Pilates Instructor

The Kinesiology department will hold a free information session for new and interested students on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Cilker building.

Why Teach Pilates

Instructor Heidi Davis with student

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.
For more information, please contact Heidi Davis at 408-741-2522 or heidi.davisFREEWEST_VALLEY
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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.

For more information, please contact Heidi Davis at 408-741-2522 or heidi.davisFREEWEST_VALLEY

Like WVC Kinesiology on Facebook.

Follow WVC Kinesiology on Instagram.

Contact Me about the Pilates Instructor Program

The Program

Instructor Heidi Davis on barrel

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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Instructor Adrienne Robinson on Cadillac machine

The Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 13 units and an in-depth exploration into the field of kinesiology. This program provides Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities in teaching the Pilates method of exercise. 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. Upon successful completion of the Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement, students are prepared for employment in the fitness industry as a Pilates instructor. 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. Employment opportunities include working at a commercial health club, a Pilates studio, or as an entrepreneurial business owner or manager. Students are prepared to complete the Pilates Method Alliance national exam. Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to design and instruct a Pilates exercise routine for healthy, aging, and special populations.

Certificate Requirements

The Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 13 units and an in-depth exploration into the field of kinesiology.

This program provides Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities in teaching the Pilates method of exercise. 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. Upon successful completion of the Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement, students are prepared for employment in the fitness industry as a Pilates instructor. 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.

Employment opportunities include working at a commercial health club, a Pilates studio, or as an entrepreneurial business owner or manager. Students are prepared to complete the Pilates Method Alliance national exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to design and instruct a Pilates exercise routine for healthy, aging, and special populations.

Required Core Courses: 10 units

Course Number Course Title Units
HTCH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
KINS 11.06 Pilates Reformer and Mat Instructor Training 3 units
KINS 11.07 Pilates Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels Instructor Training 2 units
KINS 11.09 Intermediate Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit
KINS 11.10 Advanced Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit

Select One of the Following Courses: 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 15 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3 units
BUSN 54 Small Business Start Up and Management 3 units
KINT 30 Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
KINT 42 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning 3 units
KINT 70 Principles of Exercise Prescription and Program Design 3 units
NUTR 15 Human Nutrition 3 units
NUTR 22 Sport Nutrition 3 units
Total Units   13 units

Instructors

Pilates Intructor Trio

Heidi Davis

Heidi Davis

Dr. Heidi Davis is a kinesiology professor at West Valley College. She is a certified health fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine and STOTT Pilates certified. She has a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University and a doctorate in educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University.

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 5/31/19