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Pilates teacher training

Pilates Mat and World Class Apparatus Training

Future Form Pilates Education is a classical Pilates teacher training organisation based in Nice. 

Our approach is based on the values of rigour and precision, but also and above all on respect for the origins of the discipline. Our program, designed by Jenny Backlund-Jenkins, uses world-class facilities and teaching resources. 

Our goal is to train exceptional teachers. Your career as a Pilates teacher starts here!

Become an accomplished Pilates teacher

Become a Pilates Mat teacher by following our online or face-to-face training.
  • Mastered the entire classical Pilates system, on mat and all apparatus created by Joseph Pilates

  • Learning on Gratz equipment, the world's leading manufacturer of classical Pilates equipment

  • Personalized follow-up and advice from the FFPE trainer throughout the course

  • Learn to teach Pilates to real clients on site at the Future Form studio

  • Small group teaching programme

  • Bilingual training: English and French

  • Learning and mentoring programme with Jenny

  • Continuous process of personal assessment with private and group lessons

  • Practical focus on teaching and applying lessons

  • Strict application of the classical Pilates teachings

  • Learning of all Pilates concepts

  • Learning the anatomy and biomechanics of Pilates

  • State of the art e-learning portal with video content unrivalled in the Pilates training market

  • French certified training organisation (Qualiopi)

  • Everything you need to become a confident and respected 4th generation classical Pilates teacher!
  • Mastered the entire classical Pilates system, on mat and all apparatus created by Joseph Pilates
  • Learning on Gratz equipment, the world's leading manufacturer of classical Pilates equipment
  • Personalized follow-up and advice from the FFPE trainer throughout the course
  • Learn to teach Pilates to real clients on site at the Future Form studio
  • Small group teaching programme
  • Bilingual training: English and French
  • Learning and mentoring programme with Jenny
  • Continuous process of personal assessment with private and group lessons
  • Practical focus on teaching and applying lessons
  • Strict application of the classical Pilates teachings
  • Learning of all Pilates concepts
  • Learning the anatomy and biomechanics of Pilates
  • State of the art e-learning portal with video content unrivalled in the Pilates training market
  • French certified training organisation (Qualiopi)
  • Everything you need to become a confident and respected 4th generation classical Pilates teacher!
  • Testimonials

    What do FFPE trained Pilates teachers say?

    "I really enjoyed the comprehensive training from Future Form. Jenny's knowledge of the classical Pilates system is second to none. Her teaching approach is thorough and her advice is invaluable.

    The training weekends were very informative and enjoyable. Jenny's approach is very practical and she always takes the time to make sure you understand each exercise.

    After the training, I feel I have all the tools I need to become a confident Pilates teacher.
    classical pilates on reformer with Jenny Backlund-Jenkins at Future Form Nice
    Selina
    Full course 2019 - 2020
    "The training gave me a vision and understanding of the whole system created by Joseph Pilates. Jenny stays as close as possible to the classical Pilates movements created by Joseph, without ever distorting them. I really appreciated her rigour and her fidelity to the spirit of classical Pilates.

    The weekends are spaced out enough to give us time to perform the movements seen in training, before seeing the next ones. Jenny was always available to answer my questions throughout the weeks. Her rigorous teaching gives you a solid grounding in Pilates and the ability to correct students effectively and understand the movements in depth, in your own body.
    Testimonial of the complete Pilates training in Nice
    Marion
    Full course 2019 - 2020
    "I am now a certified Pilates teacher. It's a really interesting course, you learn everything that Joseph Pilates created thanks to Jenny who shares her knowledge from A to Z.

    The fact that I discovered all the things you could do with your body made me feel really good! The training at Future Form is focused on Classical Pilates, I highly encourage you to do it.

    Jenny, you are just perfect, thank you for everything.
    Marie
    Full training 2021 - 2022 (in training)
    "My experience as an apprentice was enjoyable, rewarding and very informative. I came away with a very good grounding in Classical Pilates. Jenny is very generous in her teaching, she listens and teaches very well.

    The facilities are perfect, the equipment is new and of very good quality. The atmosphere is very pleasant and very family oriented. A lot of serenity and a big thank you to Jenny who taught me everything!
    Alexia
    Full training 2021 - 2022 (in training)

    The strengths of the course

    The highest educational standards

    The full 700 hour FFPE training will enable you to launch a career as a confident and accomplished classical Pilates teacher. The hours are made up of learning, personal practice, teaching practice and observation.

    A classical education

    The course covers all the original exercises created by Joseph Pilates on mats and apparatus, including all variations and modifications.

    Mentoring by Jenny-Backlund Jenkins

    Jenny will be with you every step of the way, not only as a Pilates teacher, but also by giving you constant feedback and pushing you to reach your full potential. You will be immersed in the teaching environment and will be at Jenny's side during the studio classes. 

    Master all classical Pilates apparatus

    Reformer, High Mat, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, High Chair (Electric Chair), Arm Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Mini Barrel, Ped-o-Pul, The Wall, Magic Circle, Arm Weights, Toe Corrector, Foot Corrector, Airplane Board, Breath-A-Cizer

    Pilates Mat training online

    A state-of-the-art e-learning portal

    Our online portal is a state-of-the-art e-learning resource for Pilates, with over 50 detailed video lessons, covering all the classic mat exercises and Pilates concepts, as well as extensive and detailed visual content. 

    Pilates Teacher Community Mat

    Access to a dynamic community of apprentices

    You will join a community of other like-minded FFPE apprentices, with whom you can practice and learn throughout your training (and beyond!).

    Pilates Distance Learning

    Recorded studio courses

    You participate in weekly classes in the studio or online. All training weekends, private lessons and group lessons are recorded via Zoom and shared with trainees to continue their learning at a distance.

    Access to a wide range of courses and practical workshops

    Fill your observation and practice time by watching videos of different pre-recorded exercises and training workshops in the FFPE video library.

    Group and private courses

    The registration includes 100 group lessons and 20 private lessons with a certified FFPE teacher.

    A rigorous evaluation and feedback process

    You will receive continuous constructive feedback on your progress throughout the course, and you will undergo a rigorous and detailed assessment process before you are awarded the FFPE certificate.

    Your master teacher

    My name is Jenny Backlund-Jenkins and I am a former professional dancer: I was part of the Moulin Rouge Ball and the Lido de Paris. I am trained in both classical and contemporary Pilates. I have been teaching Pilates for over 10 years. My mentor is Mejo Wiggin, a world renowned classical Pilates teacher trainer. As well as being the creator of the Ballet Form method, I am the founder and director of Future Form Pilates Education. I have worked over the last few years to make FFPE a European leader in classical Pilates teacher training, and my staff and I are now very proud of the world class facilities and training programme offered in Nice.

    Jenny Backlund-Jenkins

    FFPE trainer

    FAQ

    The training is divided into four levels: Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced. Each level corresponds to a "system", which includes all of the Pilates apparatus. In the classical Pilates system, one must understand the entire discipline in order to master it. For this reason, FFPE does not train by type of apparatus, but by level. For example, the beginner system covers all the exercises at the beginner level, on all the apparatus. Trainees can enroll in each level, progressively, and must complete all the hours and assessments per level, in order to progress to the next level.

    Each level includes 3 to 4 full days of training. Then, the apprentice must complete all the required practice and instructional hours, depending on the level, before moving on to the next level. Overall, 2 to 4 months should be allowed for the Beginner, Intermediate I and Intermediate II levels, and then 4 to 6 months for the Advanced level, including the final evaluation.

    Upon completion of the entire program, beginner to advanced, you will be a certified classical Pilates teacher through Future Form Pilates Education. Keep in mind that this does not mean that you will automatically become certified. You must do all the work and pass the assessment phase. The FFPE Classical program is very comprehensive and our standards are rigorous, so there are no shortcuts!

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

    Holders of the state diploma of sports educator

    Holders of the CQP ALS AGEE

    STAPS graduates

    Physiotherapists and other paramedical professionals

    Professional dancers and dance teachers

    High level sportsmen and women

    Sports coaches from other disciplines (fitness, martial arts, yoga, etc.)

    -Anyone who is passionate about Pilates and wants to change careers with an appropriate level of Pilates

    The opportunities for a certified Pilates teacher are diverse and rewarding. It is a profession that can be practiced all over the world and in many different professional settings. Here are some examples:

    Teaching in Pilates centres

    Teaching in dance halls, fitness studios and other establishments in the fitness sector

    Teaching in private companies, in collaboration with works councils

    Doing business in the event, hotel and leisure sector

    Working with paramedical professionals, such as physiotherapists, osteopaths or chiropractors

    Working with fitness and wellness professionals, such as sports coaches or masseurs

    Working with sportspeople, organisations or associations of all types and levels

    Working with individual clients

    Working with coaching and facilitation companies

    Opening your own Pilates centre (...after many years of experience!)

    Below are the exact details of the 704 hours of training:

    • 72 hours of classroom training
    • 100 hours of observation work (of distance and face-to-face courses)
    • 620 hours of practice and personal observations, including:
      • 30 hours of follow-up in private session with the trainer
      • 100 hours of follow-up group sessions with the trainer and other students
      • 120 hours of observational work (distance and face-to-face courses)
      • 120 hours of personal practice in free time, to be justified with a book of prior recordings
      • 250 hours minimum of teaching, face-to-face and distance learning, to be justified with a prior record book
    • 9 hours of evaluation: practical and theoretical

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

    Be at least 18 years old

    Have a working knowledge of French and English (not necessarily fluency, but the ability to communicate in both languages)

    Have reached an intermediate to advanced level of Pilates as a student. Applicants will be required to pass an entrance test to prove a sufficiently high level of Pilates practice to start the course

    Yes, if you are already a certified Pilates teacher from a contemporary organization and you wish to train in Gratz, there is the possibility to follow the training, avoiding part of the practice hours. Tell us about it!

    In the event of partial completion of the course due to the Trainee unilaterally deciding to discontinue the course, Future Form will pay 50% of the remaining amounts due as compensation if the cancellation occurs within 21 days after the start of the course. Otherwise, the full amount is due.

    ...you can download the structure and pricing table for 2023 by following the link below:

    Date of the next training cycle

    January 2023
    Subject to availability of places for the next session.
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