Comprehensive and Apprenticeship


Important information:

  • Prerequisites

  • Mat Seminar

  • Comprehensive Seminars 

  • Weekly Meetings

  • Apprentice Hours

  • Exams

  • Application

— Chiara Vignali, Pilates Teacher, Pune, India


Mat Seminar Only

10 classical mat classes (in studio, not online/video) + anatomy education.



50 classical sessions (a combination of private, semi-private and group classes on all apparatus is ideal) + anatomy education + Mat Seminar.

Mat Seminar

Though the Mat Seminar is the first seminar of the entire program, if you are not ready to commit to the entire “thing,” you can take just the Mat Seminar and decide after that weekend.

In this seminar, you will learn to teach the classical mat work that will be appropriate for First-Timer, Beginner and some Intermediate classes. 20 Exercises that make for a remarkable mat class. Additionally, you will learn the transitions from one exercise to another and the modifications for each exercise. (Most of our clients have some sort of ache or pain…modifications and adaptations are essential.)

Beyond the exercises, you learn the technique of teaching that makes The Vertical Workshop teachers so successful. Well beyond any other program, The Vertical Workshop provides you with teaching tools that give you the opportunity to help achieve your goals for teaching and your clients’ goals for doing Pilates.

The Mat Seminar is 16 hours of work on exercises, anatomy, teaching tools. You will have many opportunities to do the exercises and practice teach.

The exam is built into the weekend. What we seek is that you progress from the first moment until the last of the weekend and are able to leave the weekend ready to practice teach until you are ready to teach a true class.

Comprehensive Seminars

Now that you have learned the techniques of teaching and practiced this in much of the mat work from the Mat Seminar, the Comprehensive Seminars teach you how to teach on all apparatus. You will learn both the ideal version of the exercises and modifications for all Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced exercises. (Remember, many of our clients have injuries or ailments. We need to know how to modify and teach the client in front of us!). We will continue to work on your teaching technique, understanding why we do each exercise, how to transition from one exercise to the other and more!

Seminar #1 — Beginner System

Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, High Chair, Wall

Seminar #2 — Intermediate System Part 1

Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, High Chair, Wunda Chair 

Seminar #3 — Intermediate System Part 2

Wunda Chair (cont’d), Barrels, Magic Circle

Injuries/Ailments and Special Cases (Obesity, Senior Population, Pregnancy)

Seminar #4 — Advanced System

Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, High Chair, Wunda Chair, Barrels, Pedi-Pole

Weekly Meetings

Weekly meetings are an essential part of your apprenticeship and Bridge. This is where you learn more than we can “fit in” in the weekend seminars. 

During these meetings, we’ll delve deeply into the following:

  • Your questions

  • Anatomy and biomechanics

  • The Vertical Workshop teaching tools 

  • Injuries, ailments and special cases 

  • …and more

Apprentice Hours

Your 600 hours of apprentice ship includes the following:

  • Observation of teacher teaching

  • Self-practice

  • Practice with fellow apprentices

  • All apprentice hours must be done at the host studio.

During the first Comprehensive seminar, you will be given information on how to fulfill your apprentice hours. It’s hard work and a lot of fun! It’s extremely satisfying!!


At The Vertical Workshop, we believe that exams are an opportunity for you and us to see what you know well and what you need to work. It gives us a solid chance to know how to help you even more! 

There are multiple exams. You will be completely ready for them. There are no surprises. We’re looking for you to succeed!

Locations and Dates

2020 Atlanta, GA

Mat Seminar: Feb 21-23

Comp 1: Mar 20-22

Comp 2: Apr 17-19

Comp 3: May 15-17

Comp 4: Jun 12-14 

2020 Colorado Springs, CO

Mat Seminar: Apr 24-26

Comp 1: May 29-31

Comp 2: Jun 19-21

Comp 3: Jul 31-Aug 2

Comp 4: Aug 28-30


Mat Seminar Only: $650
Comprehensive Teacher Training: $6050 (includes Mat Seminar and all other aspects of the program)


Please email Shari at if you have any questions.

Meeting Shari and working with her through my own training to become a Pilates teacher was absolutely life changing. During my time as her apprentice, I was encouraged to think critically through the work of learning to become an instructor. She set high expectations yet never made me feel alone in being able to meet those expectations. I left her program feeling completely confident to teach any student at any level with any ailment or injury. I firmly believe there’s not another program that can compare to hers and you will not be disappointed!
— Nicole Field, Owner of Whole Living Pilates, Teacher Trainer for The Vertical Workshop, Colorado Springs, CO