His fascination with movement began at an early age playing sports and growing up in a large athletic family with 11 siblings. 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. He is on the faculty of Balanced Body for Pilates, CoreAlign and the Bodhi Suspension System. Tom is also a sought-after international presenter and mentor.

Tom lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner, Karen deMoor.

Tom's Link Tree: All the ways to access Tom's work!

 


About RaeLea Saxton

RaeLea Saxton is a Nationally Certified Pilates Trainer and Balanced Body Educator. She holds a BS in Kinesiology from San Francisco State with a Minor in Dance and is a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. She has over 20 years of teaching movement to people and over ten years of working with rehabilitation clients for Orthopedic Injuries and Surgical Recovery. RaeLea has taught and educated Pilates Instructors through the Balanced Body Education program since 2015.

RaeLea's teaching style is passionate, upbeat, and informative. Her motivating and positive instruction will inspire you along your Pilates education journey.

 


About Louise Johns

In 2001, Louise embarked on her Pilates journey under the guidance of Nora St John, former education director for Balanced Body. Since then, this journey marked a transformative chapter for Louise, who has been an integral part of Balanced Body's education team since 2007. Over three decades, she has evolved from a personal trainer to a seasoned professional in the realms of fitness and movement. Her exploration led her to delve into somatic movement, co-creating Primal Movement Works. After 18 years of co-owning a successful Pilates studio in Lafayette, CA, Louise transitioned to a more intimate setting, focusing on one-on-one sessions and small group Reformer classes. Her journey reflects a commitment to continuous growth, and she passionately guides others on their unique wellness paths.

 

 

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