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WAPilates Teacher Training Program

To nurture and guide students in a supportive, safe and inspiring environment creating Pilates Teachers who are intuitive, passionate and committed to the Traditional Pilates Method.

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Saturday July 6th- noon-1:30

Join us for our Summer Open House to get a taste of what you will experience in your Teacher Training at WAP. Tour the studio and workout on the apparatus you will be using. Question and Answer session with Director Hilary Opheim. Chat with other Student Teachers in the program and some Graduates to hear their experiences and advice.

WAPilates Teacher Training Program is a different kind of Teacher Training. We know that becoming a Pilates Teacher can be overwhelming and confusing. There are many different Teacher Training Schools some offer levels, modules or beginner to advanced, fast tracked or some weekend courses. This can lead you feeling unprepared and like you are missing something. Our fully Comprehensive Program gives you the time, guidance, knowledge and freedom to dig deep and truly experience the work of Joseph Pilates.

At WAPilates you are learning in a personal mentor-apprentice style of training. WAPilates Assessment-based Certificate is in a fully supportive environment for you to learn the Traditional Pilates exercises, anatomy, how to break the material down for your client and develop teaching skills. You will feel confident with any issue, working with special populations, teaching mat and all the apparatus. You will gain tools to help you thrive as a teacher and have the career you’ll love and be passionate about.
We are proud to be a PSAP Approved Pilates School. The PSAP is a program of the Pilates Method Alliance. In our Program you will learn over 500 plus exercises on all the Traditional Pilates Apparatus and develop the art of Teaching. This is a true Mentorship experience created by Hilary Opheim guiding you as you learn the Traditional Method.


  • You will learn how to teach Pilates, how to make the most of your clients workout and keep their goals and needs in mind as well as how to teach to the body in front of you.

  • You will learn how to spot faulty movement patterns and know how to address them.

  • You will know how to lead your students within the entire system to help with specific issues or to challenge them.

  • You will understand the relationship all the apparatus, including the Mat, has to each other and how to use it for your students.

  • You will understand the why and how when it comes to the work of Joseph Pilates.

  • You will learn Cadillac, Reformer, Wunda Chair, High Back Chair, Ladder Barrel and Spine Corrector, small barrel, Pedi Pole, Foot Corrector, Arm chair, push up devices and other small apparatus

    For you, this intimate approach gives you a deep understanding of the work that is nurtured and developed producing competent, intuitive, knowledgeable and passionate teachers.

Director Hilary Opheim created this fully Comprehensive program to give students a fully supported atmosphere every step of the way so that you will become the teacher you are capable of becoming. You will leave the program ready to lead your Pilates teachings anywhere. Confident to teach privates or group classes and teach to anyone. The support and guidance with this program never ends for you as this program continues to be there for you as you journey through your Pilates teaching.
During the program we share our equipment and expertise with guidance and feedback. There will be observation, practice and assistant teaching hours. All hours in our program are hands on, no online learning but in the studio and feeling and seeing the work.  You will also learn on Gratz Apparatus.

WAPilates School is known for it's Mentorship/Apprenticeship style of teaching for the students. Each student receives full attention of Hilary Opheim, Director of the Pilates School. This Feedback, direction, and guidance are key elements and make this program unique.

Included in your Tuition with your program:

  • Every Teacher Training Student receives the Pilates Metric app as part of the course

  • Weekly apprentice meeting with a brief group workout, Q & A and case studies

  • All Training Manuals

  • Written and practical exams and quizzes

  • Access to the studio for practice, observation and assisted teaching hours

  • Participation in Mentorship Teachers monthly meetings

  • WAP Grad Program every month

  • Final weekend Retreat

Some additional ways you will also learn and benefit:

Anatomy- You will learn anatomical terms, bones, joints, and basic physiology of the human body.

Advisor- You will have your own advisor, someone who has been through our program before. They will be your “Guidance Counselors”, to help you learn the material, ask questions, and balance Pilates School with the rest of your life.

Mentored Teaching- 30 hours of Practice Teaching alongside an experienced Teacher. This will help clarify the details, ensure you’re keeping you and your clients safe, and help you become the teacher you were meant to be.

Exams and Final Project- These test what you know and give you insight into where you need to grow.

Tuition and Payment    $4,900 (full payment by cash or check, discounted price)  Due before start of course. $5,100 (full price- paid by credit card)  $5300 (2 payments with installment plan). If Mat Training not completed add $600 to include in Full Comprehensive.

Mat Training only $600 and includes manual and handouts

Payment Plan:   Pay in installments with first installment due before class begins.  Schedule of installments will be given when you are accepted for the Teacher Training course. Depending on the course dates.

Tuition cost does not include:
Private sessions with our instructors (not required but if wanted) •Professional Liability Insurance •Re-testing fees (if applicable) •Lost Manuals (Training Manual & Exercise Manuals, up to $300 to replace all) . • Required reading (list will be given ) •CPR Training fees (if applicable)

For those outside of Houston we are happy to help you find a place to stay and get around while you are here. Please contact for information.

Transferability of Previous Training-  We also have an assessment for each apparatus if you have already completed part or parts of training but have not done the Comprehensive Training and are looking to complete your Pilates training. This allows the student to enter our program designed to their needs. Based off each individual so please call or email for information.  Done on an individual basis so the class is scheduled accordingly. There is an assessment fee based on practical assessment or written.

We realize taking this journey and how to go about it can be confusing. Please feel free to contact us to help understand the differences so that you make the choice that is right for you. We want everyone to follow their passion for Pilates no matter what that route or path is for them. We will work with you on any time frame you need and can design the program to fit your schedule.

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Enrollment Schedule:

Summer 2019 - July

Fall 2019- September

Winter 2020- January

Spring 2020 - April

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Auditing WAPilates Teacher Training Program is welcome to all. For those wanting to deepen their knowledge or practice, to gain clarity or for those interested in the course. Contact for more information.