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PilatesCircle is pleased to announce that it will host STOTT PILATES instructor training courses for those interested in advancing their career and becoming certified Pilates instructors. The introduction of this training speaks to the growing need for Pilates instructors, with this form of exercise having grown by more than 600 percent in some markets.

Pilates is a versatile form of non-impact exercise designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance without building bulk or stressing joints. Done on a mat or on specialized equipment, Pilates is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and life stages and is a favorite exercise activity of celebrities and professional athletes alike. 

In a worldwide survey conducted by the Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal, Pilates ranked ninth on a list of the top 20 fitness trends for 2010. Beyond assisting with general fitness and well-being, Pilates is also an effective form of exercise for such purposes as rehabilitation, athletic conditioning, dance, prenatal fitness, and active aging.

"STOTT PILATES Certified Instructors have completed training that enables them to safely deliver dynamic, high-quality classes for a broad range of clients,” says Lindsay G. Merrithew, President and CEO of THE MERRITHEW HEATLH & FITNESS GROUP. “Our instructors are in high demand, with many avenues to put their training to work and help others achieve their fitness and wellness goals.”

Consider a career in Pilates, the fastest growing form of exercise in the Fitness Industry. Join us this spring for the Intensive Mat-Plus™– IMP course and begin building your future.


Intensive Mat-Plus™– IMP

To be scheduled
Friday 11:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Cost per person: $1,220.00**
Course materials: $197.00(1) - Complete set*

Intensive Mat-Plus™ Course Materials: 2 manuals: Comprehensive Matwork, Mat/Reformer Support Materials 4 DVDs: Essential Matwork 3rd Ed, Intermediate Matwork 3rd Ed, Sculpt & Tone, Fitness Circle Challenge

(1) $170 if you already have the mat/reformer support materials book

*prices do not include applicable taxes and subject to change

**a non-refundable $500 deposit is due at time of enrollment

IMP provides you with the solid foundation and skills you need to develop effective and motivating group and personal training programs. This course teaches you to design and teach the Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) Matwork repertoire, integrating light accessories to add variety and meet the specific needs of your clients. You will learn:


•  Workout composition for personal and group training
•  Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts
•  Flex-Band, Fitness Circle and Arc Barrel workouts
•  Effective communication and observational skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
•  Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
•  How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises
•  Theory and practice of postural analysis
•  Exercise layering related to effective program design
•  63 exercises plus multiple modifications
•  How to apply STOTT PILATES biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises
•  A complete breakdown of each exercise
•  Exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
•  Modifications to increase or decrease exercise intensity

•  How to recognize optimal and less than optimal movement patterns

•  A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated

•  Effective communication, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation


Click HERE to download the Intensive Mat-Plus™ details..


• Working knowledge of functional anatomy

• Minimum 30 hours Pilates classes/workouts

• Three-plus years teaching movement or fitness



• 40 hours instruction and supervised teaching
• Minimum 10 hours observation
• Minimum 30 hours physical review

• Minimum 15 hours practice teaching

• Conducted over 2 weeks or 3 weekends

• Total: 95 hours


•  4.0 STOTT PILATES; ACE; Can-Fit-Pro

Course Cancellation Policy

A $500 nontransferable and nonrefundable administration/processing fee applies to all courses.  All courses must be paid in full at least 6 weeks prior to course start date.  If a cancellation/refund is requested at least 6 weeks prior to the course start date, the course fee will be refunded minus $500.  No refunds after 6 weeks prior to course start date.

Instructor Trainers

sarah jarvis

Sarah Jarvis

While completing her Business Administration degree at the University of Windsor, Sarah Jarvis began teaching aerobics and weight training classes. After finishing her degree, she moved to Toronto and started teaching fitness classes, working in sales and managing a club. Sarah soon discovered STOTT PILATES and discovering how the method strengthens and refocuses the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world.  Sarah completed her STOTT PILATES Full Certification in 2004 and began working at STOTT  PILATES Corporate  Training Center. Intrigued by both the business and training worlds, she combined her interests on the STOTT PILATES Education team as Programming Coordinator and is now a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels.  Sarah has been working with STOTT PILATES since 2003 and continues to learn and grow building relationships and witnessing the impact the program has made on so many instructors and studios all over the world.

Lead Instructor Trainer & Rehab Specialist

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Wayne Seeto, BOccThy, MSc(PT)

As a STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer & Rehab Specialist, Wayne has worked in the fitness industry for more than 10 years and is a recognized leader in his field. Based at the STOTT PILATES Corporate Training Center in Toronto, this high-energy Australian native is a featured performer in several award-winning workout videos and has traveled around the world to present workshops and teach the STOTT PILATES method. Wayne received his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, Australia and his Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, Canada. He is certified to teach the STOTT PILATES Rehab program and is sought-after internationally for private and professional instruction.

Additional Information:

(1) Students must attend and participate in all classes. If a student must miss a class, s/he will have to make up missed time with an Instructor Trainer. (2) If the student misses more than 5 hours they must make up the same amount of hours missed (1:1 ratio). If a student misses less than five hours of a course, they need to make up half the time in private review at their cost (2:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up). Make-up hours should be done in a timely manner especially if the missed hours occur in the middle of a course. (This allows students to cover material prerequisite to material taught upon returning to the course.) Make up fee is $78/hour, payable to Merrithew Health & Fitness (“MH&F”) prior to the scheduled session. Any make-up hours for ISP courses, Advanced courses, and Rehab courses are done on a 1:1 ratio due to the density of the course material and the expectation that it will take the same amount of time to teach one student as to teach a group.




At the conclusion of each course, students receive a letter of completion stating that they have fulfilled the training requirements and are pending certification and continuing education credits, if applicable. Participants who do not attend and/or participate during any and all course hours will not receive a letter of completion until the hours/objectives are met. A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time and submitted at the time of the practical exam. Log sheets can be found in the Support Materials Manual. Additional training may be required to prepare for certification, as indicated by an Instructor Trainer. Practice teaching hours can be fulfilled by instructing family members, fellow students, friends or clients. Physical review means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or working out with a DVD can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students. Observation involves watching sessions taught by a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor or relevant STOTT PILATES videos. For specific hours pertaining to each course please visit www.stottpilates.com/education/prog_intensive.htmland click on the specific course (i.e. IMP, IR)



Certification & Examinations

STOTT PILATES certification is awarded upon successful completion of a course plus a written and practical exam. Certification shows clients and employers that an individual is a well-qualified professional. Exam material is cumulative so students can certify in stages by taking an exam after each course or after a series of courses, e.g. students certified in Matwork must take a combined Matwork and Reformer exam should they wish to certify in Reformer. This also applies to students certified in Reformer who wish to move on to CCB (Cadillac, Chair & Barrels) certification. Please note that exams must be taken within six months of the last course completed and that there is a fee associated with each exam. Successful completion of Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; Advanced Repertoire; ISP courses and exams are required for full certification. Please review the additional links below for more information on Certification and Examinations:

Certification: www.stottpilates.com/education/exams/index.html

Continuing Education Program: www.stottpilates.com/education/cont-ed/FAQ-conted.html

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