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Comprehensive Global Format 

(Formerly known as CTTC)

More than simply a program of study, the BASI Comprehensive Global Format Program (formerly known as CTTC) is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates, with graduates qualified to teach up to advanced level students on the full complement of standard equipment.

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

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these tenets to clients and students
  • Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations
  • Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions for many physical conditions
  • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates programs, tailored to individual needs
  • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer individual and group sessions
  • Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles
  • Demonstrate at a high level the vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises, as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises
  • Use the full line of major Pilates apparatus, including the revolutionary Avalon System®*
  • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual
  • Work with specific populations and be equipped to embark on BASI Advanced Education courses
*The AVALON® System is only taught at studios that own the AVALON® equipment

Comprehensive Global Format is available only in select locations.

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Location & Schedules

The Comprehensive Global Format Program is taught by members of the BASI Pilates faculty in select Host studios around the world. Courses are ongoing in multiple locations throughout the year. Find the course closest to you.

The module portion of the course is generally held over a three to  six-month period and requires approximately 500 hours of study, practice, observation and apprentice teaching.

The process of becoming a skilled teacher is highly individual and BASI encourages each individual to work at his or her own pace. The goal is to develop excellence in each and every person, irrespective of how long it takes. Students are allowed to repeat any element of the examination process to achieve the required BASI Pilates standard.

All courses, no matter where they are held, are under the supervision of BASI Pilates and conform to BASI Pilates policies and procedures.

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Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview: major bones, muscles, joints, bony landmarks and center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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Primary concepts covered include the BASI® system of movement analysis, exercise physiology, and aerobic/anaerobic exercise.  The BASI® format of teaching is discussed and the Block System®, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught is intermediate Mat and Reformer and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire taught includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and Arm Chair. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught is advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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Primary concepts covered are the meaning of balance, and the implications of imbalances in strength and flexibility. Lecture focuses on functional exercises, movement patterns, neuromuscular re-education and muscle testing. Repertoire taught includes intermediate and advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac. Mid-term exam.

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Primary concepts covered include the hip joint, the knee joint and the ankle-foot complex. The gait cycle is discussed and analyzed. Repertoire taught is intermediate Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac.

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Primary concepts covered are the structure and function of the shoulder region. The shoulder joint, muscles of the shoulder, and the importance of correct shoulder mechanics are presented. Lecture includes how to work with clients with shoulder problems and recognizing scope of practice. Repertoire taught is intermediate Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and introduction of the Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel.

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Primary concepts covered are the principles of training, such as overload, specificity and reversibility. Components of physical fitness are addressed and analyzed. Lecture includes repertoire levels and how they relate to working with a broad range of clientele. Repertoire taught is advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac.

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Primary concepts covered are habitual movement patterns, cross training, imbalances and setting goals. The athletic population is looked at closely. Lecture focuses on teaching methodologies. Repertoire taught includes intermediate- and advanced-level work on both Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel.

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Primary concepts covered are based on populations with restrictions and an in-depth look at pregnancy guidelines. Lecture includes teaching men and women, different body types as well as objectives and approaches. A general review of the repertoire is conducted and the Final Written Examination is given.

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