Teacher Training

FitWise Pilates Teacher Training Program

When: October 2019

Due to our 2018 expansion we will not host a teacher training course in the fall of 2018

Training will commence the second weekend of October 2019, with intensive lab / lectures on the second weekend of every month over the course of 7 months. 


FitWise Pilates, 38 Miller Ave., Suite #19, Mill Valley, CA

Your Instructor

Ronda Priestner, PMA-CPT, Movement Therapist
Owner / Director FitWise Pilates

Who We Are

Ronda Priestner, owner and director of FitWise Pilates and Wellness, has worked as a movement therapist, wellness practitioner, Master Pilates Instructor, Pilates Personal Trainer, Personal Trainer, group exercise leader, and exclusive specialty chef and nutrition advisor for private citizens and celebrities alike throughout the world for over 20 years. Ronda did her initial comprehensive Pilates training in Brazil and then with Polestar Pilates Education. She is certified through Pilates Method Alliance and has worked/studied with Elizabeth Larkam since 2006, as well as several other prolific educators including Jean Claude West. Ronda is a successful entrepreneur in the field of Pilates and runs two magnificent, 5-star studios.

After decades of working as a Master Pilates Instructor, Ronda is launching her signature Pilates Teacher Training program this fall! She has put together a unique, creative, curative, intelligent, and highly-nuanced teacher training curriculum that reflects her vast experience with various movement techniques and principles, all of which have proven to be effective with a diverse clientele. Over the course of her extensive career, Ronda has become an expert in her field. With strong influences from the training styles of Balanced Body, Polestar, Elizabeth Larkam, and more, her knowledge of Pilates and other movement modalities is unparalleled. Her practice is in contemporary Pilates, which applies scientific research to practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation, and athletic performance enhancement.

Comprehensive Pilates Program

Master Pilates and movement therapy exercises across a full spectrum of apparatuses, including Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Arcs and Barrels, and props. By learning thoroughly a vast collection of movement techniques and modalities, you will have the knowledge and tools to provide and refresh your clients with new and innovative methods of movement, curative programs, and athletic conditioning that better serve them and their individual goals.

The series consists of seven, two-day modules that allow you to evaluate the practical applications of Pilates exercises, develop assessment techniques, understand movement sequences, and modify and progress exercises and programs for individuals. Completion of the FitWise Comprehensive Program qualifies you to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) Certification exam.

What To Expect

The teacher training program at FitWise will provide you with an incredibly rich and comprehensive education in Pilates, as well as so much more. At FitWise, ours is a Pilates practice infused with many other movement modalities, all of which have been incorporated into our teacher training curriculum. In particular, there will be a strong emphasis on Movement Medicine and rehabilitation, Dance Medicine, and the latest research on fascia fitness.

Upon completion of our teacher training, you not only will walk away with advanced skills in the practice of Pilates and other forms of movement, but you also will leave with a deep knowledge and understanding of the human body and it’s movement in space. You will enter the field with a superior education that will set you up for certain success as an instructor. It is our goal here at FitWise to empower and instill confidence. Additionally, you will receive expert guidance on how to become a successful entrepreneur; you will gain the expertise to succeed in whatever capacity you choose. We hope that by the end of our teacher training you will be the most capable, qualified, and successful candidate on the market.


  • Participation in 30 hours of group or private Pilates classes. We offer discounts to achieve this at our FitWise studio if needed.
  • STRONGLY RECOMMENDED – Completion of one semester of basic anatomy/physiology or equivalent study.
  • Completion of suggested pre-requisite reading and online lectures.

This course is appropriate for aspiring teachers, as well as for intermediate and advanced students who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of the Pilates method and movement therapy.

Required Hours

In addition to the time commitment necessary to attend the weekend courses themselves, additional hours to be completed outside the studio are required in order to graduate from the training and to qualify for the PMA® Certification Exam. These additional hours include observation, online lectures and reading assignments, observed/apprentice teaching, and self-practice and mastery. It is the responsibility of each student to complete these hours independently and outside of class. Some of these hours can be completed in the studio or online but require approval from your instructor first.

Program RequirementsComprehensive Hours 
Online Lectures10Assigned
Studio Training Labs / Lecture100In FitWise Studio
Observation100In Fitwise or approved studio
Self-Mastery (Practice)100
Apprentice Teaching140In Fitwise or approved studio

Attendance Requirement

100% attendance is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Makeup sessions for the rate of $120 per hour per person to complete material missed with completion of sign off of instructor.

Tuition Costs

  • Pricing starts at $4900. Payment plans are available.
  • If you would like to take the final exam for certification of completion, cost is $350.
  • Discounts on class packages and private mentoring available.
  • Manuals are included in tuition price but additional required reading is not.

Contact info@fitwisepilates.com to set up payment plan. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration. Space is limited to 10 trainees. Pay in full in advance to receive a complimentary class pass of 10 classes.

Refund Policy

After the first Training Session, payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. NO EXCEPTIONS. 30 days prior to the first Training Session date, refunds are available minus the $500 deposit.

Contact info@fitwisepilates.com to sign up and or inquire about our teacher training program.

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