Playa Pilates

Teacher Training Description

Playa Pilates | Playa Vista, CA

Playa Pilates offers a full 450-hr comprehensive teacher training program lead by founder Keary Ann Bixby PMA®CPT.  After opening her first Pilates studio in 2004 Keary continues to share her passion for this amazing fitness movement through her teacher trainings. If your are ready to take the next steps to creating an amazing career in Pilates please email

During the course we will cover the Pilates exercises and the different pieces of equipment in great detail. Students will also be able to utilize the Playa Pilates studio for many of their observation hours, self practice, and student teaching. 
Our goal is to leave you with the skills to accurately assess each client and provide the Pilates training needed to accomplish their individual fitness goals. The knowledge to train clients with the Pilates method at any fitness level or with any physical limitation is learned throughout our 450-hr Comprehensive Teacher Training.  Truly teaching the body in front of you takes confidence and great knowledge. Choosing Playa Pilates guarantees a comprehensive training to get you to the level needed to enjoy a lengthy career in Pilates.

Upon completing Playa Pilates teacher training you will be able to take the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) exam. Continuing education credits will be offered through the internationally recognized organization all year long. Playa Pilates will also offer workshops with continuing education credits approved by the PMA.

Requirements for Completion of the 450-hr Training:

  • Anatomy & Movement Science: includes structural & movement analysis as well as injuries & conditions
  • Pilates Philosophy, History, & Code of Ethics
  • Mat Instructor training: Exercises,course work, written & practical test
  • Reformer Instructor training: Exercises, course work, written & practical test
  • Cadillac/Tower: Exercises, course work, written & practical test
  • Chair: Exercises, course work, written & practical test
  • 75 self practice hours, 115 student teaching hours, 75 Observation Hours.  20 observation hours for each module suggested
  • Final exam upon completion

Course Prerequisites: Knowledge of the fitness industry and the teachings of Joseph Pilates is highly recommended. Each student should be familiar with the practice and technique of Pilates and have experience in both Mat Pilates and Pilates on the apparatus before embarking on the 450-hr teacher training.

Comprehensive Mentorship:

Students can often become overwhelmed during a training of this volume. Learning how to apply the information practically in your sessions can be intimidating. It takes time to understand how to work with a variety of clients. Having access to a mentor, specified observation hours, and student teaching hours during the the course will allow you to watch and apply various approaches to different bodies. You will have the opportunity to meet, observe, and assistant teach during your mentorship.  We will also observe you in your practice teaching hours and provide detailed feedback. This mentorship is the perfect option for someone who would like to begin teaching full time after the program is completed.

Bridge Program:

If you have already completed portions of a Pilates training elsewhere please contact us to discuss our bridge program. Application to bridge into our program is determined on a case by case basis.

To become a fully trained Pilates Instructor, students must complete the above requirements. Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion will be issued.