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Instructor Training


Chesapeake Pilates Center offers apprenticeships and mentoring programs.  Our Traditional Comprehensive Instructor Training program qualifies graduates to take the written National Pilates Instructor Certification exam.

Who we are:

Chesapeake Pilates Studio is owned by PMA certified instructor Stefanie O’Rourke who has been teaching pilates since 2003 and fitness since 1997. She tested out for her comprehensive training with PhysicalMind Institute in January of 2005.

Our Philosophy:

CPC believes that pilates instructor training starts with the classical repertoire. A good instructor can then access their critical thinking skills and creativity to grow into their style while staying true to the pilates method.

We believe that it is important to understand the history of pilates. Every instructor should have read “Return to Life” to truly understand Joe Pilates intentions. Studying the 1st generation of teachers will give you an understanding of how different lineages of schools have developed and their impact on todays pilates industry and culture.

We believe in the mat training as a good base, as most apparatus exercises can somehow be linked to the mat exercises.

We believe that apparatus training includes all the main pieces of equipment which includes reformer, chair and trap table (cadillac). Our modules, or training blocks, are organized by levels of the exercises on all apparatus. We feel this is the best way to understand the method.

Email Stefanie at or
call her at 443-336-6925
for more information.

Instructor Training