At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe the principles, goals, and health benefits of Pilates Mat instruction.
2. Demonstrate the components of a Pilates Mat practice.
3. Design and instruct Pilates Mat exercises using safe and effective teaching skills and principles to address a wide variety of abilities in a balanced format.
4. Demonstrate proper use of Pilates Mat equipment to enhance classes.
I. Introduction to Pilates Mat
A. History and lineage
B. Pilates principles
C. Goals and benefits
D. Program requirements, certification, and employment
II. Pilates Mat Teaching Skills
B. Verbal cueing
C. Cueing order
E. Tactile cueing
F. Visual communication
H. Coaching skills
I. Safety considerations
J. Multi-level and contraindications
K. Accessibility, inclusion, and diversity
III. Components of a Pilates Mat practice
A. Warm up
B. Movements of the spine
C. Planes of movement
D. Pre-pilates exercises
E. Main Segment
IV. Principles of Developing a Mat Pilates Class
F. Special populations
G. Spine safety
H. Program design and sequencing
I. Creating a balanced session
J. Planes of movement
K. Anatomical positions
L. Movements of the spine
V. Principles of Teaching Mat Pilates Exercises
A. Setting up and preparation for the exercise
B. Breathing pattern, movement sequence, and recommended repetitions
C. Safety, precautions, contraindications, and multi-level options
D. Level, focus, and objective of the exercise
E. Communication, cueing, and feedback
VI. Mat Pilates Exercises
B. Roll Up
C. Roll Over
D. Single Leg Circle
E. Rolling Back (rolling like a ball)
F. Single and Double Leg Stretch
G. Single and Double Straight Leg Stretch
I. Spine Stretch
J. Open Leg Rocker
N. Single and Double Leg Kick
O. Double Leg Kick
P. Neck Pull
S. Shoulder Bridge
T. Spine Twist
V. Side Kick
X. Hip Circle
Z. Leg Pull and Leg Pull Front
AA. Kneeling Side Kick
AB. Side Bend
AG. Control Balance
AH. Push Up
VII. Introduction to Pilates Mat Equipment
A. Magic circle
B. Foam roller
D. Bender ball and Togu inflatable ball
E. Stability ball
F. BOSU Balance Trainer
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.
5 - 15%
|Written sequences for components of a class and full class
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.
10 - 40%
|Skill Performance Demonstration leading Pilates exercises, warm up, cool-down/flexibility, main segment, and full class
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.
10 - 30%
|Quizzes and exams
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.
30 - 50%
|Attendance and participation
Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology. 2nd ed. Pilates, Joseph H. Pilates Method Alliance, Incorporated, 2012 (classic).
Pilates. 2nd ed. Isacowitz, Rael. Human Kinetics. 2014 (classic).
National Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide. National Pilates Certification Program. 2021.
Instructor prepared materials