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STOTT PILATES Teacher Training

5th Line is proud to partner with South Texas Pilates in Houston to offer STOTT PILATES Teacher Training! 


The STOTT PILATES education method is unparalleled in the industry for its thoroughness and quality.  Our training has often been called the “Ivy League” of Pilates education. It’s a reputation that we are proud of and a philosophy and method you can build a career on.

We will offer Level 1 and Level 2 Mat certifications as well as Continuing Education Credits (C.E.C.) workshops for Mat, Reformer, Stability Chair and Barrels for Pilates instructors already certified on those pieces of equipment.  All classes and workshops will be taught by Chau Pham-Kid, a STOTT PILATES Master Instructor and owner of South Texas Pilates.   

Although STOTT PILATES is not a direct partner with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), any STOTT PILATES certification or workshop taken qualifies for PMA C.E.C.'s through petition.*  Therefore, if you are a PMA certified instructor you now have the option to earn PMA C.E.C.'s right here in San Antonio, and that's good news for everyone! 

Level 1  - Intensive Mat Program (IMP)

The STOTT PILATES® Intensive Program (Level 1)  intended for those who have previously or currently are working in the fields of fitness or movement who are unable to devote the time required in a Comprehensive Program due to work and/or scheduling issues.  Forty hours of classes are conducted over 2 weeks or 3 weekends and will teach you how to design and lead the Level 1 Essential and Intermediate STOTT PILATES Matwork 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 Matwork programs. Though compressed into a shorter time frame than our Comprehensive Program, IMP still provides a balanced and thorough blend of theory, observation and practical experience to help you master the repertoire.





  • Working knowledge of functional anatomy and prior participation in an anatomy course that covers in detail the human musculoskeletal system and includes muscle attachments, actions and basic biomechanics. Acceptable courses include the STOTT PILATES Functional Anatomy course or a university or college level anatomy or physiology course (minimum of 20-25 hours of in-class instruction). Online courses may be accepted provided they amount to a minimum 20-25 hours of learning and include homework assignments, tests and/or a final examination.

  • Minimum 30 hours participation in Pilates classes/workouts

What you will learn:

  • The STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles

  • Theory and practice of postural analysis

  • How to recognize optimal and less than optimal movement patterns

  • How to apply STOTT PILATES biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises

  • 63 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions

  • A complete breakdown of each exercise

  • Exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing

  • Modifications to increase or decrease exercise intensity

  • Exercise layering related to effective program design

  • A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated including Flex-Band, Fitness Circle and Arc Barrel variations

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

  • Workout composition for personal and group training

Required Education Materials:

The education materials listed below may be purchased at merrithew.com. 

  1. Matwork & Reformer Support Materials Book*

  2. Mat-Plus Course Package

  3. Comprehensive Matwork Manual

  4. Essential Matwork DVD, 3rd Ed.

  5. Intermediate Matwork DVD, 3rd Ed.

  6. Total Body Sculpting DVD

  7. Fitness Circle® Challenge DVD

The resources listed below are not required for the course and are therefore not available at merrithew.com, however you may want to purchase these as additional resources for your practice.

  1. Trail Guide to the Body, Andrew Biel

  2. Anatomy Flash Cards, Anne Gilroy

  3. Atlas of Anatomy, Gilroy, MacPherson, Ross

  4. Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Germain

  5. Muscular System Flash Pak, Bryan Edwards

Upon completion of classes:  

Upon completing the above outlined 40 hours of classes, students will be able to teach the STOTT PILATES method of exercise, but they will not be recognized as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructors until successfully completing  a combination of observation, practice teaching, and physical review and passing a certification exam.  A minimum of 10 hours of observation, 15 hours of practice teaching and 30 hours of physical review must be completed at any STOTT PILATES facility. 

  • Observation  (10 hours)  -- Includes watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or relevant STOTT PILATES videos.

  • Physical review (30 hours) --  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 (15 hours) -- Hours can be fulfilled by instructing family, fellow students, friends or clients.

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.

Certification Exam:   

  • Option 1  -- It is strongly recommended that you take your written and practical exams at a hosting center such as 5th Line Movement and Fitness, or any Licensed Training Center. The written and practical components may be taken on different days but MUST be taken within 7 days of one another.  If you are not able to complete both portions within 7 days, the exam will be void.


  • Option 2 – By Proctor


                        Written exam: If you are unable to complete the written portion of your exam at a Host Center or Training Center you have the option of writing the exam                          by Proctor. Use of a public library is standard protocol for most STOTT PILATES course examinations as these locations Proctor a variety of examinations                              for various organizations.  and completed at the same venue or both portions submitted via proctor.


                         Practical exam:  The practical component exam can be submitted by DVD, USB stick/key or secured link. The purpose of the practical examination is to

                         observe you as you lead a 'subject' through a workout. The subject must be familiar with the STOTT PILATES repertoire covered in the exam and be

                         capable of performing required exercises safely (student, certified instructor, client, etc). The videotaped workout will be one hour for the Matwork.


Upon passing the exam, you will be recognized as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor. Only upon the receipt of their certificate will you be entitled to identify yourself as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor.

* Please review the petition process on the PMA website for more information. 

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