Reformer Certification Series Online Courses

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Course Overview

The Pilates reformer is one of the most versatile pieces of Pilates equipment in the entire Pilates industry. It’s versatility means it is the most widely used of the larger Pilates equipment and allows a client to progress from the Matwork exercises at a much faster pace.  The unique 5 spring system of the reformer means that you can begin to add resistance to the movements right from the beginner series of movement. One of the most unique aspects of the reformer is the range of positions that you can use.  Exercises are taught in supine lying, kneeling, sitting, standing on the reformer, standing to the side of the reformer and much more.  This ability to alter the position of the exercise to a significantly more functional and upright approach leads to excellent results for teachers and clients alike.

APPI’s program is a 6 day program that will take you through an enormous variety of exercises and the in depth reasoning behind each and every exercise that we are so well known for.  We will analyze each exercise to look at the clients performance of the movement, any dysfunction that we may see and how to assess and manage this to lead your client back to full health and wellness.  The exercises will progress the exercises over the 6 days from beginner all the way to full strength and conditioning exercises.

The program will look at individual teaching and 1:1 program planning as well as group reformer teaching and class planning brining in aspects of movement choreography and teaching skills to enhance and develop great 1:1 and class teachers.

Following the completion of the course you will get a certification exam to gain your full qualification.

*You will start by selecting your preferred week with Reformer 1 and receive a password for access to your videos.   Upon completion, you will receive  your certificate along with the request to select your week for Reformer 2.   Once your certificate is sent for Reformer 2, you will be asked to select your week for Reformer 3.

**If you have already completed any of the reformer courses live/livestream and would like to take only 1-2 courses online, please email us at info@appiamerica.com and we will get you the ones you need to complete your certification process. 

 

Course Content

Level OneThe introductory program whereby we teach you everything you need to know about the ‘anatomy of the reformer’, the links between MW and reformer, how to introduce a client to the reformer and the essential safety elements of getting a client on and off the reformer. We then progress through the beginner series of movements focusing on foot series, single leg series, side series, and beginner level upper body and core work.

Learning Objectives

Following this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of the Pilates Reformer machine to a rehabilitation facility
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the spine
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the hip
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the knee
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the foot
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the ankle
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the mid back
  • Apply reformer Pilates movements for the upper limb
  • Use movements reformer Pilates movements designed to increase control
  • Use movements designed increase strength
  • Use movements designed to increase mobility
  • Use reformer Pilates movements designed to increase stretch
  • Use the APPI movement screen for program design
  • Immediately create a reformer Pilates programs for clients
  • Modify the movements for different clinical populations

Level TwoA progression from Level 1 as we move into some of the intermediate movements, advancing the core exercises to begin to really strengthen and tone the core beyond that of a beginner. We begin to explore various positions on the reformer – lying, sitting, standing and split standing. We progress to higher level leg and arm strength and time work and begin to incorporate some of the more advanced mobility and stretch work.

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 beginner and intermediate Reformer Pilates movements to small groups
  • Plan Reformer Pilates classes for small groups
  • 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
  • Modify Reformer Pilates movements for different clinical populations

Level ThreeThe final series of the reformer program as we advance towards the higher level intermediate and advanced exercises. On this program we challenge your strength, co-ordination, mobility and endurance. On this course the reformer really moves form a rehabilitation machine to a strength and conditioning machine as the isolation of various muscle groups allows us to work you to fatigue and beyond! In this program we also advance your teaching skills and look at programs around both 1:1 and group teaching sessions culminating in a great session planning workshop to ensure you are ready to go and deliver state of the art 1:1 and group sessions.

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

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

It is recommended that you have attended a minimum of a 2 day Pilates matwork course prior to attending, but this is not essential.

As the Reformer Certification Series is based solely on a Reformer please have this all ready and set up for your course, there are also components on the course where a Jump Board and Reformer Box is used, so it is advisable to have these pieces of equipment ready.

 

There are various modifications talked through on the course with the use of a Head Cushion, Pilates Circle, Pilates Band and Soft Ball, so if you have these pieces of equipment it is useful to have these at hand for your course attendance.

Please ensure that you have a space that is clear of items so you can follow along with the practical elements of the course.

If you do have any other Pilates equipment please make this available for your course e.g. Pilates soft ball, Pilates band, Pilates magic circle.

** It is not essential for you to have this equipment to partake and complete the course.

Speaker Bio

Sarah Chambers graduated in Human Biology from Oxford Brookes University, England and then went on to complete her training as a physiotherapist in 1992 from Birmingham University, England.  She worked briefly in the NHS before moving to a leading private hospital in North London, the Hospital Of St John and St Elizabeth for 18 years, where she developed a keen interest in movement dysfunction, lumbopelvic stability and muscle imbalances, initially developing a Back Care Exercise program with the National Back Pain Association, following her study with the Kinetic Control group.

Sarah was introduced to the APPI method of Pilates in 2005, subsequently completing all her APPI Matwork Pilates training (2005 – 2008). The APPI method of clinical Pilates focuses on using specific based Pilates exercises to rehabilitate patients back to optimal health and body balance. With her physiotherapy background, Sarah has extensive experience in biomechanical analysis and postural screening to reveal the cause of injury or imbalance.  She is passionate that with this knowledge and education, the rehabilitation benefits of Pilates can provide clients, from a variety of backgrounds, improved postural awareness, and help them to develop a deeper understanding of their own bodies. With the versatility of Pilates complete beginners to elite athletes can incorporate it into their program with the ability to transfer the skills they have learnt, into their daily activities achieving their goals with great results!

Sarah is also an APPI International Master trainer, sharing her infectious enthusiasm for Pilates with a wide range of audiences all over Europe, South Africa and Continental US. Her extensive clinical and teaching expertise has earned her the opportunity to work with World Leaders in Pilates Education, presenting workshops at the APPI International Conference. She has also produced 2 DVDS on Standing Pilates with a beginner class aimed at those who struggle with working on the mat. The Intermediate class is aimed at those who wish to improve balance, flexibility and strength in a functional position which will then equip them to return to their sport.

Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants: This course is approved by the following:

  • 39 CCU’s Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners  (Approved Provider #2211050TX)“The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.”
  • 13 CCU’s APTA KS, APTA Kansas approved Course for Reformer Level 1 .  (KPTA CEU Locker Approved Provider #CEULO70849).  Expires 5/22 
  • 1.3 CCU’s CPTA, California  (CPTA #22-147).  Expires March 2023

Many other states may accept credits awarded by the 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.

Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants: 39 Contact Hours.  AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 11485 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 48 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, you are able to self-submit received NSCA CEUs.

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 info@appiamerica.com

After viewing this online course you will be required to pass a multiple choice test. The pass mark for this test is 80%.  

This test is only administered after the 3rd level.

‘I learned a lot about assessing movement patterns on the reformer and ways the exercises are important for different diagnoses.’  – Minneapolis, MN Nov

‘There was so much emphasis on learning right on the apparatus both using and teaching partners to use allowing for best retention of information.’ –  Minneapolis, MN Nov 

‘I now feel confident to use and teach basic use of the reformer.’ –  Denver, CO May

I learned many different variation and modifications for each exercise and patient population.’ –  Minneapolis, MN Oct 

‘I feel I learned safety and set up with and on equipment’  – Minneapolis, MN Oct 

‘I have been very interested in the reformer for some time but the instructor really motivated and inspired me by her teaching method and in-depth knowledge.’  – London, Mar 

‘I feel much more confident in the reformer exercises and teaching them in the clinical rehab population setting’  – Minneapolis, MN Oct 

 How long is the course?

The course will require around 187 hours of commitment between tutor contact hours, practice hours and observation hours.

ONLINE COURSE – (3 levels, 7 day access per level). When you purchase the Online Reformer Series, you purchase all 3 levels of the series, each level contains a 7 day access of your choice (Monday – Sunday 8am – 11pm UK time). Within this time you can watch, stop, start, pause as many times as you want.

 

What is included?

You will have access to all 6 days of the course, plus the manual

 

Can I choose which dates I do?

This course runs as 3 set level dates (1 weekend per level). You will have the option to choose which set of level dates you choose, but the levels are not interchangeable with other set course dates.

 

Is there an exam?

Yes.  After Level 3, you will have to take an exam to obtain your ‘Certificate of Completion’.  Once  you obtain your certificate, you will be redirected to APPI Health Group’s page to take your practical and theory exams.  The exam is a 50 minute practical and a 60 minute theory exam.  Both can be submitted online.   Students will only be a Certified Reformer APPI Pilates Instructor once completing the exam.

 

Are there any pre-course requirements?

There are not any for this course

 

Can I do this course?

This course is for anyone who has attended a two-day Matwork course with a recognized training provider

Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 30 days prior to the start date. There is a admin fee of 20% of the original payment per cancellation or transfer. Once you are within 30 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted.

Day 1 8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Workshop 1: History and evolution of the Reformer. Features of the Reformer, Reformer/client set up, Maintaining the Reformer
  • Workshop 2: The five key elements of Pilates
  • Movement session: Foot series
  • Movement session: Second series, Monkey stretch
  • Movement session: Single leg series
  • Workshop 3: Introduction to the Reformer jump board
  • Review: Group teaching by Instructor of afternoon session movements

Day 2 8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Group teaching by Instructor
  • Movement session: Mid back series
  • Movement session: Feet in straps
  • Workshop 4: The APPI Pilates screen
  • Review: Group teaching by Instructor
  • Movement session
  • Workshop 5: Clinical application in one to one sessions
  • Self practice and supported learning

*In the online format, participants are expected to do the demonstrated exercises on their own time, given the amount of time that is suggested and required.  Additional self-study time is expected.

Day 1  8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Session 1: Reformer Class
  • Session 2: Movement session: Back rowing series: Plough, Open book, Biceps, Triceps on Reformer
  • Session 3: Movement session: Back rowing series: Roll down, Roll down with biceps curl, Roll down with obliques on reformer
  • Session 4: Movement session: Side arm series, spine twist
  • Session 5: Movement session: Front rowing series

Day 2  8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Session 6: Long box: Arms pulling straps, Legs pulling straps
  • Session 7: Short box series
  • Session 8: Knee stretches
  • Session 9: Workshop: Reformer on the Mat with the Pilates Tube Band

 

*In the online format, participants are expected to do the demonstrated exercises on their own time, given the amount of time that is suggested and required.  Additional self-study time is expected.

Day 1  8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Session 1: Long stretch, Down stretch, Elephant, Up stretch
  • Session 2: Chest expansion, Mermaid, Mermaid with rotation, Leg circles, Shoulder bridge, Shoulder bridge with leg extension
  • Session 3: Side standing series, Single thigh stretch, Scooter, Standing hip flexor stretch, Standing hamstring stretch

Day 2  8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Session 4: Workshop: One to One Session planning
  • Session 5: Workshop: Teaching Skills in small group sessions
  • Session 6: Workshop: Class Planning for small group sessions
  • Session 7: Ongoing learning and Certification

 

*In the online format, participants are expected to do the demonstrated exercises on their own time, given the amount of time that is suggested and required.  Additional self-study time is expected.