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Pilates Courses VIC

Tensegrity Training has a number of training venues throughout Australia, including several in Victoria.  Each of our training venues has well accomplished instructors who have chosen to bring their passion for Pilates into our instructor training Qualification(s) and Short Course(s).  Our aim is to ensure that the rate of highly competent instructors entering the Pilates industry increases with every year.

For students who are based in Melbourne, or are ready and able to travel to Melbourne for your Pilates Instructor training we have a course provider for Victoria, Bruce Hildebrand. Bruce is the co-founder of Balance & Control Pilates, and he has delivered Pilates Instructor training programs since 2012- bringing decades of experience both in Australian and overseas to every one of his training sessions.  Bruce now delivers the Tensegrity Training Certificate IV (52728WA) and Diploma (10596NAT) qualifications in Melbourne and across Victoria.

Bruce also offers training in Wangaratta, Warragul and on the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria for students in these more regional locations.  We recommend that you contact Bruce directly for more information on dates and locations for the regional training.  We can also bring our training to your venue in any area of Victoria, just contact us and let us know your specific requirements.

Bruce himself has participated in a wide range of sports including tennis, cricket and baseball with his main achievements being in AFL football. He was vice-captain of the VFL Under 19 representative team in 1995, and played at this state level for 4 years in the Victoria Football League and the Western Australia Football League. Bruce originally trained in Pilates in 1999 with in the UK with Body Control Pilates, working alongside some of their most experienced training teachers in the central London studios. He trekked the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu in Peru in 2000, sailed the Atlantic Ocean on crew with a maxi-yacht in 2001, and ran the 2002 London Marathon.In 2003 Bruce was invited to manage the first Body Control Pilates UK studio in Scotland, where he worked with members of UK rock band Radiohead and members of the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

As an adult, Bruce studied classical ballet for 6 years and has performed in a handful of amateur productions. He also served as consultant Strength Coach to the Australian Ballet School from 2005-2011. He has trained a number of elite Australian sport and art performers. Bruce enjoys the discipline of learning the piano, and the joy of being a devoted husband and father to two young children.

Bruce came back to Australia and established Balance and Control Pilates- nestled comfortably in High Street in Prahran and with another studio in Richmond, Balance & Control was established in 2004 and the studios grew in to one of Melbourne’s leading specialist Pilates and Physiotherapy practices, treating a wide range of individuals from elite athletes and dancers focused on improving their performance, injury rehabilitation, senior classes and general strength and mobility work for the discerning individual. Balance & Control studios are known for their outstanding calibre of instructors and physiotherapists with many Melbourne area Pilates instructors and other professionals in the movement field come to Balance and Control Pilates Studios for their personal practice.

With our Nationally accredited training available around Australia, and world-class eLearning systems in conjunction with the face to face training, students have the flexibility to learn when and where they want.

Our courses are delivered in both metro and regional areas and we can also bring our trainers to your location to make the best possible Pilates training available to your staff.

How Do I Become a Group Reformer Instructor?

Group Reformer Studios are extremely popular and the demand for qualified Instructors is growing. Employers are looking for staff who are well trained and good at running creative, challenging and fun classes on the Pilates Reformer.

So, to become qualified in this field and to be able to offer full body workouts using the Pilates Reformer it is advisable to enroll in a course designed specifically to give you these skills. The Tensegrity Training’s Pilates Group Reformer Instructor (PGR) Training course is comprehensive and covers all aspects of the theory of teaching exercise together with extensive Reformer Essentials and Reformer Intermediate/Advanced repertoire that will excite anyone interested in Pilates.

There certainly are many other courses available but the Tensegrity Training course is the only course written specifically for Group Reformer classes that has Government Accredited outcomes. The course involves both online learning and practical face-to-face components where students have the opportunity to practice teaching each other with valuable feedback and guidance from their Course Provider.  You will graduate from this course with the following units of competency.

-ARTMAT401 Apply Basic Anatomy in Pilates

-ARTMAT405 Active Dynamic Pelvic Floor Training

-ARTMAT407 Teach Pilates Choreography Flow

-PILEQU501 Teach Reformer repertoire

We pride ourselves on producing exceptionally skilled Instructors who are equipped to work in a variety of settings catering to a range of client levels, abilities and experience.

Join this exciting and interesting vocation now!

Pilates Courses NSW

New South Wales has perhaps the greatest number of Pilates Training options available for those wishing to study this method.  Tensegrity Training has three locations in Sydney- Drummoyne, Neutral Bay and Smeaton Grange/Narellan as well as several additions venues along the coast of NSW at Kincumber (Central Coast) and Port Macquarie.

The Drummoyne location, MyPilates is centrally located in the inner west along Victoria Road between Balmain and Gladesville. Studio owner and Principal Trainer, Natalie Murray started her Pilates career in 1996 after completing a Diploma in Sports Injury Therapies at ACNT. In 2002 Natalie completed a Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method at UTS. Natalie has worked with an extensive range of clients and over the years she has helped people get their body and life on track by integrating safe and corrective exercises into her Pilates practice. As a long term member of the APMA she has made many very valuable contributions to the development of quality training for new instructors and she shares her strength and passion with all of her students.

Our Neutral Bay teacher training is held at Leeon Studio Pilates on the lower North Shore.

The principle trainers, Brad and Larissa have been providing individualised Pilates teaching to a wide range of clients for over 23 years. Leeon Pilates take an active role in the business, ensuring the continuity of professional Pilates Method teaching, in a friendly, comfortable environment. Brad is a Pilates industry educator who embraces opportunities to advise and mentor many existing Pilates teachers in the movement industry and Larissa is very close to completing a PhD on the topic of “Pilates and Posture and Vocal Quality in Singers”, making her a world-leading expert in many aspects of the Pilates method.

The location at Smeaton Grange/Narellan in SW Sydney is in the state-of-the-art Pilates Reformers Australia and Semprose Pilates.  Cheryl Burgess, Director of Semprose Pilates and Fitness studio in Smeaton Grange is not only an accomplished Pilates Instructor, business owner and course provider, she is also a mother. After her daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis, Cheryl began researching alternative methods of strength and stability which ultimately lead her to Pilates. Cheryl is motivated, meticulous and ingenuous, and an obvious boon to the Pilates industry.

In Port Macquarie, overlooking the Hastings River, you will find Bodiline Studio. Established in 1999 the studio has become well known for its friendly and inspiring environment and also as a venue for excellence in teaching and practise of the Traditional Pilates method. With stunning river views and sea breezes blowing through the studio, Bodiline truly offers the perfect place for you to learn and immerse yourself, thanks to the expertise of the studio owner and Tensegrity course provider, Carolyn Howard. Carolyn started her Pilates journey over 18 years ago when living in Tasmania. A keen runner, Carolyn had sustained an injury and was told by her medical practitioner to stop running. Thankfully, her osteopath recommended Pilates for her injury rehabilitation and she was immediately captivated by the mind / body connection of the practice. Carolyn is a Principal Trainer in the Pilates method, the highest level of membership from the Pilates Alliance – received in recognition of her experience and qualifications.

Central coast NSW boasts one of our newest venues, the impeccable Phoenix Pilates Studio, training everybody from elite athletes to people recovering from injury, pre and postnatal women, dancers and anyone ready to embrace their body and “adore their core”. All of Phoenix’s teachers have a Diploma in Professional Pilates and have been teaching for at least 7 years before joining the Phoenix Pilates team. Tracey Nicholson, the prime trainer for the Sunshine Coast and CEO of Tensegrity Training has been running the teacher training from Phoenix Pilates and will be handing the 2020 training calendar over to Liz in the coming years.  Live the dream and train on the Central Coast!

How to get Certified in Pilates?

The road to becoming a certified Pilates instructor is fairly straightforward-but you must first decide what Pilates can do for you. Pilates is a fantastic practice and an excellent career choice, with flexible work hours, vibrant studios and a generally fun atmosphere, it can be a welcome change from the arduous and inflexible ‘nine to five’!

To start with, there are many different types of Pilates instructors- with varying types of certifications from a wide range and quality of training organisations. With all the options available, it can be difficult to understand for someone outside the industry so here is our attempt to break them down:

Group Reformer: This is generally considered the baseline qualification within the Pilates industry. The teacher training is generally quite short and usually costs less in comparison to the more in-depth courses which we will describe later. The Group Reformer classes are generally high energy and fitness-based with groups of 5+ reformers in a room and with one generalised program for the instructor to oversee. If you don’t have time or money for the longer qualifications and wish to start working ASAP, then this is the fastest way to gain the skills needed for this sort of employment. The ‘downside’ to this choice of a training program, however, is that instructors who are only trained in Group Reformer Pilates are more plentiful, so there may be greater competition for a position, and some of the finer details of the Pilates Method may be not be included in the shorter course curriculum.

Certificate IV: Widely considered to be the appropriate starting point and introduction to Pilates, the Certificate IV covers topics such as; Pilates mat work, the fundamentals of the Pilates Method as devised by Joseph Pilates and this course will usually also include ‘small’ apparatus such as Magic Circle, Foam Roller and all manner of Balls and bands. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge necessary to teach group mat classes and provide clients with rehabilitation for some pathologies, depending upon the depth of the material covered in the course. Generally a Certificate IV level course will take slightly longer than a Group Reformer Instructor training course and as a Certificate IV graduate, you will be eligible for membership with a Pilates Professional Association, and by extension, eligible to hold the necessary public insurances required for working with clients. Starting a business as a Mat Pilates Instructor can also be a cost effective way to limit the initial capital outlay costs to mats and apparatus which are a fraction of the cost of the Reformer, Wunda Chair and other larger pieces of Pilates equipment.

Diploma: This qualification contains a greater range of skills and knowledge- covering the full range of Pilates equipment as well as going into greater depth on teaching methodologies, client pathologies and conditions and session design.  The possibilities of gaining employment also are increased due to the greater range of services that graduates can offer to potential employers.  Although a Diploma-level course is more in depth, longer and more expensive, the investment in a Diploma is more likely to provide a favourable fiscal return on investment over the longer term.

An Integrated Diploma-level course will cover all the content Certificate IV qualification as well as the Diploma material- teaching all aspects of the Pilates Method and related equipment, history and applications.   A Qualification like the 10596NAT provides an depth anatomy and pathology knowledge and includes a Unit of Competency on pre and postnatal care. With this qualification, graduates can expect to work within a specialist Pilate Studio, gain the necessary skills to starting a business and/or be ready to work alongside a Physiotherapist or another Allied Health practitioner in the Clinical Pilates setting.

Deciding what qualification is right for you is the first step, the second is to choose the organisation to provide the course. There are a number of options available throughout Australia, and we recommend that you a few criteria:

  1. Is the training Government Accredited? A Government Accredited qualification is generally much more valuable than an ‘unregulated’ one.
  2. Will the amount of practical hours taught in the course provide the necessary required number of hours for membership in a Professional Association? Some courses fall short of meeting the standards which have been set by the Professional Association(s) of the Pilates, Exercise and Fitness industries.  It is important to check this before enrolling.  Also  professional association membership is often a requirement when applying for a job or to be covered by insurance.
  3. How much face to face learning does the course include within its curriculum? While some aspects of the Pilates method can be delivered via manuals and instructional videos, these should be companions to a generous amount of hands-on, practical learning to ensure that you as the instructor have the confidence required to pass on the teachings to your clients.

Adding these three points to your checklist for the perfect Pilates Qualification will help you to considerably narrow the search and should provide you with the best opportunity available to explore all your options before deciding how you would like to embark on you budding Pilates career.

How much do Pilates Instructors earn?

Pilates has potential to be a lucrative career in many different ways.  A career in the Pilates industry can be very flexible in the daily hour structure- enabling practitioners to use many different approaches to generate revenue.

Simply being employed as a Pilates Instructor is the initial entry point for many professionals and the base wage for a qualified Pilates instructor is generally around $35 an hour, depending on the studio.

According to widely accepted Government figures, and the Fitness Industry Award MA000094:

The wage of a qualified Pilates Instructor is above Level 7 Full/Par time and Casual, illustrating that Pilates Instructors are paid more than corresponding earners in the Fitness Industry.

Working within a Pilates or Allied Health studio can certainly be an improvement on the typical ‘nine to five’-style office job.   While you may not have the opportunity to work eight hours a day in the typical Pilates studio because most do not operate on those ‘nine to five’ hours!   You are more likely to be using the enlightening Plates framework to only work four hours a day BEFORE 11am and then the next 4 hours after 3pm- giving you the opportunity utilise the rest of the time in between to do whatever you like.

As far as the actual hours workable, most studios run morning or afternoon shifts with the odd few offering midday classes for clients on their lunch hour. This enables you as a Pilates Instructor to potentially choose to only work the morning or afternoon shifts, and in that way, maximize whatever part of the day you need most. Whether it be making sure you’re home on time to pick up the kids from school, or working on University assignments during the day, or if you just can’t go a day without a morning jog or swim- then studio shift work can be very attractive to those who seek a healthier and more time-rich lifestyle.

Starting a home studio or mobile Pilates business is another option for the Pilates professional. This, of course, depends greatly on your home, the zoning regulations in your area and what kind of practice you’d like to run. If you have a large amount of space available or can find a community hall or similar building to use, beginning to offer mat Pilates offers a low start-up cost and can be a consistent earner with mat participants who are prepared to pay anywhere from $10-$20 per class.  A simple schedule with groups of 6+ clients in each class can easily yield upwards of $1500 a week and be run by just one Pilates Instructor.  Teaching about 4 hours a day depending on your location, and skill in teaching, it is possible to create a very success business by just teaching Pilates Mat classes.

If you have a suitable space and an amount of start-up capital available to be invested then an equipment-based studio may be more up your alley. Clients will pay more for equipment classes than they will for Mat classes and even though the initial outlay costs are far greater than starting a Mat Pilates business, a studio with 5 Pilates Reformers could potentially earn $3000 per week, based upon the teaching of 4 hours a day.

Continuing the specialization further, another option is to become a Clinical Pilates Rehabilitation studio, specialising in private sessions along with some small group classes.  This type of Pilates studio can actually be initially cheaper than a larger, all Reformer studio, as the amount of equipment required is spread between between Reformers and Wunda Chairs etc. A small Clinical Pilates Rehabilitation studio, with five varied pieces of Pilates machinery that offers specialized programming and one-on-one sessions offered could easily make the same as a purely reformer studio, with a lower start-up cost and a more committed client base who come along more frequently to work on their with specific pathology rehabilitation.

Lastly we have the scenario where the a permanent space is acquired either by lease or purchase and the Qualified Pilates Instructor establishes a larger studio from that space. The most cost and time consuming aspect of this scenario can be having additional staff working for the business, but this enables the studio to be run consistently and provides the studio with more potential times to offer additional classes or other ventures.  Many studios of this type will add beauty therapy, massage, Physiotherapy or other Allied Health modalities to the daily services- both increasing potential revenue and also broadening the client base.   A small studio with 5 pieces of equipment and one additional staff member could easily have a gross earning potential of over $7000 a week. Of course, this depends greatly on the location and times offered by the studio.

Note that all of these estimates are all based upon FOUR CLASSES A DAY, five days a week. Making it a grand total of 20 hours worked a week.  This is an approximate scenario which could be suited to just about any location- from a big city to a regional area.  These calculations illustrate that the hourly wage of a Qualified Pilates Instructor can be up to $150 an hour.

There are few careers in the job market in which you can decide you’d like to study and then be earning $150 an hour within two years of that decision. Done right, Pilates can provide not only a lucrative and satisfying career choice, but can also be re modelled at any time to fit whatever your life needs at any given time.

With the right location, marketing and expertise, owning and operating a Pilates business can comfortably satisfy even the hungriest entrepreneur.