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.

If you would like to receive more information, please click here to complete our online form.


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

Class of 2019 Graduates from AHP Teacher Training Course

Our 2019 graduates receiving their certificates from Alan Herdman and Sara Gallie after successfully completing the AHP Teacher Training Course.

The course is truly international and our graduates will be teaching all over the world including China, Singapore, Latvia, Belgium and Italy. There are still a couple of places for the next course, starting in September 2019, please follow this link for information and a form.

New Reformers and more Konnector Kits for Seymour Street

We have transformed the Seymour Street studio with brand new wood framed “Clinical” reformers which are a higher model, so are easiest for people with injuries or physical conditions (as well as for our super-fit clients!).

Several reformers are fitted with the Konnector kit, allowing you to move arms and legs at the same time or independently in different directions to help the disassociation of movements. The Studio looks fantastic with a new layout which facilitates access to the equipment, including the Guillotine which has proved extremely popular (despite some initial misgivings about the name!) since its introduction. Our Canary Wharf Studio has also had a facelift as all the Reformers have been re-upholstered.

Arcus Training With Mauro Ossola in China

Bodyworks Shanghai ran a successful programme in late November with AHP Studio Manager and instructor Mauro Ossola training Pilates teachers on the techniques of the Arcus.


First UK Guillotine Tower at AHP, Central London

composite-gullotine2Alan Herdman Pilates is delighted to announce that our Seymour Street studio is the first in the UK to have the brand new Guillotine Tower. One of the original pieces of equipment designed by Joseph Pilates, the Guillotine has been redesigned for the modern studio by Balanced Body, and offers multiple levels of exercise. Alan explains: “The Guillotine works with whole body movement, as well as promoting more in-depth leg work. There are many exercises available that you can’t do on other equipment. It’s brilliant!”


The video clip
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Left: An early photograph shows Eve Gentry – a student of Joseph Pilates and now considered one of the “elders” – using the original Guillotine.

Alan Elected Chair of PMA UK Chapter

Pilates Method Alliance – the worldwide association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers – has elected Alan Herdman Chair of the UK Chapter. Formed in 2001, the PMA’s mission is to foster community, integrity, and respect for diversity; establish certification and continuing education standards; and promote the Pilates method of exercise. The Alliance originated in the US but as the Method increases in reach, it now has Chapters in Mexico, Southern Africa, China and the UK. More information on the Pilates Method Alliance website.

Teaching Pilates Internationally

Alan Herdman travels extensively to to teach and lecture on short workshops for trainee Pilates teachers worldwide. Over the past year he has lectured in America, Greece, Estonia and Italy, with further engagements booked.