Pilates instructor training in Montreal

Pilates instructor training offered by AnnMcMillan in partnership with Equilibre Studio. Numerous AMP (Ann McMillan Pilates) trainings are given on our premises.

Many of the Pilates instructors working at Equilibre Studio  have been trained by Ann McMillan.

A true pioneer, Ann McMillan was the first trainer to bring the Pilates method to Quebec in 1992.

Formation d'instructeur Pilates

Ann McMillan

A true pioneer, Ann McMillan was the first instructor to spread the Pilates method in Quebec.

Ann began practicing Pilates in 1986 in New York City during her career in contemporary dance. Afflicted by a chronic hip injury, a dancer friend recommended she try Pilates; “it will help you engage your abs and ‘get you out’ of your hips” she told her. Ann was soon hooked on Pilates and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the Université de Montréal. Her master’s thesis established for the first time a scientific link between Pilates and improved posture.

Her enthusiasm led her to set up her own studio in 1992 on her return to Montreal, since, as she puts it, “there were no studios in Montreal at the time, so in order to teach Pilates, I had to open one! One thing led to another, the studio grew, Pilates earned its letters of nobility and in September 2007, Ann moved her studio to a vast space in the heart of downtown Montreal, designed specifically for the practice of Pilates.

Today, Ann enjoys the space at Équilibre, having closed her studio in 2013.

Training courses on offer

  • Ground instructor training
  • Aircraft instructor training

The Ann McMillan Pilates Method (AMP) sol training course is comprehensive and rigorous. During the course you’ll learn the principles of Pilates, exercises for all levels, the history of the method, the pedagogical approach, class preparation and how to modify exercises for pregnant women, athletes, people with reduced mobility and osteoporosis. You’ll also learn how to incorporate accessories such as magic circles, balls, elastics and rollers into the exercises.

Full apparatus training is also available. Exercises on the reformer, Cadillac
Cadillac, chair and barrels are seen with the same confidence as floor exercises. All exercises are available as video capsules on the AMP viewing platform. In addition, an illustrated manual describes in detail the theory, Pilates principles and each exercise. The clarity and richness of the course notes are regularly praised by students. The Ann McMillan Pilates Method training will make you a competent Pilates instructor who inspires confidence in her clients.

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