Comprehensive Global Intensive

The Comprehensive Global Intensive Program includes the Mat Program as well as a thorough and complete education in Pilates covering the full range of Pilates equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Ped-a-pul, Ladder Barrel, Step Barrel and various other Auxiliary apparatus). This is an intensive program and consists of 8 days of lecture, discussion, and exercise analysis and practice.

More than simply a program of study, the Comprehensive Global Intensive Program is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates. This is a college-level teacher training program that give students knowledge of Pilates theory, exercises, and teaching skills on all Pilates equipment.

From the UK to Asia, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and beyond Pilates students are becoming BASI qualified Pilates professionals.

When you complete BASI’s Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training, you will have graduated from the most rigorous, exciting, and positively life-changing Pilates teacher training in the business. You may test for a BASI Pilates Comprehensive teaching certification.

Please review our Refund Policy before registering for a program (may not apply to Licensee territories).

Program schedule is subject to postponement or cancellation, based on student enrollment.

*All fees are in U.S. Dollars.

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Comprehensive Global Intensive Program Structure

  1. Day 1 - Exercise Description, Analysis and Teaching

    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. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  2. Day 2 - Anatomical Terminology

    Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview, 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 covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  3. Day 3 - The Principles of Alignment, Posture and Posture Assessment

    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, fundamental Cadillac and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  4. Day 4 - Core Strength and Exercise Adaptation

    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. An in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications will be discussed. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  5. Day 5 - The Meaning of Balance

    Primary concepts covered are the meaning of balance, and the implications of imbalances in strength and flexibility. The hip joint and the knee joint will also be covered. Lecture focuses on functional exercises, movement patterns, neuromuscular re-education and muscle testing. Repertoire taught includes intermediate and advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac.

  6. Day 6 - The Ankle-Foot Complex and Shoulder Region

    Primary concepts covered are the ankle-foot complex, the gait cycle and 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 Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and introduction of the Ladder Barrel.

  7. Day 7 - Principles of Training

    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 including the athletic population. Repertoire taught is advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel.

  8. Day 8 - Select Populations/Needing Modifications

    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. Repertoire taught is advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair and Step Barrel.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fees may vary depending the location of the program. Please click the location of the program for the Tuition fee.

Tuition fees includes; teacher training, Study Guide & workbooks and all examinations. Retesting fees will apply.

Tuition fees charged by international BASI licensees may differ from those specified here. For up-to-date international payment information please see the appropriate website.

If paying by bank transfer, all bank fees will be the sole responsibility of the enrolled student at time of payment.

Teaching Credential

Requirements for Certificate

• Attendance of all Program Days

• Submission of Student Paper

• Observation: 100 hours (50% can be completed using Pilates Interactive)*. Recommend that you start working on your hours during the Foundation Program

• Self-Practice: 200 hours

• Practice Teaching: 200 Hours

Passing grade of 70% or better on all examinations

• Final Written Exam

• Final Practical and Teaching Examinations

*Final Examinations are to be arranged with the host studio. Testing is typically scheduled on the last module of the Comprehensive Global Program. Testing fees are included in the tuition.

Students must take the final exams within 3-years. If the final exams are not taken within 3-years, the student will be required to pay a testing fee. Also, retesting fees will apply if the student does not pass the first time and if testing is done outside of the host location.

Testing in the states is scheduled at specific Centralized Testing locations throughtout the year. Testing fee is $250 USD.

For more information go to Examination Process

All requirements should be completed within one-year from the last module of the program. If the requirements are not completed within three years, BASI may require the student to repeat 50% of the modules prior to submitting hours and receiving a BASI Teacher Certificate. Hours must be logged and submitted either by BASI Pilates’ Tracking forms or via the Student Dashboard portal online.