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​UWSP Pilates Mat Teacher Training

About Pilates

Pilates training focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Pilates strengthens the body’s core, improves balance, increases coordination and decreases stress. Pilates exercises are appropriate for a broad range of ages and physical abilities.

Derived from principles developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe and effective form of body-mind exercise that can be performed on a mat or using a variety of innovative equipment.  Once known only by elite dancers and athletes, Pilates is now practiced world-wide in a variety of settings including gyms, private studios, and medical facilities.

In the United States alone nearly nine million people participated in Pilates in 2009 – a 456% increase from 2000.* To learn more, check out this informational video.

UWSP Pilates Faculty and Training Center Co-Directors

Amy Beversdorf, Pamela Luedtke

*Balanced Body Inc. pilates.com   

 About Our Program

UW-Stevens Point offers the most well-known and innovative Pilates Teacher Training curriculum worldwide, providing learning opportunities that are stimulating, personal and rooted in the art and science of movement. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise, providing a deep understanding of Pilates and it benefits, giving our students the tools required to begin a successful career as Pilates professionals.

The UWSP Pilates Teacher Training program is offered in module format.  Students then have the opportunity to complete their Certified Pilates Teacher training at any Balanced Body Authorized Training Center worldwide. UWSP's program, like those of other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based certificate of completion based on the recommendations of the nationally recognized Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).

For each module, students will be provided a link to order a comprehensive manual current with national standards and produced by industry leader, Balanced Body Inc.

During the spring semester of the UWSP Pilates Teacher Training program, students have the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience through campus and community partnerships. These teaching experiences are recorded as Practical Teaching Hours and count toward completion of the Pilates Teacher Training Program.

Our Program supports the dynamic process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more positive, balanced and healthy lifestyle. UWSP’s Teacher Training Program is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. 

 Pilates Weekly Classes

Fall 2022

Level I/II Pilates Mat Class

Fridays, September 10- December 10, 2021

9-9:50 a.m. - NFAC 130

Student pricing: $65 (13 sessions @ $5/class) – payable in cash or check to Amy Beversdorf or Pamela Luedtke at first class session (checks made out to Studio B Pilates).

Level II/III Pilates Mat Class

Mondays, September 13 - December 6, 2021

9:30-10:20 a.m. - NFAC 136

Student pricing: $65 (13 sessions @ $5/class) – payable in cash or check to Amy Beversdorf or Pamela Luedtke at first class session (checks made out to Studio B Pilates).

Pilates mat class teaches the principles of functional anatomy that strengthen the body's core, improve balance, and increase movement efficiency.  Participants can expect to have a full conditioning experience that leads to evenly balanced musculature, increased range of motion and enhanced physical performance. 

 All courses taught by Amy Beversdorf and Pamela Luedtke.

Spring 2023

Mat II Module

(16 hours) $325

Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  

January 27 - May 12, in-person
May 12 - final exam, in-person

Course Description: Mat 2 teaches the remaining intermediate and advanced level Mat exercises for a complete understanding of the Pilates Mat program.  Lectures include progressive skill development to achieve the advanced exercises, programming for the intermediate and advanced levels and creating successful Mat classes. 

Mat III Enhanced Mat and Props

(16 hours) $325

Saturday, January  21, 2023 9 am. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2023  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Course Description: Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the Mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. Adding props to a Mat class makes them more dynamic creative and accessible and clients love toys! 

Requirements and Curriculum Detail

Questions? Contact Amy Beversdorf, abeversd@uwsp.edu or Pamela Luedtke, pluedtke@uwsp.edu

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Fall and Spring Semester Pilates Certificate Courses

Movement Principles 

(16 hours) $325

Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 11, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Course Description: This is the entry-level course for Pilates Certification. Movement Principles provides a solid foundation for training in any environment.  You will come away with a complete tool-box for effectively training clients to recover from injuries, improve their general fitness and enhance their performance. The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

Mat I Module

(16 hours) $325

Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

September 9 - December 9, in-person 
December 9 - final exam, in-person

Course Description: Mat 1 Module forms the foundation of the Pilates Method.  This course includes an introduction to the history and principles of the Pilates Method and the beginning and intermediate level exercises.  Each exercise includes training on modifications, challenges, the purpose of the exercise and any precautions for injuries and special populations.  How to design and teach group classes and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre and post-natal classes are included. 

Please note: All four modules are required to complete the UW-Stevens Point Pilates Teacher Training Program and earn a certificate.

  • During the Fall semester, Mat 1 and Movement Principles modules

  • During the spring semester, Mat 2 and 3 modules

All courses taught by Amy Beversdorf and Pamela Luedtke.

Fall 2021 Registration       Spring 2022 Registration 

Requirements and Curriculum Detail

Questions? Contact Amy Beversdorf, abeversd@uwsp.edu or Pamela Luedtke, pluedtke@uwsp.edu

 UWSP Pilates Alumni

Courtney Holcomb - I began my Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training while I was a student University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and, since graduating in 2012, am continuing with the Instructor Training curriculum. (more...)  




Mariusz Kujawski and Emma Fitzsimmons

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Amy Larson - I first experienced Pilates while attending UWSP as a dance major. I fell fast in love with it as a movement practice and decided to work toward a Mat certification before leaving college. (more...)


Kristin Melotte - The Balanced Body Instructor Training program is a is excellent preparation for a career in Pilates, professional dance and teaching movement and fitness.  I’ve completed Balanced Body Mat I and II, and Reformer I training, and plan to complete comprehensive training within the next two years. (more...)




Molly Jo Mathe - Through the Balanced Body Instructor Training Program I’ve experienced many benefits a dancer, Pilates practitioner, and teacher. I've learned about my moving body in terms of its anatomical and energetic connections, and use this knowledge while teaching dance classes, taking professional class, in my daily life. (more...)

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