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WAPilates Teacher Training with Hilary Opheim

Mission Statement: To build community, personal growth, and experience for each student as we teach you how to guide bodies through their own journey with Traditional Method of Joseph Pilates.

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Enrollment Schedule:

Fall 2019- September 21st

Winter 2020- January 4th

Spring 2020 - April 11th

Out of State schedule and information CLICK HERE!

WAPilates Teacher Training is a PSAP Approved School

WAPilates Teacher Training Program with me Hilary Opheim is a different kind of Pilates Teacher Training located in Houston, Texas. I 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 weekend courses. This can lead you feeling unprepared and like you are missing something. My fully Comprehensive Program gives you the time, guidance, knowledge and freedom to dig deep and truly experience the work of Joseph Pilates. Helping you feel confident to teach what you love anywhere.

While training with me you will be 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.
I am proud to be a PSAP Approved Pilates School. The PSAP is a program of the Pilates Method Alliance. In my Program you will learn over 500 plus exercises on all the Traditional Pilates Apparatus and develop the art of Teaching.

Here are things I am excited about that you will learn in my Program:

  • 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. Knowing that you are creating a long term relationship with the client in their Pilates journey.

  • You will learn how to spot faulty movement patterns and know how to address them. No wondering what am I looking for when my client comes in, you will feel sure of your knowledge and how to apply to the individual body.

  • 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. Confident that you can teach anywhere to anyone.

  • You will understand the why and how when it comes to the work of Joseph Pilates. Having the support to fully explore not only the work for your clients but, also for you.

  • 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. Giving you the confidence knowing you know the full system of Joseph Pilates.

    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.

With the program I created, you will be in a supported atmosphere every step of the way so that you will become the teacher you are meant to be. You will be ready to teach anywhere. Confident in teaching privates or group classes to anyone. Even after Graduation the support and guidance with me and this program never ends.

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

  • Full use of studio with all Gratz Apparatus

  • Weekend Brunch with Guest speaker on Business Skills, Marketing, Life Skills, How to maintain your Pilates career and more.

Some additional ways you will also learn and benefit:

Anatomy- You will learn anatomical terms, bones, joints, and basic physiology of the human body. To not only know the body structure but, to be have that knowledge to guide your client and have them understand the movement pattern that is right for them.

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    $5,500 (full payment by cash or check, discounted price)  Due before start of course. $5,700 (full price- paid by credit card)  $6000 (3 payments with installment plan). This includes Mat Training.

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.

For information on my Bridging/Mentorship Programs please click button below.


Transferability of Previous Training-  I 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 you to enter my program designed to your needs. This is based off each individual so please call or email for information.  These Assessments are done on an individual basis so the class is scheduled accordingly. There is an assessment fee based on practical assessment or written.

I realize taking this journey and how to go about it can be confusing. Please feel free to contact me to help understand the differences so that you make the choice that is right for you. I want you to follow their passion for Pilates no matter what that route or path is for you.

If you are interested and would like to fill out our Application Click Below

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We are proud to be a PSAP Approved School

The purpose of the Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP) is to provide a systematic approach by which Pilates schools can demonstrate their compliance with accepted standards, pursue continuous improvement, and be recognized for doing so.

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.

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WAPilates Teacher Training Program with Hilary Opheim guides students in a Mentorship style program creating intuitive, passionate and commited teachers of the Pilates Method


Mentoring/Bridging with Hilary Opheim

WAPilates Mentorship/Bridging Pilates Program is open to all professional Pilates teachers to mentor with Hilary Opheim.  Hilary has been teaching Pilates for over 25 years and is the Director of the Teacher Training Program at WAPilates.

Hilary's unique style, attitude, and personality will take your teaching to a new level and new way of thinking in regard to your clientele and their goals and needs.

This program is a way to enhance your skills, teaching style, refresh and re-energize your teaching, deepening your knowledge in a personal one-on-one apprenticeship style environment. Go deeper into the Traditional Method and into each exercise to understand why, when or how to use with your clientele, to truly understand the work.  Program design for class or privates, maintaining clients and helping them grow in their practice, keeping your teaching fresh and interesting for you and your clients, understanding issues and physical limitations you may have with your clients, cueing, and postural analysis. You will get honest, constructive feedback to give your teaching the depth and skill you desire.

Continuing the Boutique style WAP Teacher Training format this is true Apprenticeship/Mentoring Programming. This program is a year long commitment in which time you will see a true shift in your teaching and how you approach your clients in terms of their needs and goals.

Program consist of : one- 3 hour meet/lecture/learn sessions every month, weekly homework projects, manual, handouts, discussion groups, quarterly observation time of your teaching guided by Hilary as well as one-on-one mentoring meetings. Participation in WAP's Pilates Has Heart, weekly Traditional Playtime with Hilary and the WAP Teachers, opportunities to travel with Hilary for Teacher Training at other studios as well as participate and observe in WAPilates Teacher Training class at WAP.

This program can be scheduled anytime during the year. A customized program is set up for each individual instructor based off interview and application.  For Teachers living outside the Houston area or unable to make it to WAPilates studio skype/Facetime meets are scheduled and online work as well.

There is a yearly, bi-monthly and quarterly mentorship and for more details CLICK HERE

To participate you must be a Certified Pilates Instructor or have graduated from a Pilates Teacher Training Program of 450 or more hours.

If you are interested please fill out and send in your Application. If you have any further questions please feel free to email for information

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WAPilates Continuing Education Programs

WAPilates Teacher Training Programs are designed to take your teaching to another level. To allow you to go deeper with your knowledge and guide you in our same boutique way of teaching.  Unlike many workshops these are hands on learning, homework, and mentoring by Director Hilary Opheim.

Taught by Hilary Opheim-Owner/Director WAPilates

Taught by Hilary Opheim-Owner/Director WAPilates


WAPilates Teacher Training Program Goal is...

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



WAPilates Teacher Training Program is catered to a small, intimate learning environment.

Christina Scuseria- Winter/Spring 2017
Hilary is an incredible teacher and mentor.  She is truly invested in the success of her students which is apparent through her availability, willingness to help, flexibility, encouragement, and the mutual respect that is always present.  Hilary is extremely knowledgeable in the traditional Pilates method and because of her training, I feel confident that I have a solid foundation for teaching Pilates.  

I started the WAP Teacher Training Program and within two weeks of starting I got pregnant. I was still able to practice a fair amount and was able to focus on getting my teaching hours in while I was pregnant.  Unfortunately I was not able to get all the required hours done by the time my daughter was born but Hilary and I kept in touch because it was important to me to finish what I started. With Hilary’s support, and although it took me over two years, I was able to finish the program. Hilary was so helpful and flexible with me as I tried to make time to come in to teach and practice.  She understood the juggling I was doing between working full time and being a new mom but she encouraged me to stay focused and to keep making time for Pilates.  The amount of hours can be daunting and overwhelming at first but the fact that you are surrounded by supportive teachers and other trainees that are in the same boat is extremely comforting. Finally, after two years, I am proud to say that I am a WAP-TT

Koren Hollamby- Spring/Summer 2012
“Pilates has become a way of life for me, and so I decided to take it one step further and become a Pilates instructor. After searching and deliberating about which Pilates course to take I talked to Hilary at WAP. The course offered by WAP is a comprehensive Pilates teacher training course covering all aspects needed to be the best Pilates instructor you can be. This was the course I was looking for, but found hard to find. I especially enjoyed the small class size, flexibility for practice and teaching, and Hilary's availability for information and assistance. The WAP staff are very supportive of trainees, and the studio atmosphere is wonderful. Under Hilary's knowledgeable guidance I worked through the course with growing confidence and passed the practical test knowing that I was well underway with a great base for a lifetime of Pilates learning. “

Robin Cribbs- Fall/Winter 2012
Hilary and her instructors are the best! I definitely felt great quality in the training that I continue to receive. I have completed the course feeling confident and capable, and I am very much enjoying helping people - and seeing changes in their body! Thank you so much WAP!

Sheri Winkelman- Summer/Fall 2011
WAPilates Teacher Training Program through the Pilates Method Alliance certification program covers the Pilates program as a whole. It breaks down into the work of the technique of each exercise and the purpose. You will learn how to progress a client through the Pilates program with regards to that particular body. Hilary gives you the tools to be able to train a wide variety of bodies, as you will find everyone that comes to Pilates is different. The Pilates teacher-training program is designed with that in mind. I chose this program because Hilary really cares about creating intuitive, confident, thinking instructors.

Alicia Gordy- Summer Fall 2012
My first encounter with WAPilates was as a client six months after the birth of my youngest child. I had an amazing instructor who knowledgeably guided my body through the healing movement needed to nurture and heal my body after giving birth to a very large baby. The studio quickly became my "happy place" and my postpartum refuge. It was there that I began my love affair with Pilates...and with Washington Avenue Pilates. Three years later I reunited with Hilary Opheim and WAP again, this time as a student. I wanted to share the gift of Pilates, that was so generously given to me, with others.
With having a family my schedule seems to always be busy and things always seem to "pop up" out of the blue. Thankfully though, Hilary customized a timeline specific to my needs and never made me feel rushed or behind the curve. Just like with the Pilates movement, I was always right where I needed to be in the learning process. I cherished the one on one instruction and attention given by Hilary throughout my course. And when it came time for me to practice in the studio I continued to receive the same attention, instruction, vast knowledge, and nurturing care that is unique to WAP through Hilary and the amazing instructors that reside there.
Upon completion of the WAPilates Teacher Training Program I feel ready and equipped to share my love of Pilates with others in the same manor it was shared with me. It is a movement system that I wholeheartedly believe in.The same individual attention to individual bodies and levels of learning that WAPilates provides, I now too embody and am ready and eager to share with others....

Meaghan Hampton- Winter/Spring 2013                                                                                        I started the WAP Teacher Training Program briefly after my husband and I moved to the Houston area. I knew I wanted to teach Pilates because I had so enjoyed practicing it on my own and I wanted to share that with others. I wanted to encourage others, build them up, and help them be their best selves. The Teacher Training Program has truly equipped me to do just that. Hilary and the other instructors have been so kind and helpful in my journey, from always being willing to answer my questions to my personal observation of their practice of Pilates. The WAPTT has allowed me to grow as a student, instructor, and as a person; truly learning and experiencing total health in regards to the body, mind, and spirit. I am so thankful for my experience through the training program, all I have learned, and the friendships that have been made along the way! I would highly recommend the program to anyone!


Mary Futcher- Winter 2014                                                                                                              Hilary is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Not only is she knowledgeable, well- organized, and friendly, but she truly cares about her students and their progress. She is always there to answer questions, always there to teach you new things, and always there to help you grow as an instructor. She is an excellent example of what it means to be a Pilates instructor, and I could not have learned from anyone better. Over the course of our 10 weeks, she has become more than just a teacher, but a friend. And that’s how she is with everyone!
I also had the privilege of learning in Hilary’s beautiful studio space, WAPilates, as well as observing all the wonderful instructors who work there. The space inspires you to learn and practice all you can. And the instructors are so welcoming, and are always willing to give you their time if you need help.
Studying under Hilary at WAPilates was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I could not be happier with my choice! Thank you so much Hilary and all the WAP Instructors! I am sincerely grateful!

Tory Fuentes- Winter 2014
I can't say thank you enough for all of the extra time and feedback that Hilary gave us ( especially me) during our course. I really appreciate it!!! The course was such an amazing experience! Hilary truly is an amazing teacher and an all around fabulous person. I just love to be around her!! I have always loved my time at WAP; Now I know it is because she has worked so hard to create an environment that is happy, positive and challenging for the mind and body. Hilary, as both a student and client, thank you, thank you for all that you have done. You will never really know how much it has changed my life!

Emily Hall- Fall 2014                                                                                                                              I recently completed the Teacher Training Program with Hilary at WAPilates and was extremely impressed with all aspects of the curriculum. Hilary is a fantastic instructor and mentor. The weekend sessions were very informative and well planned. I looked forward to each session every week. Hilary, and the rest of the instructors at the studio, were so helpful and always available to answer any questions I had. I now have a much greater understanding of the fundamentals of Pilates and would recommend this program to anyone!                                                                                                                            

Astrid Celis- Winter 2016

I recently completed the Teacher Training program at Washington Avenue Pilates and I highly recommend it! I learned so much about Pilates, my own body and how to create a program for everyone. Hilary is an incredible teacher and mentor and she is always happy and excited to share her knowledge, which made it a great learning environment. After each session, I was even more motivated about Pilates and sharing this incredible world with others.

The studio is absolutely gorgeous, the atmosphere is positive and peaceful and the team is very welcoming and open to answer any questions.

I am beyond excited to be a part of the amazing WAP family!


Brooke Beckman- Spring 2016

I began as a client at WAPilates when I moved to Houston, and about a year and a half later joined the teaching program to become an instructor. The studio's size and knowledge base sets it apart from many studios in Houston and elsewhere. Through the training program I received extensive knowledge, personalized attention, and time to use the studio to practice, observe, and learn how to teach. Each instructor is incredibly supportive and knows how to provide unique, individual, and remarkable sessions for their clients.


WAP-TT Instructors

Some of our graduates stay on at WAP while others are all around and we thought we would help you find one near you.  Here are some of our WAP graduates and below that we also have listed others who have completed the Teacher Training and graduation date.

Brooke WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Brooke WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Brooke Beeckman

Brooke Beeckman finished her training at WAP and then literally hopped on a plane and was relocated to Arizona. Brooke teaches at Premier Pilates and Sommet Studios in N. Scottsdale.

Contact Brooke



Lora Rainey

Lora finished her WAP TT and started teaching around Houston but, a few months later she was off to Australia. She now teaches Pilates Down Under and can be found in Perth. Lora also holds a Degree of Exercise Science from the University of Houston and has completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction through Pilates International Training Centre.


Contact Lora

Lora- WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Lora- WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Lauren-WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Lauren-WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Meaghan WAP-TT Instructor/PMA Certified

Meaghan WAP-TT Instructor/PMA Certified

Emily Hall-WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Emily Hall-WAP-TT/PMA Certified

Yvonne Sievert- WAP-TT

Yvonne Sievert- WAP-TT

Shannon Hunt- WAP-TT

Shannon Hunt- WAP-TT

Suzanne Worrell- WAP-TT

Suzanne Worrell- WAP-TT


Georgia Crowell

Georgia would travel every week from Louisiana for the WAP Teacher Training and then head back home. Georgia teaches Pilates and is a life coach as well.

Contact Georgia


Lauren Shimotsu

Lauren lived in Harlingen, Texas when she she went through the WAP TT Program. She would travel 6 hours every weekend to do hours, class and practice and then head back home. She is now  in the Austin, Texas area.

Contact information coming soon!



Meaghan Hampton

Meaghan was living in Huntsville, Texas when she started her training at WAP. After completing her training she stayed on at WAP until her husband got transferred out of state. A few years later they returned and so did Meaghan to WAP.  A new job again took Meaghan out of Houston and she moved to Dallas and taught at Purely Pilates Center. She has since had a beautiful little boy and is back in Houston.

Contact Meaghan


Emily Hall

Emily Hall was a client who saw what Pilates could do and wanted to help others. She finished her training at WAP and stayed on until a new job for her husband took them to Amarillo. Emily is now located in Amarillo, Texas and has her own studio.

Contact info for Emily coming soon.


Yvonne Sievert

Yvonne offers private Pilates sessions in her fully equipped home studio in Northwest Houston.  Yvonne has seen how Pilates helped her improve her overall fitness level and she enjoys helping others and showing them their potential.


Contact Yvonne






Shannon Hunt

Shannon has taught all over Houston after completing her training at WAP. Including teaching at WAP when she first started to Equinox and studios around the city. She is also a Certified Yoga teacher, Nutritionist and coach.  In early 2018 she opened her own studio in the Galleria area called Core Root Project. Specializing in Pilates to help heal as well as Yoga.

Contact Shannon




Suzanne Worrell

Suzanne moved to Houston with her husband and wanted to continue her Pilates education having already gotten her Mat Certification. Suzanne has seen and felt how Pilates helped with her pain and joint issues due to her Lupus and loves being able to help others see and feel the benefit of Pilates for their own body.

Contact Suzanne


Hillary Light

Hillary Light would drive up from the Bay Area for Teacher Training at WAP and knew that when she passed her course she wanted to remain in that area. Newly married in 2018 she is the Pilates Coordinator at Lifetime Fitness Baybrook opening early December 2018.

Contact Hillary at

Some more of our Teacher Training Graduates out in the world of Pilates:

Alicia Gordy February 2013

Amanda Knox- November 2014

Courtney Lindsay November 2014

Hilary West- August 2011

Kale Luhrman- November 2014

Katie Dooley- May 2018

Koren Hollamby July 2012

Kristen Dockter December 2016

Mary Futcher April 2014

Meghann Chin January 2016

My-Hahn Adams- November 2013

Nicola Ellis- June 2015

Rachele Godell- October 2013

Robin Cribbs January 2013

Scott Minard January 2016

Sharon Stinson May 2012

Sheri Minard May 2011

Tory Fuentes- March 2015


Some of our Teacher Training Students:

Morgan Tibadou

Esther Maina

Tammy Fontaine

Brandy Sturrock

Asuncion Becerril

Stacy Barks

Christa Taormina

Mai Brupbacher

Bethany Valdez

Stacy Skolnik

Ann Pope

Cindy Commander

Nathan Allan

Hannah Victor

Michele Meinholz

Jackie Levett-Prinsep

Kristi Jackson

Myesha Washington

Kelsey Pudenz

Justine Fanarof

Nathaly Tores

Debra Cronin

Gunel Turner

Tracy Von Swol

WAP Grads Programs

WAPilates Pilates School Graduates are part of our family

WAPilates Pilates School Graduates are part of our family


WAPilates Grads 2019 Programs

Continuing the Pilates journey and WAP community for our Grads and Mentorship Program Teachers. Each month a focused group discussion, workshop, and the opportunities to get deeper into teaching skills and the work of Joseph Pilates and more.

Open to all current Teacher Training students as they are going through the program as well. Each weekend is 2 hours and includes the meet, handouts and homework.

For our WAP Grads that can’t make it into studio or live outside Houston you can still participate! All workshops will be online and you will be given full access to the 2 hour Group Meet, all homework and projects as well as handouts. Link will be given to you after Workshop.


Yearly- Attend all 12 group meets- $300

6 Months- Pick 6 out of the year to attend- $175

A La Carte- Pick when you want, the month you want! $100

2019 Schedule: Meets on Sunday’s 9-11am

Sunday January 20th-Tactile Touch/Teaching Skills- Going over exercises with full studio and seeing how to use your touch to get client to understand and connect. To correct without inhibiting movement, to get them to understand the exercise or movement.

Sunday Feb 10th- Key Concepts- What does it take to get your client to a certain movement? Something as simple as understanding Elephant to having the tools/connections in their body to do inversions?

Sunday March 24th- Simple Teaching makes Client work harder- Does your client ask Where should I be feeling this? what is this for?

Sunday April 28th- Common challenges with clients from listening, jumping ahead, chatting, cancelling, paying on time. How do you take control ?

Sunday May 26th- Teaching moments-Let’s discuss your most difficult moments in teaching clients. Bringing the issues to the group of your clients such as disc issues, shoulder, osteoarthritis etc.

Sunday June 9th- Building that session-Ever wonder how to successfully build your session for your client after your Assessment or to get to that final “challenging” movement for the end of session?

Sunday July 21st- Look at the Work- Digging deep into the details and movement of exercises.

Sunday August 25th- Final Retreat Weekend

Sunday September 22nd- Common Problems in Teaching Certain exercises- Do you have a struggle with certain Pilates movements and getting your client to understand what you are wanting them to do, feel and connect with?

Sunday October 13th- What is missing for you in your Teaching? As a group getting guidance and help in your Teaching whatever that challenge seems to be.

Sunday November 3rd- How is the work all related? Digging deeper into connections throughout the work. How can one make the other happen?

Sunday December 8th- Question and Answer Yearly Discussion- Full open discussion on things that can range from teaching, scheduling, clients, mentoring, workshops, how to, burnout etc.

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2019 WAP Grad Program

If you are doing A La Carte or 6 month Program please fill out form below with your Program month choices.

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