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Excel Pilates Northern Virginia is a host studio of the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program. 

​The Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program is dedicated to providing high quality training in the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. Our comprehensive and in-depth one year training program requires a minimum of 700 hours of hands-on training in all levels of the Pilates mat and apparatus work. There are three tracks to the Teacher Training Program- Seminar Format, Independent Study, and Immersion/Independent Study. See below for more details on each track. Apprenticeship involves seminars, observations, and practice teaching. In addition to Pilates exercises, seminar topics cover anatomy, teaching skills and session design. The program involves readings and weekly apprentice meetings, free solo workouts, mat classes, teaching feedback, access to the studios and a teaching manual. There are prerequisites and testing requirements. Program faculty includes Kerry De Vivo, Lesa McLaughlin, Peter Fiasca, Alexandra Adams, and Amanda Smith Breon.

Excel Teacher Training Program Tracks

There are three tracks to the Teacher Training Program: the standard Seminar Format, the Independent Study and the Immersion/Independant Study tracks.

Seminar Format


Seminar 1: September 21-23 2018

Seminar 2: November 2-4 2018

Seminar 3: January 11-13 2018

Seminar 4: March 1-3 2018

Cost for Seminar Format Teacher Training Program is $5,200.  

Program fee includes:

​Ten one-on-one sessions at Excel Pilates Northern Virginia

Powerhouse-hour sessions (scheduled throughout apprenticeship)

Practice and practice teaching hours 

Pilates Teaching manual

Free solo workouts

Feedback on teaching

Seminars 1-4

Observation hours

Certificate of completion of Pilates Teacher Training Program upon passing all examinations with grade 85% or higher

Immersion/Independent Study Format

The Immersion format of the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program is designed to assist individuals in preparing for entry to the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program. At Excel, we believe that to teach Pilates you should know Pilates. The Immersion format allows you to study the work of Joseph Pilates intensively while working independently with Excel program directors. This is a track for someone who wants to complete the Teacher Training Program, but is not yet at the experienced level with his/her Pilates training. Participants learn to teach the vast repertoire of Pilates exercises on both the Mat and Apparatus with confidence. This one year comprehensive Teacher Training program is designed to accelerate each participant's readiness to teach as well as provide individual instruction in Teacher Training.

Program Outline and Inclusions are the same as Seminar Format with the addition of 30 one-on-one sessions to advance personal study.

$7,600 total program fee 
($5,200 TTP + $2,400 Immersion One on One sessions)

Independent Study Format

The Independent Study format can be with or without the Immersion format. ​Independent Study may start at any time; the application deadline does not apply. The same outline, inclusions and fees as the seminar format or immersion format apply, however the seminar weekends are replaced with 50 hours of independent study teacher training hours with a director of member of the faculty.

This format allows flexibility in when an apprentice can start the program.

Pre-requisite seminar/session as needed (separate fee). Annual Continuing Education Seminars (separate fee). There is limited enrollment for each session.

Practice teaching hours and observation hours may be completed at Excel Pilates DC,  Excel Pilates Annapolis, or Excel Pilates Northern Virginia. 

How to Apply

Download and submit the application. Upon approval of application, an evaluation session and interview will be scheduled. The evaluation session and interview will determine acceptance to program.  ​