Welcome to the Alan Herdman Pilates Teacher Training Course section

The Alan Herdman Pilates Teacher Training Course is a fully comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course, with an Active IQ Level 3 Instructing Pilates Matwork Qualification embedded in the course work. It is taught over 10 months annually, from the second week of September to the third week of July, and is a minimum of 750 hours of student learning, observation, and home study. The comprehensive course includes the Reformer, Trapeze Table, The Chair, Ladder Barrel, Arc, and small equipment. The weekly lectures and classes are held every Thursday at the Alan Herdman Pilates Studio at Canary Wharf, within the Third Space Gym. On completion of the course successful students will have gained a REPS recognised qualification in instructing Pilates Matwork and an Alan Herdman Certificate which is recognised around the world.


Syllabus Content
The curriculum is delivered so that the students learn to use the Pilates repertoire in the most practical and effective way. Exercises are taught in relation to the classical Pilates principles and objectives, with the aim that the students are equipped to apply the technique to suit individual clients rather than by a proscribed exercise sequence for all. There will be monthly lectures by our in-house physiotherapist on anatomy and physical conditions that require special attention.

The Alan Herdman Comprehensive Teacher Training Course includes

1. Pre Pilates and Classical Pilates Mat Exercises
2. Teaching Skills For Pilates Exercises
3. Reformer Exercises
4. Trapeze Table Exercises
5. The Chair
6. Ladder Barrel
7. Arc
8. Small Equipment
9. Planning and delivering Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Classes
10. Anatomy
11. Common Ailments And Medical Conditions Requiring Special Attention

Principal Tutor and Assessor
Alan Herdman

Course Tutor
Sara Gallie

Anatomy Lectures
Shirley Hancock

Course Administrator
Mauro Ossola


The Active IQ Level 3 Certificate Instructing Pilates Matwork
This component of the course is optional and consists of the 7 units below. It entails 2 Multiple Choice exams, home study, completion of written worksheets and a teaching assessment.
1. Anatomy And Physiology For Exercise And Health
2. Supporting Clients Who Take Part In Exercise And Physical Activity
3. Health, Safety, And Welfare In A Fitness Environment
4. Principles Of Exercise, Fitness And Health
5. Principles Of Pilates Matwork
6. Programming Pilates Matwork
7. Instructing Pilates Matwork

Course Tutor
Alan Herdman

Sara Gallie

Internal Verifier
Mauro Ossola

Course Administrator
Mauro Ossola


The health and safety of staff, students, and clients is a focus of the studios at all times. It is an integral part of the program, both in terms of personal and client safety, that the proper and safe use of the equipment is reinforced throughout the training.

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The mat work section of the comprehensive Pilates teacher training course is approved by Active IQ (body award) and has a LEVEL 3 REPs

Teacher Training News

Festive Season 2021-22 Studios Closed

Both of our studios – Seymour Street and Canary Wharf – will be closed over the festive period as follows:
• Friday 24th December Closed
• Saturday 25th December Closed
• Sunday 26th December Closed
• Monday 27th December Closed
• Tuesday 28th December Closed
• Wednesday 29th December Closed
• Thursday 30th December Closed
• Friday 31st December Closed
• Saturday 1st January Closed
• Sunday 2nd January Closed
• Monday 3rd January Closed


From Tuesday the 4th January 2022 the studios will be open on the usual days and times.

Studio safety from 19th July

The government’s easing of covid restrictions on Monday 19 July was welcomed by many, but we need to remember that there are people in our Pilates Studios who will be more vulnerable or worried about this next step. Covid cases are rising again in London. These have been concentrated in younger age groups, but while these rates of infection continue to rise, we would like to exercise caution.

This rise in new cases also means many people having to self-isolate. If you’ve had to do so, I know it’s hard, but thank you, as you really are helping to reduce chance of transmission of the disease to your Pilates peers. For the time being, me and my Teachers will still keep wearing face masks at the studios to protect ourselves and of course all of you. Please be considerate of the people around and wear a face covering in all the communal areas. We can guarantee you our determination in keeping the studio clean and safe for everybody.
Thank you for thinking of others and for all you are doing to stay safe when doing Pilates. AH