Comprehensive Pilates Training

 Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower (18 hours)
Provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table and Tower exercises as well as applications for beginning, post–rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

Pilates Chair Module (14 hours)
The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients, and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. Includes exercises and variations for the original Wunda chair, the EXO chair and the split pedal Combo Chair. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Pilates Barrels (6 hours)
Includes exercises and variations for the Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel, both are excellent tools for enhancing spinal mobility and core strength. The Ladder Barrel is most commonly used in a studio setting while the Step Barrel is a great addition to group classes.

Mixed Apparatus Course
Prerequisite: Movement Principles, Mat 1 and Reformer 1 or equivalent, 20 Pilates studio sessions.
1 year work experience in related field recommended.

Apparatus 1 (14 hours)
Apparatus 1 introduces the Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels to provide a complete education on the Pilates system. Apparatus 1 includes beginning and intermediate level exercises on each piece of equipment along with safety, set up and their role in the Pilates studio environment. Each piece of equipment provides a unique training environment to create a well rounded experience for a client or class.

Apparatus 2 (12 hours)
Prerequisite: Apparatus 1
Apparatus 2 includes intermediate exercises on the Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels as well as information on class design in the Pilates Studio environment. Information on working with special populations including lower back and shoulder problems included.

Apparatus 3 (12 hours)
Prerequisite: Apparatus 2
Apparatus 3 completes the comprehensive Pilates teacher training program with intermediate, advanced and super advanced exercises on the Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels. The Balanced Body movement principle programming system is applied to the apparatus to create clear guidelines for class design.

Comprehensive PROGRAM Includes:

  • Exercise instruction on the complete Balanced Body Trapeze.
  • Table or Tower, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Step Barrel and small apparatus repertoire.
  • Detailed, full color manuals with accompanying video support to enhance your learning experience.
  • Successful class design and delivery based on the Movement Principles and Balanced Body Programming System.
  • Development of cueing, coaching and teaching skills.
  • Development of critical thinking and problem solving skills for common physical limitations and conditions.
  • Equipment safety and maintenance.

Requirements for Completion – Comprehensive only
To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Comprehensive Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Movement Principles (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Mat instructor training coursework
  • Balanced Body Reformer instructor training coursework
  • Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac (or Tower) coursework (18 hours)
  • Balanced Body Chair coursework (14 hours)
  • Balanced Body Barrels coursework (6 hours)


  • Apparatus 1 (14 hours), Apparatus 2 (12 hours) and Apparatus 3 (12 hours) course work and module tests
  • Anatomy must be completed prior to testing out
  • 20 Mat personal sessions, 65 Reformer and Studio personal sessions, 65 Observation sessions, 220 student teaching hours
  • Final written and practical test

Total hours for completing: 520 hours (not including anatomy)

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 The Trapeze Table, Chair, Barrels and small equipment complete the Pilates exercise system. Each apparatus adds an extra dimension to private or group work. The course is delivered 2 different ways, as individual apparatus modules or combined as Mixed Apparatus modules. Choose which works best for you.