Online Small Ball Instructor Training Course


Director of Pilates Union UK and your tutor, Emma Newham, has been in the fitness industry for almost three decades and running internationally accredited instructor teacher training courses and workshops since 2007. She has taken elements from her background experience in various different training modalities including: Exercise to Music, Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Barre and Group Exercise to compile this comprehensive taining course.

Emma brings a wealth of personal knowledge and industry experience to this comprehensive online course. This course will give you the practical skills required to incorporate the small ball into your P.T or group exercise sessions with confidence, Further education courses are available for other small equipment and props, so you can continue your fitness journey with Emma, if you wish to continue learning

Emma is an international presenter for Mind/Body fitness and has delivered face to face and online training to students all over the globe. qualified Assessor, as well as an Internal Quality Assurer (Internal Verifier), so she assesses the Assessors doing their assessing. Her attention to detail is unparalleled. Therefore, you can be assured of the highest quality training standard and education.

The small soft ball is a great addition to any studio session to assist in core strength, stability and control. This practical course will guide you through exercises for each body part, offering strength exercises for the abdominals, upper body, back and legs as well as mobility and stretches to improve flexibility. This comprehensive course will cover basic and intermediate exercises with the Small Ball.

Course Overview

The small stability ball is a versatile piece of equipment which is inexpensive and fun, providing variety and challenge to your group sessions. This practical course will cover a range of exercises from beginner to advanced, which will help your clients improve their balance and control. You will learn how to teach basic and intermediate exercises for the whole body, which you can incorporate into your mat classes to spice up your routines and help to increase client retention.

For a more detailed overview of the units, please see the FAQ’s at the footer of this page.

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Award Winning Instructor

Over the last decade, Emma has won various local and national industry awards for her exercise studio and fitness services. Industry experts recognise Emma's experience.

Industry Accredited Training

Emma's company, Pilates Union UK, has been offering globally accredited online instructor training courses in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada for over a decade.

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The content of this training has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ – a CIMSPA Endorsed Awarding Organisation. In addition, this particular online Small Ball teacher training course has gained international approval for continuing education credits and has been awarded CPD points from the following organisations:


4.5 CPD Points

Active IQ - UK

This has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ

National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) - USA

Formerly Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) - 4 CEC’s

Canfitpro - Canada


Course Structure

There are 8 units and you are allowed 150 days access to complete the course. You have instant access upon purchase and you are ready to start immediately. Just log in and go to unit one. On each screen, you will find the video of the exercise and how to teach the movement. This includes alignment, breathing, correct technique, common errors and how to correct them, modifications, progressions, contraindications and tactile cueing.

Underneath each video, you will find the appropriate page from the Pilates Union Small Ball manual with detailed text and explanation.  You will work at your own pace and when you have time, just login and go to the appropriate unit and work your way through the material.

Assessment Info


In order to achieve a pass in this course, a theory assessment must be successfully achieved –

Assessment One – Small Ball Online Theory Quiz (80% pass). Ten Multiple Choice Questions

Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will receive the relevant CPD points, and you can download your Certificate of Completion at the end of the training course.

Student Support

Constant Contact

Got a query? No problem. Students can get in touch at any time. Contact us instantly via text, telephone call, Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger, email, Skype or social media.


To ensure quality of service and consistency, you will deal directly with Emma throughout your training journey. There are no other parties or channels to go through.


Just because your course finishes, it doesn't mean your journey ends. Emma provides guidance with setting up, advice on gaining employment and support on a range of topics

Flexible learning compatible across a wide range of devices

Learn anytime, any place, anywhere.  Emma’s courses are compatible across a range of devices.  Flexible learning means that you can work according to your schedule.  Upon purchase, you have immediate access to the online content, so you can begin learning straight away.  Each time you login, the system will return to the unit and step you last completed.  You can repeat units and steps as many times as you like.

Units may be completed in any order you choose or you can follow the suggested schedule.  Go at your own pace and work your way through the units in your time.  Each course has a specific duration, after which time your course will expire and you will no longer have access to the online content, so your learning must be completed before your course expires.  Course extensions are available for a small charge, so you can re-gain access to the material.

Further Course Information
  • The units are split as follows


    Unit One The Stretches-6 videos (43 minutes)

    Unit Two  Leg Exercises-8 videos (48 minutes)

    Unit Three  Abdominal Exercises-20 videos (124 minutes)

    Unit Four  Upper Body and Back Exercises -2 videos (16 minutes)

    Unit Five  Teaching Skills (no videos)

    Unit Six – Special Populations – (no videos)

    Unit Seven  Health and Safety (no videos)

    Unit Eight  Final Assessment Quiz (no videos)

  • Course Duration

    There are 36 videos on this course. If you watched one video per day, it would take 36 days. It is really dependent upon individual instructors and the time they have available to devote to learning. All learning must be completed before the 150 days are up. There is no way to extend learning for a student as the software on the website has not been designed to offer any course extensions.

    Total number of videos = 36

    Total Video Playing Time = 231 (3.9 hours)

    Total Quiz Time = 60 minutes

    Total Reading Time = 210 minutes

    Total minutes = 501 (8.4 hours)

  • Course Aims

    For learners to develop a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the Small Ball and the exercises that can be performed on it. To be able to apply this knowledge in developing a personal programme for a range of clients of differing needs and abilities

    Course Outcomes

    Learners will be able to instruct basic to intermediate exercises on the Small Ball to a variety of clients of different ages and capabilities. Learners will be able to identify exercises which may need to be modified for a particular client group and they will be able to adapt or progress an exercise where necessary.

  • The course costs £125 GBP

    A copy of the information contained in the Pilates Union Small Ball Manual is viewable online. Should you wish to have a hard copy of the manual, this costs £11.99 and is available to purchase from our online store

    There are no other costs involved

  • Candidate Suitability – Who is this course for?

    Bodyworkers – If you are a manual therapist offering bodywork and want to add another string to your bow, then this course is for you. This will allow you to combine your passion for holistic bodywork, with a job you will love to do.

    Health Professionals – If you are a physiotherapist or similar health professionals, then you may already teach some form of exercise on an informal basis. This course can elevate your existing knowledge and skills to the next level and formalise your certification in order to teach professional classes.

    Fitness Professionals – If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the body and a different perspective on movement, then why not add to your existing portfolio of skills. By adding another string to your bow, you can increase your income potential and an additional revenue stream to your business.

    Fitness Enthusiasts – If you are passionate about fitness and have a keen interest in working with the gym ball for your own use, then you may take this training in order to elevate your existing knowledge and skills to the next level and improve your technique and understanding of this important prop.

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