Teacher Training

Become a Certified Classical Pilates Teacher at Rhinebeck Pilates!

Please contact the studio with questions about the next teacher training.


Rhinebeck Pilates is pleased to host Jennifer DeLuca and her Body Tonic Teacher Training Program, from Brooklyn, NY.

In this Teacher Training program, Jennifer DeLuca draws on her 20 years and well over 10,000 hours of teaching to unfold to the genius of Joseph H. Pilates’ brilliant body of work.  It is her passion to share this legacy with the next generation of teachers.  She is dedicated to teaching students the exercises of the classical legacy with a grounded perspective on their application to everyday bodies.  During Teacher Training you will get the information you need to teach, mentors to help you pull it all together and a learning center as a home base with a community of intelligent and supportive teachers and students.

Read a recent article about the Teacher Training program in Natural Awakenings Magazine (page 19).


The Structure of Our Program

The program begins with the Fundamentals of Pilates Teacher Training Workshop.  This is a pre-requisite for the program and includes a tower class, interview, basic anatomy and practice teaching to test drive your desire and our approach.

Should you decide to pursue the program, the certification includes Beginner and Intermediate systems, with an optional and additional weekend seminar in the Advanced system at a separate cost.  You will learn the Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, Pedi-pole, and Pilates Mat exercises.  In total, trainees are expected to complete 500 practice hours.  These are made up of seminar time and independent study time including observations, session time, practice teaching time and self practice. These hours are to be completed at BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium, Rhinebeck Pilates or other previously approved studio.

To get a Certificate of Completion as a fully certified pilates teacher, enrollees must complete Beginner through Advanced workshops. Completion of just the Beginner and Intermediate training earns a certificate in those two systems.


Why Choose a Classical Certification at Rhinebeck Pilates?

Teachers who have completed Jennifer DeLuca’s teacher training program are currently teaching Classical Pilates around the world in places such as Paris, Austin TX, Houston TX, Atlanta GA, South Carolina, various studios in NYC and Brooklyn, Glens Falls NY, and Rhinebeck NY.

Teachers who have earned a certificate in Classical Pilates under Jennifer DeLuca experience the following benefits in the job world:

  • in depth knowledge of the pilates order of exercises
  • why the exercise order exists and how it changes the client’s body
  • most importantly, what to teach, when, and why, to individual clients
  • skill and ease using and teaching on all the pilates apparatus in our fully equipped studio. Such as, the ability to teach on the Reformer, Mat, Cadillac, Tower, Wunda Chair, High Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Small Barrel, Magic Circle, Arm Weights, and Sandbag- as well as additional experience on the Arm Chair, Guillotine, Foot Corrector, and Toe Corrector.
  • Confidence in teaching both private sessions and groups
  • A special, ongoing relationship with a pilates mentor for the rest of your career, whose goal is to support and encourage you to be and do your best and answer any questions that may come up throughout your long career as a pilates teacher.

In the pilates world, type of certification is important to most studio owners. A classical education and a solid apprentice teaching background behind a final certificate is what it takes to become hired at the majority of pilates studios around the world.


Jennifer DeLuca and all the Apprentice Teachers of 2016.

Teacher Training is held monthly for 6 months in 2017.
The 6 weekend seminars will be on the following dates and times*.

January 6, 7, 8
February 10, 11, 12
March 10, 11, 12
March 24, 25, 26
(No sessions in April)
May 19, 20, 21

Fridays: 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 – 6:00 pm

*Dates and times subject to change.



$50.00 – Fundamentals of Pilates Teacher Training

$4500.00 – Tuition: Beginner and Intermediate System ($4150.00 if paid in full on or before Oct. 31, 2016)

$600.00 – Advanced Weekend Seminar (This includes the Advanced weekend and printed materials)

Tuition price includes the beginner and intermediate training, printed materials, 20 free tower classes, online and in-person support, your final exam*, free studio practice time.

All apprentice teachers receive 10% off any additional studio purchases during their training time.

An estimated $1200 should be budgeted for additional training sessions in the studio. This can be split up as private, semi-private and group class instruction.

We allow all trainees to audit the the Beginner and Intermediate systems the following year for FREE provided there is space.



After 500 hours are completed, there will be a written exam, practical teaching exam and interview to pass.

*Should you have to re-take your practical teaching exam, there will be a $125 exam re-take fee.

Upon satisfactory completion, you  will receive a certificate stating that you completed the 500 hour Comprehensive Program in Pilates Mat and Apparatus Training.

There are no refunds once you are enrolled in the program as we have limited space.


Want more information?
We are happy to answer any questions regarding our highly regarded program.  Please email Jennifer DeLuca at jennifer@body-tonic.com or Elaine Ewing at elaine@rhinebeckpilates.com and be sure to put Teacher Training in the subject line.