CEC Workshops

STOTT PILATES® established a Continuing Education Credit (CEC) program to help instructors stay up to date, and to offer fitness professionals an opportunity to learn more about the STOTT PILATES® method. Staying current not only keeps you certified, it maintains the credibility of STOTT PILATES® certification and helps you be the best instructor you can be. By helping us maintain our high standards, you are reinforcing your own good reputation.

Did you know that workshop enrollment at Equilibrium Studio is open to all fitness professionals? You can take a STOTT PILATES workshop and enhance your teaching skills and your resume while earning ACE or PMA credits. Many of our workshops are matwork based so you can take what you learn directly to your clients without investing in expensive equipment.

IF you are new to Equilibrium Studio and you have questions or need help enrolling in a Workshop, please provide us with your contact details.

If you are STOTT PILATES® certified and you want to become a specialist: START HERE

Focus your education and acquire new clients

Set yourself apart by becoming a STOTT PILATES® Specialist in the field of your choice. Choose any of our eight Specialty Tracks, complete the required workshops and gain access to a whole new client-base. There is no time-limit on completing the components and you earn CECs at the same time!

Benefits of Becoming a Specialist

  • Focus your training in the field of your choice
  • Develop specialty programming for your clientele
  • Service special populations in your community
  • Receive cueing tips for specialty customers
  • Learn modifications to address individual requirements
  • Discover the specific needs of unique groups
  • Explore how market segments differ from one another
  • Address the anatomy and biomechanical necessities in each case
  • Filter through the hundreds of workshop opportunities
  • Streamline continuing education

Requirements for Becoming a Specialist

  • All workshops included in the STOTT PILATES® Specialty Tracks are open to any individual regardless of whether they have completed any training or certification in the STOTT PILATES® method.
  • A current STOTT PILATES® certification at any level is required in order to be recognized as a “Specialist” in any track. A completion letter for each workshop will be issued, however, the “Specialist” designation will not be granted if no certification is held.
  • A total of eight workshops within each trackmust be attended and completed to receive the “Specialist” designation.
  • There is no time limit to complete the required number of workshops; however, the individual must hold a current certification at the time of completion in order to receive the designation.
  • Any individual wishing to receive recognitionas a STOTT PILATES® "Specialist" in any track must complete a Request Form (https://www.merrithew.com/education/SpecialtyTracks/speciality-track-form) and email cecs@merrithew.com or fax to 416-482-2742. If we are unable to verify that the required number of workshops has been taken, the applicant must submit documentation to support their request.

Complete the Specialty Tracks
Designation Request Form > (https://www.merrithew.com/education/SpecialtyTracks/speciality-track-form)

  • STOTT PILATES® will accept any workshops taken after January 1, 2007 as part of the requirement for Specialist recognition.
  • Any workshops taken prior to an individual becoming certified with STOTT PILATES® will be considered for "Specialist" designation, however, status will not be granted until certification is achieved.
  • If an individual completes all workshop requirements in any one track, but does not hold a valid certification (i.e. yearly CECs have not been maintained), "Specialist" recognition will be granted only when certification is returned to good standing.
  • STOTT PILATES® reserves the right to rejectany request for "Specialist" status.
  • If an instructor attends one workshop that appears in more than one Specialty Track, it will be counted toward completion of both tracks.

See more at: http://www.merrithew.com/instructor-training/SpecialtyTracks.

IF you are new to Equilibrium Studio and want information on courses, enrollment, a 30-minute FREE consultation, or want to learn about the best program for you please provide us with your contact details.

IF you have taken a course or workshop at equilibrium, or have already started a training profile with us and you want information on courses, enrollment, workshops, CEC's from STOTT PILATES, PMA, MPTA, ACE, or have general questions about your next step please call or text the Equilibrium Education Hotline at 248.723.1300 or email jessicap@equilibriumstudio.com

STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructors are required to obtain six hours (0.6 credits) of Merrithew Health & Fitness Continuing Education Credits annually to maintain their certification.

For more detailed information, about the CEC program and requirements, including how to get an extension when necessary follow this link: http://www.merrithew.com/instructor-training/cont-ed/additional-resources/FAQ

For more information about courses and workshops offered by our international guest instructors, follow this link: /teacher-training/international-guest-instructors-2017/

IF you have taken a course or workshop at equilibrium, or you are a certified STOTT PILATES instructor, you already have a training profile with us. IF you want information or help to enroll in a workshop while earning CEC's from STOTT PILATES, PMA, and ACE, please text the Equilibrium Education Hotline at 248.723.1300 or email Jessica Prentice at jessicap@equilibriumstudio.com

Upcoming Workshops

Date Course/Workshop Time Instructor Price CEC#
12/8/18 Precision & Control with the Fitness Circle 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Gayle Eubanks $90 0.2 Enroll here!
12/8/18 Stability Chair Flow Workout 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Gayle Eubanks $90 0.2 Enroll here!
12/8/18 Reformer & Padded Platform Extender 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Gayle Eubanks $90 0.2 Enroll here!
12/9/18 Intro to Fascial Movement Workshop 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Eva Powers $90 0.2 Full

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Stability with mobility and explosive power are key elements of a great golf swing, but how can off-course training help? A targeted dynamic warm-up followed by specific conditioning exercises, can significantly improve golf performance and increase club head speed. Another new addition to the Merrithew™ Athletic Conditioning Track, this golf-specific workshop features a warm-up that incorporates weighted Toning Balls providing added resistance, neuromuscular challenge and range of motion movements. These prepare the body physically, while directed breathing cues help encourage mindfulness, focus and awareness. The strengthening program that follows brings these elements together and facilitates increased quality of movement, providing the optimal balance of mobility and stability, crucial components in improved performance.

Learning objectives

  • Learn a dynamic golf-specific warm up using Toning Balls.
  • Learn how breath and focus can create a better golf swing.
  • Discover how to use Mat-based STOTT PILATES® exercises with Toning BallsTM to gain overall body conditioning and injury prevention.
  • Experience exercises that focus on strength, stability, range of motion and control.

This workshop provides instructors tools to incorporate new fascial research concepts within the body of the STOTT PILATES Essential Matwork repertoire. Following the Essential Matwork order, participants explore how exercise essences can be enhanced with new fascial research concepts, inspiring a new movement experience. Created by the experts at Merrithew™, discover seamless movement flowing exercise sequences that take the body through multiple planes of movement. This workshop will spark creativity in programming and allow participants to tap into their innate body wisdom to find alternate variations that best suit their movement potential on any given day.

Learning objectives

  • Review the essence of selected STOTT PILATES Essential Matwork exercises.
  • Discuss current concepts in fascial research and their application to STOTT PILATES Matwork exercises.
  • Experience movement sequences that target the neuromyofascial system.
  • Discuss how exercises can be altered to access movement potential.

This workshop involves both content and presentation. It’s a careful examination of how to help a client accomplish their goal. Emphasis is on development of client-centered cueing, alignment of content to client’s goal, converting first-timer to long-term commitment, and continued client engagement. It’s a workshop designed for teachers already working in a studio who wish to increase their client base and effectiveness as a teacher.

However, it also serves as a refresher for programming, upgrading teaching skills, and provides teachers with a general guideline for quality teaching and client engagement.

Format

This is a 2-hour lecture/lab workshop in which topics are presented by the Instructor Trainer, best practices are demonstrated, and time is allowed for student practice. Students are asked to model best practices as others critique their practice. The workshop is interactive and assumes students have a certified instructor level of knowledge.

Learning objectives

  • To introduce teachers to the concept of being client-centered;
  • To demonstrate how to convert a client’s perceived problems into a plan for continuing;
  • To review fundamentals of a good first session;
  • To practice developing a plan and program for a specific client.

The Arc Barrel has traditionally been used solely for Pilates training. Now, explore how to utilize the cushioned and curved surface of the barrel to facilitate a unique series of stretching and strengthening moves that fit perfectly into any conditioning routine. An excellent cross-training tool, the Arc Barrel can be used to support the torso or the limbs and allow focus on isolating precise movements in individual joints. Then combine and incorporate all of them into an efficient and effective full-body workout. With this workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team, discover how to position the Barrel in a variety of ways to mobilize and strengthen joint structures as well as to increase stability at the core.

Learning objectives

  • Apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles to exercises on the Arc Barrel.
  • Discover how altering starting position and base of support can increase exercise intensity.
  • Learn how both large and small muscle groups can be challenged.
  • Learn new and innovative ways to incorporate the barrel in any mat workout.

Serious athletes – whether professional or amateur – benefit greatly from performance enhancement training. This high-caliber introductory workout, developed by the Merrithew™ team, is designed for instructors and trainers working with very fit and accomplished athletes. Using the STOTT PILATES® V2 Max Plus™ Reformer – an all-in one machine that combines the functionality of the Professional Reformer with the key features and benefits of the Cadillac, experience the virtually endless programming options this piece allows. Always initiating from the core, learn how this complete body workout retrains muscles that may have become unbalanced and take clients to a new level of strength and agility.

Learning objectives

  • Apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles to specific exercises on the V2 Max Plus Reformer.
  • Learn specific exercises designed for athletic conditioning.
  • Understand how these exercises challenge strength, stability and coordination.
  • Learn cues and corrections for safety and effectiveness.

Breathe new life into your chair workouts by involving the spring resistance of the Split-Pedal Stability Chair with flowing choreography that encompasses the entire body. In this innovative workshop developed by the programming team at Merrithew™, learn how to fully mobilize the spine, hips and shoulders while integrating fascial awareness. Progressive sequences incorporate full flexion, extension and spiral movements that help unleash tensions and muscular restrictions. Enjoy the benefits of this invigorating workout that will revitalize body and soul.

Learning objectives

  • Apply the Five Basic Principles of STOTT PILATES to exercises on the Stability Chair.
  • Understand how to use spring resistance to exercises done in a variety of positions.
  • Learn movement sequences to strengthen and mobilize the whole body with focus and control.
  • Discover unique applications of the Stability Chair to support and stabilize the torso in a more fluid workout.

This spirited workshop, one of the latest offerings in the Merrithew™ Athletic Conditioning Track, includes a dynamic warm up designed specifically to prepare the mind and body for golf. It can be used for warming up on the range or at home before heading out to the course. Both the warm up and the mat-based workout that follows, prepare the body physically and neuro-muscularly to take on the challenges of the sport and improve performance while avoiding injury. Ideal for off-season training, this program helps maintain physical conditioning when time on the course decreases. The specific exercises chosen build on the dynamic movements in the warm up, increasing the essential body awareness needed to increase mobility with stability and strength imperative for a successful golf game.

This hands-on workshop, developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team, outlines the importance of postural analysis in programming STOTT PILATES® workouts. Discuss the differences between static and dynamic posture and consider how each affects exercise choices and modifications necessary. Review postural theory relating to the effect of certain postures on muscle length and strength and actively practice postural analysis.

Can using only bodyweight can create an effective workout for any level client? Absolutely! Explore a workout that takes you through a series of standing exercises designed to strengthen and tone from the ground up. No additional props or external resistance are needed in this creative full-body training session that targets muscular strength and endurance, balance and control. Exercise variations are included to increase or decrease challenge and intensity as well as discussions of cueing and motivating techniques.

Learning objectives

  • Explore how standing exercises can challenge the whole body.
  • Apply the Five Basic Principles of STOTT PILATES® to a workout using body weight.
  • Discuss exercise variations to increase or decrease intensity
  • Discover cuing and motivational techniques for every participa

The knee is a complex structure that can experience any number of injuries or conditions that interrupt normal functioning. This lecture/demo-style workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team, begins by exploring the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the normal, healthy functioning of the knee, followed by a discussion of some of the more common dysfunctions caused by injury or disease. Lastly, learn a variety of exercise progressions using some small props designed to be implemented in a post-rehabilitative setting to rebuild normal muscle action and movement patterning. Designed to prepare the body for specific activities and enhance performance, these exercises can challenge and promote optimal functioning.

Learning objectives

  • Understand optimal function and movement patterns of the knee joint.
  • Review anatomy and muscular involvement in ideal functioning.
  • Understand common dysfunctions and how they can be addressed.
  • Learn Mat-based exercises and progressions to optimize knee joint function.

Explore the normal healthy functioning of the shoulder girdle, some of the interruptions that can occur and exercise progressions to restore optimal function in this lecture/demo developed by the Merrithew™ team. First, break down the anatomy and biomechanics, available range of motion and typical movement patterns of the shoulder girdle, analyzing scapular movement, humeral movement and relevant muscular action. Next, address some common abnormal or dysfunctional movement patterns that can result from injury or overuse. And finally, discover exercise progressions done on the Mat with small props to rebuild normal muscle action and movement patterning as well as shoulder girdle exercises that can challenge and prepare for specific activities and enhance performance.

Learning objectives

  • Understand optimal function and movement patterns of shoulder girdle.
  • Understand common dysfunctions.
  • Review anatomy and muscular involvement.
  • Learn Mat-based exercises and progressions to optimize shoulder girdle function.

This lecture/demo, developed by the Merrithew™ team, explores the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the normal, healthy functioning of the lumbo-pelvic region, some of the dysfunctions that can occur and Mat-based exercise progressions to restore optimal function. First, the available movements and ideal functioning of the lumbo-pelvic region are explored, considering the lumbar spine, pelvis, hip and surrounding musculature. Next, common abnormal or dysfunctional movement patterns and postures are addressed. Finally, Matwork exercises incorporating a variety of small props and progressions to rebuild normal muscle action and movement patterning are outlined.

Learning objectives

  • Understand optimal function and movement patterns of lumbo-pelvic region.
  • Review anatomy and muscular involvement in a variety of areas.
  • Understand common dysfunctions due to injury, overuse or disease.
  • Learn Mat-based exercises and progressions to optimize lumbo-pelvic function.

Clients with osteoporosis face genuine issues when looking for a suitable exercise program. This specially-designed workout, developed by the Merrithew™ team, shares programming ideas using a Mat and small props, taking into account the different forms of the condition and how they will affect your client. Use the biomechanical foundation of STOTT PILATES to discover how to create effective programs that address the specific needs of this population. Explore how balance and resistance props can effectively assist clients and offer myriad modifications and variations to a Matwork routine.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the different causes of osteoporosis.
  • Discuss contraindicated movements in various parts of the body.
  • Explore how various light props can aid in exercise programming on the Mat.
  • Learn how select STOTT PILATES Matwork exercises can be beneficial for clients with osteoporosis.

More and more older adults are maintaining an active lifestyle, and exercise is an important aspect of this choice. The STOTT PILATES® Split-Pedal Stability Chair™ lends itself perfectly to those who are decreasing strength and mobility may not allow them to work out on the floor or supine on other equipment. Learn how the features of the Chair create a routine focusing on core strength and stability, postural awareness and alignment, joint mobility and balance. Specific exercises, developed by the Merrithew™ team, focus on functional activities like stair climbing and getting up from a chair.

Learning objectives

  • Apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles of stabilization to select Stability Chair exercises.
  • Understand how movements may need to be modified for older adults.
  • Discover why STOTT PILATES exercise is beneficial in cases of restricted mobility.
  • Learn movements that focus on stability, mobility, balance and control, and how to modify movements for this clientele.

Explore the benefits of working on the Reformer for the older adult in this interactive workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team. Despite decrements associated with aging, the ability to adapt to endurance and strength training is well documented. The Reformer provides widely variable spring tensions to address both upper and lower body as well as core training. Modifications of exercises and considerations for limited mobility and strength issues are discussed with a view to enhance core stability, increase lean muscle mass, increase range of motion and improve body awareness.

Learning objectives

  • Apply the STOTT PILATES® Five Basic Principles of stabilization to select Reformer exercises.
  • Understand how movements may need to be modified for older adults.
  • Discover why STOTT PILATES exercise is beneficial in cases of restricted mobility.
  • Learn cues and corrections for safety and effectiveness.

Stability with mobility and explosive power are key elements of a great golf swing, but how can off-course training help? A targeted dynamic warm-up followed by specific conditioning exercises, can significantly improve golf performance and increase club head speed. Another new addition to the Merrithew™ Athletic Conditioning Track, this golf-specific workshop features a warm-up that incorporates weighted Toning Balls providing added resistance, neuromuscular challenge and range of motion movements. These prepare the body physically, while directed breathing cues help encourage mindfulness, focus and awareness. The strengthening program that follows brings these elements together and facilitates increased quality of movement, providing the optimal balance of mobility and stability, crucial components in improved performance.

In this workshop, participants experience a fully integrated workout using the Twist Ball, an air-filled weighted workout ball. The same size and density as a larger Mini Stability Ball, the Twist Ball features a shifting center of sand and two soft foam handles. Once whole-body movement is mastered, participants can increase the variable load and challenge the connective tissue system through new creative exercises. Learn healthy load transfer strategies using drag, pick-up and toss style movements that reinforce whole-body motion, control, strength and coordination to manage acceleration and deceleration forces. Selected exercises in this workshop created by the team at Merrithew™ emphasize movement variables and fascial concepts.

Can using only bodyweight can create an effective workout for any level client? Absolutely! Explore a workout that takes you through a series of standing exercises designed to strengthen and tone from the ground up. No additional props or external resistance are needed in this creative full-body training session that targets muscular strength and endurance, balance and control. Exercise variations are included to increase or decrease challenge and intensity as well as discussions of cueing and motivating techniques.

This spirited workshop, one of the latest offerings in the Merrithew™ Athletic Conditioning Track, includes a dynamic warm up designed specifically to prepare the mind and body for golf. It can be used for warming up on the range or at home before heading out to the course. Both the warm up and the mat-based workout that follows, prepare the body physically and neuro-muscularly to take on the challenges of the sport and improve performance while avoiding injury. Ideal for off-season training, this program helps maintain physical conditioning when time on the course decreases. The specific exercises chosen build on the dynamic movements in the warm up, increasing the essential body awareness needed to increase mobility with stability and strength imperative for a successful golf game.

In this workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team, participants learn innovative new programming on the Reformer and Cardio-Tramp® Rebounder. The workout, designed to stimulate both cardiovascular and muscular effectiveness is ideal for both the recreational and professional athlete. Discover how to combine progressive plyometric intervals, varying both in length and intensity, with muscular strength and endurance moves on the vertical mini trampoline. The routine features non-traditional Pilates exercises that use the incredible diversity of the Reformer to effectively train both concentric and eccentric muscular ability.

Adding these specially designed STOTT PILATES® Reformer exercises to a male client’s routine can boost athletic performance and strengthen the core to minimize the risk of injury. Learn how to tackle this total body workout, developed by the Merrithew™ team, for optimum strength, endurance, agility and conditioning. Discover how adding hand-held Toning Balls™ to a Reformer workout can build coordination and challenge the body from the inside out.

This hands-on workshop, developed by the MERRITHEW™ team, outlines the importance of postural analysis in programming STOTT PILATES® workouts. Discuss the differences between static and dynamic posture and consider how each affects exercise choices and modifications necessary. Review postural theory relating to the effect of certain postures on muscle length and strength and actively practice postural analysis.

Learn to add further challenge to any Foam Roller™ routine with this energizing workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team. Using the Roller’s unstable nature and reducing the base of support increases the challenge to strength and balance and while motivating clients and classes alike. Learn to create programs with added intensity and variety while maintaining safety and cueing effectively.

Focus on the details of cueing and correcting many of the more difficult moves in this Intermediate Matwork workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team. Select exercises are broken down to identify the specific joint movement and muscular action. Learn cueing tips and modifications to help clients progress into this more challenging work while maintaining good form. Review observation skills and verbal cues and see real changes in the way clients move.

Focus on the details of cueing and correcting many of the more difficult Reformer moves in this Intermediate Reformer workshop, developed by the Merrithew™ team. Select exercises are broken down to identify the specific joint movement and muscular action. Learn cueing tips and modifications to help clients progress to this more challenging work while maintaining good form. Review observation skills and verbal cues and see real changes in the way your clients move.

This interactive seminar, developed by the Merrithew™ team, draws upon the most current medical information, exercise guidelines and research available on pregnancy and movement. Appropriate STOTT PILATES® Matwork exercise adaptations are explored and programming concepts for teaching small groups and private clients are discussed. Anatomical and physiological changes, risk factors and movement considerations are also discussed with an eye to providing a safe and effective workout throughout all trimesters and provide strategies for building new pre-natal programs as well as enhancing those already in progress.