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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • a record of attending regular Pilates classes
  • a recognised training qualification like the Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates
Doing a course like this will help you get onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs),  also known as the Exercise Register, and will improve your chances of employment.

You don’t need any other qualifications, but you’ll need to be fit enough to be able to demonstrate the moves to clients.

Before starting work as a Pilates teacher you’ll need appropriate insurance cover. You can do this through most insurance brokers, or through REPs.

You’ll also need a background check.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a good level of personal fitness, strength and flexibility
  • the ability to motivate individuals and groups
  • business skills, if self-employed 

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £25,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000

As a self-employed Pilates teacher, you could charge £20 to £50 for a one-to-one session.

You could charge £5 to £12 a person for a group class. You may need to deduct room hire from any profit you make.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually set your own working hours, which may include evenings and weekends to meet the needs of your clients.

Classes usually last from 45 to 90 minutes. You might teach several classes in a single day, so you will need to be fit, as teaching can be tiring.

You’ll work in a studio that focuses on creating a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Some travel may be involved, especially if you’re a freelance Pilates teacher.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018