“Teach them how to fish.”

Ellie is committed to teaching students the overarching applications of all the Pilates exercises—most importantly, the contraindications—so that when they graduate, they are confident that they can apply their Pilates knowledge to all populations. From the first hour of working with a client, a Pilates instructor should be analyzing and actively involved in corrective exercise, not just going through a Pilates protocol. Ellie’s students develop a critical eye for technique and exit her program fluent in the language of movement.

- Ellie


Program Overview


Phase One: Lecture and Hands-On Training with Ellie Herman

Ellie believes that Pilates education begins with an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, posture, and biomechanics. Throughout this immersive and rigorous series of lectures and workshops, you will learn choreography of the Pilates mat and apparatus, how to guide clients through cueing, and common contraindications. 108 hours.

Students seeking comprehensive certification are required to return to observe Ellie’s lectures the following year. It is between year one and two that students fulfill their remaining hours of self-practice, student teaching, apprentice teaching, and observation.

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Phase Two: Student Hours

Self Practice: Students are required to complete self-practice sessions to reinforce program curriculum and perfect their technique. Students who choose to do their self-practice hours at Ellie Herman Pilates will work out with partners and must pay the studio usage fee. 100 hours.

Student Teaching: A critically important aspect of the program is learning how to be a safe, effective, inspiring teacher. Comprehensive students who choose to do their teaching hours at Ellie Herman Pilates may begin as soon as their instructors grant permission. While students are honing their skills, they will see clients at a drastically reduced rate, just enough to cover studio costs. These teaching hours are unpaid and are scheduled based on studio availability. 100 hours.

Apprentice Teaching: After completing the student teaching hours, students can audition to become an Apprentice Trainer at Ellie Herman Pilates. These additional hours are a key part of transitioning from a student to an experienced professional. If hired at Ellie Herman Pilates, you will be paid for these hours. 100 hours.

Observation: Students have a unique opportunity to observe experienced trainers at work. Observation will reinforce the program material and offer perspective on how to put it all together. Students are welcome to observe at other studios pending approval. 100 hours.

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Phase Three: Test Out

When the student has completed the program, they may ask to schedule the practical and written tests required to become fully certified. In the interest of the students’ preparedness and confidence, we strongly encourage that they wait to take the practical and written tests only after they have completed all of their lecture and student hours.

The written test covers Pilates repertoire, anatomy, and kinesiology. The practical test assesses the students’ ability to teach and perform the repertoire. Group practicals are scheduled throughout the year.