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

Studios Closed Bank Holiday Mondays

Both our Seymour Street and Canary Wharf studios will be closed on the May Bank Holiday Mondays – 6th May and 27th May.

New 20-minute documentary video about Alan Herdman

This fascinating documentary video from Pilates Anytime documents Alan’s early life, and details how he became involved with Pilates through dance and teaching – all told via interviews and photographs including rare insights from his early training in New York. You can watch by clicking the link below – you’ll simply need to sign up for a free account in order to access the video.

Pilates Anytime Documentary with Alan Herdman

Pre-Pandemic Bookings to be used by 25th August 2022

If you have classes booked with us from before March 2020 and have been unable to use them, please contact us at the studios to either book your classes or request a refund. Please note that if a refund is requested for classes originally purchased at a reduced group price, all used classes will be calculated at full single class rate. All re-booking and refunds must be completed before 25th August 2022.

Studio safety (updated January 2022)

Our Pilates Studios are of course compliant with all current government guidelines, but we need to remember that there are clients who will be more vulnerable or worried so we continue to take additional safety measures – for example checking temperatures on arrival. All our staff will wear face coverings. Please do not attend the studios if you have any Covid symptoms.