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2076 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 446-1720

Grow stable roots for a happier, healthier you


Teacher Training

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Set Yourself Apart - Become a Highly Skilled Pilates Teacher

Strong Body Pilates and Westwood Pilates run the Pilates DNA Teacher Certification Program. You’ll find no other program that fully transitions candidates into highly skilled Pilates teachers. Program founders Daniela Escobar, Nicole Briggs and Keion Moradi Means studied extensively under first generation mentor, Jay Grimes, who has been teaching for over 50 years and learned directly from Joseph Pilates. Jay Grimes’ teaching style is as pure as you can get. It’s Pilates, the way it was meant to be taught.


The Pilates DNA philosophy is simple: Pilates is a complete system, not just an exercise list. When taught correctly, this method has the power to change bodies. Our program will take you beyond the typical training environment and sets a proper foundation, with everything you need to succeed. Learn from the best teachers on the best apparatus, teaching the only style of Pilates there really is — Joseph’s Pilates. 

Pilates DNA Teacher Certification

The Pilates DNA teacher certification program was born out of the need for more reputable and robust education options and to particularly bridge the gap of knowledge that Pilates is a system — not just a list of exercises. New Pilates teachers need better preparation. Admission and graduation rates should correspond with merit; not money. We, the program founders, are dedicated to teaching the traditional, authentic work of Joseph Pilates, and we intend to impart this upon you.

Our teacher training program highlights the importance of concrete, hands-on and experiential training. Our students thrive in a small group setting and the environment is equal parts rigorous and enriching.

We believe that wherever your journey into teaching Pilates takes you, a strong foundation in the traditional work is the key to a well-rounded, well-informed future as a movement professional. A lifetime of learning, discovery and empowerment—for yourself and your future clients—awaits you and we are here to guide you on the right path.


Admission into the Pilates DNA teacher training program is highly selective and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Candidates are evaluated on their current understanding of the Pilates method, ability to commit to the training schedule and physical activity (cleared for exercise and intermediate level of Pilates practice).

In order to apply, submit an application to Westwood Pilates or Strong Body Pilates. Prospective students will need to complete an evaluation with a senior teacher from Strong Body Pilates or Westwood Pilates. The evaluation consists of executing exercises on this list, completed within 55 minutes, followed by a 5 – 30 minute interview. Cost is $145. Please contact either studio for assistance navigating the application and enrollment process.


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Click here for the guidebook of detailed program elements and student expectations. Workshops will be split between the two studios. Most hours will be at the students’ choice of home studio (the one that is the most convenient to student) and a portion of hours will be completed at the other studio.


$6500. Click here for module pricing.

Payment for the each module is due no later than one week prior to scheduled workshop weekend.


The first module workshops begin Friday, September 13, 2019. Click HERE for full schedule.

Taking applications for 2020. See the full schedule here.

The ideal number of hours per module is listed in the module pricing. We understand that jobs, family, and other activities are important. All program hours must be completed within two years of enrollment.


If your doctor deems you disabled (doctor’s note required), you will be refunded cost paid, minus materials, program administrative costs, studio maintenance cost, and program services rendered, plus a $100 administrative fee.

In case of a medical leave (doctor’s note required), you will be allowed to postpone your place in the program to the next scheduled program, for a $100 administrative fee.