Jennifer Gianni presented the course with a profound understanding of her students’ needs and of the historical connections/evolution in Pilates. As a teacher who has been certified by other organizations, I can whole-heartedly recommend this course to both new and experienced teachers.

Sarah Honer / Studio Owner / Pilates Instructor Spira Pilates Studio, Carrboro, NC

I was so inspired and excited by all the new material/understanding/cue/moves, etc….that I could hardly wait to teach my students! It was a fantastic experience and Jennifer is one of a kind!!

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Not only is Jennifer highly qualified and experienced, she is totally supportive, nurturing, & caring and it is because of her teaching and guidance that we have realized our dream and opened our own Pilates studio…
~Catherine Stokes & Marta Higginbotham
Pilates Revolution Pilates Instructors, Studio Owners Spartanburg, SC

Jennifer Gianni presented the course with a profound understanding of her students’ needs and of the historical connections/evolution in Pilates. As a teacher who has been certified by other organizations, I can whole-heartedly recommend this course to both new and experienced teachers.

Sarah Honer
Studio Owner / Pilates Instructor Spira Pilates Studio, Carrboro, NC

The course materials are very helpful, but the most rewarding part of the training is Jennifer Gianni’s teaching style and the effortless way she shares her vast knowledge of the work. She is an excellent instructor whose passion and clarity partner really well with the manuals.

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Jennifer Gianni is a splendid teacher of teachers and we are so lucky to have her in the Southeast. Her experience is vast and her eye is very accurate. But most of all, she is really nice person and it is a pleasure to learn from her.’ and ‘Jennifer’s course was very beneficial. She covered complex material in ways that made it easier for me to follow, especially the hands-on practice with partners. I look forward to taking future courses with her. She is very knowledgeable and also very compassionate with us students. Her courses have inspired me to continue to pursue the Balanced Body certification.”

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Casey was an exceptional and thorough presenter/educator. Her knowledge is extensive and her love of conveying it shows. I appreciate her gentle ways of encouragement.

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I always love working with Jennifer Gianni. She is wonderful, stays on task and keeps her focus on the students and their needs. Her cueing is superb and studio is clean, neat and appropriate for the group size. She is a caring mentor. She always keeps positive and wants you to be successful!

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It’s refreshing to see someone who has so much passion for their work. Jennifer, you are an inspiration!

Heather Cutts
Pilates Instructor Pilates Advantage, Honolulu, HI

Jennifer was several notches above any type of Pilates training I have had prior. I am 5 hours away, and am glad to know that excellent training/studios are this close by. (As opposed to New York and LA.) Her scope was specific to our needs, her presentation provided different methods of learning and was clear, unrushed, and open to discussion. Thank you.

Susie McFadyen / Pilates Instructor Fayetteville, NC

What an incredible amount of information to process! It’s exciting just to listen to Jennifer talk. She so obviously has so much information and experience to share. I really enjoyed the physical activity that Jennifer incorporated during class time. Thanks for the learning experience!

Jennifer Dowler
Student

Casey Marie-Herdt’s knowledge of the material combined with her passion for movement and Pilates spurred my excitement and passion even further. I am feeling confident about working with my own clients, and I look forward to continuing my education with BBU.

~ Anonymous Balanced Body Student

Jennifer, you are a great teacher and you inspire me to learn all there is to learn with Pilates. Thank you so much for adding to my knowledge as a trainer and my life!

Taft Draper / Pilates Instructor Asheville, NC

Jennifer’s knowledge and style of instruction was beyond impressive. Actually it was the opportunity to take workshops with Jennifer that was a major reason that I have chosen to certify through Balanced Body.

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Jennifer Gianni is an excellent instructor. She presents the material very efficiently and effectively without being intimidating. The course itself was wonderful. Having a background in exercise science, I chose Balanced Bodies because I think you use the perfect blend of science and dance. The programming stays true to the Pilates method but also allows for safety and an abundance of modifications.

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About Fusion’s Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Training

Jennifer was wonderful. Several notches above any type of Pilates training I have had prior. I am 5 hours away, and am glad to know that excellent training/studios are this close by. (As opposed to New York and LA.) Her scope was specific to our needs, her presentation provided different methods of learning and was clear, unrushed, and open to discussion. Thank you.

Susie McFadyen
Pilates Instructor Fayetteville, NC

I LOVED Jennifer Gianni! She was the best instructor I’ve ever had. She inspired me so much and always was so positive during the training. She never let us go off-course and chit chat too much and I appreciated that. Learning Reformer I has brought me a new outlook about ‘what’ a body can really do. I really enjoyed the last day of stretches!! I would definately go back to Jen!

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The class with Jen was amazing. I learned so much about my own form and technique while learning to teach others. She was a wonderful teacher and inspiration to everyone in the class… I am proud to say she was my instructor.  Thanks for everything!

 

Brittany Jackson

Jennifer is a very knowledgeable and well rounded instructor. She was able to cover all of the information in the manual and expand on it answering all questions. As a class participant, I was able to acquire the information and internalize it through the class experiences. I feel well prepared to share the pilates method with others. Thank you!…

Amy Estridge / Pilates Instructors Charlotte, NC

Jennifer’s presentation of the information was rich and detailed… Her teaching allowed participants to go more deeply into both their personal practice and in their knowledge of how to read and coach bodies toward wellness. She provided the class with exceptional coaching and encouragement. She is an inspirational trainer of teachers.

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Jennifer is  highly qualified and experienced, she is totally supportive, nurturing, & caring and it is because of her teaching and guidance that we have realized our dream and opened our own Pilates studio…
Catherine Stokes & Marta Higginbotham / Pilates Revolution Pilates Instructors, Studio Owners Spartanburg, SC

Jen rocked it everyday!! She was definitely worth the eight hour drive and I can’t wait to study with her again. Jen gave me more confidence in staying true and and she truly represents the direction that I want to go in my own Pilate’s career.

Laurel Strength / Pilates Instructor Chattanooga, TN

 

Jennifer was warm and welcoming. Her presentation was articulate. She kept the training moving but with time to practice, take notes and teach each other.Well done!

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Casey is a wonderful instructor; I cannot speak highly enough of her knowledge and presentation. Her insights, feedback, and encouragement were very helpful in my course to become a Pilates instructor. I am greatly looking forward to more certifications with her as the lead.

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CompTrainingBalanced Body Comprehensive Program Details

Balanced Body provides Pilates education for every stage of your career. We are committed to supporting your personal and professional growth. Whether you want to become a gifted Mat instructor, an inspiring Reformer teacher or a comprehensively trained Pilates professional, Balanced Body connects you to the widest array of educational offerings in the world.

You will be trained by Fusion’s Master trainers with 20+ years of experience, thousands of hours of teaching and rehabilitation experience and who have trained and apprenticed with first, second and third generation teachers.

Our program offers three levels of Pilates Instructor Education: Mat, Reformer and Comprehensive. Each level is offered in affordable modules so you can take your first course now and continue your training next week, next month or next year, whichever works best for you. Each module is designed to allow you to start teaching quickly and to continue learning as you progress.

Requirements for Completion

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body University Pilates Instructor, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Anatomy (required)
  • BBU Mat Instructor training or equivalent
  • BBU Reformer Instructor training or equivalent
  • BBU Cadillac/Tower – Course work, written and practical test (18 hours)
  • BBU Chair – Course work, written and practical test (12 hours)
  • BBU Barrels – Course work, written and practical test (6 hours)
  • 45 Personal practice hours and 105 Teaching hours or 35 Personal sessions, 20 observations hours and 95 teaching hours
  • Practical test

Total hours for completion of Apparatus: 186 hours
Total hours for completion of full program: 486 hours

Upon completion of all of the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body University Pilates Instructor will be issued.

Students who have completed their Mat or Reformer certification through other organizations can take the BBU curriculum and receive a certificate of completion from BBU. Students will need to provide proof of completion of a comparable Mat or Reformer program before being accepted into Balanced Body University.

Please contact the office for details and a list of approved organizations.

Reformer and Other Apparatus Final Exam and Certification

Once instructors have completed all of the Reformer and/or Apparatus course work and hours, they must pass a practical exam demonstrating their teaching ability. Exams will be regularly scheduled in different areas of the world. If instructors are not able to test out due to geographical challenges, testing out by video can be arranged. If a student is completing both the Reformer and the Apparatus sequence, they will not need to test out separately on the Reformer and the Apparatus.

The final test out consists of an observation of a session with a client or an apparatus class. The specific requirements will be determined prior to the testing. During the exam we will be observing and rating the instructor’s skills in the following areas:

  • Correct set up and execution of the exercises
  • Client safety
  • Appropriate sequencing
  • Appropriateness of the exercises to the client or class
  • Understanding and application of the principles
  • Cueing and the ability to communicate with your client or class

If the instructor does not pass on the first try, we will discuss what they need to focus on in order to pass and set up a timeline for completion.

Personal Sessions

Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training session they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring teaching.

Observation Hours

Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes of private sessions. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours

Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center or Pilates Studio or for family and friends.

The Modules (click for details)

Test Out

Please follow these steps to schedule and complete your Test Out:

 

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