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LEVEL I

Level I comprises 4 modules. Each module builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in the prior module and culminates in a Level I NAFTA Pilates Certification.

Module 1: The Foundation. 20 hours

·         Introduction to the NAFTA Pilates 5-Part Formula for Success

·        Key concepts, fundamentals and introduction to the Powerhouse

·         Introductory mat work and mat building blocks

Module 2: Introduction to the Apparatus. 20 hours

·         Introduction to the Reformer, High Chair, Small Barrel and High Ladder Barrel

·         Learn transitions, cueing and touch techniques

Module 3: Beginner/Intermediate Level Apparatus. 20 hours

·         Pilates Low Chair exercises

·         Intermediate level Reformer and Ladder Barrel exercises

·         Common errors; how to identify proper body alignment

·        How to structure a complete Pilates session

Module 4: Intermediate Level Fluency. 20 hours

·         Remaining High Ladder Barrel exercises

·         Review all apparatus and mat exercises

·         Review theory, practice teach and get feedback

Prerequisites
Knowledge of basic human anatomy and kinesiology, and at least 20 hours of Pilates training.

Requirements and Certification
Attendance in all sessions of each module; homework assignments; successful completion of written and practical assessments; and completion of 120 logged hours: 25 observation hours, 60 personal practice hours and 35 teaching hours. Upon completion of all requirements, a Level I NAFTA Pilates Certification will be awarded, which allows the teacher to teach safe and effective beginner to intermediate workouts to healthy individuals.

Topics Covered

  • How to apply NAFTA biomechanical principles of core stability, peripheral mobility, breathing and alignment to relevant exercises
  • Integration of core stability and peripheral mobility training for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Exercise essence, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
  • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • Effective communication, visual skills, verbal cuing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • How to address a variety of injuries, weaknesses and conditions including lower back pain, spinal conditions, hip and knee replacements
  • Treating shoulder problems, neck and shoulder tension, fibromyalgia, arthritis, pregnancy
  • Application of appropriate NAFTA biomechanical principles
  • Workout design for personal training programs and specialty classes
  • Appropriate modification of matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels exercises
  • Effective communication, visual skills, verbal cuing and imagery for client motivation

Requirements

The following eligibility requirements have been implemented for the certification exam:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must hold adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification and it must be current at the time of the exam. Those submitting proof of CPR with their application will be exempt from future CPR audits, up to the expiration date of the certification. (You may sit for the exam without proof of CPR; however, you will not receive your exam results until you provide proof of current CPR certification.)
  • You must hold current certification in Basic First Aid and it must be current at the time of the exam. Those submitting proof of First Aid Certification with their application will be exempt from future audits, up to the expiration date of the certification. (You may sit for the exam without proof of First Aid Certification; however, you will not receive your exam results until you provide proof of current First Aid certification.)
  • In order to take the Certification exams, you must attend the NAFTA workshop for the specific certification you are pursuing and have taken the practical examination component prior to receiving your on line access to the written exam.

Recertification

To get recertified in this certification you either need to earn 15 CEU's or take a new certification workshop. To apply for recertification, please log in to your account.


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