11 Annapolis Street, Suite A
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Pilates Teacher Training Program

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EXCELlence in Second Generation Teacher Trainers

The Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program is dedicated to providing high quality training in the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. Our comprehensive and in-depth one year training program requires a minimum of 700 hours of hands-on training in all levels of the Pilates mat and apparatus work. Apprenticeship involves seminars, observations, and practice teaching. In addition to Pilates exercises, seminar topics cover anatomy, teaching skills and session design. The program involves readings, case studies and powerhouse-hour workshops, free solo workouts, teaching feedback and a Pilates teaching manual. There are prerequisites and testing requirements.

Our mission is to preserve and share the life's work of Joseph Pilates with the integrity and spirit in which it was taught to us as second generation teachers.  Joseph Pilates spent a lifetime developing his method of physical and mental conditioning.  The sophistication of his work necessitates intense study. 


Seminar Dates 2022

Seminar Dates
1- March 4-6
2- April 22-24
3- June 3-5
4- August 5-7
* dates subject to change 

Immersion/Independent Study Pilates Teacher Training Program allows flexibility in when an apprentice can start the program.

Cost for Teacher Training Program as of January 2022 is:  $6,500 (payment accepted via cash or check only).  

Practice teaching hours and observation hours may be completed at Excel Pilates Annapolis,  Excel Pilates DC, or Excel Pilates Northern Virginia. 

Independent Study may start at any time. The application deadline does not apply.

Program Directors: Second Generation Teachers, Kerry De Vivo, Lesa McLaughlin

Program Faculty: Kerry De Vivo, Lesa McLaughlin, Alexandra Adams

Learn more about our Teacher Training Program Directors and Faculty.

For more information about completing the Teacher Training Program at any of our locations, visit any of our three affiliate studios:


Excel is ideal for a quality learning experience with a fully equipped studio (reformers, cadillac, wall units/towers, wunda chair, electric chair, ladder barrel, spine corrector, small barrel, foot corrector, toe exerciser, ped-o-pull, magic circles, bean bag, hand weights) and a dynamic teaching and client base.

Why Complete a Teacher Training Program?

The entire Pilates method, both mat and apparatus, consists of over 500 exercises and is systematically ordered and layered. Pilates has been in existence for over 75 years. To preserve its power, it is important to study the complete Pilates Method. The exercises should be studied authentically and in person. Being a Pilates teacher offers the opportunity to assist individuals to be in control of their own health and well-being, and to provide an opportunity for clients to grow, learn, and be guided toward a fitter lifestyle. The Pilates Method of physical and mental conditioning is mutually empowering for clients and teachers.

How to Apply

Please contact Excel Pilates Annapolis for an application form and program requirements. Download application here.  Upon approval of application, an evaluation session and interview will be scheduled. The evaluation session and interview will determine acceptance to program. Acceptance into the Teacher Training Program is based on, but not limited to, level of skill and physical integration of Pilates exercises. Criteria also include the ability to articulate existing knowledge of the Pilates Method and professionalism.

Prerequisite requirements include daily study of the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, both mat and apparatus, consistently for a minimum of one year or over 60 sessions. Applicant must be at an Intermediate level in mat and apparatus work with basic knowledge of apparatus set ups and safety features .

Program Fee

Our current program fee is $5,200.

Program fee includes:

  • Ten one-on-one sessions at Excel Pilates Annapolis

  • Powerhouse-hour sessions (scheduled throughout apprenticeship)

  • Practice and practice teaching hours 

  • Pilates Teaching manual

  • Free solo workouts

  • Feedback on teaching

  • Seminars 1-4

  • Observation hours

  • Certificate of completion of Pilates Teacher Training Program upon passing all examinations with grade 85% or higher

Pre-requisite seminar/session as needed (separate fee). Annual Continuing Education Seminars (separate fee). There is limited enrollment for each session.