So you've looked at the price list and thought Holy Moley why is this studio charging so much! I can do a Pilates class at my local gym and it costs no more than my membership...
So here is the truth in order to be a Pilates instructor in a gym a fitness instructor can sign up for a Pilates course that will last anywhere from 2 days to a week and probably spend $300 to $700.
A Pilates Instructor that works in a studio is required to complete the Cert 4 in Pilates that costs around $2500 and training lasts for 6-12 months. In this time the instructor is required to complete observations, apprentice teach, master all the exercises and have mentoring the entire time often at an additional cost of $95-$120 per hour (a minimum of 30 hours supervised workouts = $2,850-$3,600).
Furthermore a Studio Pilates Instructor must complete Cert 4 in Pilates prior to studying for the Diploma and then invests $5500 to $8500 and the training lasts 12-18 months. During this time the instructor is required to do observations, apprentice teach, master all the exercises and have mentoring and supervised workouts again at a cost of $95-$120 per hour (a minimum of 70 hours supervised workouts = $6,650-$8,400).
Hopefully you now get it we have spent:
Upto $6,100 for our matwork course
Up to $15,500 for our diploma course...
That is over $21,000 spent before we have even earned $1
Then there is the equipment... don't even get me started on that one! As soon as the word Pilates is attached the price seems to inflate dramatically.
A fully equipped studio will set the studio owner back around $20-$30,000 and because our industry works on the basis on quality over quantity we rarely have more than 4 people per session. Each person has an individual body assessment and a program is developed to meet the individual needs of each person.
So there are 3-4 people in the studio each working on a program specifically for them.
A great analysis is to compare Big W jeans to Sass and Bide; you pay for the quality, the instructors knowledge and workout tailored specifically to the individual needs of each person.
Studio Instructors have a thorough knowledge of the body and often work with physical restrictions such as injury, osteoporosis, disc herniations etc.
Often a Pilates studio is the next place to go to after Physiotherapy/Osteopathy/Chiropractic treatment.
Our job often is a rehabilitative one and we get you back up and running; however once people have tried authentic Pilates they rarely leave as they realise it is the one discipline that keeps the body feeling fabulous.
So please don't be offended if we don't give you a discount or a free session.