Instructor Training

"I am getting more and more excited to continue on my Pilates journey with every module I take and eventually become a certified teacher. The Balanced Body trainers at Intelligent Exercise in Ann Arbor are fantastic!"

Intelligent Exercise has been providing the highest quality instructor training longer than any other studio in the area.  We work through Balanced Body to educate instructors for preparation of the PMA exam and to actually work in real world situations.  Balanced Body is an internationally recognized education and equipment company.  They have an approved PMA curriculum, a flexible program, the best manuals in the industry and the finest group of master trainers available.  Intelligent Exercise offers apprenticeships and real life work experience on top of the BB curriculum to ensure you're ready to work with clients in the real world. Balanced Body offers continuing education and opportunities to continue learning throughout your teaching journey with Pilates on Tour, ever-expanding and growing programming and courses to fit the needs of the Pilates community no matter what method you teach.

Pilates is not just a series of movements.  If taught properly it can change someone’s life.  Learn how to teach Pilates for individual bodies through Intelligent Exercise and make a difference.

Watch what Melissa says about the instructor training at Intelligent Exercise.

Melissa Francis and Jennifer Landells are Master Instructors for Balanced Body.  They have over 30 years of combined experience in the Pilates industry.  They have had the honor of teaching many instructors and courses and being mentors to new trainers.  Intelligent Exercise is a teacher training studio and set up to give you real client experience so that you can transition into the real world with working Pilates experience and knowledge.

Teacher training through Intelligent Exercise will give any Instructor-to-Be the tools to understand the exercises and how they are utilized for individual client growth and challenge.  You’ll also learn how to effectively plan private sessions and group classes, and find out the best path for you as you enter your new teaching journey. The Balanced Body curriculum will prepare you to take and pass the Pilates Method Alliance Exam. This training will not be easy – so come ready to work, learn and grow.

Upcoming Classes:
Mat 1 and Movement Principles:  February 9-11, 2018: Jen Landells                                                          Rolling for Length, Rolling for Strength: February 15th, 2018, 11:30-2:30pm: Jen Landells                        Movement Principles: February 16-18, 2018: IE Jackson: Melissa Francis
Mat 2: March 2-4, 2018: Jen Landells                                                                                                        Core Strength for Back Care: March 10th, 2018, 1-4pm: IE Jackson: Melissa Francis                          Resist & Reform with Elastic Bands: March 15th, 2018, 11:30-2:30pm: Jen Landells
Reformer 1 and Movement Principles: April 6-8, 2018: Jen Landells                                                          Ring Around the World: April 19th, 2018, 11:30-2:30pm: Jen Landells                                              Strong & Mobile Shoulders: May 5th, 2018, 2-5pm: IE Jackson: Melissa Francis
Reformer 2: May 5-6, 2018: Jen Landells                                                                                                  Pilates Arc: May 17th, 2018, 11:30-2:30pm: Jen Landells
Reformer 3: May 19-20, 2018: Jen Landells                                                                                              Trapeze Table/Cadillac: June 1-3, 2018: Melissa Francis                                                                            Barrels: June 29th, 2018, 2-8:30pm: Melissa Francis                                                                                Chair: June 30th-July 1st, 2018: Melissa Francis


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Balanced Body is an internationally recognized leader in the Pilates industry for knowledge, experience, instruction and equipment.  They offer a multitude of continuing education and support for all instructors of all methods of Pilates.  They offer podcasts, conferences, and additional courses so that all trainers at every level are consistently up-to-date and challenged in their careers.  Check out their website at


Mat I and Movement Principles  

Introduction to Pilates & Beginning/Intermediate Exercises (16 hours)
Prerequisites: 1 year experience teaching movement, anatomy, 20 Pilates Mat class sessions

Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors, pre-, and post-natal classes.

Mat II

Intermediate/Advanced Exercises (16 hours)
Prerequisites: Mat I

Mat II includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.

Reformer I and Movement Principles  

Introduction to Reformer & Beginning Exercises and Pilates Principles (18 hours)
Prerequisites: 2 years experience teaching movement, anatomy, 30 Pilates Reformer classes or personal training sessions

Reformer I includes an introduction to the Pilates Reformer including set up and safety, plus beginning exercises, program sequencing and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach a beginning Reformer class or personal training session.

Reformer II  

Intermediate Exercises (16 hours)
Prerequisites: Reformer I

Reformer II includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired.

Reformer III  

Advanced Exercises & Sport Specific Program (14 hours)
Prerequisites: Reformer II

Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client and programs designed for specific sports.

Apparatus I, II, III Modules: Cadillac, Chair and Barrels Combined

Apparatus I, II, and III modules are required for eligibility for the Balanced Body Comprehensive Test as well as for the Pilates Method Alliance Certification Exam.  Purpose, safety and utilization of each piece of equipment for group and private settings as well as multi-use programming. 

Apparatus 1 (14 hours) covers introductory concepts and exercises on the Trap Table, Chair and Barrel as well as equipment set up and safety.  The purpose of each piece of equipment is covered as it relates to private and group settings.

Apparatus 2 (12 hours) covers each piece of equipment more in depth.  This course provides the skills to work with beginning, post-rehab and advanced clients. This course provides the purpose of each piece of equipment in more detail and how to best utilize specific equipment for each client as well as mixed apparatus programming.

Apparatus 3 (12 hours) completes the comprehensive program.  The remaining exercises on the Trap, Chair and Barrel are covered.  The instructor training program is summarized as well as providing information on utilizing the entire Pilates system for individuals and group settings, starting to teach, insurance, local pay rates and professional conduct.