Beginner Reformer Pilates Teacher Training

Program Requirements in Hours


1-on-1 with Marie


Student Experience


Teacher Observation


Teaching Practical

Who Is This Program For?

Main Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

On average, it takes 6-months to graduate from the program.  You will have a total of twenty 1-on-1 session with Marie plus your personal study, practice and observations.

You will receive a certificate issued by Marie Hayden.  Currently, there is no globally recognized standard for being a Reformer Pilates Teacher.  Marie is aware of several organizations that offer similar training, and can share any information you need during the program to help you on your career.

You can complete all the “Theory” and “1-on-1 With Marie” completely online.  The “Student Experience” and “Observation” will require you to visit a local Pilates Studio.  You can choose the one closest to where you live.  The “Teaching Practical” can be completed by practicing on your friends and family.  

The Beginner Reformer Pilates Teacher Training Textbook By Marie Hayden is published on Amazon.  Feel free to purchase and learn as much as possible!

Why Train With Marie?

Marie Hayden believes in empowering her instructors with her vast array of knowledge and experience. Her 20+ years in the fitness and wellness industry has led her to develop effective and practical ways of working with clients of all backgrounds and ages, including special populations like pre-postnatal, older adults, physiotherapists and alternative health practitioners.  Whether your clients are brand new to fitness or advanced, you will be able to design amazing lesson plans to retain your clients. Learning her client centered approach will help you meet clients where they are at and take them to where they want to be.

Marie Hayden’s endorsed instructors will be supported throughout their career. She will assist you with tips on creating a client base, client retention, as well as how to apply for a Pilates position. Marie Hayden’s supportive and knowledgeable approach will have you ready for a long-lasting career in the industry. You will have access to continued learning opportunities throughout your journey keeping you up to date on the latest education.

Beginner Reformer Pilates Teacher Training Textbook

A complete textbook full of exercises with descriptions and reference photos. It also includes all the theory, history, principles, ethics, anatomy and terminology that you need to know. Increase your strength and improve alignment. Become more valuable to your client. Create safe and effective Reformer Pilates classes that are customized to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Gain the confidence to introduce Pilates to new clients and students.

Program Outline


This Beginner Reformer Pilates Teacher Training course will prepare you to teach classes on the reformer machine. It is the next step in developing a career with Pilates.

Through 50 hours of Student Experience, you will understand the mind muscle connection in each exercise, resulting in a more effective ability to teach.

130 hours of Teaching Practical will help you integrate Theory, Teacher Observation and Student Experience together so that you can practice using all these skills and build your own teaching style.

You will gain a deeper understanding of:

Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to:


Graduate from the Mat Pilates Teacher Training Program.

1-on-1 With Marie

During all 20-hours of 1-hour 1-on-1 sessions with Marie, you will be able to ask any questions and get instant feedback about the exercises, proper technique and theory. Sessions will be organized with video chat [Zoom] or in-person depending on your location. You will have a direct line of communication to Marie that makes scheduling a breeze.

Session 1

– Overview of 200 Hour Practicum

– Related Assignments

– Overview of Reformer & Positions

Session 2

– Pilates Anatomy Breath and Movement

– Warm Up Series

– Footwork

Session 3

– Mid Back Series

– Tricep Press

– Feet In Straps

– Single Leg Series

Session 4

– Practical Exam – present class outline for a 30-min class

– Side Lying

–Policies & Procedures

Session 5

– Long Box Seated – Back Rowing

– Front Rowing

– Side Arm Series

– Stomach Massage Short Box

Session 6

– Long Box Prone

– Short Box

– Dowelling

Session 7

– Flexion

– Mid Back Series TT

Session 8

– Practical Exam – present beginner outline of 40-minute class

– Fascia Release

Session 9

– Short Spine

– Quadruped

– Side Lying

Session 10

– Seated Back Rowing

– Roll Down Series

– Hinge

Session 11

– Practical Exam

– Seated Spine Stretch

– Policy & Procedures

– Universal Precautions

Session 12

– Front Rowing

– Introduce Props

Session 13

– Side Arm

– Side Seated

Session 14

– Practical Exam

Session 15

– Plank Series

Session 16

– Elephant

– Mermaid

Session 17

– Practical Exam

Session 18

– Foot Work Hip Lift

– Side Splits Kneeling/Standing

Session 19

– Stretches

Session 20

– Present Case Study Outlines & Videos

Student Experience

Having experience as a student in different Pilates classes will help you develop empathy and improve your teaching style.

When you practice the movements while having another teacher correct your alignment, you really get to experience the full benefits.

To become certified, you are required to:

Complete 50-hours of classes as a student, with a certified Pilates Teacher in your area.  It could be private sessions or group classes. 


Through observing different pilates classes and teachers, you can better understand the flow of a class, the different teaching styles and make mental connections to the questions you may be asking yourself when going through your reading material.

To become certified, you are required to:

Complete 20 hours of observing sessions taught by a variety of Pilates Teachers.

Teaching Practical

The only way to fully understand a concept is if you can teach it to someone else. It is easy to understand something mentally, but if you can’t explain it, you don’t fully understand it. This practice will challenge and strengthen everything you’ve learned to help you become a great Pilates Teacher.

To become certified, you are required to:

Complete 130 hours instructing family members, fellow students, friends or clients. 

Case Studies & Assignments

How do I complete my case studies?

You will need to find 5 real clients to base your case study on. It could be family members or friends.

You will need to submit the following:

  • Completed registration questionnaire that includes current/past injuries/ailments as well as your client’s goals.
  • A written class outline that includes goals and objectives.
  • A 50-minute video of you performing your class outline. You can also choose to perform your class outline in-person with Marie.

More details and instruction will be provided during the 1-on-1 sessions after you register.

Assignment: Label the Primary Muscles and Goals For Every Exercise

Label the primary muscles and main goal for every exercise that is listed in the table of contents. You can reference your Mat Pilates Teacher Training textbook for some answers. Feel free to use your creativity when coming up with the goals for each exercise. After you have completed this assignment you can submit it to Marie for review.

Please create a document on your computer or use a Google Doc. You can format your document as seen below.

Exercise #1

Primary Muscles:

Main Goal:

Exercise #2

Primary Muscles:

Main Goal:

Assignment: Research The 6 Main Brands Of Reformers & The Types Of Springs

Note the differences and similarities plus the cost and various styles.

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Total Investment: $2499 $1997

Pilates Teacher Training Registration

I will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your registration, schedule your first 1-on-1 session and organize payment. Payments are only accepted after I have approved your registration.

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