Pilates Instructor Training Program by MOVE Wellness Studios

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In the MOVE Instructor Training curriculum, you will develop your skills as a pilates instructor and prepare for  the National Pilates Certification Exam and though your education doesn’t have to stop there. MOVE Wellness Studios will continue to challenge you through ongoing continuing education credits and workshops to inspire and challenge you. At the end of the training, you will have the opportunity to apply to become a MOVE Wellness Apprentice and may be invited to join the studio’s team of high caliber and passionate trainers.


Building on the innovative fitness that began with Joseph Pilates, the MOVE Pilates Instructor Training Program prepares aspiring Pilates trainers for a career through a progressive and comprehensive Pilates education. Our  program will take you through the Pilates Mat Module, Reformer Module, and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels Modules. MOVE Wellness Studios’ fitness principles – rooted in movement science – develop skilled trainers ready to work with many populations across diverse settings. Staying true to our values of excellence, joy, community, and commitment to clients, the MOVE Pilates Instructor Training Program offers aspiring Pilates instructors the opportunity to join a network of motivated individuals committed to changing lives through movement.


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The MOVE Pilates Instructor Training Program is led by Pilates Instructor Trainer, Elaine Economou. Elaine is a seasoned instructor with a movement degree and additional training in kinesiology, anatomy and other systems of movement. The MOVE Pilates Instructor Training Program offers a modern and comprehensive perspective on the original functional fitness program that Joseph Pilates developed. Course manuals have been shaped by our expert instructors’ unparalleled teaching experience to give you current, useful, and applicable Pilates principles while still allowing you to develop your own teaching identity. MOVE Wellness trainers will be with you in all stages of your education as you refine your teaching philosophy and prepare you to stand out in the Pilates industry.

Benefits of MOVE’s Pilates Instructor Training

  • Unparalleled curriculum designed by our Master Trainers
  • Competitive edge in the Pilates world and fitness industry
  • Prepare for the National Pilates Certification Exam
  • Opportunity to apply for the MOVE Wellness Apprentice Program
  • Located in vibrant Ann Arbor
  • Train in a supportive and encouraging environment
  • Manageable schedule with options for training


The comprehensive 450-hour pilates training program meets the requirements to sit for the National Pilates Certification Exam and includes three modules:



Mat includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates and the beginning, intermediate and advanced level exercises with modifications so that all original Pilates Mat repertoire movements are learned. Also incorporates the use of props for advancing clients or for providing appropriate modifications. An overview of anatomy, postural analysis, and movement principles are covered with this course. COST: $1,200, plus $125 for course materials.



The Reformer Course includes an introduction to the Pilates Reformer, beginning and intermediate exercises, session sequencing and teaching cues for group classes. Modifications designed for group and individual instruction are covered as well as techniques for teaching clients at different levels of ability. COST: $1,800, plus $150 for course materials.



Provides a thorough introduction to Cadillac, Chair and Barrel exercises. Equipment set up, safety and maintenance are covered as well as how to incorporate the exercises into a client’s session. Includes exercises and variations for both private training sessions and classes. COST: $1,800, plus $150 for course materials.



Knowledge of the fitness industry and the teachings of Joseph Pilates is highly recommended. Each student should be familiar with the practice and technique of Pilates and have experience in both Mat Pilates and Pilates on the apparatus before embarking on the 450-hr teacher training.



We are glad to help support trainees in their journey during training and towards certification.  Students are eligible for discounted practice time at MOVE Wellness Studios during course training.

  • Special rates for Small Group Training Classes
  • Trainees have access during their course time to the studio and equipment to practice and observe other trainers. This time must be scheduled in advance. Outside of course times, students can rent equipment for $20 per hour.
  • Trainees have access to private training with any MOVE Wellness trainer during their course time for a special rate.

If you are interested or have any other teacher training questions, please email office@movewellness.com or call 734.761.2306.



Upon successful completion of the MOVE Pilates Instructor Training Program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be qualified to take the National Pilates Certification Exam. MOVE Wellness does not guarantee employment or certification for program graduates.

No applicant will be denied admission to MOVE Wellness programs on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.