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The Foundation Apparatus Program (FAP) provides a solid foundation for teaching Mat Pilates, as well as it prepares students to be successful in the full Comprehensive Apparatus Program by introducing them to exercises on the Reformer, Ped-a-pul, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair. This program includes 6 modules, which is comprised of 36 hours of lecture, discussion, and exercise analysis and practice.

At the completion of this program, students have the option to pursue a Mat teaching credential or continue to the Comprehensive Apparatus Program-Standard to fulfill the requirements for a Comprehrensive teaching credential. There is no teaching credential for the Foundation Apparatus Program.

All program materials (a study guide & movement anaylsis workbooks) and an online Final Written Exam are included in the program fees. Additional fees may apply. 

It is recommended that students begin the observation, self-practice and student teaching hours during the The Foundation Apparatus Program.

For students seeking a Mat Teaching Credential, please see Teaching Credential for the Mat Program. Students planning to continue to the Comprehensive Apparatus Program are encouraged to begin their hours during the Foundation Apparatus Program. Hours must be logged and submitted online or on BASI Pilates’ Tracking Forms.

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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. A general review of the repertoire is conducted and the online Written Examination is available at the end of the program.

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