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The emphasis of Pilates Instructor program is a quality educational experience that prepares graduates to succeed in this respective specialty, whether new to the industry or expanding their skills. This program provides a foundational understanding of Classical Pilates instruction on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel for introductory level through action-oriented coaching, self-evaluation tools and concrete feedback. This course prepares students to teach private sessions and small group classes. The Pilates Instructor program emphasis is the result of a partnership between Life Time Academy and Peak Pilates.

The Peak Pilates® Comprehensive Certification is a classical Pilates education program distinguished by an emphasis on Pilates as an integrated movement system as Joseph Pilates intended. Our philosophy is simple: We teach how to teach—not just what to teach. We focus on the classic Pilates method with a systematic training approach that produces excellent instructors. Classical Pilates is rhythmic, fluid and focused—connecting one movement to the next to build greater strength, flexibility and endurance. We refine it with sequencing that builds a Pilates body with maximum efficiency. At Peak Pilates, we've developed our unique coaching to increase the confidence and capabilities of each trainee.

A Peak Pilates Level I Certification is awarded to instructors who pass all Level I assessments and complete 120 logged hours, in addition to the 80 hours noted below, for a total of 200 hours. 

Level I (4 Modules)- 80 practical hours 

  • Module 1: The Foundation (20 hours)
  • Introduces students to the Pilates principles, fundamentals and the “Powerhouse”, and the Peak Pilates 5-Part Formula. Lessons focus on introductory mat work and building blocks.
  • Module 2: Introduction to the Apparatus (20 hours)
    Students progress to lessons on the reformer, high chair, small barrel and high ladder barrel, and learn about transitions, cuing and touch techniques.
  • Module 3: Beginner/Intermediate Level Apparatus (20 hours)
    Module 3 adds Pilates low chair exercises, intermediate level reformer and ladder barrel exercises. More advanced teaching concepts include identifying common errors and proper body alignment, and structuring a Pilates session.
  • Module 4: Teaching, Technique and Assessments (20 hours)
    Students complete the remaining high ladder barrel exercises, practice teach, and review all exercises. Assessments are completed on the final day.
Curriculum includes:
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  • Pilates Level 1

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    The Professional Fitness Specialist- Pilates Instructor Certification Program equips student with the knowledge to function as a professional member of the fitness instructions industry, and work at fitness studios, health clubs and private businesses. Life Time Academy includes career support including an optional interview with Life Time Fitness. (Approximately 70% of graduates are hired by Life Time Fitness).

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    Why choose Life Time Academy?

    Life Time Academy combines the best of both worlds.The weekly flexibility of online coursework, combined with live, hands-on learning labs to apply and enhance your knowledge and skills.Life Time Academy not only wants to prepare to certify you, but we also want to build your confidence that you can successful in the field.


    Experiential, hands-on learning is a part of every class.

    Industry recognized certifications with a science-based curriculum

    Courses are instructor led

    Professional Faculty

    Employment opportunities

    Top performing students are guaranteed an interview with Life Time Fitness.

    *Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. (BLS 2014)

    Life Time Academy is a state-licensed, vocational education institution.

    What knowledge and skills will I gain?

    Nationally recognized certifications

    Ability to apply knowledge in a real-world environment

    Communication skills

    Business and marketing skills

    Customer service skills

    How is the program structured?

    The program is structured with two components - Instructor-led online courses, in-class module weekend intensives.

    Online courses — students take online courses over a 16-week period. Most students are dedicating 2 hours per week to their online studies. Prior to starting classes, students are required to attend an online orientation so they know how to utilize all the resources and familiarize themselves with the online learning platform.

    In-class comprehensive modules — students are required to attend all four 20-hour weekend modules.

    What are the time requirements?

    The Pilates intensive part of the program is 200 contact hours.This consists of the following:

    120 hours of practical and application time in studio and manual activities

    Four 20-hour weekend intensives to apply learning.

    Time management is important. Life Time Academy is sensitive to the fact that most students are working in addition to going to school. However, we also want to prepare you as quickly as possible to be ready to move into a new career.

    When are the modules held?

    Modules days and times may include, but are not limited to:

    Friday (3-7PM), followed by Saturday-Sunday (8AM-5PM).

    The week schedule can be found on the website calendar.

    I would like to see the facilities and visit the school, what are my options?

    Our campus locations and addresses can be found on the website, in addition to information sessions that allow you to visit the campus, meet instructors and learn a bit more about the school and the curriculum.

    Will I have access to the Life Time Fitness facility outside of class time?

    Yes! Another advantage of being a student with Life Time Academy is you are granted a student membership during the time of your program.If you are currently a member of Life Time Fitness you will also be granted a student membership. We encourage students to utilize the facilities and services.

    I have never taken an online course before, what should I do?

    Prior to starting classes, students are required to attend an online orientation so they know how to utilize the e-learning platform.

    What is tuition?

    Program Tuition is $2,100.Total program cost is approx. $2,455. Program costs include required application, supplies, activity & lab fees, as well as books.Tuition and fees are subject to change. Actual costs will be provided once a student applies.

    What are my options for paying tuition?

    Students can pay tuition on a monthly basis or all at once for a slight tuition discount.

    Monthly payments are interest free and will be calculated at time of enrollment.Tuition is divided over the length of the program, and is roughly $630/month.

    You can also pay in full, and payment is due two weeks prior to start date.

    Are Scholarships available?

    Yes. At this time, we have a scholarship option available that is offered through the school for qualifying students. Official rules and guidelines are available once a student has applied.

    The Healthy Way of Life Scholarship is an essay-based scholarship created by Life Time Academy to provide incoming students an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their passions and interests surrounding a healthy way of life.

    Do you offer or accept federal financial aid?

    Unfortunately, students are not able to use Federal Financial aid for tuition at this time.

    Can Military students use the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

    No, Life Time Academy cannot accept the GI Bill for tuition.However, we are approved as a vendor for vocational rehabilitation benefits through the VA.

    Do you offer job placement?

    If your desired outcome is to work for Life Time Fitness, top performing students have a great opportunity to be employed and the majority of our students do receive job offers. 100% of the graduating students receive an interview with Life Time Fitness. Life Time Academy does not guarantee employment.