I have recently completed a Studio course in London, but am moving to Hong Kong shortly. Can I take my exam in Hong Kong?
I want to become a Pilates instructor but do not fulfil the pre-requisites of being a qualified fitness instructor, although I have been taking Pilates classes for the past year. Can I still join the Mat course?
Will I need additional tuition? What support is available for students in between the monthly weekend training sessions? Do students have open access to your studio and educators to enable practical work on the material or is there an additional charge for this?
One of the most important features of Polestar training is the emphasis placed on self study (supervised and unsupervised) which students undertake in addition to the core training modules.The learning and self mastery activities are essential for the student to hone and perfect his/her skills as a competent and professional Pilates practitioner.
In order to be eligible to take the certification exam, students are required to partake in Observation, Practice (Self Mastery) and Apprentice Teaching activities. Some of these are supervised and therefore attract a fee, others do not. It is Polestar’s objective to make these activities available at a minimum cost to students.
Host sites also provide Polestar students with the option of joining their Mentorship Programme which are designed to offer Pilates classes and sessions held at the host center, at a discounted price.
The Mentorship Programme varies from country to country. Information may also be obtained from the Host Site or Polestar Supervising Mentor in each country.
- Private/Semi-Private tuition
- Scheduled Group Sessions
- Observation of the conducting of Rehabilitation, Studio, Mat or Reformer sessions.
- Self-Mastery Sessions-self conducted training.
- Group study sessions.
- Teaching practice sessions.
- Assistant Teaching experience.
Self-mastery hours are exactly that, hours that you spend mastering the exercises you have learnt on your course. So hours that you spend practising either on your own or with fellow students, can be noted as such in your logbook without verification.
We recommend that you book a 1-1 session or share a session with other students with an educator or mentor monthly, to ensure that you are on the right track. These hours are also classed as self-mastery.
Any classes that are taught by a Polestar teacher that you attend at a Host studio can also be logged as self-mastery hours.
I understand that a reasonable knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite. If I do not have this, what do you recommend?
There is an excellent app now available for the iPad, see Muscle & Bone Anatomy 3D By Real Bodywork. Real Bodywork also have a number of related smartphone apps and quizzes.
We also recommend the following books from our reading list:
- ‘Anatomy of Movement’ (Blandine Calais Germain – author)
- Trail Guide to the Body, A hands-on guide to locating muscles, bones and more (Andre Biel)