Find out about how to have a successful career as a Pilates Instructor including the requirements, qualifications you'll need, hours, salary and how to get started.

Working in Pilates means you can turn your passion into a rewarding career. Pilates instructors don't just help clients strengthen their bodies, they can improve their wellbeing too. We've put together a guide on how to become a Pilates instructor including the skills you'll need, what the hours will be like, the income you can expect and the opportunities that are out there.

PIlates students learning what it takes to become a Pilates trainer

Courses to get you started

As the only licensed STOTT PILATES® centre in the UK, there's no better place to train in Pilates than with YMCAfit. To teach Pilates, you'll need to be fully qualified and STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary, anatomically-based approach to Joseph Pilates' original exercise method - ideal for anyone looking to improve and expand on their range of skills and incorporate modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles for a safe and highly effective low-impact way to strengthen the body.

Skills you'll need

To begin your career in Pilates, you should have the following:

  • A basic understanding of the practice and have good flexibility.
  • Good communications skills as, with most fitness roles, you'll be working closely with lots of different people.
  • The ability to motivate people to reach their potential and enjoy being around people.
  • Business skills if you intend to become self-employed.
  • A good level of physical fitness, give you may teach many classes a day.

What the work involves

Once you start your career as a Pilates instructor you can expect to help people improve their health and wellbeing. From day to day you may be doing a range of activities including:

  • Helping clients work on the mat or on specialist equipment.
  • Working to develop programmes that suit individuals' needs.
  • Leading group training sessions.
  • Working on helping clients deal with stress and anxiety.


As a Pilates instructor, your hours may not be the normal 9 to 5. You may get to set your own hours but you may also need to be a little flexible and work some evenings and weekends.


You'll usually start on somewhere between £12k, growing to around £18k with more experience. Althogh your salary will depend on your level of experience, where you're working and the number of clients you have. Teaching one-to-one, you could earn anywhere between £20 to £50 per hour and for group classes you could charge £5 to £12 though you may need to pay for room hire.

Training and development

You may want to continue your study and learn more with a continued professional development course. These courses allow you to further your career in fitness by broadening your skills with a more specialist area, allowing you to build up your portfolio and learn new things. You can choose from a range of our courses and areas of interest here.


There are many opportunities out there once you're a qualified Pilates Instructor. As the only training provider of STOTT PILATES® in the UK you'll have had a unique teaching to enable you to seek out editing opportunities. You can choose to teach in studios or privately and teach classes or one to one. We have developed recruitment partnerships to help get your fitness career off to the best possible start. Find out more about this on our blog.

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