Mat Program

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 that are offered in the U.S. and globally. The Mat Program is often taught as a part of the Comprehensive Program and is the same curriculum for U.S. and international students.

This program is comprised of 24 hours of lecture, discussion, and exercise practice and exercise analysis divided into six modules.

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 (may not apply to Licensee territories).

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. Program Structure
  2. Certification
  3. Tuition & Fees

Mat Program Structure

  1. 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. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  2. 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 covered includes intermediate Mat exercises. A one hour mat class is taught.

  3. 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 covered is intermediate Mat and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  4. Module 4 - Posture Assessment

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

  5. 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 covered is advanced Mat. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  6. 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 covered is advanced Mat and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught. Final Exam will be available online.

Tuition & Fees

(Please note the tuition price may vary by country.)

Tuition & Fees

$1,099 USD- US

$1,095 USD- Select countries

$500 USD Initial Deposit (includes the Non-Refundable $100 USD Processing Fee). The balance is to be paid up to 10 business days prior to commencement of the program.

Tuition includes: registration, one (1) Study Guide, one (1) movement analysis workbook, and one (1) written examination.

Additional Fees may include:

• Final Teaching/Practical Testing Fees: $150 USD (typcially taken together)

• Obtain Observation, Self-Practice and Student Teaching Hours

• Subscription to Pilates Interactive, $10 USD/monthly

• Other resources or suggesting reading materials that are not included in the tuition. Please contact BASI HQ (US) for the list of Suggested Readings

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 of BASI Japan, BASI China, BASI Germany, BASI Greece and BASI South Africa.

Method of payment is accepted by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover) or bank transfer. If paying by bank transfer, all bank fees will be the sole responsibility of the enrolled student at time of payment.

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

Teaching Credential

Requirements for Certification

•Attendance of all 6 Modules

•Observation: 15 hours (50% can be completed using only Pilates Interactive).

•Self Practice: 40 Hours

•Student Teaching: 30 Hours

We recommend that you start working on your hours as soon as you begin the program.

•Final Written Exam

•Teaching Evaluation

•Practical Exam

Passing grade of 70% or better on all examinations.

Final Teaching and Practial Exams are to be taken during the next Comprehensive Global Program at your host studio or at any other host studio worldwide.

Testing Fees are required. For more information go to Examination Process.

All requirements should be completed within one-year of the last module of your program. However, we are happy to give an extension, if needed. If the requirements are not completed within three years, we may require the student to repeat 50% of the program prior to receiving a BASI Teacher Certificate.