Teacher Training

Simply Balanced now ranked #6 as one of the top Balanced Body Host Sites worldwide! 

Simply Balanced is very privileged to be the host teacher training site for Balanced Body in the Southeast. Mat, Reformer, and Comprehensive certification courses are offered once yearly, beginning in January.

The Balanced Body Pilates teacher training program is designed to create thoughtful, creative, and successful Pilates instructors. The curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Courses are modular and progressive, allowing you to build upon your education and training in a way that works best for you. These courses are also a great opportunity for certified instructors to learn new teaching tools for renewed inspiration. All courses are taught in weekend modules, making it more convenient for students who live outside of the Nashville area to study at Simply Balanced.

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Mat 1 & Mat 2

January 8–10, 2016

Cost: $650.00 *No Early Bird Discount

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Mat 1: Introduction to Pilates and Beginning/Intermediate Exercises

A catch-up weekend of teacher training for both Mat 1 and Mat 2

Friday: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

Mat 1 includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, the beginning and the majority of the intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre- and post-natal classes.

Mat 2: Intermediate/Advanced Exercise

Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and all the advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for bringing clients to higher levels of practice. Pilates for sport-specific activities are also covered.

Prerequisites

  • At least 20 Pilates Mat classes completed
  • 3 years movement teaching experience recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

Required Materials

  • Manuals are $50 each plus shipping and can be purchased online through Balanced Body when you register for each course.

Trapeze Table/Cadillac

January 29–31, 2016

Cost: $470.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Trapeze Table/Cadillac
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac training provides a thorough introduction to the Trapeze Table exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro Tower of Power, Half Trapeze and Wall Unit as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

Friday: 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday: 11:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00-6:00pm

Pilates Chair Module

February 27–28, 2016

Cost: $380.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Pilates Chair
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Pilates Chair training includes exercises and variations for both the original Wunda chair and the split pedal Combo chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Saturday: 11:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00-6:00pm

Reformer 2 & 3

March 12–13, 2016

Cost: $760.00

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Reformer II includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group an individual instruction. Teaching successful classes to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized, along with variations on sequences and progressing your class from the beginning to intermediate level.
To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Balanced Body Mat Instructor training or equivalent
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work, written and practical test (14 hours)
  • 50 Personal Sessions
  • 100 Student Teaching Hours
  • Pass the BB Final Reformer Test (Written and Practical)

Total hours for completion of Reformer program: 198 hours

Reformer III
Advanced Exercises & Sports Specific Programs
Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client and key exercises for advancing a client.

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Balanced Body Mat Instructor training or equivalent
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work, written and practical test (14 hours)
  • 50 Personal Sessions
  • 100 Student Teaching Hours
  • Pass the BB Final Reformer Test(Written and PracticaTotal hours for completion of Reformer program: 198 hours

Saturday: 8:00-7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00-7:00pm

The Body 2

March 18–19, 2016

Cost: $290.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Creating an eye for posture with The Body 2
Knowing how to do a quick postural, pelvic, and spinal assessment on your clients to find bodily imbalances is extremely valuable in helping them achieve correct posture. You will learn how to do assessments that will help you to know what muscles need to be stretched and what muscles need to be strengthened.

Body mechanics refers to the way the body moves, and posture plays an important role in body mechanics. In The Body 2 you?ll learn correct ankle, knee, and hip tracking, movement patterns of the leg and foot when leaving ?the gait,? correct wrist, elbow, and shoulder positioning, scapular ?winging,? and joint hyper-extension.

As a Pilates professional you will also need to be prepared to deal with a host of bodily ?issues? that come along with every client. For that reason there is an extensive special conditions section covered in The Body 2 to help you prepare for all of your clients to come.

Prerequisites

The Body 1

Required Materials

The Body 1 manual will be used for this course.

Friday: 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday: 11:00-6:00pm

Pilates Barrels

March 20, 2016

Cost: $250.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Pilates Barrels
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certification

The BBU Barrels training includes exercises and variations for the Ladder Barrel, and Step Barrel. The Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel add variety to personal training sessions or classes. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Sunday: 10:00-6:00pm

The Body 1

April 15–17, 2016

Cost: $325.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Learn the anatomy of The Body!

Friday: 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday: 11:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00-4:00pm

Many Pilates professionals, personal trainers, dance teachers, and yoga instructors have said they can’t find a well taught, easily accessible, and reasonably priced anatomy program anywhere in the Nashville area. Simply Pilates’ The Body is here to the rescue!

In The Body 1 you will acquire solid anatomy training that will help you understand and explain why and how movement happens. You will learn basic bony structure of the spine, skeletal names and landmarks, muscular structure of the backs, abdominals, neck, hips, pelvic girdle, and upper and lower extremities, types of muscle contractions, range of motions, and the action associated with each muscle.

Anatomy is required for certification in Mat and for full certification. The Body fulfills the Anatomy requirement.

Required Materials

The Body 1 manual will be provided on the first day of the course. The following two books need to be bought before the first day of class and will be referenced throughout The Body 1 and 2. They can be purchased at www.amazon.com.

  • Muscolino, Joseph E. The Muscular System Manual: The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body.
  • 2nd ed. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby, 2005.
  • Germain, Blandin C. Anatomy of Movement. English Language ed. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1993.

“The Body 1 was incredible. It was fascinating to learn and re-learn anatomy. The material was presented so well.” Certified: Water Aerobics, Prenatal Exercise

“Absolutely loved this introduction to anatomy. The material was presented very well and has sparked a huge interest in me. I am excited to continue studying thoroughly on my own time, and cannot wait to better understand the body in the following classes!” Certified: Nothing, I’m working on it now! I’m a ballet dancer.

Mat 1

May 13–14, 2016

Cost: $340.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Mat 1: Introduction to Pilates and Beginning/Intermediate Exercises
Friday: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm

Mat 1 includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, the beginning and the majority of the intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre- and post-natal classes.

Mat 2

May 14–15, 2016

Cost: $340.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Mat 2: Intermediate/Advanced Exercise
Saturday: 5pm-7pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm

Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and all the advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for bringing clients to higher levels of practice. Pilates for sport-specific activities are also covered.

Prerequisites

  • At least 20 Pilates Mat classes completed
  • 3 years movement teaching experience recommended
  • Anatomy recommended

Required Materials

  • Manuals are $50 each plus shipping and can be purchased online through Balanced Body when you register for each course.

Reformer 1

June 11–12, 2016

Cost: $470.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Pilates Movement Principles introduces you to the biomechanical foundation of the Pilates method and to the essential components of functional core strength, lumbopelvic and scapular stability, as well as assessing and correcting alignment and improving flexibility. Pre-Pilates exercises are included for teaching these key principles to your clients and classes. Reformer 1 includes an introduction to the Pilates Reformer including set up and safety, plus beginning exercises, program sequencing and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach beginning Reformer classes or personal training sessions.

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Balanced Body Mat Instructor training or equivalent
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work, written and practical test (14 hours)
  • 50 Personal Sessions
  • 100 Student Teaching Hours
  • Pass the BB Final Reformer Test (Written and Practical)

Total hours for completion of Reformer program: 198 hours

Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 9:30am-7pm

Reformer 2

July 8–9, 2016

Cost: $380.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Reformer II includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group an individual instruction. Teaching successful classes to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized, along with variations on sequences and progressing your class from the beginning to intermediate level.
To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Balanced Body Mat Instructor training or equivalent
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work, written and practical test (14 hours)
  • 50 Personal Sessions
  • 100 Student Teaching Hours
  • Pass the BB Final Reformer Test (Written and Practical)

Total hours for completion of Reformer program: 198 hours

Friday: 4pm-8pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm

Reformer 3

July 9–10, 2016

Cost: $380.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Reformer III
Advanced Exercises & Sports Specific Programs
Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client and key exercises for advancing a client.

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Reformer Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Balanced Body Mat Instructor training or equivalent
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 – Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 2 – Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)
  • Balanced Body Reformer 3 – Course work, written and practical test (14 hours)
  • 50 Personal Sessions
  • 100 Student Teaching Hours
  • Pass the BB Final Reformer Test(Written and PracticaTotal hours for completion of Reformer program: 198 hours

Saturday: 5pm-7pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm

Trapeze Table/Cadillac

August 5–7, 2016

Cost: $470.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Trapeze Table/Cadillac

Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac training provides a thorough introduction to the Trapeze Table exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro Tower of Power, Half Trapeze and Wall Unit as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

Friday: 5:30-7:00pm
Saturday: 11:00-7:00pm
Sunday: 9:30-7:00pm

 

Pilates Chair Module

September 2–3, 2016

Cost: $380.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Pilates Chair
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Pilates Chair training includes exercises and variations for both the original Wunda chair and the split pedal Combo chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Friday: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm

Pilates Barrels

September 4, 2016

Cost: $350.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Pilates Barrels
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certification

The BBU Barrels training includes exercises and variations for the Ladder Barrel, and Step Barrel. The Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel add variety to personal training sessions or classes. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Sunday: 9:30-7pm

The Body 1

September 30 — October 1, 2016

Cost: $325.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Learn the anatomy of The Body!

Friday: 4:00pm-8:00pm & Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Many Pilates professionals, personal trainers, dance teachers, and yoga instructors have said they can’t find a well taught, easily accessible, and reasonably priced anatomy program anywhere in the Nashville area. Simply Pilates’ The Body is here to the rescue!

In The Body 1 you will acquire solid anatomy training that will help you understand and explain why and how movement happens. You will learn basic bony structure of the spine, skeletal names and landmarks, muscular structure of the backs, abdominals, neck, hips, pelvic girdle, and upper and lower extremities, types of muscle contractions, range of motions, and the action associated with each muscle.

Anatomy is required for certification in Mat and for full certification. The Body fulfills the Anatomy requirement.

Required Materials

The Body 1 manual will be provided on the first day of the course. The following two books need to be bought before the first day of class and will be referenced throughout The Body 1 and 2. They can be purchased at www.amazon.com.

  • Muscolino, Joseph E. The Muscular System Manual: The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body.
  • 2nd ed. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby, 2005.
  • Germain, Blandin C. Anatomy of Movement. English Language ed. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1993.

“The Body 1 was incredible. It was fascinating to learn and re-learn anatomy. The material was presented so well.” Certified: Water Aerobics, Prenatal Exercise

“Absolutely loved this introduction to anatomy. The material was presented very well and has sparked a huge interest in me. I am excited to continue studying thoroughly on my own time, and cannot wait to better understand the body in the following classes!” Certified: Nothing, I’m working on it now! I’m a ballet dancer.

The Body 2

October 1–2, 2016

Cost: $290.00 * 10% off with Early Bird Discount

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Creating an eye for posture with The Body 2
Knowing how to do a quick postural, pelvic, and spinal assessment on your clients to find bodily imbalances is extremely valuable in helping them achieve correct posture. You will learn how to do assessments that will help you to know what muscles need to be stretched and what muscles need to be strengthened.

Body mechanics refers to the way the body moves, and posture plays an important role in body mechanics. In The Body 2 you?ll learn correct ankle, knee, and hip tracking, movement patterns of the leg and foot when leaving ?the gait,? correct wrist, elbow, and shoulder positioning, scapular ?winging,? and joint hyper-extension.

As a Pilates professional you will also need to be prepared to deal with a host of bodily ?issues? that come along with every client. For that reason there is an extensive special conditions section covered in The Body 2 to help you prepare for all of your clients to come.

Prerequisites

The Body 1

Required Materials

The Body 1 manual will be used for this course.

Saturday: 5:00pm-7:00pm & Sunday: 9:00am-7:00pm