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Pilates Matwork Level 3

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Course Overview
The third and final level in the matwork Pilates training series which focuses on the intermediate and advanced movements in the NAFTA repertoire. This two day course builds upon the movements, understanding, cueing and exercise selection from Matwork Level One. The conversion from beginner to more advanced movements will facilitate the unique shift from just stability to strength and conditioning. This progression from rehabilitation to full health and fitness is a crucial process to achieve your clients’ goals of a full recovery.

NAFTA Pilates program is a career changing process. This final course in the series allows you to be competent in working not just with injured clients, but to begin the transition to fitness classes, preventative programmes, and a new career avenue as a fully trained Pilates Instructor (on completion of the Matwork exam).

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe motor learning and its effect on teaching skills
  • Use intermediate levels of the static and dynamic NAFTA Pilates exercises
  • Recognise how to better communicate with clients
  • Choose the best methods for cueing exercises
  • Use intermediate levels of the rotary stability and controlled strength NAFTA Pilates exercises
  • Recognise the intermediate/advanced level of NAFTA Pilates
  • Use the advanced strength and conditioning Pilates exercises
  • Identify how to maximize rapport with clients
  • Use observation, communication, and teaching skills to optimize treatment outcomes
  • Design programs for all applications of Pilates following discussion of clinically reasoned programs and fitness-based session planning


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

  • Have completed high school (or equivalent).
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • 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.)
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)


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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