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become a Pilates instructor

Do what you love with a healthy & flexible career. Become a Pilates Instructor right here in Kentucky with certified classical training.

Pilates Fit Studio is a trusted partner and Host Studio for New York’s renowned, Real Pilates. The Real Pilates Teacher Training is a licensed vocational school in the state of New York, and is one of the most respected and rigorous Pilates education programs in the industry.

How to Become a Classical Pilates Teacher

  • The traditional comprehensive: This is a 30-week program presented over 600 hours total. The traditional program is designed to develop your ability to become a Pilates instructor, coach, and guide for students. Our approach will set you up for success with a career as a professional instructor. 
  • Bridge Program: Already a certified teacher wanting to dive deeper into the authentic and classical work? Be a bridge student! Learn the “why” of the system, fill in your blanks, and develop your program design skills from the ground up. You will become a part of a distinct lineage of teachers connected to Joseph Pilates, and become a 3rd generation teacher. The bridge program is a 450-hour comprehensive program.

“The life’s work of Joseph Pilates is not something we can fast track, and the responsibility we all share in promoting and preserving the legacy of Pilates is a profound one” – Alycea Ungaro

All Pilates Starts Here

Our name, Real Pilates, describes who we are, and what we offer. For us, “authentic” means our lineage comes from Joseph Pilates’s first protégé, Romana Kryzanowska. The work we pass on to our students comes directly from this original work without exception. Romana Kryzanowska trained Alycea Ungaro, and now Alycea offers the Pilates method to you through our Real Pilates Teacher Training program. 

There are dozens of ways to become a Pilates instructor.  All kinds of hybrid and fusion inspired Pilates techniques, and even online paths, that can take you into the fitness field. But there is only one path back in time to the original work with an apprenticeship. Real Pilates trains you from the source, the primary technique, and methods created by Joseph Pilates himself.

You’ll learn every exercise, every variation, and every piece of equipment ever created by Joseph Pilates. You will also learn how to teach, how to challenge, and how to truly inspire your clients.

Pilates starts here. Learn the practice the way “Uncle Joe” invented it.

Why Real Pilates? Lineage Matters

Lineage is crucial in Pilates training and certification because it strictly adheres to the founding father’s teachings, which produces remarkable results. Our teacher trainers are SECOND GENERATION instructors to Joseph Pilates. Therefore, the students we certify through Real Pilates will be the THIRD GENERATION to Joseph Pilates.

The Real Pilates team specializes in the next level of Pilates with targeted goal setting, strategic sequencing, and program design. The Real Pilates system addresses every aspect of your fitness and wellness through proper anatomical alignment, hands-on work, and advanced cueing, all performed on the entire range of spring-driven equipment. We believe in the power of the student-teacher relationship, and have developed our signature style and training formulas specifically for you, whatever your needs may be.

Start with Real. Keep it Real.


Class of 2020 begins September

September 11th-13th

October 16th-18th

November 20th-22nd

December 18th-20th


Program Overview

  • Seminars
  • Weekly homework and discussions in an online platform
  • Access to Studio for Practice Teaching
  • Observation Opportunities
  • Unlimited Group Classes
  • Private Sessions
  • Duet Sessions
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Assessments
  • Assistant Teaching
  • Paid Teaching Opportunities

Program Requirements

In order to begin the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program, applicants must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in the classical Pilates repertoire. Generally, most successful candidates have been practicing Pilates before entering the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program. We are looking for the next generation of Real Pilates instructors who may be invited to work with our team upon graduation.

Additionally, an applicant should also be able to commit to 10-15 hours per week to be in the studio for their apprenticeship, four-weekend seminars, and the required test outs.


Start Your Real Teacher Training Journey

Part I: Submit your 2020 Application at www.realpilates.com
Part II: Interview and Assessment, by invitation.
Part III: Demonstrate completion of the prerequisite course work or entry level proficiency prior to the start date.


We inspire students to greatness, teachers to excellence, and the industry to evolve and expand.

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MEET THE WOMAN BEHIND THE METHOD

Alycea Ungaro founder of Real Pilates

Published authority on fitness and wellness, and a pioneer of the Pilates method, Alycea Ungaro brought some of the very first mat Pilates classes to New York City. Both the method and Alycea built a devoted following as people flocked to her classes.

Alycea has expanded her popular Pilates classes into a fitness media empire. Her first multi-media project was the innovative Portable Pilates™, an easy-to-use at-home mat workout. Best selling titles followed including; Pilates: Body in MotionThe Pilates Promise, and The Pilates Practice Companion, Alycea’s most comprehensive book. Her 15 Minute Everyday Pilates was an international bestseller. A new edition of Pilates: Body in Motion was released in 2019 a re-worked version of 15-Minute Everyday Pilates was released in 2020.

Alycea has traveled widely as a guest teacher, hosting retreats at world-famous locations such as Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has trained scores of celebrities including Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgewick, Claire Danes, and Molly Sims. Together with long-time client Christy Turlington, Alycea collaborated on a “Pilates Booty” for Puma. The booty was aptly named “The Alycea.”

In addition to her Pilates expertise, Ungaro is a licensed Physical Therapist having graduated from New York University’s prestigious program.  She holds a Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition as well as a certification in Peri-natal exercise, and is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher.

Her commitment to the industry led her to create her comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program where she shares the method as she learned it directly from her teacher, Joseph Pilates’ protege’, Romana Kryzanowska. The Real Pilates Teacher Training program is now conducted internationally, and has graduated hundreds of professional Pilates instructors around the globe.

Contact us for details on getting certified in the Authentic Method with Real Pilates NYC or apply now.