Small Ball Small Ball Online Instructor Training Course
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. This online course has international accreditation for continuing education credits - see below for details.

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.


International Accreditation, Approval and Educaiton 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 (REPs) - 4.5 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) - 4 CEC's

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.

Course Structure

There are 7 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. 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 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)

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)

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 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.


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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