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The Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program is dedicated to providing high-quality training in the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. Our comprehensive and in-depth one-year training program requires a minimum of 700 hours of hands-on training in all levels of the Pilates mat and apparatus work. Apprenticeship involves seminars, observations, and practice teaching. In addition to Pilates exercises, seminar topics cover anatomy, teaching skills and session design. 

The program involves readings, case studies and powerhouse-hour workshops, free solo workouts, teaching feedback, and a Pilates teaching manual. There are also prerequisites and testing requirements. 

Independent and Immersion/Independent Study are ongoing: Apply anytime  

Fall 2018/2019 Seminar Format: Application deadline is August 15th.


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  • Seminar 1 - September 21-23

  • Seminar 2 - November 2-4

  • Seminar 3 - January 11-13

  • Seminar 4 - March 1-3


Practice teaching hours and observation hours may be completed at Excel Pilates DC,  Excel Pilates Annapolis, or Excel Pilates Northern Virginia. Independent Study and Immersion Independent Study may start at any time. The application deadline does not apply. Learn about our Directors and Faculty here.


Our Studio and Directors


The program directors, Kerry DeVivo and Lesa McLaughlin, offer over 40 years of combined Pilates experience. Both became certified teachers in 1995 with certifications from the Pilates Center in Colorado and the Pilates Studio in New York, respectively. Both directors trained with and were certified by master teacher Romana Krysanowska, protege of Joseph Pilates. Both Kerry and Lesa are considered second generation teachers.

Our program faculty also includes Peter Fiasca, Alexandra Adams, and Amanda Smith Breon.  See our Program Directors and Faculty page for more information about each of our instructors.

Excel Pilates DC, established in 1998, has a fully-equipped studio with a mat area, six reformers made to the original specifications, two Cadillacs, Pedi-Pull, wall units/towers, chairs and barrels. Excel Pilates Annapolis has a 700 square foot fully equipped studio. With a diverse student/client base of over 300, and a dynamic, supportive teaching staff, Excel Pilates DC is ideal for a quality learning experience.


  Program Fee

Our current program fee is $5200.

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Ten one-on-one sessions at Excel Pilates DC 
       Powerhouse-hour sessions (scheduled throughout apprenticeship)
Access to Excel Pilates DC for practice and practice teaching
Teaching manual
Free solo workouts
Feedback on teaching
 Observation hours
Certificate of completion of Pilates Teacher Training Program upon passing all examinations with grade 85% or higher


Pre-requisite seminar/session as needed (separate fee). Annual Continuing Education Seminars (separate fee). There is limited enrollment for each session.

 To apply, download a TTP Application here and then either mail or email all application materials to the address provided. Submit the completed application with required materials and a check for the evaluation session to 3407 8th Street, NE, Washington DC 20017. If your application is approved, an evaluation session will be scheduled. The evaluation session and interview will determine acceptance to program.  If accepted into the program, your evaluation fee ($100) will be applied toward your tuition.


For a list of Excel's Teacher Training Program graduates, click here