Pilates on the Reformer is similar yet very different to mat based Pilates (or Matwork). The Reformer repertoire works more areas than matwork; it works the entire body and involves the arms and legs.

The Reformer can be used as a sport specific cross training tool as it works on core stabilisation which is critical to any athlete, as well as muscle endurance, joint stability, strength, balance, coordination and the list goes on.

The Reformer is also great for rehab purposes; it allows the client to exercise in a horizontal plane and not be vertically loaded and weight bearing through their legs. For example if a client has had a lower limb injury, this horizontal plane enables you to strengthen the muscles of the leg through a larger range of motion using a lighter resistance than their body weight.

How do I get certified to teach?

For BodyTree Academy, both the Pilates Matwork Teacher Certification program and the Reformer Teacher Certification program are points of entry to becoming a Pilates Teacher. Having said that, we do recommend that you do both, as the matwork provides a good base of knowledge and experience in the Pilates repertoire, and in teaching Pilates.

What makes the BodyTree Academy Reformer Teacher Certification Program different from other programs?

With the Reformer involving the upper and lower limbs, it is essential, if not vital that the teacher trainee has a strong and sound grasp of the biomechanics involved in the joints of the upper and lower limbs. Of equal importance is knowing how to regress or progress, and also administering solutions (such as myofascial release work) where there are joint restrictions (especially since most of the demographic are desk bound working adults). This is where our Prehab Trainer Upper Limb, and Lower Limb modules come in. These modules are included as pre-learning with guided revision classroom hours in our Teacher Training program.

Which is a better certification? Reformer or Matwork?

Pilates matwork training enables you to teach matwork classes in gyms and boutique studios offering group classes, while reformer training enables you to teach in 1-1 in a Pilates studio environment or group reformer classes in gyms. As a Pilates teacher myself, I would recommend that anyone intending to make teaching a career to take up a full Comprehensive Teacher Certification. You can read up on that here. We also have information on what being certified with us means here.

BodyTree Academy provides both Pilates Matwork and Pilates Reformer training. Follow the links below to see UPCOMING COURSE DATES:

Pilates Matwork Teacher Certification (Jul 2022 Intake)

Reformer Teacher Certification (Aug 2022 Intake)


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