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Intensive Mat-Plus™ (IMP)

What you will learn
  • The STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles

  • Essential, Intermediate, Power workouts

  • Flex-Band, Fitness Circle and Arc Barrel variations

  • Effective communication and observational skills

  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

  • Theory and practice of postural analysis

  • 63 exercises plus modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions

  • How to incorporate resistance equipment to support and intensify exercises

  • Exercise layering related to effective program design

  • Workout composition for personal and group training

Requirements of certification
  • 40 hours of instruction and supervised teaching

  • Minimum of 10 hours of observation

  • Minimum of 30 hours of physical review

  • Minimum of 15 hours of practice teaching

  • Total: 95 hours

Observation, practice teaching and physical review

A minimum number of hours of observation, practice teaching and physical review are required for all courses and should be completed between instructed sessions at any STOTT PILATES facility. Additional training may be required before certification. Practice teaching and physical review hours must be logged outside of class time. The practice logs must be submitted on your exam date (either written or practical exam). If the student fails to submit all the logs within 7 days from the last portion of the exam, the entire exam will be void.


Observation hours can be logged during relevant course homework or after a STOTT PILATES course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer teach clients (in-person or online), as well as observing the relevant course videos on DVD or through Merrithew Connect™. We recommend 50-80% of your hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer. Please ensure you receive permission from the Merrithew Training Center and/or presenting Instructor well in advance.

Physical review

Physical Review hours means physically performing the exercises learned in class. Physical review of the material is very important to ensure full understanding within your own body first, before attempting to teach someone else. It is also very important to ensure your body is prepared for the increased challenge at each level of repertoire as you move through your STOTT PILATES Instructor Training. Taking a class with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer or working out with relevant course videos on DVD or through Merrithew Connect can qualify as physical review hours, and can be completed individually or with other students.


Students can participate in an online Pilates session or join an online group Pilates class that teaches STOTT PILATES repertoire with a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor/Instructor Trainer. Students can also attend a Merrithew Online Workshop (offered by Merrithew Training Centers worldwide or the Corporate Training Center).


Practice teaching

Practice Teaching hours can be fulfilled by teaching STOTT PILATES course repertoire to family, fellow students, friends or clients, cueing and correcting them through a workout. Practice Teaching can be done in-person or by using a video conferencing program, such as Skype or Zoom.

Note, there are no hours required for Injuries & Special Populations or Advanced Level courses.

Continuing education credits


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IMP1 – Module 1 and IMP2 – Module 2

To help accommodate your schedule, we also offer Intensive Mat-Plus in two modules – IMP1 and IMP2. Key learnings are the same as the full course. Completion of both modules is required to be eligible for certification. IMP1 is a pre-requisite of IMP2. Both modules must be taken within 6 months of each other.

IMP1 – Module 1

Provides the solid foundation and skills needed to develop effective personal training programs. Learn to design and teach the Essential portion of the Level 1 repertoire with 38 unique exercises plus multiple modifications and progressions.

  • 25 hours of instruction and supervised teaching

  • Minimum 6 hours observation

  • Minimum 20 hours physical review

  • Minimum 10 hours practice teaching

  • Total: 61 hour


IMP2 – Module 2

IMP2 expands on the foundation and skills developed in the first segment as you learn to design programs incorporating the Intermediate repertoire. Learn 25 unique exercises plus multiple modifications and progressions.

  • 15 hours of instruction and supervised teaching

  • Minimum 4 hours observation

  • Minimum 10 hours physical review

  • Minimum 5 hours practice teaching

  • Total: 34 hours


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