Pilates Teacher Training

Future Form Pilates Education is a Pilates teacher training organisation based in Nice, France. Our teacher training programmes are unique in the Pilates industry, as they bridge the gap between classic and contemporary Pilates schools.

Our approach is based on the values of rigour, attention to detail and respect for the origins of the discipline. Our programme, devised by Jenny Backlund-Jenkins, is delivered using world-class facilities and teaching resources.

Our goal is to train exceptional Pilates teachers, and your journey to becoming one starts here.

Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Programme

The Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training programme is the cornerstone of our training organisation. It is an extremely rigorous and highly innovative programme that produces exceptional Pilates teachers.

In accordance with the classical Pilates programme, developed by Joseph Pilates himself, the complete FFPE training is divided into four parts; Beginner System, Intermediate System 1, Intermediate System 2 and Advanced System. 

The total duration of the training is 704 hours, including training weekends, observational work, personal practice and teaching practice. The typical duration of the full programme is 12 to 24 months, depending on the amount of time the apprentice requires to complete all requisite practice and observational hours.

The programme covers all Pilates equipment: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Arm Chair, Barrel, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Pedi Pole - as well as all the ancillary apparatus ; Foot Corrector, Toe Exerciser, Magic Circle, Arm Weights, Breath-A-Cizer.

The training program is developed by our master teacher, Jenny Backlund-Jenkins, who is also the teacher and director of training.

Pilates Mat Programme

Our Mat teacher training programme is designed for those who want to start off by teaching Mat Pilates as a Mat discipline.

In the same way as our comprehensive programme, the FFPE Pilates Mat Pilates training is divided into four parts; Beginner System, Intermediate System 1, Intermediate System 2 and Advanced System, in accordance with the classical Pilates system, developed by Joseph Pilates.

The total duration of the Mat training is 211 hours, including training weekends, observation work, personal practice and teaching practice.

The Mat course seamlessly integrates the structure of the comprehensive programme. This means that students who have completed the Mat training will have the opportunity, in a second stage, to reintegrate the Apparatus part of the programme, in order to become a comprehensive FFPE Pilates teacher.

The training program is developed by FFPE master teacher, Jenny Backlund-Jenkins, who is also the teacher and training director.

Comprehensive Pilates "Bridge" Programme

Future Form Pilates Education's complete 'Bridge' training is a unique Pilates training opportunity in France, accessible only to Pilates teachers who have already completed a comprehensive training elsewhere.

The Pilates teacher training market is increasingly filled with training organisations whose approach is to produce Pilates teachers as quickly as possible, and at the lowest possible cost.

Alas, this approach is not at all well adapted to the Pilates method: an extremely rich and sophisticated discipline, which requires a total and assiduous investment on the part of those who want to truly master it. This is why we frequently receive requests from teachers who are already working professionally and who are looking for additional training, allowing them to acquire a more complete and rigorous knowledge of the classical Pilates system.

In order to take the Bridge training, apprentices must attend all the training weekends, and pass the assessments and exams at the end, but do not need to complete the observation and practice hours, required in the comprehensive programme.

If you are already a Pilates instructor and you are interested in the course, please contact us for more information. "Bridge", contact us to find out more about the admission criteria.

Why become a Pilates teacher with FFPE?

Before embarking on a career as a Pilates instructor, ask yourself two important questions: what type of training you want to do and, most importantly, with which trainer.

Pilates training is about much more than mastering a sequence of exercises - it's about the foundation of your philosophy of practice, the establishment of your teaching approach, and the profound way you understand the discipline. These will be the building blocks of our teaching career.

It is therefore extremely important to identify yourself with the training organisation and, above all, with those who will be in charge of your training.

Jenny Backlund-Jenkins, Training Director of Future Form Pilates Education, is a dedicated, passionate and respected protagonist of the Pilates community in France.

Jenny is a highly experienced Pilates teacher, and has worked all her career in the field of body movement - having pursued an international career as a professional dancer for 20 years, before retiring in 2010 to devote herself to the Pilates method.

Jenny has completed two Pilates teacher training courses: first with Balanced Body, a world-renowned training organization and contemporary Pilates equipment manufacturer, and then with Mejo Wiggins, an internationally renowned master teacher and heir to the knowledge of Romana Kryzanowska, the eponymous founder of the Romana school, and the master teacher for passing on the teachings of Joseph Pilates around the world in the 20th century. Jenny is thus a third generation disciple of "Joe's" teaching, and the training programme of Future Form Pilates Education is based on mastering the original system of the founder of the discipline.

Your development as a Pilates instructor will take place under Jenny's tutelage, and you will have access to her methodology, know-how and advice throughout the training.

Jenny Backlund-Jenkins
Training Director, FFPE

A perfect union between classic and contemporary Pilates

The Future Form Pilates Education is unique in the Pilates community as it is a comprehensive teacher training program that bridges the gap between classic and contemporary Pilates schools.

FFPE firmly believes that the authenticity and richness of the Pilates method lies in its origins and, for this reason, mastery of the classical Pilates repertoire is the foundation of our Training Program.

Nevertheless, FFPE is fully aware of the fact that in the modern fitness industry, teachers are increasingly required to teach Pilates in a way that corresponds to what can be described as a more contemporary Pilates style. This includes aspects such as teaching in larger groups and using a diverse range of equipment from different manufacturers; neither of which are areas that are typically covered in a traditional Pilates class.

Therefore, in order to prepare apprentice teachers for a modern Pilates teaching environment that is increasingly diverse and demanding, FFPE takes a two-pronged approach: to provide complete and flawless classical Pilates instruction, using traditional Gratz brand equipment, complemented by parallel instruction on how to teach using contemporary equipment, with a strong emphasis on how to effectively deliver mixed level group classes.

This hybrid approach is very innovative - no other Pilates teacher training organization currently offers a crossover program of similar scope and detail.

Future Form Pilates Education's training programme is extremely rigorous and detailed, and the execution of the training is supported by a personalised pedagogical approach, with a limited number of places in each training cycle.

Our trainees tend to be apprentices, and our aim is to carefully monitor their professional development - even beyond the end of their initial training.

In order to master what they would have learned during the training weekends, the apprentices have to spend hundreds of hours in our studio to work together, to learn from Jenny, and to improve their practice through contact with real clients.

FFPE's objective is to provide each of our apprentices with all the necessary skills and tools to become masters of the discipline themselves one day.

A very complete program and a very rigorous teaching

World-class facilities and learning resources

FFME's teacher training centre is tailor-made to achieve excellence in the Pilates method.

It is located in a large, beautiful and bright studio, right next to the emblematic Place Massena, in the heart of Nice. The space is equipped with the best classical (Gratz) and contemporary (Balanced Body) equipment, as well as spaces dedicated to floor work and areas for relaxation and personal study.

Apprentice teachers have full access to the FFME facilities for a period of twenty-four months from the start date of training, in order to complete all required hours of observation, personal practice and teaching practice.

The opportunities for a certified Pilates Instructor are very diverse and rewarding. It is a profession that can be practiced worldwide and in many different professional settings. It is also an economic sector which, according to market research, is projected to more than double in value between 2017 and 2025.

Our trainings are adapted to various professional profiles, as continuing education for professionals in the field of sport and body movement, or as retraining or additional activities for people looking for a new career.

There is no typical FFPE candidate, but the training is particularly adapted to the following profiles:

  • Holders of the state certificate of sports educator
  • ALS AGEE CQP holders
  • STAPS licensees
    Kinesthesiologists and other paramedical professionals
  • Professional dancers and dance teachers
  • Top sportsmen and women
  • Sports coaches from other disciplines (fitness, martial arts, yoga, etc.)
  • Anyone who is passionate about Pilates and wishes to change careers

The opportunities for a certified Pilates Instructor are very diverse and rewarding. It is a profession that can be practiced worldwide and in many different professional settings. Here are a few examples:

  • Teaching in Pilates Centres
  • Teaching in dance halls, gyms and other fitness facilities
  • Teaching in private companies, in collaboration with works councils
  • Working with activities in the event, hotel and leisure sectors
  • Work in collaboration with paramedical professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths or chiropractors.
  • Working in collaboration with professionals in the fitness and well-being sector, such as sports coaches or masseurs.
  • Work with athletes and sports organizations or associations of all types and levels.
  • Working with individual clients
  • Working with coaching and animation companies
  • Opening your own Pilates centre (...after many years of experience!)

In order to be eligible to register for Pilates teacher training, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a working knowledge of French and English (not necessarily mastery, but the ability to communicate in both languages).
  • Have attained an intermediate-advanced level of Pilates as a student. Candidates will be required to pass an entrance test to prove a sufficiently high level of Pilates practice to begin training.

An exciting job in a growing economic sector

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The 2020 training cycles

Future Form Pilates Education offers two training cycles each year: one in spring and one in autumn. The next training cycle will start in September 2020. You can download our brochure directly, in French or English, by following the links below.

If you would like to be kept informed about the next training cycles, subscribe to the newsletter, or contact us directly if you have any further questions.

Training funding

Future Form Pilates Education meets the legal obligation to register with the DIRECCTE PACA, and is registered under the activity number 93060858006 (this number does not constitute state approval).

FFPE is DATADOCK registered, in accordance with Decree n°2015-790 of 30 June 2015 relating to the quality of continuing professional training actions. This listing gives all our training courses the possibility of being financed by the professional training funding bodies: Organismes Paritaires et Collecteurs Agréés (OPCA), OPACIF, Pôle Emploi, AGEFIPH.

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