The Real Pilates Standards of Training are distinguished by our focus on 4 key elements. Your weekly assignments are designed to develop your skill in each of these areas as well as your Anatomy, History and more.


Anatomy Course Overview:

Each week, you will watch and/or read some anatomy material. The videos will be hosted on our Vimeo account (PW:  rpttanatomy). As you watch, make notes/definitions for the Key Concepts listed (this can be flash cards, handwritten notes, a spreadsheet, whatever works for you). You can submit these to us for review, but that is optional. Then, you’ll hop over to canvas to answer that weeks’ discussion question. The first half of the course is designed to give you an overview of anatomy. We want to give you a general orientation of the terms, concepts and ideas that you’ll need to delve into the cases that will make up the second half of the course. In the second half, you’ll get some background material on a condition commonly seen in Pilates clientele, a list of muscles to learn, and will be asked to design a program for a potential client with that condition.  

This Week: WATCH Anatomical Terms Video Below.

    Key Concepts    

         - Standard Anatomical Position

         - Prone vs Supine vs Lateral

- Aspects:




- Reference/relational terms:

Superficial vs Deep

Superior vs Inferior

Lateral vs Medial

Proximal vs Distal

         - Planes





  • What do you notice about Anatomical Position? Is there anything in Pilates that resembles this?

  • The Midline of the body is an effective verbal cue. What other phrases do you think describe this anatomical location?

  • In Pilates, we initiate all moves from the Powerhouse. What is the benefit of working in this way or what we describe as Proximal to Distal?

  • Describe which planes of movement each of these three exercises demonstrate. Explain your reasoning.

  1. Side Kicks on Mat

  2. Swan on Barrel

  3. Saw on Mat