How to become a Pilates Instructor

Pilates offers low-impact routines for building agility, flexibility and strength, attracting some 12 million adherents worldwide*. As an indication of its popularity in the UK, Pilates retained its place during the recent pandemic.

So, if you enjoy Pilates, why not turn your passion into a business and learn how to become a Pilates instructor?

About us

Whenever your business is built on personal relationships with your clients – but especially Pilates training that involves close personal contact – there is always the risk of public liability claims. Protection against these makes our Pilates Instructor Insurance so critical for anyone contemplating this kind of business.

Our policies also extend to professional indemnity insurance – another vital safeguard for anyone in the business of offering advice and making recommendations on physical fitness – together with cover for the equipment you use.

Becoming a Pilates instructor

If you are interested in becoming a Pilates instructor, let’s take a closer look at what you need to know.

What skills do you need?

A core quality will be your empathy towards and concern for other people. This will be backed up and demonstrated by the power and understanding of your verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

You will exercise those qualities in the way you watch and observe your clients in action – giving particular attention to their movements and posture. As a result, you can inspire and motivate your clientele in a common quest to mould better versions of themselves.

To achieve this, you must understand and gain extensive knowledge of posture and movement.

What qualifications do you need to be a Pilates instructor?

The entry-level qualification is the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates. With this training, you can become a Pilates instructor with the authority to teach the routines either to groups or on a one-to-one basis.

The length of your training course will depend on a whole host of factors – mainly determined by the amount of time you can commit and the work you put into the course. Typically, students qualify between four and nine months.

As you develop your skills as a Pilates instructor, you may want to underscore your sense of professionalism and recognition of the level at which you can offer Pilates training by gaining your Level 4 Certificate in Mat Pilates.

Our blog Pilates Teacher Training and Qualifications discusses what qualifications you’ll need in a bit more depth.

Can you make a living as a Pilates instructor?

Yes, you can! How much you will earn depends on how many hours a week you want to work and whether you are starting your own business or employed by a gym etc.

For example, with the former, it will take time to build up your clientele and therefore your earnings.

Sources say that if you are working as a fulltime Pilates instructor, you may be able to earn between £22k-£52k a year**.

Get teaching and get insured

Once you have qualified, you can apply to teach Pilates. You can look for opportunities advertised online or at your local gym. Or, you can start your own Pilates business.

Whichever way you decide to instruct Pilates, you need to make sure that you have Pilates Instructor Insurance to protect you and your clients.

Sources say that if you are working as a fulltime Pilates instructor, you may be able to earn between £22k-£52k a year**.


Being a Pilates instructor means you are your own boss and doing something you love. In addition, it allows you to earn an income while working reasonably flexible hours.

The popularity of Pilates globally and in the UK means that you are unlikely to be struggling too hard to find customers. However, the success of your business is likely going to depend on your development of the appropriate attitudes and aptitude, qualifications, and equipment – safeguarded, of course, by our Pilates Instructor Insurance.

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