STOTT PILATES Intensive Reformer™ (IR)

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10:00 am

August 21, 2023


September 1, 2023

Course dates: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30,31 August 2023, &  1 September 2023

The Intensive Reformer (IR) course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement.

Building on your industry knowledge it teaches you to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES® Reformer repertoire for personal or group training settings for a range of clients.

You will leave with a solid foundation and required skills to develop effective and motivating Pilates Reformer programs.

While IR may be taken prior to IMP, we recommend completing IMP first.


What you will learn:

  • The STOTT PILATES® Five Basic Principles
  • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
  • Effective use of the reformer to enhance torso stability and strength, peripheral extremity conditioning, joint stability, flexibility, balance and coordination
  • Effective communication and observational skills
  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Theory and practice of postural analysis
  • 139 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises
  • Exercise layering related to effective program design
  • Workout composition for personal and group training



Admission Requirements

Working knowledge of Functional Anatomy and prior participation in an anatomy course such as the STOTT PILATES® Functional Anatomy course or a semester long university or college level anatomy or physiology course (30-40 hours of in-class instruction) covering Human Musculoskeletal System, Origins, Insertions, and Actions of Muscles. No online course, long-distance learning, or self-study.

Minimum 30 hours participation in Pilates classes/workouts


Three+ years teaching movement or fitness. Applicants with a strong history of Pilates participation and/or experience instructing students/clients in another field may also be considered.


Requirements of certification

  • 50 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation
  • Minimum of 40 hours of physical review
  • Minimum of 25 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 125 hours

Observation, Practice Teaching & Physical Review

A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses and should be completed between instructed sessions at any STOTT PILATES® facility. Additional training may be required before certification. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time and submitted at the time of the practical exam.


Includes watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor or relevant STOTT PILATES® videos.

Physical Review

Means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor or working out with video can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

Practice Teaching

Hours can be fulfilled by instructing family, fellow students, friends or clients.

Continuing Education Credits

REPs 16.0
ACE 4.0
canfitpro 4.0


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