Reformer Instructor Courses

STOTT PILATES Reformer courses—Level 1 and Level 2—build upon the foundation of Mat courses and add a new dimension to your Pilates instructor skill set.

Course Descriptions

Reformer Level 1: Intensive Reformer (IR)

Building on your Mat courses knowledge, IR will teach you to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Reformer repertoire in 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. Note: Functional Anatomy is a prerequisite. While IR may be taken prior to IMP, we recommend first completing IMP.

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 observation and communication skills
  • Verbal cueing and gestural cuing for client instruction and 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


  • Working knowledge of functional anatomy
  • 30 hours of prior Pilates private and group sessions

Reformer Level 1 Course Details

Reformer Level 1 is a combination of course hours and independent study for a total of 125 hours. We’re happy to explain more thoroughly when you call.

  • 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

Reformer Level 2: Advanced Reformer (AR)

AR curriculum was designed to teach you how to intensify the Reformer repertoire to provide a stimulating workout for athletes, dancers and highly conditioned clients.

This three-day, 18-hour advanced course’s exercises require greater strength, stability and flexibility.

What you will learn:

  • Muscular initiation and sequencing of Advanced-level exercises
  • Multiple variations for variety and intensity
  • 70 exercises to challenge strong and athletic clients

Schedule and Tuition

Get the best price on Reformer Level 1 and Reformer Level 2 courses when you schedule and purchase at the same time. Tuition includes all required course materials.