Foam Roller Foam Roller Online Instructor Training Course
The foam roller is a great piece of equipment to teach your clients control and balance. This practical course will guide you through exercises for each body part, offering strength exercises for the abdominals, upper body, back and legs. You will also learn how to use the foam roller as a massage tool to release tension in the body along with appropriate stretches to elongate tight muscle tissue. This online course has international accreditation for continuing education credits - see below for details.

The use of the foam roller is wide and varied from athletes wishing to improve proprioception and kinesthetic awareness to it's practical application in injury and rehabilitation, to help regain motor control. Increasingly, this prop is used in myofascial release work as a massage tool to help release tension and stiffness in the body, which can reduce pain and increase range of movement. This practical workshop covers basic and intermediate exercises which you can incorporate into your mat classes to spice up your routines and keep your customers motivated.

This comprehensive course will cover basic and intermediate exercises on the Foam Roller.


International Accreditation, Approval and Education Points


The content of this training has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ - a CIMSPA Endorsed Awarding Organisation

This online course has international approval for continuing education credits and has been awarded the following points -

CIMSPA - 5.5 CPD's

National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) - Former Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) - 4 CEC's

Canfitpro - 4 FIS, PTS, PFS CEC's

Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) - 5.5 CEC's

Fitness Australia - 6 CEC's


Course Aims

For learners to develop a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the Foam Roller 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 Foam Roller 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.

Course Structure

There are 12 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 Foam Roller Manual with detailed text and explanation. This has been put online for you, including JPEG images of the movements.
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.

The units are split as follows

Unit One  Myofascial Release -1 video (28 minutes)

Unit Two The Stretches-7 videos (67 minutes)

Unit Three  Leg Exercises-4 videos (44 minutes)

Unit Four  Abdominal Exercises-22 videos (171 minutes)

Unit Five  Back Exercises -3 videos (17 minutes)

Unit Six  Upper Body Exercises  9 videos (52 minutes)

Unit Seven  Proprioception Work -2 videos (17 minutes)

Unit Eight  Balance Work -3 videos (16 minutes)

Unit Nine  Health and Safety - (no videos)

Unit Ten  Special Populations (no videos)

Unit Eleven  Teaching Skills (no videos)

Unit Twelve  Online Quiz (no videos)

Course Duration and Video Breakdown

There are 51 videos on this course. If you watched one video per day, it would take 51 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 100 days are up.


Total number of videos = 51

Total Video Playing Time = 410 (6.8 hours)

Total Quiz Time = 60 minutes

Total Reading Time = 250 minutes

Total minutes = 660 (11 hours)


Professional Development

This workshop is classed as CPD (continuing professional development) - meaning that you already have to be a certified instructor in possession of an industry award (qualification) in order to take the course. You are therefore building on your skills that you have already acquired as a qualified fitness instructor.


This training has been classed as a workshop (rather than a course) and this means that there is no assessment element. Upon successful completion of the course, you can download your Certificate of Completion.


The course costs £125 GBP. A copy of the information contained in the Pilates Union Foam Roller 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.


Pilates Union does not get involved with the insurance requirements of individual instructors, nor does it liaise with insurance companies regarding this. It is up to the individual instructor to assess their needs and contact the relevant insurers in this matter.

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