They say when you love your work, it won’t feel like work at all. And who wouldn’t love a job that gets you out of the office, keeps you in top physical shape, has a flexible schedule, and allows you to make a difference in people’s lives every single day? A career in Pilates offers all of this and more - in an industry that is continually growing and expanding across the globe. Perhaps it’s time to turn in your suits and dress shoes (and long hours and hectic commutes) for a career that’s both kinder and more fulfilling to your body, mind, and soul.
And the student becomes the master. Anyone who has tried Pilates has realized the benefits of an aligned posture, a strong core, efficient movement, increased stamina and endurance, better flexibility and balance, and overall optimal health. Making the transition from student to teacher is a natural progression for those who have fallen in love with the practice of Pilates. While it is not necessary to have years of Pilates classes under your belt, the more you are exposed to this form of movement, the more the allure of living this amazing lifestyle! And though Pilates students make wonderful Pilates instructors, you don’t have to have logged tons of hours at the studio to begin your new career in Pilates. Nor do you have to be a certain age, weight, or sex. What’s most important is a passion for helping others and the determination to complete your training.
Have certification, will travel. Besides making a comfortable living* doing work you love, the flexibility of this career is hard to beat. You can set your own hours, set your own rates, and determine your vacation days. And speaking of vacation...Pilates is practiced all over the world and there are ample opportunities to teach or guest teach abroad and/or in your favorite vacation destination. It certainly won’t feel like work at all!
If you build it, they will come. With the popularity of Pilates ever on the rise, building up a clientele will likely come quickly and easily. There are studios in almost every major city and most will help you get started with classes and clients. Certified Pilates Instructors are in demand! There has never been a better time to start your new career.
*The average gross salary for a certified Pilates instructor is approximately $68,910 annually. Payscale.com reports that more experienced certified Pilates instructors in the U.S. can make 27% above the average rate (Payscale.com, 2018).
If you’re ready to make the move from suit jackets to yoga pants, bear in mind that not all certification programs are created equally. When doing your research, look for a program that is: Comprehensive, Requires a minimum of 450 hours, Conducted by Master Trainers, Affordable - most programs will cost between $4,500 to $8,500, Manageable – full comprehensive certification should take approximately one year to complete.
Author Dawn King is the owner of Sun Pilates Studio in downtown Colorado Springs and co-owner of PilatesSOL® Teacher Training Academy. For more information about their comprehensive teacher training program, please contact Dawn at email@example.com