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How to become a Pilates Instructor

Pilates Instructor
avg. starting salary

Looking for a career that never stops moving? You should be a Pilates Instructor… Pilates Instructors guide and instruct clients in gyms and fitness classes, teaching them a range of full-body and mind workouts that help to improve strength, posture, and flexibility. Whether it’s through instructing a group to control their breathing, or encouraging an individual to carry out precise and flowing movements – a Pilates Instructor’s role is generally based around helping others relax and maintain better control over their bodies. Most Pilate’s exercises take place on a mat, but some could involve the use of other specialist equipment. Typical duties for a Pilates Instructor could include:
  • Planning exercises to suit each clients’ ability
  • Developing training programmes
  • Simplifying and breaking down movements to help people learn step-by-step
  • Addressing weaknesses or injuries with specially designed exercises
  • Maintaining records of clients’ progress
  • Practicing techniques and keeping fit and active

A combination of specialist knowledge and excellent communication skills are absolutely essential for any Pilates Instructor. Because aside from knowing the ins and outs of human anatomy and the functionality of the equipment, you’ll need to be able to help guide and motivate others effectively. You should also be fit, enthusiastic, and committed to helping others. A Pilates Instructor will need:
  • Excellent motivational skills
  • Empathy and compassion
  • An ability to relay instructions clearly
  • An upbeat personality
  • A genuine passion for Pilates and fitness
  • Great leadership skills


Junior Pilates Instructor

Up to £12,000

Pilates Instructor

Up to £20,000

Senior Pilates Instructor

Up to £40,000

"Teaching Pilates doesn’t really feel like work. I’m a keen Pilates enthusiast, and after many years of classes (and gradually starting to come up with my own programmes), I decided it was time to start being more proactive with my hobby. So I studied for a qualification and started instructing at my local gym. Aside from being able to do what I love as a job, I get to use my experience to help others improve – and it’s great to watch the difference a few exercises can make to their fitness, not to mention their wellbeing. The ability to run my classes in evenings and weekends also works perfectly for me – and means I don’t have to compromise my other commitments."

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