Primary Certification

 Primary Training Certification: This is a 30-week program presented over four seminar weekends, and 600+ hours of practical and academic study. You will learn the system of the method, anatomy, anatomical alignment, special populations, injuries, and how to apply it to today’s exerciser. You’ll learn every exercise, every variation, and every piece of apparatus ever created by Joseph Pilates. Our approach to Pilates teacher training in St. Louis will set you up for success with a career as a professional instructor and you will be hireable anywhere in the world with the Real Pilates name. 

The Primary Training program consists of 4 weekend seminars and a progressive monthly schedule that includes:

Program Breakdown

  • 72 hours – 4 weekend seminars
  • 180 hours – practice teaching
  • 80 hours – weekly online homework
  • 85 hours – observation
  • 95 hours – self practice
  • 55 hours – weekly private and semi-private sessions
  • 5 hours – observed practice teaching
  • 13 hours – testing
  • 15 hours – the rest of it

All primary trainees assume a time commitment of approximately 18-22 hours per week

TOTAL COST: $9,450

  • Tuition $5750
  • Mandatory Training Package – STL $3700*

*The mandatory training package which is separate from tuition includes 60 sessions, two per week throughout the 30-week program. The RPTT Tuition of $5750 includes a full apprenticeship at one of our host locations, all seminars, manuals, and exams.

Financial aid and scholarships are available from Real Pilates NYC.

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Now accepting applications for 2024 for Primary and Bridge Certification

Due to the academic intensity of our Pilates certification program, and the mentoring needed, The Pilates Lab will only accept four apprentices per training cycle.

Program Overview

  • 4 Seminar weekends
  • Weekly academic assignments, case studies, and quizzes
  • Program Design
  • Practice Teaching
  • Observation
  • Anatomy and Alignment
  • Safe spotting & Hands-on
  • Weekly Personal Training Sessions
  • Weekly Small Group Sessions
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Practical Assessments
  • Assisted Teaching
  • Paid Teaching Opportunities
  • The Business of Pilates

Four weekend seminars run on Fridays and Saturdays from 1–7pm, and Sundays from 1pm-3pm.

Beginner: September 6-8, 2024
Intermediate I: October 18-20, 2024
Intermediate II: December 6-8, 2024
Advanced: January 10-12, 2025