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Pilates Instructor Courses Open for Registration

June 27, 2023

MOSCOW, Idaho — Registration is open for classes in the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Teacher Trainings Program this summer at University of Idaho.

The program, offering discounted enrollment until Saturday, July 1, gives students in-depth knowledge of Pilates theory, exercises and skills to teach up to advanced clients in equipment and/or mat-based repertoire. The program aims to set up graduates for a career in the Pilates industry but is open to all.

“The complete training program greatly expands repertoire to support more client needs, ultimately expanding career opportunities for participants,” said Melanie Meenan, coordinator of the Pilates education program at U of I. “As a globally recognized training program, BASI offers a strong foundation steeped in academic excellence and innovation. The BASI program teaches about proper body mechanics, muscle focuses, cueing strategies, anatomy and exercise modifications to support movers of all abilities.”

Past students have later taught Pilates at fitness centers, worked in physical therapy clinics, developed private studio businesses and benefitted from the international BASI network of instructors and studios.

The training modules will be taught by Lauren Hovik, a faculty member with BASI Pilates and U of I alumna. Hovik began her Pilates training as an Exercise Science and Dance student at U of I, and went on to train under many mentors, including BASI founder Rael Isacowitz, on her journey to becoming faculty with BASI. She now teaches the training globally.

The Comprehensive course, held in the newly opened Integrated Pilate Movement Lab on campus, includes 72 hours of lecture, movement analysis and practice over 12 modules, held July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, and Aug. 12-18. Completion of the course modules, practice hours and testing results in earning a Comprehensive Pilates Teacher certificate from BASI Pilates. An early bird discounted rate of $3,800 for the Comprehensive course is offered until Saturday, July 1; the cost increases to $4,200 afterward.

The Mat course consists of six modules, each four hours in length, happening July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6. The mat-only course option is $1,100.

U of I students may access practicum/internship credit options, as well as networking and job placement opportunities. On-campus final testing is available at no additional charge.

Media Contacts: 

Melissa Weitz
Director of Recruitment and Communications
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Melanie Meenan
Department of Movement Sciences
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

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