Pilates Training

Genesis Health Clubs Pilates offers a full 450-hr comprehensive teacher training program lead by Director Kelli Harsh PMA®CPT.  After introducing Pilates to our members at Genesis Health Clubs in 2003, Kelli shares her passion for fitness and movement through her teacher training and workshops. If you are ready to take the next steps to create a fulfilling career or would like to enhance your personal growth and knowledge in Pilates, please contact us about joining our Pilates Instructor Training program. 

Genesis Health Clubs offers a full range of Pilates Teacher Training programs. With options for teaching Mat classes, Reformer classes, and Pilates personal sessions on all pieces of Pilates equipment, we have the programs you need to succeed.

We offer a certificate of completion for each training module so you can begin your teaching and practice hours while continuing your training if you choose. Please check with each affiliate location for specific training modules, as each program may vary.


Please contact Kelli Harsh for more information about our training and receive registration information at kharsh@genesishealthclubs.com or 316-634-3120.


Pilates Instructor Training Opportunities

For more information, email Kelli Harsh at kharsh@genesishealthclubs.com 


Anatomy & Movement Principles
6 Hours (required for Mat & Reformer courses)

Includes an introduction to the primary muscles involved in the movement. Specifically geared toward Pilates teachers, training includes covering exercises specific to the muscles and joints, allowing you to understand the information more effectively.


Mat I - Intro to Pilates Beginning/Intermediate Exercises
18 Hours

Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning exercises, and an introduction to intermediate level exercises with modifications. An overview of anatomy and movement principles is covered with this course.

Training manuals are provided for all courses. It is advised that those participating in our Teacher Training also purchase the following: Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certification Exam Study Guide, Return To Life by Joseph H. Pilates and William John Miller, and Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz & Karen Clippinger.


Mat II w/ Props - Intermediate/Advanced Exercises*
12 Hours (*prerequisite Mat I, Anatomy & Movement principles)

Mat II includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises and the use of props for advancing clients or providing appropriate modifications. A continuation of anatomy and movement principles is covered with this course.


Reformer I & II 
34 Hours (*prerequisite Mat I, Anatomy & Movement principles)

Reformer I & II includes introducing the Pilates Reformer, beginning and intermediate exercises, session sequencing, and teaching cues for group classes. You will also learn modifications designed for group and individual instruction. How to teach clients at different levels of ability is emphasized.


18 Hours (*prerequisite Mat I, Anatomy & Movement principles, Reformer I & II)

This course provides a thorough introduction to Cadillac/Tower exercises. Equipment set up, safety, and maintenance are covered, and incorporating the exercises into a client's session. This training is appropriate for learning Trapeze Table, tower, or wall unit exercises. 


12 Hours  (*prerequisite Mat I, Anatomy & Movement principles, Reformer I & II)

Learn to teach clients on this very adaptable Pilates piece of equipment. It includes exercises and variations for both private training sessions and classes.


Ladder Barrel
12 Hours


Barre- Standing Pilates
10 Hours  (*contact us for prerequisite information)

This Pilates-based Barre training emphasizes the correct biomechanics of movement to increase strength, flexibility, and stability. It is a program geared toward all movement teachers—no dance experience required.


Requirements for Completion of 450 Hour Comprehensive Teacher Training
To become a fully trained Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:

•    Mat Instructor training or equivalent (30 hours)
•    Reformer Instructor training ~ Course work, written and practical test (34 Hours)
•    Cadillac/Tower ~ Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
•    Chair ~ Course work, written and practical test (12 hours)
•    Ladder Barrel- Course work, written and practical test (12 hours)
•    50 Personal practice hours and 150 Teaching hours, 24 Personal Sessions & 120 Observation Hours. (We suggest 20 observation hours for each module)
•    Practical test

Total hours for completion of full program: 450 hours

Upon finishing all of the requirements, a certificate of completion from Genesis Health Clubs will be issued. Students who have completed a Pilates training program through other organizations, and are interested in obtaining CEU's and further training, should contact our office to inquire about our bridge program.


How to obtain a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)

Certified Pilates Teacher Certificate:

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the international, not-for-profit, professional association and certifying agency dedicated to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates. Our mission is to foster community, integrity, and respect for diversity; establish certification and continuing education standards, and promote the Pilates method of exercise.

After completing a 450-hour comprehensive teacher training program, you are eligible to sit for the PMA-CPT (Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher) exam.  Please visit their website for more details.


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