Body Control Pilates Matwork Teacher Training

  Course Structure

A course will typically have a maximum of 12 students (this may vary for operational reasons). The period of time between a student starting the matwork course and gaining Certification is open-ended (maximum time period for completion is two years). A student is ‘signed off’ once they have met all the requirements of the course.

The key elements of the Body Control Pilates matwork course are:

This comprises of twelve days of modules. There is a strong practical element to these days. Our matwork course curriculum is broken down into a series of tuition modules covering topics on both a theoretical and practical basis, along with anatomy as relevant:

  • Introductory Day (Including: the legacy of Joseph Pilates; the development of Body Control Pilates; what is Pilates?; movement and posture review; the theory of muscle balancing; key principles)
  • Neutral Pelvis and Spine; The Spine
  • Breathing; Concentration, Release and Relaxation
  • Core Stability: Lumbar and Pelvic Stability
  • Core Stability: Scapular Stability
  • Joints and the Hip; the Knee
  • Ankles and Feet; Elbows, Wrists and Hands, Working with Weights
  • Posture and Alignment; Stretching
  • Classical Pilates Exercises
  • Client Enrolment; Client Assessment; Designing Client Programmes; Client Progression
  • Lesson Plans and Teaching Skills
  • Anatomy Review
  • Last Tuition Day (Including: Completing the Course; Establishing Your Business Setting Up Classes; good practice; Client Care; Planning Your Career)

Practical Assessment
A one-hour assessment where students demonstrate their knowledge of the core exercises before beginning their supervised teaching period.

Supervised Teaching
This is a key phase of the course where students learn and refine their practical teaching skills under the guidance of experienced Body Control Pilates teachers who are part of a network of ‘Supervising Teachers’ throughout Southern Africa. This period commences after the end of the formal tuition sessions, and involves students assisting in classes whilst under supervision. This period is open-ended (typically 50 hours) and students receive a 'sign-off' when a senior supervising teacher considers that they have reached the required level of teaching skills in order to teach their final Assessment Class.

Final Teaching Assessment
This involves the submission of a series of lesson plans to show how a group class is progressed over a six week period. The student is then assessed teaching one of these lessons to fellow students.

Written Examination
All students must pass a multiple choice written examination on anatomy. This is taken any time after the course tuition days.

Theory Essay Questions
Students must complete 2 essay questions on Body Control Pilates theory.

Students are also given material to study on a ‘directed learning’ basis. Questions related to the content of this must be answered and submitted by the student before they can gain certification.

Upon graduation, students are awarded a Certificate in Body Control Pilates Matwork and are eligible to become a member of the Body Control Pilates® Association of South Africa.

Student Commitment
By joining a course, each student is deemed to have accepted the guiding principle that, unless they hold a prior, recognised qualification to teach Pilates, they will not teach Pilates classes on a paid basis until they gain full certification. Under no circumstances, may a student offer Body Control Pilates classes until after they have gained certification.

Body Control Pilates course management reserves the right to ask a student who breaches this principle to leave the course with immediate effect. Students are, however, encouraged to practise teaching exercises, without payment, to family and friends as long as they are aware that the student is not yet qualified.

Body Control Pilates is a registered Trademark.