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PAI Silk Suspension Teacher Training


Mobile Fitness and Pilates is a Satellite Training Center for Pilates Academy International hosted out of Pilates on Fifth in New York.   We are very excited to offer various teacher training out of Mobile Fitness here in St Albert.

PAI follows the Pilates Method Alliance Scope of Practice/Code of Ethics Guidelines. For more information on these guidelines, visit the website of the Pilates Method Alliance

SilkSuspension Teacher Trainings are taught with a Focus and Flow approach. Inspired by the incredible strength and grace of the rings event in men’s gymnastics, Pilates on Fifth’s Suspension fitness program increases inner joint stability, improves core strength and encourages proper biomechanics.  The controlled instability offered by the dual suspension points  triggers the deep muscles of the body to fire, so you will truly get stronger from the inside out!  SilkSuspension™ = Aerial Silks + Suspension Exercise for an amazing total body, core strengthening workout.

Upon completion of the various levels of certification, instructors will be able to:

  • Progress clients through SILK patterns and be able to intensify your clients experiences safely and effectively at all levels.

  • Incorporate SilkSuspension exercises seamlessly into their personal training workouts or teach an entire class completely on the SILKS.

  • Create energetic, core-strengthening group classes for all levels.


SilkSuspension Fundamentals I  – 7 hours PMA approved:  7 CECs

Prerequiste: None!

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the Silk-Suspension exercise system and the benefits of controlled instability to the neuromuscular system, specifically, the unique attributes of a dual suspension system.  Suspension Exercise I teaches the exercises that serve as the foundation of the repertoire, which must be mastered before progressing.  Exercises target core strength, inner joint stability, proper biomechanics, balance, flexibility and coordination.  Upon completion of this course, students will be ready to incorporate Silk-Suspension exercises into their practice and teach group classes or privates.  In total, over 50 exercises (including regressions and progressions) are taught with three group class templates provided

SilkSuspension Fundamentals II – 7 hours PMA approved:  7 CECs

Prerequisite:  SilkSuspension Fundamentals I

This course builds on Fundamentals 1 by introducing over 50 more exercises (including regressions and progressions) and providing three more group class templates as well as further applications for integrating Silk-Suspension into private lessons.  The benefits of controlled instability to the neuromuscular system are reviewed so students truly understand how to utilize the system.  Additionally, students learn how to progress clients systematically and to design fluid, functional workouts for their private or group clients, with special attention given to how to link exercises and create smooth transitions between them.  Emphasis is placed on regressions, intensifications and progressions.  Students complete the course ready to intensify the client experience on Silk-Suspension safely and effectively.

SilkSuspension Progressions I – 7 hours PMA approved:  7 CECs

Prerequisite:  SilkSuspension Fundamentals I & II

The Progressions I course targets both ends of the SilkSuspension spectrum: the easy and the hard!  Students learn modifications and regression techniques to help clients use the right muscle in the right amount at the right time to address muscle imbalances and biomechanical abnormalities.  Students learn to make professional judgments regarding when clients can progress and when a modification is necessary.  SilkSuspension exercises that utilize one and two suspension systems (meaning ultimately 4 points of suspension) will be covered, increasing the variety available to the instructor for both group class and private applications.  With the over 50 new exercises introduced in Progressions I, students learn exercises for their more advanced clients, building safely and effectively on the foundations of core strength, inner joint stability, flexibility and balance learned in SilkSuspension Fundamentals I & II.

SilkSuspension Progressions II – 7 hours PMA approved:  7 CECs

Prerequisite:  SilkSuspension Fundamentals I & II, SilkSuspension Progressions I

Continuing to build on both ends of the SilkSuspension system, this course helps students master regression techniques and use the regression system to address clients’ post-rehab needs.  On the other end of the spectrum, challenging exercises are taught to expand upon the core strength, stability, power, balance, agility and flexibility gained in the Progressions I course, over 60 exercises in total.  Thus, SilkSuspension instructors will be equipped to insure clients continue to see overall physical, neuromuscular and biomechanical gains.  Special attention is given to how to intensify exercises without necessarily making the exercise harder to guarantee client safety and success, while meeting each individual at his/her edge

SilkSuspension Challenges I – 7 hours PMA approved:  7 CECs

Prerequisite:  SilkSuspension Fundamentals I & II, SilkSuspension Progressions I & II

Time to increase strength, stamina and power!  Students learn how to use SilkSuspension’s unique double suspension system (meaning four possible suspension points) to create the ideal combination of controlled instability to challenge the body’s strength and control.  Over 50 exercises challenge coordination, stability, strength and core for a full body strength training and cardio workout.  Emphasis is also placed on stacking exercises for both increased intensity and difficulty.  With this in mind, workout templates will be distributed featuring specialized, targeted sequencing to focus either on core, cardio circuit, strength, or total body fitness.

SilkSuspension Challenges II – 7 hours PMA approved:  7 CECs

Prerequisite:  Suspension Exercise I & II, Suspension Progressions I & II, Suspension Challenges I

Suspension Challenges II offers the ultimate in strength, flexibility and agility training, targeting core strength, control, balance and flexibility.  Exercise pairings (super sets) are introduced to further test the limits of strength, control, and total body integration.  Over 50 new exercises are introduced in an additional 4 workout templates for group classes or privates featuring additional specialized, targeted sequencing to take clients to new levels of fitness.


Fundamentals 1&11     $575 including manuals plus gst paid together or $295 for each. CAN funds

Progressions   1&11     $575 including manuals plus gst paid together or $295 for each. CAN funds

Challenges     1&11      $575 including manuals plus gst paid together or $295 for each. CAN funds

If you are interested in hosting a teacher training - please contact Fiona directly for pricing and availability.  Your facility will need to have the SILKSuspension System set up and insured in order to offer and host a training. 

Inverted Pushups 2    Inverted Pushup 1

The Pilates Academy International and Mobile Fitness and Pilates Studio upholds course requirements commensurate with other Pilates teachers training programs around the world.  In the chart below, prospective students will find the hours required of them both in the classroom and out, as observation, personal practice and practice teaching are all necessary components of becoming a successful Pilates instructor.

Observation, Practice Teaching and Personal Study Hours:

Observation Hours: 

The student watches a class, private session, or videos. Taking class is not considered observation.

Practice Teaching:

The student practices teaching the exercises on another person. PAI students may practice at Mobile Fitness and Pilates for free for 3 months after the last day of the course, bringing in one practice body total.  Practice hours MUST be during OFF CLASS SCHEDULED HOURS. Students must book times at the front desk – short notice cancellations may occur due to private bookings or courses.
Personal Study Hours:

The student studies the exercises on their own, studying design, breath patterns and muscles involved. Taking class can be considered as personal study hours.

These suggested hours are to be logged and completed before taking the certification test. The logs are turned in on the day of the test.


SilkSuspension Class       Practice            

Fundamentals 1 and 2         14 hours             

Progressions 1 and 2           14 hours             

Challenges 1 and 2              14 hours             

No written exam



It is required that students attend every day of training. If a student has a conflict that cannot be resolved and must miss training hours, the student must notify Mobile Fitness and Pilates Studio prior to the course. Make up hours must be scheduled with a certifying instructor at $78.75/hour. (Note that 3 hours of missed group training does not necessarily equal 3 make up hours as a student is often able to go through material faster in a one-on-one setting. The number of review hours will be decided upon by the certifying instructor and the PAI directors).

Grievances/ Complaints

While we hope that everyone has a great experience at Mobile Fitness and Pilates Studio and PAI, we understand that things happen. You can let us know any concerns or difficulties had by emailing We will get back to you ASAP and your comments will be kept confidential.


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