Don’t skimp on your education. Get internationally certified today.

Qualified Pilates professionals are in demand. Education and training is the most important investment you’ll make in your future as a Pilates professional. Not all Pilates training is created or regarded as equal. It’s important for your future job prospects to choose a well regarded certification.

There’s no way to get properly trained and certified as a Pilates Instructor from a single weekend course. If you’re already a fitness professional, and just want to add a couple basic Pilates exercises to a routine, then perhaps a weekend course will do. However, if you’re driven to help people understand the benefits of Pilates and how it improves everyday life for everyone, from high level athletes to the elderly, and if you want to help people rehabilitate from injury or be able to teach clients about the biomechanics of movement and the benefits of Pilates — then you need to invest in comprehensive training.

Arming you with internationally recognized qualifications, a STOTT PILATES® certification will give you the tools you need to succeed at the highest levels.


Learn From Expert Instructor Trainers at a Premiere San Francisco Pilates Studio

Blue Sparrow Pilates is one of San Francisco’s longest continually run and most successful Pilates businesses. With over 13 years of building positive client relationships, we know how to put you on track for success. Our Instructor Trainers are the most highly trained, skilled, and experienced instructors in the business.

Our Graduates Are Highly Sought After

“Blue Sparrow Pilates’ certification courses are rigorous, precise, and challenging. The course Instructor Trainers have extensive knowledge and experience. This knowledge is what enables us to understand the concepts and provide a strong foundation necessary to be the best instructor.” – Stephanie, CA

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Make the move to a rewarding, meaningful career.

At Blue Sparrow Pilates you’ll be a part of one of the world’s most recognized Pilates instructor training programs STOTT PILATES®. Blue Sparrow Pilates graduates are in high demand from employers in boutique Pilates studios, health clinics, and gym and health club settings. Our courses are challenging and rewarding. You’ll graduate as a highly skilled professional.

Our teacher training programs allot time in every course for learning through seeing, hearing lectures, watching others, and practicing teaching. We believe this experience leads to greater learning. During each course an expert Instructor Trainer will guide your learning. On your own, you will have additional hours outside of the course to complete additional physical review, observation, and practice teaching.

Learn from teachers who walk-the-talk.

STOTT PILATES® has trained over 45,000 instructors worldwide. Of that number they select the best of the best to become Instructor Trainers or faculty to teach courses. Worldwide there are currently:

  • 291 Instructor Trainers (IT)
  • 73 Lead Instructor Trainers (including studio owner Holly Furgason)
  • 7 Master Instructor Trainers

It takes a ton of additional training and hard work for Instructor Trainers to be authorized to teach STOTT PILATES® courses. Just so you get a sense of the caliber of faculty teaching your courses:

  • To be an Instructor Trainers it takes a minimum 1,000 teaching hours logged as a fully Certified Instructor, successfully completed STOTT PILATES® full Certification with a minimum 90% or higher score, and acceptance into the Instructor Trainer Program.
  • After that, to become a Lead Instructor Trainer it takes and addition five + years of IT experience, and ten + years’ experience in the fitness industry in general
  • To become a Master IT: Ten plus years of IT experience.

Learn from Industry leading educators.

STOTT PILATES® training has often been called “The Ivy League” of Pilates education. It’s a reputation that we’re proud of and a method you can build a career upon. The STOTT PILATES® method is deeply rooted in over 20 years of experience educating students.

Our training method is not the quickest, nor can it be done in a weekend. We truly believe that to be an exceptional instructor you must learn your craft thoroughly. Learning takes time. And understanding takes guided practice.

Learn skills for success.

The STOTT PILATES® method that we teach honors the heritage of Joseph Pilates’ original method and updates it to incorporate modern biomechanics that have been understood since his life (Joseph Pilates 18- 1967). The team at STOTT PILATES® lead by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, have worked with a team of physical therapists, doctors, sports medicine, and exercises professionals to develop this unique form of exercise. This updated approach is comprehensive, systematic, and ever evolving. As science and research changes, the method evolves making STOTT PILATES® the safest and most effective Pilates training method available.

Our STOTT PILATES® training is clear and detailed. This approach is carried through all our training and certification programs, as well as through workshops, innovative DVD programming, secondary certificate programs.

Learn comprehensive anatomy and physiology.

We believe your ability to train clients in Pilates is only as good as your understanding of anatomy. During any intensive Pilates course at Blue Sparrow Pilates, you will be deepening your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology. You will be dissecting exercises and discussing the biomechanics of movements, speaking in anatomical language and learning postural analysis and programing based on postural needs. If this aspect of becoming a Pilates Instructor seems daunting don’t worry, we also offer anatomy workshops which we recommend you take before you start your training with us. Whatever your training in anatomy is, Blue Sparrow Pilates offers the support and tools necessary to get you where you want to be.

Enjoy course bundles & discounted Pilates classes.

We offer several payment options including paying for each course separately when you choose to take it, or buying course bundles which offer a significant financial discount. Further, as a current Blue Sparrow Pilates Education student you’ll be eligible to receive a 10% discount on session packages.

Apprenticeship & Internship opportunities.

Blue Sparrow Pilates is proud to offer internships and an apprenticeship program. Our apprenticeship program is open to all newly trained Pilates Instructors who have completed one of our certification courses.

The Blue Sparrow Pilates internship is a 3-6 month rigorous program. This program provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience in a professional Pilates studio under the guidance and supervision of an expert Pilates instructor and studio owner.

Both programs provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience in a professional Pilates studio, while working towards completing physical review, practice teaching and observation hours required for certification.

Gain a widely recognised Certification.

The STOTT PILATES® community of Pilates Professionals is the largest, with over 30,000 trained globally at over 100 training centers. STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructors are an elite group of highly trained professionals who are actively sought for their Pilates knowledge and skills.

Becoming a Pilates Instructor.

The first step to becoming a Pilates Instructor is to choose a well respected, universally recognized certification course. Not all Pilates training is created equal. Make sure you carefully select a training that will enable you to gain employment anywhere, and arm you with the tools necessary to be an exceptional Instructor. That’s where Blue Sparrow pilates comes in. If you are looking to start a new career or expand your client base, STOTT PILATES® training at Blue Sparrow Pilates offers you the best Pilates education around, with the flexibility to choose the education path that best suits your goals.

Pilates teacher training courses should not be easy, if they are then you could safely bet that they are not teaching you everything you need to know. You do need to have some determination to successfully complete a Pilates training, but just like anything worth doing in life the hard work pays off. You will be expected to physically practice Pilates, practice teach, observe other teachers as well as study anatomy. While these are requirements needed to pass your certification exam, these are also elements that any good Pilates instructor will continue to do long after they gain their certification.

Pilates Training Courses.

Blue Sparrow Pilates offers STOTT PILATES® Intensive Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels and Advanced Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels Certification programs. Everyone begins with either Intensive Matwork (IMP) or Intensive Reformer (IR). From there, you can decide to certify or take more courses depending on what your specific goals are. On top of this, we also offer anatomy workshops, CEC’s, Total Barre™ and CORE™ Certifications. Whatever your Pilates career goals are, we’ve got your training covered.

What Earning Potential of a Pilates Teacher

If you’ve ever wondered what Pilates would be like as a career choice, or as an augmentation to your current programming options – consider these compelling facts.
The demand for qualified Pilates instructors surpasses the number of available Pilates instructors

  • The pilates industry is expected to increase at a rate of 5% for the next five years to an $8.3 billion dollar industry **
  • Pilates and yoga teachers continue to be the highest paid of all types of fitness instructors*
  • Pilates participation in North America has grown over 602% since 2001
  • More than 10.7 million people participate in some form of Pilates in North America alone
  • Pilates equipment clients always work with an instructor, whether private, semi private or in small groups
  • Pilates can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes to active adults
  • Pilates can be combined with other exercises for outstanding benefits

*IDEA Health & Fitness Association
** IBISWorld 2011 Consumer Report

What About the PMA?

As the largest and most established Pilates training and certification organization in the world, MERRITEHW™ premier brand STOTT PILATES® is a founding sponsor of the PMA. While the PMA holds a certain place in the world of Pilates, recognition of STOTT PILATES® quality and standards carries a great deal of weight in the global health and fitness industry. STOTT PILATES® is a certification program, and in most cases a STOTT PILATES® Certification and the worldwide recognition associated with it is sufficient to gain employment or purchase insurance.

MERRITHEW™ branded programs are recognized by a host of high-level industry bodies worldwide, including:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Register of Exercise Professionals Canada
  • Register of Exercise Professionals (UK, SA, NZ)

The main difference between the PMA exam and STOTT PILATES® certification exam is the practical element. The PMA exam is entirely written, while the STOTT PILATES® exam is a mix of written and practical teaching evaluation.

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