Drexel Pilates Training Program

Drexel Pilates Training Program

The Drexel Pilates Training Program is designed to impart the full classical Pilates repertoire through the lens of clear biomechanics, sound pedagogy, dedication, and rigor. This 450 hour comprehensive training program ushers one small group of Apprentices through each 1-year cycle. Our approach involves each Apprentice experiencing significant contact time as both a teacher and a practitioner. We honor each individual's embodiment of the work, assessing every apprentice's performance and teaching in both practice and testing environments. We support each Apprentice as he or she steps into new levels of understanding, identifying areas of weakness and setting specific goals along the way.

Our objective is to yield passionate and knowledgeable teachers who perform the work at a high level of integration and have a safe, confident, comprehensive sense of themselves as Pilates educators.

This program was created and is implemented by Jennifer Morley and supported by Studio Manager and Drexel Pilates Instructor Megan Quinn. Additional Drexel Pilates Staff members come in to the Training Program to teach classes and sessions and to offer feedback at testing cycles.

Program Qualifications

Individuals interested in pursuing the Drexel Pilates Training Program must:

  1. Complete the Prerequisite Hours
  2. Pass the Entrance Exam

Entrants to the Drexel Pilates Training program are expected to have a minimum of 30 hours of prior Pilates training at the studio. Start today! Download the Prerequisite Tally Sheet and start tracking your 30 hours.

Prospective Apprentices may amass their 30 hours through standard studio services including Mixed Equipment classes, Private Sessions, or Mat Classes through Drexel Recreation's Group Exercise Program. Just sign up for your service of choice, bring your tally sheet, and have your teacher sign your sheet after class.

More importantly, prospective apprentices are invited to Register Here to serve as a Pre-apprentice. A Pre-apprentice is an individual who is invited in to the studio as a practice client or a test body for a current program participant (at no charge). We strongly encourage interested parties to participate in the Pre-apprentice program. Consistent participants in the program are given priority when it comes to selecting our apprentices for the following year.

Individuals with significant Pilates and/or somatic experience from outside the Drexel community are eligible to waive some or most of these prerequisite hours. An individual must have experience that is comparable to that of the entering Apprentice 2's and significant justification for not being able to do the full Prerequisite program. The entrance minimum for special circumstances is is either 5 prerequisite hours or 3 private sessions plus the entrance exam. If you would like consideration for waiving the prerequisites, email us at with the subject line "Waiving Prerequisites" and we will get back in touch with you.

All entrants are required to take an entrance exam. This exam, as detailed in the packet below, requires individuals to perform the Intermediate Mat work for either the studio Director or Manager.

Click here to Book Your Entrance Evaluation.

15-16 Training Program Calendar

Program Components

Each Apprentice will complete:

  • 6 Training Weekends
  • 10 Private Sessions with the Director
  • 20 Private Sessions with an Instructor
  • 42 Practice Private Sessions (Teaching)
  • Hours of Teaching Rotations
  • 10 Hours of Studio Skill Building
  • 10 Mat Classes (Teaching)
  • 8 Performance/ Pegagogy Exams
  • 3-6 Written Tests
  • 1 Comprehensive Exam

Comprehensive Exam

When an Apprentice has completed his or her hours, he or she emails the studio manager to set up their 90 minute comprehensive exam.

The exam:

  1. Submit your tally sheets one week ahead of time for review by the Director.
  2. The first segment of the test will be a 30 minute session for an Apprentice 1. He or she will identify an issue they are working on. You will create a session on a minimum of 3 pieces of equipment addressing their issue.
  3. The second segment of the test is your performance test. You will be given 2-5 exercises on each of the following: Mat, Reformer, Tower, Wunda / High Chair, Spine Corrector/Ladder Barrel, and Supplementary (Rotator Discs, Arm Weights, Ped-a-Pull, or Foot Corrector).
  4. We will conduct a mock job interview in which you must articulate your views on your strengths, weaknesses, and objectives as an Instructor.
  5. Depending on the situation, you may be asked to complete a muscle-taping test or a written case study.

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