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comprehensive pilates teacher training program


Angela Carini, Studio Owner/Senior Instructor
B.A. Dance, Northwestern University
PMA Certified Instructor
AOBTA Certified Shiatsu Therapist

Studio owner, teacher trainer and senior Pilates instructor at Urbancore Pilates and Fitness, Angela Carini has over 15 years of experience in dance, bodywork and holistic forms of fitness.
Angela fell in love with Pilates more than a decade ago while studying at Northwestern University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in dance. In 2005, she pursued and completed her mat and equipment certification through the Physicalmind Institute, and has since developed a loyal following of clients who appreciate her mind-body approach to health.
Angela is dedicated to soaking in all she can as a practitioner and continues to perfect her craft by participating in advanced workshops in anatomy, cadaver dissection and rehabilitative protocols. Doing so ensures that she is able to design safe and effective workout programs for clients with chronic pain and injury.
Known for her precision and depth as an instructor, Angela incorporates a number of stretching and bodywork exercises into every session, including acupressure and manual therapies, to create proper bodily alignment and neuromuscular function. Though her teaching methods are notably challenging, clients—from musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and professional dancers to elite athletes and fellow Pilates instructors—are able to overcome their own mental and physical limits while achieving a renewed sense of health and wellness.
Angela is also a certified and well-known shiatsu instructor. She is the author of the popular beginner
video series The Art of Shiatsu and teaches classes and workshops to students of all levels.
Angela has taught Shiatsu at the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and Zen Shiatsu Chicago. She is currently studying Taoist Medicine and Medical QiGong with Michael Lomax.

Studio owner Angela Carini offers a limited enrollment apprentice based 500 hour Teacher Training program.

Angela uses the anatomical precision of Pilates, the deep internal focus of qigong/neigong, and the vibrant energetics of the Chinese meridian system to pioneer a biomechanically sound, powerful system of movement that fuses the best of Eastern and Western mind/body practices.

Program Start Date: January 2015. Lecture times TBA

To apply: Application is by interview and writtten essay. Email to set up an interview and complete these admissions questions prior to the interview: urbancorettadmissions

Prerequisites: At least 6 months-1 year consistent Pilates practice. A minimum of 50 Privates with Angela must be completed while going through the program. Pricing for those sessions is seperate from the program fee.

Fee: $4500. Payment plans are available. Contact the studio for more info.

Fee Includes:
Observation of experienced instructors
Unlimited use of studio for self practice and student teaching
Client referral/scheduling for student teaching hours
Practical Evaluations and Test-Out
Discounted Private Sessions with Senior Instructor ($85/session)
Discounted Mat & Group Equipment Classes ($15/class, $25/class)

Hourly Requirements

100 hrs. observation
100 hrs. practice
200 hrs. student teaching

50 hrs. privates w/senior instructor
40 hrs. lecture
10 hrs. practical exams/case study
500 hrs. total


1. Develop an understanding of the fundamentals and principles of the Pilates method.

2. Learn the tools to instruct equipment classes and private sessions.

3. Safely prepare equipment and instruct clients of varying levels of fitness in a Pilates workout on the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair.

4. Perform a postural assessment and make appropriate exercise selections to enhance a client's fitness experience.

5. Identify the relationships between various musculoskeletal structures of the body.

6. Learn the purpose, muscular focus, specific body alignment, and sequencing of each exercise including modifications and variations.

7. Learn the basics of energetic anatomy and how to connect to your energy body for increased health, vitality and economy of motion.



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