Reformer Pilates Level 3


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Course Description

This 3rd and final course in APPI’s Reformer Pilates Series builds upon the knowledge and skills you have developed following APPI’s Reformer Pilates Level 1 and 2 courses. During this course you will learn advanced Pilates movements, progressing to more upright positions which aim to restore full function. This course will also cover teaching and class planning for specific populations.

*For all live (in-person) courses, we recommend the ratio of student-to-faculty to be 16:1.

Learning Objectives

Following this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of the Pilates Reformer machine to a rehabilitation facility
  • Teach a range of advanced Reformer Pilates movements to individuals and small groups
  • Plan Reformer Pilates classes for specific populations
  • Apply Reformer Pilates movements for the spine, hip/knee, foot/ankle and mid back/upper limb
  • Use Reformer Pilates movements that cover control, strength, mobility and stretch
  • Complete the repertoire to work towards function and return to fitness


In order to receive a certificate for this course, learner is required to:

  • Submit Feedback under personal password protected account page
  • Submit self-reflection form under personal password protected account page

APPI Reformer Pilates Certification Exam

Attaining certification as an APPI Reformer Pilates Instructor requires completion of all three Reformer Pilates courses, pre-course requirements, hours of observation, self practice, practice teaching and the certification exam (to be completed after Reformer Pilates Level 3).
The APPI Reformer Pilates Certification Exam is an international exam that consists of 2 components: a Theory Exam and a Practical Exam. Please email APPI America at when you have successfully completed the necessary requirements to register for the certification exam.

Day 1


9:00 – 9:30 am            Q & A

9:30 – 10:30 am            Foot series, Second series, Single leg series, Midback series, hundreds,

Cat arms and hips with small equipment and reformer

10:30 – 10:45 am            Morning Break

10:45 – 12:00 am          Bend and stretch, Lift and lower, Adductor stretch, diamonds, Slices, Beats, Frog, Stag, Coordination, Short spine with small equipment and reformer

12:00 – 1:00 pm        Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm          Long stretch, Down stretch, Elephant, Up stretch

2:00 – 3:30 pm            Chest expansion, Mermaid, Mermaid with rotation, Leg circles,

Shoulder bridge, Shoulder bridge with leg extension

3:30 – 3:45 pm            Afternoon Break

3:45 – 5:00 pm            Workshop 9: Homework task 1: Program planning in

the one to one setting discussions and Q & A


Day 2


9:00 – 9:30 am            Group teaching by instructor of movements from previous session

9:30 – 10:30 am            Group teaching by students of movements from entire course

10:30 – 10:45 am            Morning Break

10:45 – 12:30 am          Side standing series, Single thigh stretch, Scooter, Standing hip flexor stretch, Standing hamstring stretch

12:30 – 1:30 pm        Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm          Workshop 10: Homework task 2- Small group class planning discussions and Q & A

2:30 – 3:30 pm            Workshop 11: Small group planning for special populations

3:30 – 3:45 pm            Afternoon Break

3:45 – 4:45 pm            Workshop 12: Teaching class plans for special populations

4:45 – 5:00 pm            Ongoing learning and Certification

This course is open to:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Certified Pilates Instructors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Third Year Physical Therapy Students

*You must have attended APPI’s Reformer Pilates Level 1 in order to attend this course. 

Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants
This course has been submitted for 13 continued education hours to the following:

  • Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Board of California

Many other states may accept credits awarded by the above state boards. Please check with your state licensing board to determine whether the course qualifies for credit in your state.

Please note that due to the changing nature of state continuing education requirements, APPI suggests that you contact your state physical therapy association or licensing board for the most current information on continuing education and other rules and regulations.

Athletic Trainers:
APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 13 continued education hours for Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider number P10086.

Personal Trainers/ Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
APPI courses are not automatically approved by the NSCA, however if you would like to attend this course and require NSCA CEUs please just contact us a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the course and we will be happy to assist you.

Exercise Physiologists
‘The ACSM Certification & Registry Department will recognize CECs, CMEs or CEUs awarded by other professional health and fitness or clinical organizations for attending their programs without it being pre-approved or endorsed by the ACSM Education Department. These are considered “non-ACSM endorsed programs.” You must obtain documentation from that organization verifying attendance and the number of CECs earned.’

If you require accreditation through another governing body or within another state, or require any further information please email

Denver, CO
Move Studios
40 S Broadway #201,
CO 80209

Minneapolis, MN
Studio U
1550 Utica Ave S, Suite LL01
Saint Louis Park,
MN 55416

Torrance, CA
Love Your Core Pilates & More
24239 Hawthorne Boulevard,
California, 90505

Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Rehab KC
8825 West 75th Street
Overland Park, KS  66204

“I have a much better idea of how to structure a class that flows from warm up, to body to cool down. I think my class teaching and private Pilates instruction will be much more fluid as a result.” —Elizabeth P., 2022


“Misty is laid back and patient and a great teacher. Loved practicing developing courses and teaching them and discussing case studies.  I think I will continue to use the reformer to treat patients AND I will feel more confident in developing group classes going forward.”  — Rachel D., 2022


 “The online streaming course works really well on the whole. Misty’s new camera set up was really helpful to give a better/alternate view whilst she and her model demonstrated the exercises. The break out rooms work really well.”  —Clare A., 2022

“I have been able to directly implement some of the new exercise and modifications today in my first day back in clinic.”  —Gabrielle W., 2022

“Now that I’ve taken this course I really feel like I would be able to provide almost a full clinical appointment session for many patient populations we see, exclusively using Pilates and have the clinical reasoning to justify the exercise choices.” –Sarah B., 2022

Early Bird
EB booking discounts end 4 weeks prior to the course taking place.

Book for 3 people or more on the same course and receive a 15% discount. Email for all group bookings.

Student Discounts
If you are a student, please email for information on special discounted rates.

Hosting Options
If you would like this educational event brought to your facility, please click here for our host course options.

ADA Needs
We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please email

Financial – All APPI presenters who teach this course receive a speaking honorarium from APPI America.
Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists with any of APPI’s presenters for this course.