Profession Pilates teacher

Pilates teachers plan, teach, and adapt exercises based on the work and principles of Joseph Pilates. They collect and analyse information for each client to ensure that programmes are safe, appropriate and effective. They apply the principles of Pilates through the planning and teaching of supportive, non-competitive lesson. They motivate and encourage clients to ensure their adherence to regular sessions.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Realistic
  • Enterprising / Conventional


  • Demonstrate professional Pilates attitude

    Demonstrate responsibility and professional duty of care to clients, in conformance with the principles of Joseph Pilates and which will include communication skills and a focus of customer care orientation.

  • Identify customer objectives

    Identify individual motives resulting in short, medium and long term fitness goals.

  • Ensure safety of exercise environment

    Select the correct training environment and assess risks to ensure it provides a safe, clean and friendly fitness environment and that it will be the best use of the environment in which clients are exercising.

  • Adapt Pilates exercises

    Suggest relevant Pilates matwork exercise adaptations or options to allow for individual client differences or needs and provide participants with advice on intensity and how to progress their individual performance and results.

  • Safely instruct about fitness

    Provide safe and effective fitness instruction.

  • Show professional responsibility

    Ensure that other workers and clients are treated with respect and that appropriate civil liability insurance is in place at all times of instructing.

  • Collect client fitness information

    Collect fitness information relating to individual clients; Identify client information which is to be collected and advise clients of correct procedures, protocols and risks prior to commencing physical assessment and exercising.

  • Motivate fitness clients

    Positively interact with and motivate fitness clients to participate in regular physical activity and promote fitness exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Attend to fitness clients under controlled health conditions

    Recognise the standards and professional limitations when working with vulnerable clients. Keep up to date on recent industry developments and be a positive role model at all times.

  • Deliver Pilates exercises

    Deliver Pilates exercise sessions to individuals or groups; adapt sessions according to individual and collective abilities and needs.

  • Integrate principles of Pilates training

    Apply the principles of Pilates matwork training and components of health related fitness to the design of an individual programme to meet client’s abilities, needs, and lifestyle and exercise preferences.

  • Manage fitness communication

    Manage communication with exercisers, medical and health care professionals and maintain professional administrative records.

  • Analyse personal fitness information

    Carry out fitness assessments to establish fitness and skill level and analyse information relating to individual clients.

  • Prescribe exercises

    Provide a range of exercise programmes in accordance with the needs of the clients by applying principles of exercise programming.

  • Integrate exercise science to the design of the programme

    Design movements and exercises according to the functions of the musculoskeletal system and biomechanical concepts. Develop programme according to physiological concepts, the cardio-respiratory and energy systems.  

Optional knowledge and skills

inform clients of healthy lifestyle benefits cardiovascular system promote healthy lifestyle neurophysiology endocrine physiology musculoskeletal anatomy