Polestar Pilates Teacher Training

Why Polestar?

There are many Pilates teacher training programs to choose from… so why choose Polestar? Going through the intensive Polestar program will teach you how to become a teacher, how to work with an individual in front of you. Polestar fits pilates to the individual, rather than trying to make the individual fit into a set routine of exercises. You will learn the why of an exercise not just the how of the exercise. Understanding why certain exercises are appropriate or modified is critical to an individualized program. Graduates of the Polestar pilates brand of teacher training are well prepared after completing the series to work with clients of all types. Once completing the Polestar program exam, you will be eligible to sit for the PMA exam, earning the title of certified instructor.  Inner Strength Pilates also offers advanced level workshops. These are developed and taught by senior Polestar physical therapists and movement specialists that will enrich your understanding of pathologies and movement science. Our goal is for every person to have a positive movement experience!!

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Polestar is an international authority in Pilates education, focused on whole body wellness, healing through movement modalities and mind-body-spirit connectivity. Our mission is to shape world health by making whole body fitness available to everyone, with science-based techniques, intelligent movement and the uniform development of muscles, resulting in complete mastery of body and mind.

Founded in 1992, Polestar today is comprised of an international community of highly-trained Pilates professionals who seek to impact world health. Polestar has Pilates instructor representation in over 50 countries, and education centers located in nearly 40 countries. As Pilates grows as a method, we provide excellent and thorough education of all Polestar Pilates instructors, producing the finest Pilates professionals in the world.

In the U.S. Polestar supports the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and partners with reputable Pilates schools assuring the quality and integrity of the Pilates instructor certification (PMA®-CPT). Polestar has been an active supporter of the PMA since its inception in 2001. Not only does the PMA certification provide peace of mind to clients and studio owners about the level of an instructor’s experience and understanding, but it provides the instructor with a supportive community to continue to grow and excel in their practice.

The Polestar curriculum provides instructors with science-based techniques to thoughtfully assess the whole person and assist them in accomplishing their goals.

Polestar also offers continuing education programs to help instructors successfully have long and fulfilling careers as Polestar Pilates practitioners.

Polestar invites everyone to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle; addressing health and fitness issues associated with sedentary habits, and enhancing elite athlete performance.


Driven by its science and evidence-based curriculum, professional leadership and a variety of specialties, Polestar applies Pilates exercises in helping people either restore, achieve or excel in physical movement. Polestar Pilates can help relieve back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, shoulder impingement and other conditions impending physical fitness. Polestar offers not only a road to recovery, but a way of wellness that can only be realized once pain is stabilized and alleviated.

Polestar Pilates can also aid in the treatment of post-surgical conditions, for those recovering from knee, hip, back or other surgeries. A Polestar practitioner can help to increase range of motion and diminish habits of guarding and over-recruitment of muscles to restore healthy movement patterns. (learn more)

Comprehensive Pilates Program

Master over 130 Pilates exercises across a full spectrum of apparatuses, including Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and props. By learning a comprehensive repertoire of movement techniques, you can continuously provide and refresh your clients with goal-oriented movement experiences.

The series consists of six, two-day modules that allow you to evaluate the practical applications of Pilates exercises, develop assessment techniques, understand movement sequences, and modify exercises and programs for individuals. Completion of the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Program qualifies you to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) Certification exam. Sit for the Polestar Pilates Centralized Exam to become a Polestar Practitioner.


Aside from course hours, there are additional hours required for graduation and qualification of PMA Certification examination. Observation, apprentice teaching, and self-mastery hours are the responsibility of the student to complete outside of the course. A percentage of these hours can be completed using online support materials.

Comprehensive Pilates Transition (Bridging)
Pre-Course 25 0
Online Lectures 10 10
Lectures 100 100
Observation 40 20
Self-Mastery (Practice) 100 25
Apprentice Teaching 100 25
Assigned Homework 50 50
Exercise Check-Offs 25 25
TOTAL 450 255
Coursework incorporates:

Note: Polestar Pilates Centralized Exam is available as an add-on.





Pilates Teacher Training

Physical therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist Brent Anderson, PhD guides the Polestar curriculum, a college-level Pilates instructor program that is based on a scientific foundation of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control, and integrates scientific research findings in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science. Polestar educators individually hold advanced degrees in a variety or movement modalities.

Our Pilates instructor training method is interactive*, providing you with tools for critical thinking to become a Pilates teacher, creating full fitness assessments and design goal-oriented programs. Coursework incorporates: