Pilates teacher certification

Becoming a great pilates teacher requires intense immersion in the material, dedicated practice, and personalized feedback. There are no shortcuts.


Choosing the right teacher training program is one of the most important career decisions you will make. If you are looking for a personalized, professional program, with a proven track record that doesn’t rely on teaching “formulas” then lets talk. We want you to love this profession as much as we do.

Free Information/Orientation Meeting Sept. 15 2017: Click here to sign up

Smartbody was one of the first studios to offer Pilates teacher training in Amsterdam back in 2008. Since then Smartbody trained teachers have taught professionally at studios across the globe. We pride ourselves in training teachers in the subtleties of how to teach and not just what to teach.

We offer two intensive certification programs: a 130 hour mat certification and a 550 hour comprehensive equipment+mat certification. The equipment course is currently underway. The next mat course will begin January 12, 2018. Deadline for registration for the next mat course is November 30, 2017. The next equipment course begins in May 2018 (date to be set).
The exact dates are yet to be set.

Please download the information on the course by clicking on the links to the right (or below on your phone) and let us know if you have any questions. Courses fill quickly so please register now if you are interested.

Give us a call or email us if you are interested. Jelena Petrovic: 0648270752, info@smartbody.nl

Our blog post about teacher training:
How to Choose a Teacher Training Program

Download materials – Includes dates and prices

When I moved to Amsterdam in the fall of 2015, I arrived knowing I was enrolled in the Smartbody Pilates Mat Teacher Certification for 2016. At this point, I hadn’t yet made up my mind as to whether or not I would continue further to pursue the Comprehensive Teacher Training program. However, once the Mat certification began, I was so impressed by how thorough the course was, both theoretically and practically, that I decided to do the Comprehensive program. This was one of the best decisions I made! While the program is intense, it is well laid out and therefore very manageable.
The best part of Smartbody’s training program is the personal attention the instructors provide, given they only accept a small number of dedicated students. Many other programs seem to lack this. Through a combination of practical lecture, anatomy lessons, equipment classes, self-practice (including unlimited access to the studio and it’s beautiful equipment!), teaching hours, observation hours and 1:1 meetings, you learn a large repertoire of Pilates exercises and how to instruct your students in an effective and safe manner. Having graduated from this program, I feel confident as a Pilates teacher, and utilize what I have learned into my practice as a Physiotherapist.
A little bonus: You may meet some life long friends in the process like I did. Michelle Lee— – Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

After I graduated, I was able to approach any client with confidence. What I liked most in my training was that I was taught how to take clients safely through a physically challenging journey while at the same time respecting their individual needs. I recommend Smartbody’s Pilates Teacher Training to anyone who wishes to delve deeply and seriously into the method. I certainly find it an excellent choice for it will prepare the candidate properly for the demanding profession of being a pilates teacher Astarti Athanasiadou, Professional Pilates Teacher.

A couple of years ago I did all the research to establish who to do my teacher training with and no one came close to the focus and discipline that Jelena and the team at SmartBody have. The rich combination of self practice, teaching and observation from both an exercise and anatomical perspective, sets you up to be an amazing teacher. Michelle Rushbridge – Marketing Professional, Life Coach & Pilates Instructor

Completing the Smartbody (Mat Method) Teacher Training Programme was one of the best things I have ever done. Intense? Yes. Demanding? Yes. Rigorous? Yes. Rewarding? Yes, Yes, Yes! The Smartbody teaching team are all extremely experienced Pilates experts. Underpinned by a high quality of teaching – the programme comprehensively builds self- practice and teaching (observation and teaching practice) and is supplemented by lectures on Pilates exercises, techniques and anatomy. This means that the programme is comprehensive – you know that if you complete and pass the course you are set up to be a well-rounded and great teacher and that is what Smartbody wants you to be.
I also really appreciated the fact that Jelena and her team really care. They attentively and patiently coach, coax, mentor (or humor!) you through any personal challenges that you face. I have experienced direct impacts such as greater body awareness and physical fitness and also more subtle, less obvious benefits including greater self- confidence and energy.
Annie Francis, Lawyer and Pilates Teacher.

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