What is
STOTT
PILATES®

The STOTT PILATES system is an anatomically based approach to the original exercise method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. It incorporates modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles, eliminating contraindicated movements while emphasizing neutral alignment, core stability and peripheral mobility.

The STOTT PILATES repertoire consists of more than 500 systematic mat and equipment-based mind-body exercises. It involves balancing preparatory, essential, intermediate and advanced level exercises, creating uniquely effective workout formats.

Benefits include:

  • Longer, leaner muscles
  • Core strength & stability
  • Prevention of injury
  • Relief from back pain & stress
  • Improved balance & coordination
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Effective post-rehabilitation
  • Improved digestion
  • Heightened mind-body awareness
  • Increased self-confidence

How do I get started?

Thank you for your interest in STOTT PILATES® Instructor Training. By using the tabs above you will be able to learn more about the courses and workshops offered in this discipline. There is also a FAQ section, a schedule of upcoming courses and a list of specialty tracks.

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How do I enroll?

Fill out the on-line application form by clicking on the buttons at right. Call the studio at 978-526-0002 if you have questions. We’re happy to help.
Northeast Pilates Education is New England’s most recognized facility for STOTT PILATES® teacher training and education / certification programs.

In addition to STOTT PILATES®, we also offer instructor training for CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™, ZEN•GA™, Total Barre™, and TRX® Suspension® Training.

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STOTT PILATES® Intensive Program Level 1

The STOTT PILATES Intensive program is for fitness and health professionals. This program prepares you to teach STOTT PILATES Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based repertoires safely, effectively and with confidence. Intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement. For those of you wishing to change careers and do not have a fitness background; contact our Education Department for your options. The STOTT PILATES Intensive (Level 1) program focuses on expanding current knowledge while delivering complete instruction in STOTT PILATES principles and Essential and Intermediate exercises in a faster, paced format.

General Course Objectives

Our programs provide a balanced and thorough blend of theory, observation and practical experience to help you master the repertoire. In each course, you learn:

  • How to apply STOTT PILATES biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises
  • A complete breakdown of each exercise
  • Exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
  • Modifications to increase or decrease exercise intensity
  • Modifications for specific body types and postural issues
  • How to recognize optimal and less than optimal movement patterns
  • A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated
  • Effective communication, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Intensive Mat-Plus™ – IMP

    IMP provides you with the solid foundation and skills you need to develop effective and motivating group and personal training programs. This course teaches you to design and teach the Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) Matwork repertoire, integrating light accessories to add variety and meet the specific needs of your clients. In addition to the general course objectives, you will learn:

    • Workout composition for personal and group training
    • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
    • Flex-Band, Fitness Circle and Arc Barrel workouts
    • Effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
    • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
    • How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises
    • Theory and practice of postural analysis
    • Exercise layering related to effective program design
    • 63 exercises plus multiple modifications

    Prerequisites

    • Working knowledge of functional anatomy
    • Minimum 30 hours Pilates classes/workouts
    • Three-plus years teaching movement or fitness**Applicants with a strong history of Pilates participation and/or experience instructing students/clients in another field may also be considered.

    Duration

    • 40 hours instruction and supervised teaching
    • Minimum 10 hours observation
    • Minimum 30 hours physical review
    • Minimum 15 hours practice teaching
    • Conducted over 2 weeks or 3 weekendsTotal: 95 hours
      CECs 4.0 STOTT PILATES; ACE; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Intensive Reformer – IR

    This course teaches how to design and instruct Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) Reformer workouts in personal or group training settings for a range of clients. While IR may be taken prior to IMP, we recommend completing IMP first. In addition to the general course objectives, you will learn:

    • Effective use of the reformer to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
    • How to develop programs for personal and group classes
    • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
    • Effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
    • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
    • Theory and practice of postural analysis
    • Exercise layering related to effective program design
    • 122 exercises plus multiple modifications

    Prerequisites

    • Working knowledge of functional anatomy
    • Minimum 30 hours Pilates classes/workouts
    • Three-plus years teaching movement or fitness**Applicants with a strong of history of Pilates participation and/or experience instructing students/clients in another field may also be considered

    Duration

    • 50 hours instruction and supervised teaching
    • Minimum 10 hours observation
    • Minimum 40 hours physical review
    • Minimum 25 hours practice teaching
    • Conducted over 3 weeks or 4 weekendsTotal: 125 hours
      CECs 5.0 STOTT PILATES; ACE; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Injuries & Special Populations – ISP

    Learn to customize workouts to address weaknesses, health conditions, postural problems or injuries (but not to diagnose specific injuries). Topics covered in this lecture/demonstration class include:

    • Approaches to rehabilitating an injured musculoskeletal system
    • Anatomy and biomechanics, dysfunctions and pathologies, and exercise modifications in the: lumbo-pelvic, cervical, upper quadrant, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot regions
    • Pregnancy, fibromyalgia and other special conditions plus workout design
    • Appropriate modification of Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair and Barrel exercises

    Prerequisites

    • IMP or IR or CMR or GM or GR

    Duration

    • 24 hours instruction over 4-6 daysCECs 2.4 STOTT PILATES; ACE; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Intensive Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – ICCB

    The Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels course has been restructured into three separate modules to allow you to choose which element to take, and when (they may be scheduled consecutively). Completion of all three modules below is required to be eligible for certification.

    Intensive Cadillac – ICAD

    ICAD prepares you to teach Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) exercises on the Cadillac. By the end of this course you will be able to fine-tune personal and circuit training programs to meet a variety of clients’ conditioning goals with 125 exercises on the Cadillac Trapeze Table. Beyond the general course objectives, you will learn:

    • Effective use of the equipment to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
    • How to develop dynamic programs in a full studio environment
    • Essential and Intermediate exercises and variations
    • Effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
    • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
    • Exercise layering related to effective program design

    Prerequisites

    • IMP or IR or GM + XMP or GR + XRP Duration
    • 25 hours class instruction and supervised teaching
    • Minimum 10 hours observation
    • Minimum 15 hours physical review
    • Minimum 10 hours practice teachingTotal: 60 hours
      CECs 2.5 STOTT PILATES; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Intensive Stability Chair™ – ICHR

    ICHR prepares you to teach Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) exercises on the Stability Chair. By the end of this course you will be able to fine-tune personal and circuit training programs to meet a variety of clients’ conditioning goals with 63 exercises on the Stability Chair. Beyond the general course objectives, you will learn:

    • Effective use of the equipment to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
    • How to develop dynamic programs in a full studio environment
    • Effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
    • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
    • Exercise layering related to effective program design

    Prerequisites

    • IMP or IR or GM + XMP or GR + XRP or CMR

    Duration

    • 15 hours class instruction and supervised teaching
    • Minimum 5 hours observation
    • Minimum 10 hours physical review
    • Minimum 10 hours practice teachingTotal: 40 hours
      CECs 1.5 STOTT PILATES; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Intensive Barrels – IBRL

    IBRL prepares you to teach Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) exercises on the Barrels. By the end of this course you will be able to fine-tune personal and circuit training programs to meet a variety of clients’ conditioning goals with 98 exercises on the Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrel. Beyond the general course objectives, you will learn:

    • Effective use of equipment to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity training, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
    • How to develop dynamic programs in a full studio environment
    • Effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
    • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
    • Exercise layering related to effective program design

    Prerequisites

    • IMP or IR or GM + XMP or GR + XRP

    Duration

    • 10 hours class instruction and supervised teaching
    • Minimum 5 hours observation
    • Minimum 10 hours physical review
    • Minimum 5 hours practice teachingTotal: 30 hours
      CECs 1.0 STOTT PILATES; Can-Fit-Pro

STOTT PILATES® Advanced Program

The Advanced (Level 2) program begins with a review of relevant Essential and Intermediate exercises, then students learn to apply STOTT PILATES biomechanical principles to exercises that require a higher degree of strength, balance and coordination. These courses can be taken immediately after the corresponding Level 1 course or as a series.

  • Advanced Matwork – AM

    This one-day course progresses to more advanced material, providing further options and challenges on the mat for highly conditioned clients. Exercises require a high degree of strength, balance and coordination. Also taught:

    • Muscular initiation and sequencing of Advanced-level exercises
    • Multiple variations for variety and intensity
    • 13 exercises

    Prerequisites

    • IMP or CMR or GM + XMP

    Duration

    • 6 hours instruction in one dayCECs 0.6 STOTT PILATES; ACE; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Advanced Reformer – AR

    Learn to use the various reformer components and accessories to intensify reformer repertoire and provide a stimulating workout for athletes, dancers, and highly conditioned clients. Exercises in the Advanced repertoire require greater strength, stability and flexibility. Also taught:

    • Muscular initiation and sequencing of Advanced-level exercises
    • Multiple variations for variety and intensity
    • 70 exercises

    Prerequisites

    • IR or CMR or GR + XRP

    Duration

    • 18 hours instruction over three daysCECs 0.6 STOTT PILATES; ACE; Can-Fit-Pro
  • Advanced Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – ACCB

    The Advanced Cadillac, Chair & Barrels course has been restructured into three separate modules to allow you to choose which element to take, and when (they may be scheduled consecutively). Completion of all three modules below is required to be eligible for certification.

    • Muscular initiation and sequencing of Advanced-level exercises
    • Multiple variations for variety and intensity
    • Total 56 exercisesCECs 0.6 STOTT PILATES, Can-Fit-Pro

Rehab program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed health care professionals wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices. Therapists learn a systematic movement based approach to neuromuscular re-education and are taught to observe and understand optimal and non-optimal movement strategies, and how these strategies correlate with pain and pathology. *Neuromotor training principles guide the therapeutic exercise selection and progressions. **Participants also learn how to facilitate the patient’s cognitive involvement in rehabilitation through cueing techniques and tactile facilitation.

– See more at: http://www.merrithew.com/stott-pilates/instructor-training/courses/rehab#Description

Rehab Program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed health care professionals wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices. Therapists learn a systematic movement based approach to neuromuscular re-education and are taught to observe and understand optimal and non-optimal movement strategies, and how these strategies correlate with pain and pathology. *Neuromotor training principles guide the therapeutic exercise selection and progressions. **Participants also learn how to facilitate the patient’s cognitive involvement in rehabilitation through cueing techniques and tactile facilitation. Click Here to see more.

For Introductory and Continuing Education

Designed for Pilates instructors and fitness professionals, all introductory and continuing education workshops qualify for STOTT PILATES CECs and many are eligible for credits elsewhere. Lengths vary from 90 minutes to six hours.

All exercise-based workshops incorporate the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles along with cueing and correcting tips for teaching technique.

STOTT PILATES Matwork workshops cover select exercises ranging from Rehabilitation to Advanced-level material. Many incorporate light resistance and balance equipment and show progressions to increase intensity. Some focus on specificity of exercise technique while others discuss applications and modifications for special populations or specific markets.

Equipment-based workshops focus on exercises performed on larger equipment including the STOTT PILATES Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair and Barrels. Selected exercises are covered discussing application to all, levels and special needs. Programming for individuals and groups is emphasized.

Designed to accelerate your practical and business skills, lecture-style workshops help you learn the theory behind the practice and business of Pilates. Pilates for Profit, Exam Preparation, Anatomy and Postural Analysis are just a few of the seminars we offer.

Continuing Education Requirements

Annual completion of 0.6 CECs (6 hours) is required to maintain any, level of STOTT PILATES certification. Up to 0.2 credits (2 hours) may be approved for exercise science and related workshops.

Following is a list of the types of STOTT PILATES workshops available. For complete details, please visit www.stottpilates.com

  • Matwork
  • Light Equipment
  • Large Equipment
  • Special Populations
  • Specialty Workshops
  • Lectures & Demos

 

STOTT PILATES® is a registered trademark of Merrithew Corporation, used under license. STOTT PILATES® is a subsidiary of Merrithew Corporation. The above course descriptions (copyright © Merrithew Corporation 2009-2015), may not be copied or used in any form without express permission from Merrithew Corporation. Click here for more information on Merrithew Corporation trademarks and patents.

 

STOTT PILATES® Course Objectives & Expectations

Thank you for your interest in STOTT PILATES® Education. Please review the course objectives and expectations outlined below, and sign this document before filling out the application to ensure a clear understanding of the course structure and goals.

  • Prerequisites

    Most STOTT PILATES® training courses have a requirement of prior knowledge for acceptance. Prerequisites are slightly different for each course. Please review our Course Descriptions section or contact our Education Department for a complete list.

    The prerequisites for the Intensive Matwork—IMP and Intensive Reformer—IR courses are:

    ◗ working knowledge of functional anatomy

    ◗ minimum 30 hours Pilates classes/workouts

    ◗ three or more years teaching movements or fitness

    If you do not meet these prerequisites contact our Education Department for your options.

  • Course Objectives

    In each course, students will learn:

    ◗ how to apply STOTT PILATES® biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises

    ◗ a complete breakdown of each exercise

    ◗ exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing

    ◗ variations to increase or decrease exercise intensity

    ◗ modifications for specific body types and postural issues

    ◗ how to recognize optimal and less than optimal movement patterns

    ◗ a variety of programming options to keep clients motivated

    ◗ effective communication, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

  • During Course

    Students are required to attend and participate at all times during all course hours. It is essential that students adhere to the course times, including designated breaks during the course.

    Participants must be injury-free and are required to physically perform the exercises taught in class. Any injuries acquired during the course that impede physical participation will not exempt the individual from completing all required hours at a later time. Make up hours will be arranged.

    Any hours missed need to be completed privately at an hourly rate with an Instructor Trainer and/or made up during the next scheduled course where space allows; no fee for this option.

    For every hour that is missed, a half hour session must be scheduled and completed. Should more than 5 hours be missed, each additional hour must be made up with an equivalent one hour session.

    Students have six months after the completion of the course to make up any hours missed. If this time is exceeded  the course, including all fees, is forfeited and the entire course must be retaken in order to examine and certify. Contact our Education Department for details.

    In addition to physical participation, students are required to take part in supervised teaching. Students are expected to review material covered before and after each session and be prepared to practice teach in class when requested.

  • Post-Course

    At the conclusion of each course, students receive a letter of completion (LOC) directly from STOTT PILATES®®  stating that they have fulfilled the training requirements and are pending certification and continuing education credits, if applicable. Participants who do not attend and/or participate during any and all course hours will not receive a letter of completion until the hours/objectives are met.

    A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses, (except Rehab Courses). Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time and submitted at the time of the practical exam. Log sheets can be found in the Mat & Reformer Support Materials Manual. Additional training may be required to prepare for certification, as indicated by an Instructor Trainer.

    Practice teaching hours can be fulfilled by instructing family members, fellow students, friends or clients.

    Physical review hours means you physically performing the exercises learned in class. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor or working out with a DVD can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

    Observation hours involves watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor or relevant MH&F videos.

    For specific hours pertaining to each course please request this info from our Education Department.

  • Certification & Examinations

    STOTT PILATES® certification is awarded upon successful completion of a course plus a written and practical exam.

    Certification shows clients and employers that an individual is a well-qualified professional. Exam material is cumulative so students can certify in stages by taking an exam after each course or after a series of courses, e.g. students certified in Matwork must take a combined Matwork and Reformer exam should they wish to certify in Reformer. This also applies to students certified in Reformer who wish to move on to CCB (Cadillac, Chair & Barrels) certification.

    Please note that exams must be taken within six months of the last course completed and that there is a fee associated with each exam. Successful completion of Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Advanced Repertoire; ISP courses and exams are required for full certification.

    Please review the FAQ’s section for more information on Certification and Examinations or contact our Education Department.

    Please keep a copy of this document for future reference. At the time of registration confirmation you will be asked to sign a copy of this agreement which will accompany your confirmed registration.

    If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 more than a decade 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.

  • Why are you touted as the ‘Professional’s Choice’?

    Since its inception over 20 years ago, STOTT PILATES® has grown from a small studio into the world’s most respected Pilates brand. While much has changed since we first opened our doors in 1988, our mission of promoting the ongoing benefits of mind-body fitness worldwide remains a constant. Our full-service company provides all the training, equipment and ongoing support you need to build a strong and successful Pilates business. Whether your goal is to establish Pilates group exercise programs, take your personal training to the next level, set up a fully equipped studio, or train to become a certified instructor we go the distance to help you succeed. STOTT PILATES®’ mission is to fulfill the needs of Pilates enthusiasts everywhere and that’s why we’re the number one source for everything Pilates spanning equipment, education and media.
  • 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®?

    longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
    improves postural problems
    increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
    enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
    balances strength & flexibility
    heightens body awareness
    no-impact, easy on the joints
    can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
    complements other methods of exercise
    improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
    improves balance, coordination & circulation
  • What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES® Method?

    STOTT PILATES® exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. The Five Basic Principles focus on:
    Breathing
    Pelvic placement
    Rib cage placement
    Scapular movement
    Head & cervical spine placement
  • Is STOTT PILATES® exercise like Yoga?

    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.

 

STOTT PILATES® INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSES

Course location unless otherwise noted:

Northeast Pilates

6 School Street

Manchester, MA 01944

T-978-526-0002

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