I LOVE PILATES! I think I want to get certified but I’m not sure where to start – does where you train make a difference?
-Gabrielle, New York, NY
My initial answer is an automatic and resounding YES! But I am going to elaborate as best – and diplomatically – as I can. Here are the top three things to look for in a training program: As direct a lineage to Joseph Pilates as possible (I believe Romana’s Pilates is the only one with a first generation teacher running), a minimum of 600 hours in the program in order to create a real foundation for the lifetime of learning ahead, and a program that teaches the entire system (all apparatus) and not a segregated version of the method (i.e. mat only, reformer only, etc). Ask a lot of questions about the program and also try some sessions at the studio to make sure that the teachers are giving you the workout that you expect and the courtesy you deserve. It’s important that the studio atmosphere is one in which you will want to be spending a very large part of your next year and possibly many more to come.
If you want an example of how I run my program you can find information on my site http://www.reABnyc.com.
Best of luck to you!