Pilates Fitness Teacher Training

The foundational training that will set you up to teach fun and inspiring Pilates sessions.


At the Essence of Living Academy we are committed to producing the most outstanding Pilates teachers. Our Pilates teachers are trained in the latest techniques, with a focus on providing the best support for students. Essence of Living Pilates teachers are well respected and sought after within the Pilates industry.

The Essence of Living Pilates Level 1 teacher training takes place on the stunning Gold Coast, Australia as well as The Live Life Well Studio in Melbourne, Australia. Our training program truly over delivers, providing you with 200 hours of training, including over 100 hours of face-to-face learning. This course is approved for 15 CEC’s from Fitness Australia. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.


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Michelle has been running Essence of Living since 2004 and these teacher trainings are truly her passion. She would LOVE to discuss any questions you have! Just leave your details and she'll be in contact soon.

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Our upcoming courses

Get ready to pursue your passions

24th October - 11th November 2022

Lectures and training: 3 weeks, Monday - Friday
Week 1: 12pm - 5pm | Week 2 + 3: 12pm - 4pm

Where: Essence of Living Mermaid Beach Studio

Full cost


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$1274 monthly payments

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27th February - 17th March 2023

Lectures and training: 3 weeks, Monday - Friday
Dates + times TBA

Full cost


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Early bird


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3 x $1274 monthly payments

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23rd October - 10th November 2023

Lectures and training: 3 weeks, Monday - Friday
Dates + times TBA

The course cost includes all required sessions (participation, observation and assists), workshops (with your course facilitators and guest experts), 3 months access to EOL TV, and course workbooks.

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.

Course Outline


In order to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a pilates teacher, there are a number of assessments required as a part of the course.

  • 40 x session participations (can be signed off before course commencement)
  • 6 x session observation reports
  • 4 x one hour class sessions (with your fellow teacher trainees)
  • Business Plan (including market research)
  • 1 x written exam
  • 2 x 500 word reflective essays/book reports
  • Develop client screening appraisal
  • Personal Development plan

Many of these pieces of assessment will be delivered during your training, however you do have a total of 6 months to complete all of your assessment.


There are a number of books required to complete the course, these will be referenced within the training. You do not have to read them cover to cover before training commences.

  • Return to Life –  Through Contrology by Joseph Pilates
  • The Pilates Method –  Physical and Mental Conditioning by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen
  • Pilates Anatomy – Rael Isacowitz & Karen Clippinger

Online retailers we suggest to find your materials include Book Depository, Amazon and AbeBooks. Fishpond.

Course Facilitators

Meet our lovely teachers

Michelle Cassidy

Primary Facilitator

Erin Bourne


Jema Lee


Hollie Bradley

Pre and Postnatal Yoga

Natalie Olsen

Children's Yoga

Dr Rama Prasad


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