New ACE Education Offers Pilates Instructor Training for Exercise Professionals to Encourage Client Longevity

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 in ACE Press Releases

San Diego, Calif., November 19, 2020 – Today, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Pilates Unlimited - The Art of Movement™ launched a new continuing education course, the Pilates Mat Specialist Program. This new course prepares exercise professionals to incorporate mat Pilates exercises into their existing training offerings and confidently instruct specific mat Pilates classes.  

Gaining experience in mat Pilates offers exercise professionals a new skill to work with clients of all ages,” said Cedric X. Bryant, ACE president and chief science officer. “The new Pilates Mat Specialist program comes at an ideal time for exercise professionals to broaden their skills with this instructor training as mat Pilates can be taught in-person or virtually and requires little equipment.”   

The new Pilates Mat Specialist Program equips exercise professionals with in-depth knowledge of Pilates theory including functional anatomy and movement principles, postures as well as modifications to adapt this modality for clients no matter their strength or familiarity with this type of exercise. Exercise professionals will learn the essential mind-body component of Pilates that supports professionals to guide their clients toward mindful exercise, better health and wellbeing. 

A significant feature of this program is the focus on the practical application of Pilates theory and knowledgeIn addition to traditional study materials and videos, students will also complete apprentice hours consisting of observation and practical teaching, including expert feedback from Tanya Thompson, founder of Pilates Unlimited - The Art of Movement and creator of the Pilates Mat Specialist Program. 

“I am proud to bring mat Pilates theory and training to even more people than before,” said Thompson. “The Pilates Mat Specialist Program offers exercise professionals valuable instructor training in the comfort of their own space and provides the knowledge and skills needed to improve their clients’ health, fitness, and wellness levels through mindful movement and exercise.”  

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on posture and mind-body training to impact joint health and integrity, flexibility, strength, while offering stress relief. Originally created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, it has been a popular form of exercise for decades.  



About the American Council on Exercise  

The American Council on Exercise is a nonprofit organization with global reach that works to improve physical-activity levels by certifying exercise professionals and health coaches, publishing original research, convening experts on physical activity and health, working directly with community groups, and advocating for policies to get people from all walks of life moving. The 90,000 exercise professionals and health coaches certified by ACE are among the most respected in the world of fitness, helping people embrace physical activity and adopt healthier lifestyles. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise. 

About Pilates Unlimited - The Art of Movement & 

Tanya Thompson founded Pilates Unlimited – the Art of Movement (established 2002), and Her companies have over 200 000 hours of experience within the exercise and education industry. Tanya has developed & presented specialized exercise & restorative courses globally to assist fitness & movement professionals in developing their skill in order to achieve their professional goals. The Pilates Unlimited Course was developed through merging Pilates, anatomy and science, making it one of the most advanced Pilates courses to date. 

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