Is the Spencer Pilates Certification a respectable Cert?
I have been taking Pilates at my local gym and I am interested in getting a certification. The NESTA Spencer Pilates Certification appealed to me since I could do it a my own pace at home. Is it considered a respectable certification to have if I chose to teach Pilates classes? Any input would really help.
respectability is often in the eye of the beholder. I can see the appeal: you pay $199, study at home, pass a test, and you will have the required piece of paper which will enable you to get insurance and call yourself a Pilates instructor.
I have a basic Pilates certification myself and consider myself quite well-informed in matters of anatomy and exercise in general. Getting Pilates exercise right is a really tricky business, and I have a hard time imagining how one can be a competent instructor without the benefit of hands-on experience. That includes that a trainer corrects you where necessary because we are often poor judges of our own compensations.
I am not recommending for or against the certification that you are contemplating but just want to give an additional viewpoint.
One other thing I would suggest, though. Unless you plan to immediately strike out on your own, you are most likely looking to teach Pilates at a club near you. If you have one in mind, I would call them and ask whether they have any requirements pertaining to a specific certification or whether they would let you teach with the one that you are considering.
Having said all that, even the hands on classes with pilates instruction don't make you a great instructor once you complete. The respectable part comes from you learning and teaching yourself to be a better instructor and always learning more. Don't stop at the online certification. Attend live classes to stay up to date on your own training and recognize this is a tool in the tool belt to assist you into being very respected as an instructor.