Pilates Instructor

Instructor with student on pilates machine
Why Teach Pilates

Pilates exercises are fast becoming the most popular fitness activity of men and women from all walks of life - and they need qualified and trained instructors. The demand for Pilates instructors is growing and Pilates teachers earn more for group classes than any other type of fitness instructor.

Pilates is for everyone. It is the fitness choice of many people including professional dancers, gymnasts, athletes, and our aging population. Pilates exercises improve posture, increased ease of movement, and strengthen your core muscles. Pilates can also improve your mood with breathing techniques and relaxation.

The instructor training program at West Valley College provides you the opportunity to help other people of all ages and ability levels to improve their health and well-being. In addition, you will have a career path into the fitness industry and opportunities for professional growth.

Heidi stretching on barrel device
The Program

The Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to be successful in the fitness industry as a Pilates instructor. The program prepares students to successfully teach the Pilates methods at a health club, YMCA, fitness center, or privately owned studio.

The goals of this program include preparation for the Pilates Method Alliance national exam and successful employment in the community. Upon completion of the program students are prepared to instruct Pilates mat and reformer classes, perform a postural analysis, assess fitness levels, determine readiness for physical exercise, design safe and effective Pilates exercise programs, monitor progress, and adjust training protocols to meet client goals. Students are presented the skills for training clients in a group setting or one-on-one. Students are introduced to the historical origins of Pilates, contemporary styles of Pilates, and Pilates for special populations. The comprehensive program includes instruction in the mat exercise series along with reformer training. Additional topics include fitness assessment, postural analysis, exercise technique, program design, nutrition, behavioral coaching, and client relations.

The approximate cost of the program: $700.00 for tuition, fees, textbooks, and materials.


Pilates Intructor Trio

Vicky Galindo-Piatt

Vicky Galindo-Piatt

Vicky Galindo-Piatt is a certified Pilates instructor through STOTT Pilates. She is a West Valley College alumnus and currently the women’s softball coach. She was a member of the USA softball team in 2006 and was a silver medalist for team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.

Adrienne Robinson

Adrienne Robinson

Adrienne Robinson is a kinesiology instructor at West Valley College. She has a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University. Adrienne is a personal trainer and nutrition consultant.

Last Updated 5/25/23