Frequently Asked Questions

Apprentice Teaching

Apprentice teaching hours are usually started at the end of your course, once you have the knowledge of all the exercises. We suggest working one-on-one with family and friends to help build up your confidence teaching. When you’re ready to practise in a studio environment, you are welcome to contact the friendly team at Moss Pilates. In order to teach at Moss studios you will first need to obtain student insurance cover.

Yes, you will need to sign a studio hire agreement and provide your insurance certificate. We suggest that you ask your client to pay you at least enough to cover the studio hire fee.

Course Content

PPO Module – Polestar Principles Online

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

This is a 10-hour online course with 8 segments. Each segment will be available after the completion of the previous one. Quizzes, resources, and discussions qualify your learning as you go through the course.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication;
  • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement;
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations;
  • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening™, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals.

SR1 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO. The movement selections focus on early intervention and beginning exercises on all equipment.

Experiential lecture and lab will address Basic Postural Assessment. A special lab will address adjustment of equipment for patient safety and instructor efficiency. Exercise lab themes include basic hip disassociation, basic core stabilization, thoracic spine mobility and lower extremity alignment.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise or treatment plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 8 pre-Pilates mat exercises and 9 exercises and their variations for Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR2 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1.

The movement selections focus on beginning and early intermediate exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address Polestar Pilates Program Design and Sequencing. Exercise labs address basic shoulder organization, spine mobility in flexion and side-bending, core strength, spine extension strength and lower extremity stretching.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR3 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1-2.

The movement selections focus on intermediate exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address use of imagery in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address functional upper extremity strengthening and weight bearing, basic standing alignment and balance, intermediate core stabilization, coordination in spine mobility, and intermediate movement integration.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR4 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1-3.

The movement selections focus on intermediate and early advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address use of touch and tactile cueing in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address advanced upper extremity weight bearing, advanced core work in flexion, intermediate standing work, lower extremity strengthening and alignment, and intermediate spine extension work.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 25 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR5 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR4.

The movement selections focus on advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address communication skills in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address advanced core work in flexion, advanced upper and lower extremity weight bearing, advanced lateral flexion work, advanced standing and balance work, and advanced movement integration.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

SR6 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR5.

The movement selections focus on advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address Energy Medicine and its relevance to movement and healing. Exercise labs address advanced movement integration work in all planes of movement and all positions.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 21 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

Course Useful Information

Polestar Pilates offers a wide range of Pilates courses, seminars and workshops nationally and internationally in its continuing education program. All of them are available in the website.

No there is no requirement to be mat qualified so long as you satisfy the specified criteria.

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 offer the CYQ eLearning course for £75 – click here to order CYQ Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Course.

See our Continuing Education page for workshops scheduled at our London studios. We also recommend ‘Anatomy of Movement’ (Blandine Calais Germain – author) from our reading list.

We recommend you book as soon as you have decided to take one of our courses because numbers a re strictly limited and places are offered on a first-come, first served basis. See Course Dates & Costs page here for early booking discounts.

With regard to observation, we suggest that the majority of your 40 hours should be observing a Polestar teacher. We are mindful that for students living far away, finding access to a Polestar teacher for observation is not always easy, which is why we do allow some of these hours to be with a non-Polestar teacher.

However the point of observation is to hear the teacher giving appropriate cueing, which will not necessarily be the same with non-Polestar teachers. It is possible to observe teachers at our London studio . This needs to be booked in advance with reception and there is no charge to students.

We also suggest students attend our Friday & Saturday Club classes and use these classes as either self-practise or observation hours.

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 with an educator or mentor at least monthly, to ensure that you are on the right track. You could share the cost with another student. These hours are also classed as self-mastery.

Any classes that you attend at our studio can also be logged as self-mastery hours.

With regard to Self-Mastery, Observation and Apprentice Teaching hours: at least 50% of all hours in each category should be completed within a Polestar Studio or with a Polestar certified practitioner or graduate. If you do not live within an area to have access to a Polestar person, please discuss this with your Polestar educator.

You may also watch videos on Pilates Anytime featuring Brent Anderson, Christi Idaho, Shelly Powers or Sherri Betz and use these either as an observation hour or self-practise hour. Alternatively you could watch them twice and log them as one of each. We also now offer free regular check off session for mat and reformer exercises. See the website continuing education page at polestarlife.com for details and booking.

Apprentice teaching hours are usually started at the end of the course once you have the knowledge of all the exercises. We suggest that you work on a 1-1 basis with family and friends.

It is possible in the UK to get student insurance once you complete your course so that you are insured to teach them. We do not verify these hours but trust the student to complete and record them in their log books accurately.

You as the student take responsibility for signing-off the demonstration and teaching sections in your course log book.  When you feel you have mastered the individual exercises, please sign in the appropriate column.

To help you with this, we run regular repertoire review sessions which are free of charge for students to book into.  You can book at www.polestar.life. However we do require seven days’ notice if you need to cancel.  If you fail to attend or late cancel then a £20 charge will be made.

We also strongly recommend that you have a regular 1-1 session with a member of the education team.  How often you have these sessions is up to you but we would suggest at least once a month.  You can share this session with a fellow student.

The mentor or educator you are seeing is responsible for signing-off the final column in your log book for check-offs.  They will not sign the exercises individually, but rather sign each page.  By having regular 1-1 sessions this process will happen organically. They might also make some comments in your log book about specific things you need to focus on for either teaching or demonstration.

With regard to the rest of your log book, again you are responsible for completing this.  When you are ready to sit your exam and your log book is complete, please ask your educator to sign the final page of your log book.

We do not recommend or endorse any particular company but the following links have been provided by former students who have done their own research:

 

CMC, the Insurance Broker for Fitpro, offers a policy whereby, provided you already hold a fitness qualification e.g. exercise to music, personal trainer etc, they will give you insurance for up to 12 months period to teach the paying public exercises that you have learnt to date in your course. Contact CMC on 01794 516 740 for further information on this insurance.

Balens offers coverage to Students for up to a 12 month period to teach the paying public exercises that you have learnt to date in your course so long as the client is aware of the training status as stated, ”Students can be covered for all work prior to qualification, subject to adequate supervision and safeguards.”

Yes, you will need to sign a studio hire agreement and provide your insurance certificate. We suggest that you ask your client to pay you at least enough to cover the studio hire fee.

Certainly it’s true that without investing in extra sessions it would be difficult for anyone to achieve the highest standard and complete the course having a full understanding of all the exercises.

Students should regard extra sessions as ‘personal development’. We know that it is possible to “scrape through” the exam without much extra help but it really depends upon whether the person wants to be an average instructor, a good instructor, or a great instructor. For those wanting to be great instructor, the learning journey never stops. As much as you earn on one hand seems to be taken by the other for more tuition, be it courses, workshops, or just sessions with other instructors. None of the Polestar team have ever stopped!

We don’t think there is a training course anywhere that would provide unlimited training sessions to meet all of a student’s demands for a limited price. In fact, being mindful of the significant investment our course entails, we try to provide additional support at minimal cost. We actively encourage you to work with fellow students; we offer free observation at the London studio and we provide access for practise there for up to 10 hours a month for a nominal monthly fee of £30.00. Regional Host sites will usually offer similar arrangements.

Educators/mentors can be booked by the hour for individual sessions or shared with up to 2 others, subject to space availability. Other workshops will be organised by us separately. Principal educators are also available for private 1-1 sessions.

Documentation & Renewal

We recommend you book as soon as you have decided to take one of our courses because numbers a re strictly limited and places are offered on a first-come, first served basis. See Course Dates & Costs page here for early booking discounts.

It is important that we maintain high standards in the Pilates industry. Polestar Pilates Education continues to improve and develop its curriculum and examination process. Like most high-quality education programs, re-qualification is an essential part of maintaining skills and quality of care. Polestar’s certifications/qualifications are valid for two years, after which time re-qualification is required.

Please see full details on the re-certification page here.

Replacement certificates for workshops and/or courses can be provided to attendees upon payment of a £10.00 administration charge, to include postage within UK. An additional £5.00 is levied for airmail postage.

Replacement manuals (for either SR1-3 or SR4-6) can be purchased for £60.00 each. Principles manual is £25.00. UK postage is included, please ask if you wish them to be sent overseas.

Exams

Polestar Pilates offers a wide range of Pilates courses, seminars and workshops nationally and internationally in its continuing education program. All of them are available in the website.

No there is no requirement to be mat qualified so long as you satisfy the specified criteria.

Please review our cancellation policies here. We may vary these conditions on a discretionary basis if the circumstances merit.

Yes, exams are held twice yearly, usually in March and September. Please keep an eye on our website for scheduled dates.

There are no hard and fast rules. We accept that everyone learns at a different pace. However, most students take between 6 months and a year between finishing their course and taking the exam.

Facilities

Firstly, we offer all students access to our studio to practice for up to three hours a week for a nominal charge of £30.00 per month, by prior arrangement. Additionally, we permit free access for observation, again, by prior arrangement. Maximum two students observing at any one time, for no more than two hours. Secondly, we encourage students to get together to practice. How this tends to work is a small group of 2 – 4 students will hire a Polestar educator/mentor for two to three hours and share the cost.

International Travel

Yes, of course you may. Please submit full details along with an indication of the areas which will cover. Please also advise the date/place you qualified.

Of course you may, subject to places being available. We charge a pro-rated course fee with an additional £50.00 per module administration charge. You should seek a refund of unattended modules from the Polestar Centre you enrolled with.

Mat Course

The Polestar Mat curriculum and certification is more specialised than REPs Level 3 and as such does not fall within the SkillsActive/REPs recognition.

It depends, we consider each person’s situation on its merits. Contact us to discuss.

PMA - Pilates Method Alliance

Polestar are a Corporate Sponsor of the PMA, and we do encourage our graduates and educators to join and take the PMA Pilates Certification Exam.