Which Pilates Teacher Training style is right for you?

There are many different kinds of Pilates teacher training programs, which can leave potential students and future Pilates teachers puzzled over which one is best for them.

Origin of different Pilates styles

Much of the confusion dates back to the death of Joseph Pilates in 1967. Mr. Pilates never trademarked his method. Each of his personally trained disciples went out into the world to teach Pilates, some sticking close to his original vision, others adding their own personal flourishes. All of them called their own practice “Pilates”.

After an attempt by one individual to try and “own” the name Pilates, it ultimately ended in an October 2000 decision by a federal judge in New York. The ruling declared “Pilates” to be a generic term (like yoga or karate) that couldn’t be trademarked or owned by a particular person or program.

While this court decision ultimately reflected Joseph Pilates’ desire to spread his system far and wide, it also means that the standard for calling oneself a Pilates instructor is flexible, to say the least.

Researching your style

Pilates students and instructors considering pursuing their teacher training would be well-advised to do their homework and experience as many programs and teachers as possible. Styles vary from teacher to teacher and program to program. It ranges from very classical to contemporary, all the way through to no actual Pilates basis whatsoever.

There are several really good Pilates certification programs, many of which trace their lineage back to one of Joseph Pilates’ personal students. The key is finding a program that emphasizes rigorous teacher training, proper form, progressions, knowledge of all apparatuses, including the mat, critical thinking, anatomy and above all, student safety!

Pilates, like all exercise, can do wonderful things for the body and mind. And, under the guidance of a well-trained, observant instructor, it is very safe and extraordinarily effective. But, like all exercise, if done improperly, it can cause injury.

The instructors at our studio are all trained nationally and internationally and uphold the strict teacher training standards of Pilates Dynamics.

Pilates Style

Some of the Most Important Features of Our Training: 

Classical Pilates

Our program is based on classical pilates which stems from New York and these are amongst the most important features of our program:-

  • Pilates Dynamics is committed to upholding the standard of classical Pilates, as opposed to other programs that take a more contemporary approach to the original method. The Pilates method is almost a century old. We are convinced that the original system continues to be extraordinarily effective, exceptionally safe and endlessly adaptive to our clients’ ever-changing needs. While we are dedicated to preserving Joseph Pilates’ legacy, we are also equally dedicated to teaching trainers proper mechanics, anatomy and physiology. Classical training meets contemporary learning!

In conjunction with a physical therapist

  • Pilates Dynamics also works hand in hand with a licensed physical therapist and someone who is a prenatal and pelvic specialist in the area of women’s and men’s health and this makes her uniquely qualified to work with all levels of disability and with clients during any phase of their pregnancy or rehabilitation.
  • Anatomy is included in our programs and every exercise contains information about the goals and the muscle focus per exercise, inclusive of exclusions for certain population groups and/or pathologies and injuries.


A.) Pilates Mat and Small Equipment Course
  • Mat Levels 1; 2 & 3 (Basic to Advanced);
  • History of Pilates;
  • Cody of Ethics & Practice;
  • Guidelines for teaching and professionalism;
  • Anatomy;
  • Faulty posture patterns;
  • Injuries & Pathologies;
  • Exercise recommendations & Contra-indications;
  • Exercise adaptation (Variations & Modifications);
  • Muscle and Goal description per exercises;
  • Various use of props & small equipment (incl. Barre & TRX);
  • Program flow and program examples; and
  • Teaching & cueing skills 
B.) Pilates Comprehensive Course 

This is the FULL COURSE comprising of the Mat & Small Equipment above and the Pilates Large Equipment (Machines): 

  • Reformer;
  • Cadillac;
  • Chair;
  • Ladder Barrel;
  • Arc Barrel;

(Basic to advanced levels)

  • Muscle Imbalances; Pregnancy; Auto-Immune Diseases; Additional Injuries & Pathologies not covered in the Mat program.
Comprehensive Conversion Course

Pilates Large Equipment (Machines):

  • Reformer;
  • Cadillac;
  • Chair
  • Ladder Barrel 
  • Arc Barre

(Basic to advanced levels)

  • Muscle Imbalances; Pregnancy; Auto-Immune Diseases; Additional Injuries & Pathologies not covered in the Mat program.

Meticulous Teacher Training Program

The Pilates Dynamics Teacher Training program is rigorous and meticulous.  It is important for Candidates to have a working knowledge of the method, and potential students are advised to sign up at our studio in order to engage into the method of Pilates and to take up training sessions in order to get students ready for the ‘Harvard’ of the Pilates training world.

Pilates Dynamics’ instructors are taught how to observe the biomechanics of the body, offer corrections, and deliver a safe and effective workout in line with client’s individual needs.

Course Content

The Comprehensive training program consists of:-

  • Six-weekend lectures
  • A progressive monthly schedule
  • An e-learning platform
  • An in-house mentorship
  • A 450-hour apprenticeship to create this one-of-a-kind program designed to develop your ability to be a teacher, coach and guide for Pilates students.

The best equipment

Unlike many other certification programs, Pilates Dynamics is not an equipment manufacturer. We are therefore able to purchase only the best and most appropriate equipment for our studio and our clients. We do not teach to a specific apparatus or manufacturer. The equipment we use is as close to Joe’s original designs as can be found in today’s market.

Certified Instructors

Every Pilates Dynamics instructor has a full Pilates certification, together with in-depth experience and additional formal qualifications like BA Human Movement Science, Dance and Ballet, BA Biokinetics, and BA Sports Science, to name just a few. Instructors at Pilates Dynamics are held to high standards every year for the completion of additional continuing education and courses within the classical Pilates realm.

International and Local Affiliation and Endorsements

  • Our Courses have been allocated 20 CPD points (Continuing Professional Developing point system) by REPPSA, who is the Register of Exercise Professionals in South Africa, which recognize qualifications and expertise. REPPSA set and international standard bench-mark and run across the whole of Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, U.A.E., Canada, Belgium, Poland, USA and South Africa.
  • Pilates Dynamics is affiliated to the Pilates Education Institute in the USA  which is a worldwide Pilates Educator with a renowned curriculum utilized in the USA and abroad.
  • Our courses are recognized by the Pilates Education Association, which is a 3rd party non-profit organization whose purpose it is to establish quality within the International Pilates community to ensure safety and maintain high standards. 
  • Our Courses are in line with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) requirements and our Program Director is a member of the PMA.
  • Our Courses are endorsed by BASA (Biokinetics Association of South Africa.)
    • Pilates Mat Course - PPB008/B002/2019/00665 Level 2 - 24 CPD
    • Pilates Comprehensive Course - PPB008/B002/2020/00678 - Level 2 - 30 CPD
    • Pilates Comprehensive Conversion Course - PPB008/B002/2019/00666 - Level 2 - 30 CPD
  • We are in the process of obtaining Local Accreditation through CATHSETA, South Africa. Our qualification will then be a recognized NQF Level 5 Certificate. Some of the course subjects taken will count as credits towards a Fitness Diploma (NQF Level 6). In this way, we comply with local standards which is also a requirement of being a member of the International Pilates Training Community.

In our opinion and experience, Pilates Dynamic’s teacher training is second to none. In addition to offering a solid, classical curriculum, our Teacher Training program does an excellent job of teaching instructors how to teach and think critically, understanding and implementing the ‘why’s’ of Pilates. Our instructors are taught how to properly observe the biomechanics taking place in the body, offer corrections, and deliver a safe and effective workout that meets the client’s individual needs. This is crucial to ensuring our clients’ safety, delivering results, and creating lifelong Pilates lovers.

We are happy to be part of the International Pilates Education Institute family and believe we offer our clients a different kind of Pilates experience— one that continues to change lives, bodies and potential.