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Is there special training required in order to teach Pilates?



We talked with Sharon McSpedon of The Pilates Barre on Prospect Street to find out.

New workout regimes are popping up everywhere these days. From simple running outdoors to a hot yoga class down the street, everyone is trying to sweat it out and shape up. Two popular techniques are Pilates and Barre.

Pilates, an activity invented by Joseph Pilates, in composed of more than 500 controlled muscle movements. These variations engage the mind and body. The goal? To strengthen and elongate muscles as opposed to bulking up. T

hrough a committed Pilates experience, regular practitioners can achieve greater strength, flexibility, and balance. These movements will also help promote stress-relief, tensions, and restore your energy.  

Barre, on the other hand, has ballet roots. These classes use slow, muscle-building movements in combination with endurance training to burn fat and help safely reshape and restore your body.

Let your inner dancer shine as you use a ballet Barre and mat to target each muscle group. While Barre focuses less on the mind than Pilates does, you’ll gain both great mental and physical benefits.

Barre instructor training is supervised under your own teacher. Each Barre master has his or her own certification curriculum. For months, study, train, and teach under your instructor’s guidance.

Pilates, says McSpedon, can take one to two years in order to receive proper certification (450 hours). “If you are going to take Pilates,” she says, be sure you do so with a certified Pilates instructor.

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