Why Pilates Career Institute?

Our mission is to deliver comprehensive Pilates Teacher training designed to follow the basic format of classical Pilates training while inspiring our graduates to continue developing expertise in recognizing common exercise precautions during creation of a safe and professional teaching environment.

Pilates Career Institute, PCI, was founded in 2014 as Big Toe Studio Pilates Teacher Training and is dedicated to furthering the Pilates Method in a unique combination of classical Pilates, post/pre rehab using Pilates exercises and group class diversification training. The name change of the school came about as the school was identifying its mission and goals to be more supportive of the medical community along with training dedicated healthy clients. At PCI, we believe that every client in a group Pilates class can have a private class experience.  This method of training allows up to 5 students to be doing individual and different exercises while performing movement patterns simultaneously.  It requires a strong knowledge and understanding of each clients needs, goals and expectations and really creates an unforgettable Pilates experience.  This method will be introduced in the PCI curriculum and is a priceless tool to possess as you begin your own Pilates career.

The following goals establish the direction of the PCI educational program:

  • To continue and improve on the value Pilates brings to the medical community
  • To help validate the Pilates Method effectiveness while working with medical communities
  • To assure that all graduates thoroughly understand precautions while developing client programs
  • To develop a strong human research program supporting the Pilates Method and publish the results
  • To encourage student teachers to always strive to be a better Pilates student and teacher
  • To develop continuing education workshops that support validation of the Pilates Method
  • To have all graduates become a National Certified Pilates Teacher
  • To instill in all graduates the need to make the Pilates Method even better than when they discovered it

Don Spence is the Director of the school and has been in the rehab business since 1991 with 19 years of experience using Pilates exercises to help clients become healthier individuals. Don has certifications from Polestar Rehabilitative Pilates as well as the Pilates Method Alliance and over 28 years of experience working with patients, clients and students to improve their health and wellness.

Only one or two students teachers are allowed into the program at a time so the teacher in training has a more thorough experience.