About this course

Developed by former professional dancer Moira Merrithew, with input from sports medicine professionals, STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary, anatomically based approach to Joseph Pilates' original exercise method. Incorporating modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles, it is a safe and highly effective low-impact way to stretch, strengthen and streamline the body.

STOTT PILATES® helps to develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance, and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints, which makes it the perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, athletic training, or rehabilitation. The courses are ideal for experienced studio and fitness instructors, personal trainers, sports therapists, physiotherapists, and those with a background in dance looking to improve their range of skills and enhance their employability.

STOTT PILATES® Intensive Reformer Repertoire will prepare you to teach a broad range of exercises, variations and modifications performed on the Reformer, and how to combine Mat and Reformer based workouts for increased variety and intensity.

The course price is inclusive of Essential Reformer Manual and Intermediate Reformer Manual. These resources are provided on the first day of the course.

Online digital video resources, developed and provided by Merrithew™, will be purchased by the student directly from Merrithew™. This resource is not included in the course fee - Intensive Reformer (IR) Course Package · Digital Video Only | Merrithew™.

Course details

The course can be taken in two formats:

Intensive: 10 days practical over 2 weeks plus 1 day assessment


Weekends: 10 days practical usually conducted over consecutive weekends plus 1 day assessment

What you will learn
  • Apply STOTT PILATES bio-mechanical principles of core stability, peripheral mobility, breathing and alignment to relevant exercises
  • Break down essential and intermediate level exercises
  • Exercise essence, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
  • Apply variations to increase or decrease exercise intensity
  • Modify for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • Teach and communicate effectively using visual skills, verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and
How you will be assessed
  • Practical
  • Theory paper
  • Exam after course

A teaching log needs to be completed prior to assessment. This includes:

  • 25 hours practical teaching (individuals or groups)
  • 40 hours physical review (attending STOTT PILATES classes or performing exercises with online digital content)
  • 10 hours observation (STOTT PILATES classes or online digital content).

Please note: exam can be combined with STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat-Plus™ exam

The examination must be taken within 6 months of completion of your last STOTT PILATES course.

What you will qualify with
  • STOTT PILATES® – Intensive Reformer
What you will need to do this course
  • YMCA Gym or Studio Instructor or equivalent. Alternatively be a practising sports therapist, physiotherapist or dancer
  • Teaching experience is recommended
  • Background practical knowledge of Pilates as a user-either the STOTT PILATES method or another style
  • At least 30 hours of attending Pilates classes is required
  • While Intensive Reformer may be taken prior to the Intensive Mat-Plus, we recommend completing the Intensive Mat-Plus first.
Location and dates


Start date
Friday 28 Jan 22
End date
Sunday 20 Feb 22
Course dates
28 Jan 2022 - 30 Jan 2022
04 Feb 2022 - 06 Feb 2022
12 Feb 2022 - 13 Feb 2022
19 Feb 2022 - 20 Feb 2022
Start date
Friday 22 Jul 22
End date
Sunday 14 Aug 22
Course dates
22 Jul 2022 - 24 Jul 2022
29 Jul 2022 - 31 Jul 2022
06 Aug 2022 - 07 Aug 2022
13 Aug 2022 - 14 Aug 2022
How to book

Call us on 0203 944 2533 (Local rate) to book your course or fill out our request a call back form.

Payment options

We accept debit or credit cards over the phone or in person at our London head office. Our office is open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can either pay the full amount or by setting up an interest free Direct Debit in 6 monthly installments.


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