The Foundation Program is the exciting beginning of the Comprehensive Teacher Training Journey.
The Foundation Program gives students a solid base for teaching Mat Pilates and a thorough introduction to exercises on the Reformer, Ped-a-pul, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair.
A certificate for the Comprehensive Program is awarded after completion of both the Foundation and Graduate Programs. However, Pilates Mat Teacher Training is part of the Foundation Program and completion of this program allows students to pursue a Mat Pilates teaching certificate (see requirements in Mat Certificate tab) or continue on to the Graduate Program.
BASI's Foundation Program prepares students for the Graduate Program as it is a prerequisite. The Foundation Program consists of six modules (see Program Structure tab below), which includes lectures, discussion, exercise analysis and exercise practice.
Students are encouraged to begin their hours during the Foundation Program.
Please note: The Foundation Program includes the Mat Program.
For Mat Centralized Testing information, go to Examination Process.
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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Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to:
• Understand and apply the basic principles of Pilates in the teaching and demonstration of exercises.
• Recognize common postural deviations and provide cues for improvement of the functional components of these conditions.
• Analyze and understand key Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
• Utilize the BASI® Block System to design and teach an individual or group exercise session.
• Effectively teach and demonstrate a wide range of classical Pilates exercises and original BASI exercises on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, and Wunda Chair.
Upcoming Foundation (US) ProgramsAdvanced Search
San Diego, CA USAPilates of San Diego
Gig Harbor, WA USAThe Fit Lab 253
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA USAThe Cypress Center
Santa Barbara, CA USALa Playa Pilates & Wellness Center
Bryn Mawr, PA USAOne Physical Therapy and Wellness
The Woodlands, TX USABreathe Pilates Studio
Brooklyn, NY USAPhysio Logic Pilates & Movement, Inc.
Las Vegas, NV USAA Body In Balance Pilates Studio
Herndon, VA USABalanced Bodies
San Diego, CA USAPilates of San Diego
Phoenix, AZ USAThe Pilates Body AZ
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA USAEvolve Rehabilitation and Pilates
Aptos (Santa Cruz), CA USABody In Motion
Chicago, IL USAFlow Studios, Inc
Portland, OR USAStudio Blue
University Place (Seattle/Tacoma), WA USAPilates Bodies in Motion
Houston, TX USAThe Breathing Room
Newport Beach, CA USABASI Pilates Academy and Studio
Foundation (US) Program Structure
Module 1 - The Fundamentals
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.
Module 2 - Anatomy Overview Part 1
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.
Module 3 - Anatomy Overview Part 2
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.
Module 4 - 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, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.
Module 5 - Core Strength: Back and Abdominals
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.
Module 6 - Exercise Adaptation
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.
Tuition & Fees
Total Tuition $2199
*Deposit $400 (upon enrollment)
*Admin Fee $100 (upon enrollment, Non-Refundable)
*Outstanding Tuition $1699
All program fees are due 10 business days prior to the start of the program.
DISCOUNT: when you sign up for both programs (Foundation (US) and Graduate (US)) at the same time with a $1000 deposit, $200 will be discounted off the Graduate Program price.
Tuition Fees include:
1- Foundation Study Guide
6- Movement Analysis Workbooks
Final Written Exam (online-English)
Pilates Interactive Monthly Subscription - Pro Version $10 USD/ month
Studio Fees for Observation, Self-Practice, Teaching (We suggest that you contact the studio for more information)
Testing Fees for the Mat Certification $150 (Go to Examination Process for more information)
**All fees in USD**
The Foundation Program prepares one to qualify for the Mat Teacher Certification.
Graduation requirements for the Mat Program are:
- Attendance of all Modules
- Pass the Final Exam (Online)
- Practical and Teaching Examinations at a Centralized Location*
- Observation: minimum 15 Hours (50% can be completed via Pilates Interactive)
- Student Teaching: minimum of 40 Hours
- Self- Practice: minimum of 30 Hours
*Additional fees required
For more information go to Examination Process