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Pilates Mat Instructor: Course Descriptions

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Pilates Mat I (Beginner)
Explore the life of Joseph H. Pilates and how he evolved the art and science of Contrology (the Pilates Method of body conditioning). Learn the six major principles of Pilates and the importance of the “powerhouse” and “core stabilization.” Master the beginner Pilates mat exercises and learn to instruct clients with clear and detailed step-by-step directions. Integrate these Pilates exercises into your daily body-conditioning routine. Bring workout clothes, mat, and weights.
Required texts: Return to Life Through Contrology by Joseph H. Pilates and The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler.
PMC1000
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
HPE9101.10
HPE9101.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Pilates Mat II (Intermediate)
Take your Pilates training to the next level! Beginning with a review of Pilates Mat I, learn the “five elements of the mind” and the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection. Study the importance of resistance work in the Pilates workout. Master the intermediate Pilates mat exercises and learn to instruct clients with clear and detailed step-by-step directions. Integrate these Pilates exercises into your daily body-conditioning routine. Bring workout clothes, mat, weights, and Thera-Band.
Prerequisite: PMC1000
PMC1010
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
HPE9102.10
HPE9102.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Pilates Mat III (Advanced)
Take your Pilates training to the highest level! Beginning with a review of Pilates Mat I and II, learn to use small equipment like the Magic Circle, pole, and Thera-Band to facilitate the progression of the client’s workout. Incorporate hands-on skill, imagery, rhythm, and dynamic motion in the exercises to help the learning process of the client. Master the advanced Pilates mat exercises and learn to instruct clients with clear and detailed step-by-step directions. Integrate these Pilates exercises into your daily body-conditioning routine. Bring workout clothes, mat, weights, and Thera-Band.
Prerequisite: PMC1010
PMC1020
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
HPE9104.10
HPE9104.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Anatomy and Physiology for Pilates
Learn the basic anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system by studying the bones and major joints of the body. Study postural concepts used to describe body position, such as anatomic position and static terminology (anterior, posterior, etc.) Learn movement terms (flexion, extension, etc.) and how the body moves in planes and around axes. Understand basic skeletal anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology so that you can begin to critically understand, discuss, and teach the strengthening and stretching exercises of the Pilates Method of body conditioning.
Required text: Kinesiology: The Skeletal System and Muscle Functioning by Joseph E. Muscolino.
PMC1030
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
HPE9103.10
HPE9103.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Pilates Mat Exam Retake
PMC1040
Pre-summer 2014 course number:
HPE9105.10

Pilates Mat Certification Workshop
Review the basic anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology of the neck, upper back, and shoulder girdle, and discuss the mechanics of muscle and postural imbalance. Examine herniated discs and degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis). Learn to assess clients for each condition through lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises, and train to choose and apply the appropriate Pilates mat exercises.
PMC1050
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
HPE9106.10
HPE9106.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Updated April 10, 2014

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