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3 reasons to kick off your Pilates Instructor Training with BASI's comprehensive Mat Teacher Training course

In today's modern society, it could be said that many of our dreams are determined by 3 reigning factors, namely time, finances and perceived value. While they may not stop us from wishfully meditating on what truly makes us happy, they do play a critical roll in the progression of our aspirations. Think about just how many times you've said "I just don't have the time or money" or "I'd love to but I'm not sure if it will pay the bills." And so flies by another year you could have put towards developing your talents and interests.

In the case of aspiring Pilates Trainers, this is very often the case. Many Pilates Instructors start off with a completely different career path, and later realise where their true passion lie. A change in career can be a difficult decision for anyone, but does that mean you should put your ambitions on the shelf for good? Certainly not. With these issues in mind, BASI Pilates decided to develop a foundation phase program, The Mat Teacher Training Course (MTTC), aimed at offering a stepping-stone to those who truly want to pursue a career as a Pilates Instructor.

3 simple reasons to start your Pilates Career with MTTC:

1. Ample time for completion

All BASI Pilates Courses have a modular structure, which covers lectures, exercise analysis, practice and discussions. The course is a total of 100 hours over a period of around 4 months, and is distributed between academic study, practical work, observation and apprentice teaching. This course is available nationwide, and beyond the academic study (which is with a lecturer), completing your hours is totally up to you and your schedule, however you're able to.

How is the time distributed?

The theoretical component of the course is essential study. This section is a total of 24 hours, and is covered in the course. After which you're able to move onto Practical work, Observation and Teaching. The hours you complete in these stages are monitored using log sheets, which you will simply need to email through.

Practical Work is individual practice on the mat for a total of 40 hours. You're able to do this at any location, e.g. home, an affiliated studio or the host studio, giving you total flexibility.

Observation hours require that the student observe how seasoned BASI Pilates instructors teach (mat & equipment) classes for a total of 20 hours. 50% of these hours can be done through Pilates Interactive. Additionally Observation hours can be obtained at either a BASI host studio or an affiliated studio, at a time you arranged with the studio.

Teaching hours amount to 40 hours when completed. This requires that you teach an individual (any individual, even fellow students) or a group of people at any location, so get a few friends to help you out with this section and you'll be done in no time!

2. A payment plan to suit your finances

BASI Pilates South Africa offers a discounted rate for once-off course payments as well as tailored payment plans. We are more than happy to discuss financial planning if this is what is holding you back from obtaining a quality Pilates education.

Additionally, obtaining your MTTC first means you don't need loads of equipment to get started instructing, just the basics and small apparatus will be more than enough. This will offer you the head start you need to begin, and scale as you are able to, without hefty machine costs.

3. Added value

As a student completing the BASI Pilates MTTC, you will receive one of the most respected certificates in the industry. The MTTC has also been awarded 24CEC's.

This course aims to empower you with the knowledge and confidence needed to instruct Pilates Mat work whether as a hobby, side business or full time career. The course structure takes you right from the fundamentals of MTTC, such as the principles, breathing and historic overview. It then easily builds onto more advanced concepts like anatomy, posture, core strength and even exercise adaptations for those clients with difficulties. This will give you a holistic understanding of Pilates mat work and offer a spring board to further Pilates courses and qualifications in your own time.

What will I be qualified to do?

By the end of the course, you will be well qualified to perform the following:

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these tenets to clients and students.
  • Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations.
  • Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions to many physical conditions.
  • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates Mat work programs tailored to individual and group needs.
  • Adapt a class to different settings and environments.
  • Integrate small apparatus into a Mat class to achieve optimum results.
  • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer Mat work classes.
  • Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
  • Demonstrate high level and vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises.
  • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual.
  • Establish a sound foundation to embark on the CTTC

How do I begin?

We're glad you asked! You will need to create an account here: Create User Account and once you have filled in all the necessary details, simply follow this link: Mat Teacher Training Course and register at a training venue and date that best suits you.

You are also welcome to take a more in-depth look at what the MTTC course offers, find similar Pilates training courses that might interest you in our certified training and workshops tabs, and even register yourself or your studio once qualified. So you can grow your Pilates business all from one central locations.

We are always more than happy to address any queries you may have so please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you along your career as a Pilates Instructor!

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