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Intensive Courses

IMP is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement. The course presents how to teach the Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Matwork repertoire safely and effectively to a range of clients in both private and group settings. It will introduce the STOTT PILATES Movement System™, which provides a framework to creating intelligent and mindful exercise and serves as the foundation for tailored exercise programming. The approach is based on the STOTT PILATES Principles which incorporate recognized movement patterns and qualities and integrate the fascial system. The course presents each exercise and modification in depth so appropriate programming, effective cueing and clear corrections can be made for each client.

This course will cover:

  • The What, How and Why of the STOTT PILATES Principles and how to apply them to all exercises

  • STOTT PILATES Supine & Standing Warm Ups

  • A complete breakdown, including goals, muscular emphasis, movement sequencing - of 63 Essential and Intermediate Matwork exercises

  • Modifications to address specific alignment issues and individual needs

  • Power workout

  • Static Postural Analysis and assessment to aid in program creation

  • Incorporating light equipment including as Flex-Band®, Fitness Circle® resistance ring and Arc Barrel/Stability Barrel™ to support and intensify exercises

  • Exercise layering related to effective program design

  • Workout composition for personal and group training

  • Effective communication, observational skills, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

Requirements of certification:

  • 40 hours of instruction and supervised teaching

  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation

  • Minimum of 30 hours of physical review

  • Minimum of 15 hours of practice teaching

  • Total: 95 hours

Observation, practice teaching and 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. The practice logs must be submitted on your exam date (either written or practical exam). If the student fails to submit all the logs within 7 days from the last portion of the exam, the entire exam will be void.


Observation hours can be logged during relevant course homework or after a STOTT PILATES course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer teach clients (in-person or online), as well as observing the relevant course videos on DVD or through Merrithew Connect™. We recommend 50-80% of your hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer. Please ensure you receive permission from the Merrithew Training Center and/or presenting Instructor well in advance.


Physical review
Physical Review hours means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Physical review of the material is very important to ensure full understanding within your own body first, before attempting to teach someone else. It is also very important to ensure your body is prepared for the increased challenge at each level of repertoire as you move through your STOTT PILATES Instructor Training. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer or working out with relevant course videos on DVD or through Merrithew Connect can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.

Students can participate in an online Pilates session or join an online group Pilates class that teaches STOTT PILATES repertoire with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer. Students can also attend a Merrithew Online Workshop (offered by Merrithew Training Centers worldwide or the Corporate Training Center).

Practice teaching
Practice Teaching hours can be fulfilled by teaching STOTT PILATES course repertoire to family, fellow students, friends or clients, cueing and correcting them through a workout. Practice Teaching can be done in-person or by using a video conferencing program, such as Skype or Zoom.

Note, there are no hours required for Injuries & Special Populations or Advanced Level courses.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs): 4.0 STOTT PILATES

Advanced Courses

Advanced Matwork (AM) - This is a six-hour course held over one-day, progresses to Matwork to more advanced material, providing further options and challenges on the mat for highly conditioned clients. Exercises require a high degree of strength, balance and coordination.

What you will learn

  • Muscular initiation and sequencing of Advanced-level exercises

  • Multiple variations for variety and intensity

  • 13 exercises

Prerequisite: IMP

Duration: 6 hours of classroom instruction in 1 day

Continuing Education Credits (CECs): 0.6 STOTT PILATES

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