Mat Intensive

Pilates mat teacher training is the perfect vehicle for learning the principles of the Pilates Method. It is affordable, easy to integrate into different settings, and a great way to introduce people to Pilates. At BASI we regard Pilates Mat Work as the “crown jewel” of Pilates.

The Mat Program provides a thorough education in the Pilates Mat Work and its infinite applications. It is also the perfect springboard to the Comprehensive Programs. The Mat Teacher Training program is the same for U.S. and international students.

This program is comprised of 16 hours of lecture divided into four study modules.

Course Materials Included a Mat Study Guide and Workbook.

Those attending the Mat Program will be issued a Study Guide and Movement Analysis Mat Work Workbook to guide them through the exercises.

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

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

*All fees are in U.S. Dollars.

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

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce them to clients and students
  • Tailor comprehensive and safe Pilates mat work programs to individual and group needs
  • Adapt a group mat class to different settings
  • Integrate small equipment into a mat class
  • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer mat work

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  1. Potchefstroom, ZAF

    North-West University
  2. Wimbledon, London, GBR

    The Pilates Clinic
  3. Ballito, ZAF

    Tash B Pilates
  4. Cape Town, ZAF

    Living Life Pilates
  5. Bandung, West Java, IDN

    1618 Pilates Movement Center
  6. Wimbledon, London, GBR

    The Pilates Clinic
  7. Sao Paulo, BRA

    Studio Let's Pilates
  8. Klein Windhoek, NAM

    Core Control Centre
  9. Cape Town, ZAF

    Living Life Pilates
  10. Ballito, ZAF

    Tash B Pilates
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  1. Program Structure
  2. Certification
  3. Tuition & Fees

Mat 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 also discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat 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 intermediate Mat exercises. 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 exercises and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  4. Day 4 - Core Strength

    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 and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught.

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; registration, Study Guide & one workbook and all examinations. Resting 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

Graduation requirements for the Mat Program are:

Attendance of all Modules

Pass the Final Written Exam

Pass the Practical

Pass the Teaching Examinations

Observation: minimum 15 Hours (50% can be completed via Pilates Interactive)

Student Teaching: minimum of 40 Hours

Self- Practice: minimum of 30 Hours

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

Testing in the states is scheduled at specific Centralized Testing locations throughtout the year. Additional fee required

For more information go to Examination Process

All requirements should be completed within one-year of the last module of the program. If the requirements are not completed within three years, the student will need 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.

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