FAQS

Getting Started

We always recommend that a new client interested in taking class or sessions at our studio first begin by taking at least 3 private sessions with us first thing, although it’s not mandatory. Our intro packages make that an easy and affordable option. Working with your own private trainer during those sessions will educate you on your body, it’s alignment and you’ll learn how to optimally work your body AND the apparatus when you go solo in group apparatus classes.

We require 12-hours advanced notice if you can’t make it to a scheduled class and 24-hour advanced notice if you can’t make it to a scheduled private session. If you cancel after that notice you will be charged the full price. If you are late getting to the studio, we permit you to join class within the first 10 minutes, after which we cannot grant you access out of courtesy to the other folks in class and the instructor.

We offer so many that finding one at a time you need is easy. Descriptions of each class are located in an easy-to-read page on our website. If you are brand new to Pilates we always recommend a private or 2 under your belt so we can show you what to do. In general however, most of our classes except for our Mat Classes take place on the apparatus – Reformer, Tower, Chairs and are limited to 6 people.

We provide everything! We have special Pilates mats (thicker than your usual yoga mat) and have filtered water on hand. We provide a dressing room and reception area. It’s best to wear tighter fitting clothing so your instructor can better see your alignment and muscle engagement.

Yes! Whether you experience acute neck, back or shoulder pain or have knee or hip issues, our instructors have experience with it all. We welcome any inquiries you might have so we can best pair you with a teacher or class that would be the most effective for YOU.

Our studio has a reputation for being one of the best studios for new moms and moms-to-be. We have a robust offering of classes designed for what the body needs during the 3 trimesters and after pregnancy. We also offer specialty private sessions with our specially trained instructors. We require our prenatal clients to stick to the prenatal classes. And any person who hasn’t done Pilates with us before pregnancy should provide a written note from the doc giving the ok.

Teacher Training & Certification

Yes, we do offer an installment option for our Comprehensive Training Course. Pay half up front to secure your spot and then finance over the course of 3 months. As always, please contact education@corepilatesnyc.com if you have specific questions.

Our workstudy program as part of our Comprehensive Training Course has been successful for the past 15 years! We require an upfront payment of half the tuition and the remainder of the tuition is “worked off” as a front desk team leader. We take applications year-round and only accept 3 per course (twice a year).

Our director LIVES for you to contact her! She can talk and walk you through our entire enrollment process as well as coach you through the many options available to you. Her name is Jenn and she will quickly respond to education@corepilatesnyc.com

Well, yes and no. There ARE things to consider. We are sticklers and it is vital to participate in ALL required weekends for the entire 6 months. Clear your calendars if you desire to have a seamless apprenticeship. If you know ahead of time or an emergency comes up here is the protocol:

You will incur a $400 fee per missed weekend in order to attend our CPNYC intensive makeup session(s). This is required even if just a day of any weekend will be missed. Based on test out performance you may be required to audit/attend the next course’s weekend which will postpone your certificate of training.
Another option? Wait until the next course!

We call it immersion for a reason! And like learning any new language the more concentrated your learning experience and with the support of your peers that are in your course, the more fluent and confident you will become as a new teacher. There is a monthly studio rental fee after the 6-months should more time be needed to fulfill the requirements. Our director will discuss options on an individual basis.

The answer is definitely. Our Mat Training Course seminars take place over 2 weekends and our Comprehensive Training Immersion Course is a 6-month program that conducts intensive seminars on weekends throughout. The apprenticeship requires about 15-20 hours per week of in-studio time which is flexible. Many students joined our courses with full-time jobs or with young children at home and were able to make it work.

It’s an interesting industry question for sure! You can claim “certified” only by sitting for the independent third party exam administered by the Pilates Method Alliance. This is true for ALL teacher training programs at any studio. After successfully completing our coursework and program you will be issued a recognized certificate of training that qualifies you as a professional Core Pilates NYC Instructor. You then with be prepared AND have the option to sit for the PMA exam, if you so choose. Otherwise, you can seek employment directly after just with your certificate of training.

Our comprehensive program is a 600+ hour apprenticeship program. We estimate a minimum of 15 hours per week should be spent in the studio in order to keep up with the demands of the program, coursework and required hours.

The creatives and founders behind CPNYC’s teacher training programs were classically trained within the lineage of Joseph Pilates himself; through Romana, Bob Liekens, and Power Pilates respectively. There are endless adaptations of Pilates currently offered at studios and gyms, but Classical Pilates is considered to be the practice in its truest form. That’s not to say that other versions should be dismissed – far from it – but if you’re looking for authenticity, this is definitely where you want to start.

Our itinerary and methodology follows the sequence of work, designed to move the body through the full range of movement and builds intelligently with foundational exercises at the beginning and more complex exercises as you gain strength and control. Our apprentices learn to focus on the entire body, mind and spirit, making it a holistic, healing, safe and effective practice.

You should always continue your education! We require Core grads to complete at least 6 CEC’s (continuing education credits) per year either through Core Pilates NYC’s offerings or at other accredited studios and conferences. Your certificate of training will be valid each year after receiving proof of CECs.

  • 150 built in with your mandatory intensive weekends
  • 50 hours on our online platform (self-study and pre-course)
  • 400 (observation, self practice, practicing with fellow apprentices, taking class, teaching outside bodies and core clients after intermediate test out)

Yes you can! Will you be busy for 6 months? Yes! But we’ve had many apprentices balance multiple jobs, 9-5 corporate jobs, commutes, kids…you name it. The scheduled intensive weekends are mandatory, but the 400 hours that you need to log in addition can be tailored to fit your schedule. As long as you reach your goal by the end, you’ll be fine!

The prerequisites are as follows: 10 privates, 10 trios and 10 apparatus classes minimum. They should be completed or close to completed by the first intensive weekend. If there are a few last classes that you need to take after the fact, that’s ok! To help you meet the requirement while saving some funds we offer a great prereq package. Please inquire with our director or front desk if you are interested in purchasing this at any time! It’s a great deal packaged JUST FOR YOU.

Classes are not included, however, we have a few packages that are exclusively for our enrolled apprentices only and are HUGELY discounted. During your time as an apprentice you also receive 25% off of all mat and apparatus classes and 10% off of privates, trios, and duets. It is tough to gauge how much money you will spend on additional classes/sessions during your time with us because everyone has different schedules and budgets obviously. We encourage everyone to take a look at our services/packages and decide for yourself what you want/can do. We definitely think the more classes or optional workshops you can take, the better! You can purchase at any time during the 6 months so don’t like you need to purchase it all right away!

Our grads are EVERYWHERE. If you check any studio in this city, chances are a CPNYC grad works there (or owns the studio!) We have a very high success rate as our education program has been around since 2002. Almost all grads go on to teach or work in the way that they wanted to! Some even begin landing jobs after their intermediate test outs if they feel ready to audition for jobs at that point in their training. Almost everyone finishes. it is rare that someone does not. If you need more time, you can extend your apprenticeship with us for $150 per week.

Where do we begin? First let’s start with the similarities of some of the tops in the city (that you are probably investigating as well!) Most comparable programs approach their education classically delivering to you the most authentic Pilates repertoire. It’s in the details and the delivery that truly separate us from the pack. Let’s start with technology. We have a our very own online platform that is your virtual studio — housing all things precourse (yes we have a self-study component!), course protocol and checklists, video manuals, resources, discussions, quizzes and more. In addition we are one of the first education programs to bring on board as part of the comprehensive curriculum, 36oPilates – a video library offering 360 degree views of all the original Pilates moves as if you were there watching. From our built in mentorship, Tower Wars event, in-house faculty, close-knit community these are just a bit of what our distinctions are. It’s a legacy firmly rooted in the Pilates-scape globally

It is strongly preferred that the classes and observations take place here at Core. However, we love building relationships and working with your intentions to make it possible. We have had students in the past who lived far from NYC apprentice with another studio after getting our approval. Classes at other studios can be logged and applied toward your hours with approval.

It is not mandatory, but once you pass your intermediate test out, you are able to apply for jobs as long as you let the employer know that you are still in training. It’s really up to the hiring company/studio on whether they bring you on. We place no restriction on it.

As soon as you are officially enrolled and have put down a deposit, you can begin purchasing and logging your classes and sessions you’ve purchased with our special prerequisite packages. Also any previous Pilates experience you have that can count toward the requirement can be applied at the time of your application. We may ask you to submit a log of those classes and sessions signed by your previous instructors. Your apprenticeship hours begin accumulating one the course begins!

Our itinerary and methodology follows the sequence of work, designed to move the body through the full range of movement and builds intelligently with foundational exercises at the beginning and more complex exercises as you gain strength and control. Our apprentices learn to focus on the entire body, mind and spirit, making it a holistic, healing, safe and effective practice.