what is a Comprehensive Pilates Training Program?
In the Pilates community when the word “Comprehensive” is used to describe training programs this can mean many different things. Traditionally when describing a program as “Comprehensive” it was meant to refer to a program that includes the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table/Wall Unit, Chair/High Chair, Barrels, Pedopul, Ring and Foot/Toe Corrector. Training programs are offered in two typical formats: All-Inclusive (typically 6-9 months/450-750 hours), and Module (broken down into levels and pieces of equipment and taken at your own pace). Upon completion of either program format the results should be the same: fully trained on Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table/Wall Unit, Chair/High Chair, Barrels, Pedopul, Ring and Foot/Toe Corrector from the Beginner – Advanced level.
Unfortunately “Comprehensive” is being used to describe a variety of different programs, from Mat only, or Reformer only, and everything in between. This can be confusing and misleading for people looking for training programs and evaluating costs and content. It can also be frustrating when participants complete a program and want to become Certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (our professional certifying agency) and find they cannot sit for the test because their program does not meet the minimum requirements of a Comprehensive program. Currently the Pilates Method Alliance, PMA, is working on a template to provide minimum guidelines for what constitutes a Comprehensive training program. Hopefully this explanation will help clarify what “Comprehensive” means when it is used to describe a Pilates Training Program.