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Pre-requisites & Course Expectations

What is the pre-req to enter your Pilates Teacher Training(PTT)?

Please review the requirement here,

Education Catalog

Pre-Requisites & Fee

Is Movement Principle module a requirement for all training?

Yes. Movement Principle is compulsory for Mat, Mat & Reformer, Reformer, and Comprehensive PTT.

What is the Anatomy requirement?

At least 14 hours of Anatomy basic training. We offer Introduction to Anatomy course to students who are doing their Mat & Reformer, Reformer, or Comprehensive training, to meet this requirement. If you have taken any Anatomy training, please email us your documentation/certificate when you register for the PTT.

Is Anatomy in 3 Dimension a requirement?

No. Anatomy in 3 Dimension is offered as a continuing education workshop, although you can take it to fulfill your Anatomy requirement. We encourage our students to take this workshop as their continuing education after they complete their PTT.

I am only going to take Mat training and becomes certified as Mat instructor, do I need to take your Anatomy training?

No. Anatomy requirement only applicable to Mat & Reformer, Reformer and Comprehensive students. Although we highly recommend Introduction to Anatomy to Mat students.

Why did you schedule the Introduction to Anatomy after Mat and Reformer modules?

Anatomy is recommended but not required for Mat training. We scheduled the Anatomy after the Reformer training so that our Mat students can finish their training and leave Bali without having to wait.

What is movement teaching experience?

Any movement related teaching such as dance, yoga, fitness, martial arts, sports and physical related coaching/teaching etc.

What if I do not have the movement teaching experience as pre-req?

You will have to log in 50% more hours than the minimum required, for example, a requirement of minimum 15 hours observation will become 25 hours minimum.

What are personal sessions?

Private sessions and group classes you have done with any certified Pilates teachers.

What if I have to miss part of the training?

Students are expected to complete the number of hours of the training as scheduled. In the event of missed hours, students have to make up by booking private sessions with the Master Instructor at additional charge of US$70/hour.

Can I take Reformer prior to Mat, or only take Reformer and be certified as a Reformer Teacher?

Yes, we are introducing the Reformer track starting 2019. You need to also complete the mandatory two-day Movement Principle and fulfill the Anatomy as pre-req, as well as hours required for personal sessions, teaching and observation hours, and pass your final test out.

Can I complete the Mat and go straight into Apparatus?

No. You have to have Reformer 2 as pre-req.

Can you please show me the requirement to complete each training?

Training Fee

What does the fee include?

The fee include training, manuals and streaming videos.

Balanced Body Education Certification

Is your certification recognized worldwide?

Yes. We are the authorized training centre for Balanced Body Inc, California, USA. Balanced Body is one of the largest Pilates education organizations in the world and is recognized worldwide and has graduates in USA, Europe, Asia, and rest of world.

More on Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training, click here.

Who is the Master Instructor?

Sook Fun Chen.

What is your class size?

Class size for Mat training between 4-15, Reformer and Apparatus between 3 to 6.

What is the benefit of getting trained in Apparatus? Or Comprehensive?

Apparatus can add extensive repertoire to your teaching and useful for training special population from older adults, injuries, pregnancy, osteoporosis to athletes. You will learn how to progress or regress exercises and target different muscles group within the same exercise to achieve different results. Becoming a Comprehensive can mean that you are committed to learn the full repertoire and have the knowledge in taking on clients of all populations. Comprehensive Pilates teachers are highly sort after in studios around the world.

After The Training

What are additional log in hours?

Please review this document for additional hours after your training: (coming soon)

PERSONAL SESSIONS-group classes or private sessions you have attended and will be attending with us and/or with any certified Pilates teacher.

OBSERVATION- Observe classes with any certified Pilates teachers and/or on Balanced Body’s streaming videos and online. Observation in person with certified teachers is very valuable and highly recommended.

TEACHING-Practice teaching on your friend, family or teaching at any Pilates studio or at your home as student teacher.

Does the practice teaching have to be with a qualified Pilates instructor or can it be with anyone?

You can teach anyone in your practice teaching.

Do I have to do the additional hours at your studio?

You can, but not necessary. You can do them with any certified Pilates teachers at any studio in the world.

At our studio: during the month of training you can observe, self practice and practice teach for free and after which if you wish to continue, you can sign up for our mentoring program.

What is mentoring program?

This program is to help students, to learn and practice their material to work toward their certification, includes observations, self-practice, and practice teaching at our studio (note that for self practice and practice teach has to be done during non-peak and priority has to be given to clients). Student who sign up for the program will enjoy special rate to all our group classes.

Can I teach after the training?

You can start teaching as a student teacher/trainee, however you are not a certified teacher until you have completed all required additional hours and pass your final exam.

Can you give me an example, and take me through steps in becoming a certified Balanced Body instructor?

Here is an example of a breakdown of becoming a certified Mat & Reformer teacher.

Fulfill the pre-requisite.

Attend our training.

Additional hours required after the training, 75 classes, 145 teaching OR 50 classes, 45 observation, 125 teaching

Take and pass the final test out.

Do you offer one one one training?

Yes we do, with an additional of US$200 for each module.

What is the required reading for your Anatomy training?

There are books that you would need for the training, you can get them on Amazon.

1. Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition, Andrew Biel

2. Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine Calais-Germain

3. Trail Guide to the Body App-AnatomyMappLite, this is available on your mobile App store.

We highly recommend you buy the two books and the app prior to your training.

Course Certificates

What would I receive after the training?

An email from Balanced Body to state that you have successfully completed the training. Upon passing the final test out, you will receive a certificate showing your certified teacher status.

Bridging Program

I am certified by other training body and would like to continue with your program, what should I do?

Any students/teachers who wish to do our training without having to repeat some or part of the training must apply for the bridging program. Please fill out this form with all the documentation attached and we will send it to Balanced Body for review and approval.

Final Test Out

Is there a timeline between completion of training and taking the final test out?

Yes. It is 6 months for Mat training, 12 months for Mat & Reformer training, 18 months for Comprehensive training.

How do I apply for final test out?

You can apply for the final test out after you have fulfilled all required trainings and hours. Fill out this form with all the documentation attached. Upon approval, you and our educators will be informed and a test out date will be scheduled.

Please apply 4 weeks in advance from the date you wish to take your exam.

Where and whom I can take my final exam with?

You can take you final exam with us or any Balanced Body Master Instructor all over the world. There are Balanced Body host sites in around the world which you can take your test out from.

What do I do in the final test out?

One hour practical and one hour written.

Do I have to take the practical test in English?

Please arrange with the Master Instructor if you need to take your practical test other than English.

If I don’t pass the written or practical test? Will there be any re-test and additional fees?

With us, you can do a re-test without paying an additional fee. However, with the second attempt full fee is chargeable.

Can I do my final test out online?

We strongly suggest you show up in person to do this. Under special circumstances, Skype session can be arranged with additional fee.

How much does it cost to do my final test out with you?

Please see this,

Can I book a mock exam with you?

Yes, it is at US$70/hour.

Registration, Cancellations, Refunds and Schedule Changes

What is the registration process?

Fill out this online form.

We review and send you a registration confirmation, or email you any questions.

Students pay(due 30 days before the training starts).

Course confirmation sent by us.

How can I pay for the training?

You can pay online, by cash, or by bank transfer via Transfer Wise.

What is your refund policy?

Fee paid is non-refundable in part or in full. No cancellation is allowed however we can credit your payment towards the next training within 12 months. After 12 months students have to re-register and pay new fee should they wish to attend the training.

What do I do to confirm my spot?

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Full payment guarantees placement in the course.

Will you cancel any training?

We do not cancel training but in the event of unforeseen circumstances, we may cancel or reschedule the training. Please email and confirm with us before you arrange for flight and hotels. We are not responsible for any additional costs incurred due to the schedule changes.

Can I complete the Comprehensive training in one month?(Mat, Reformer and Apparatus)

You can complete the training hours within a month, but not the additional hours. 370 hours combined of observation, personal sessions and student teaching hours are required before you can apply for the final test out.

Can I stay in Bali for a few months to complete all including taking the final test?

Yes you can, but plan on staying here for at least 2 months for Mat, 4 months for Mat and Reformer, 6 months for comprehensive and work very hard.

What is the time frame you suggest if I were to complete these requirement myself in my home country?

6 months for Mat, 12 months for Reformer, 18 months for Comprehensive.

Can I take my final exam after each training or do I have to do them all together if I want to take the Comprehensive training?

You can take them individually, but we suggest you to take the Comprehensive final exam after you have completed all modules. It is more cost effective.

Location and Logistic

What kind of visa should I get to enter Indonesia?

Please check with your local Indonesian Embassy on visa requirement. We can give you a letter proving that you are coming for training if needed.

Where is your training held?

The training is held in our studio in Ubud, Bali.

We are located in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, a village just behind Monkey Forest.

Please click here for direction.

What is training time?

Please check out our Training Calender for details on time and day.

Info on transportation please?

Arriving at the airport: Your hotels might have airport pick up service. If you hire taxis that you can hire to Ubud. Cost would be around 250.000 to 350.000 RP.

In and around Ubud: Hire a scooter(around 50.000RP a day)would be the easiest way to get around town. If you do not ride one, you can hire the locals to give you rides, 15.000 to 25000 RP per ride. More for longer distance.

Outside Ubud: You can hire private car with a driver. Between 400.000 to 1 million a day, depending on hours and distance.

Would I need a car or a bicycle would do?

We suggest you stay close to the studio, that way you can walk to us. There are many restaurants which you can walk to also. If you want to get out the village, you can hire a driver or motorcycle to bring you around.

Any hotels near your studio?

Here are some of the nearby hotels within walking distance from our studio, from nearest to the farthest.

Bali Spirit Hotel
Beji Indah
Labak River
Kemamai (Budget Hostel)
Budhi Ayu
Puri Asri
Eco Swasti Cottage
Ubud Wana
Villa Sonia
Bali Bohemia

There are a few more which are not included in the list above, please search for Nyuh Kuning , Ubud, Bali at and for more and to see photos and prices. Another great website to find accommodation is


A few restaurants within walking distance from the studio which serve Balinese, Japanese, Indian, Western and vegan food. From home cooking style Japanese to fancy Italian place, finding your favorite restaurant is easy!

What to bring on the first day of class?

Please arrive 15min-30min earlier before the class starts.

Comfortable yoga/Pilates clothing.

A pair of socks for Reformer and Apparatus training.

Water bottle to refill your water at the studio.

After Being Certified

Do you offer workshops for Continuing Education?

Yes, we offer a series of workshops that can be found on our website for your continuing education. The list is growing so please also check back with us.

These workshops are also open to all other Pilates and movement teachers as well as clients.

All trainings include manuals and a certificate of completion.