Pilates teacher

Pilates teachers help clients change and improve their body strength and posture through breathing, stretching and conditioning exercises.

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

32 to 34 variable

You could work

as a contractor / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become a pilates teacher

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could do a course like a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates or Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates.

It may be useful if you have a background in teaching exercise.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • Level 2 or 3 fitness qualification

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You could start by doing an exercise and fitness advanced apprenticeship then move into pilates teaching after completing further training.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Other routes

You can train as a teacher by doing pilates courses with a specialist training provider or a professional body.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join organisations like the Pilates Teacher Association or the Pilates Foundation for professional development and training opportunities.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working with clients, either one-to-one or in groups
  • designing exercise routines that suit the needs and abilities of each client
  • teaching exercises which are done on a mat, or using specialist equipment
  • breaking down exercises and helping clients to establish good movement skills using exercises to target problem areas
  • keeping detailed client records
  • maintaining your own level of fitness through regular practice
  • teaching clients to handle stress and to relax more easily

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or in a creative studio.

Career path and progression

You could find work in private health studios, commercial or council leisure centres to teach group classes. You could also find work as a private tutor, working in clients’ homes.

You could work with health professionals, like physiotherapists, to help athletes or dancers with rehabilitation following injury.

You could also specialise in antenatal Pilates (for pregnant women), Pilates for lower back pain, or Pilates for older adults.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £287.82 Weekly
  • Location: Brighton BN1 2FU

Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £160.00 Weekly
  • Location: Ipswich IP8 4AZ

Courses In England

Pilates for All

  • Provider: City of York Council
  • Start date: 22 July 2019
  • Location: York

Pilates Improvers

  • Provider: Richmond And Hillcroft Adult And Community College
  • Start date: 24 April 2019
  • Location: Richmond

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