What is a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor? 

To become a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor, individuals must complete training under the supervision of Master Trainers. The requirements for this course focus on teaching functional anatomy and the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES® exercises and their application to Essential, Intermediate, Advanced Matwork and Reformer repertoire. Typically courses are run full-time over a 12-15 week period then followed by an apprenticeship. Students learn to design, teach and modify Essential and Intermediate level classes, while integrating small equipment to add variety and to meet the specific needs of their clients. Instructors leave with a solid foundation and the required skills to develop effective and motivating Pilates Matwork and Reformer programs.


Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructors learn:


  • • Functional anatomy (lecture / demonstration format)
  • • Theory and practice of postural analysis
  • • 185 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • • Workout composition for personal and group training
  • • Use of Flex-Band® exerciser, Fitness Circle® resistance ring and Arc Barrel to enhance,       support and intensify strength and flexibility exercises
  • • Effective use of the Reformer to enhance torso stability and strength and for peripheral extremity conditioning, flexibility, joint stability, balance and coordination
  • • Effective communication and observational skills
  • • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • • Essential, Intermediate, and Power workouts
  • • Exercise layering related to effective program design


Requirements of certification


• 30 hours functional anatomy

• 90 hours of instruction and supervised teaching

• minimum of 20 hours of observation

• minimum of 70 hours of physical review

• minimum of 40 hours of practice teaching

• 60 hours apprenticeship performed upon completion

• Total: 310 hours


Hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses and should be completed between instructed sessions at any STOTT PILATES® facility supervised by Master STOTT PILATES® Instructors. Additional training may be required before certification. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time and submitted at the time of the practical exam. 


All Applicants must complete and pass the STOTT PILATES Certification Course Written and Oral exams to be Fully Certified to Teach. 

Why the STOTT PILATES® Method?

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.


What is the difference between the STOTT PILATES Method and other Pilates techniques?


STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.


What are the benefits of STOTT PILATES?

- The benefits may include but not limited to:

- Increased strength without unwanted bulk

- Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility

- Improved fitness levels which may help prevent injury

- Greater ease of movement through a full range

- Heighted body awareness and mindfulness of movement

- Decreased impact on the joints

- Added variety as a compliment to other forms of exercise

- Improved performance of specific sport skills (golf, skiing, hockey, etc.)

- Enhanced balance, coordination and circulation


STOTT PILATES exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. In some respects Pilates is like Yoga. Both are considered mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. The difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically-based incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with STOTT PILATES exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness. You can expect an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain or other general pains.