• Teacher Training at Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium
  • Teacher Training at Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium
  • Teacher Training at Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium
  • Teacher Training at Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium
  • Teacher Training at Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium



Location: BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium, 150 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: (718) 622-6222
Email: jennifer@body-tonic.com, include Teacher Training in the subject line.
Website: www.body-tonic.com
Training Program Information: body-tonic.com/teacher-training


In this Teacher Training program, Jennifer DeLuca draws on her 20 years and well over 10,000 hours of teaching to unfold to the genius of Joseph H. Pilates’ brilliant body of work. It is her passion to share this legacy with the next generation of teachers. She is dedicated to teaching students the exercises of the classical legacy with a grounded perspective on their application to everyday bodies. During Teacher Training you will get the information you need to teach, mentors to help you pull it all together and a learning center as a home base with a community of intelligent and supportive teachers and students.


The Structure Of Our Program
The program begins with your preparation. We require that all applicants have learned a foundation of the beginner exercises before the first meeting date of the program. A list of required exercises to be familiar with, can be furnished up on request. We have an Intro to Pilates Apparatus workshop to familiarize you with these exercises and require a private session with Jennifer or other approved teacher before the seminar time begins. The cost of the private session will be applied to your fees should you decide to enroll. We spend roughly 90 hours in seminar for Beginner and Intermediate systems, with an additional future seminar in the Advanced system, another 15 hours, at a separate cost. You will learn the Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, Pedi-pole, and Pilates Mat exercises. In total, trainees are expected to complete 500 practice hours in a maximum time frame of 18 months. The hours are made up of seminar time and independent study time including observations, session time, practice teaching time and self practice. Your independent study hours are to be completed at BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium, Rhinebeck Pilates or other previously approved studio, observing an approved teacher. This independent study time requires dedication and commitment on your part, and mentoring on our part. We work together to get you where you need to be. Enrollees must complete Beginner through Advanced workshops, and pass both practical and written exams to receive a BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium Certificate of Completion.


Why Choose Pilates Certification At Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium?
Teachers who have completed Jennifer DeLuca’s teacher training program are currently teaching Classical Pilates around the world in places such as Paris, Austin TX, Houston TX, Atlanta GA, South Carolina, various studios in NYC and Brooklyn, Glens Falls NY, and Rhinebeck NY.

Teachers who have earned a Certificate in Classical Pilates under Jennifer DeLuca experience the following benefits in the job world:

  • The continuation of a distinguished legacy
  • In depth knowledge of the proper order of Pilates exercises
  • Why the exercise order exists and how it changes the client’s body
  • Knowledge of what to teach, when to teach it, and why, to individual clients
  • The ability to teach with fluency on the Reformer, Mat, Cadillac, Tower, Wunda Chair, High Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Small Barrel, Magic Circle, Arm Weights, and Sandbag- as well as the ability to gain additional experience on the Arm Chair, Guillotine, Foot Corrector, and Toe Corrector.
  • Confidence in teaching both private sessions and groups
  • A special, ongoing relationship with a group of pilates mentors for the rest of your career, whose goal is to support and encourage you to be and do your best and answer any questions that may come up throughout your long career as a pilates teacher.
  • In the pilates community, the type of certification is important to most studio owners. A classical education and a solid apprentice teaching background behind a final certificate is what it takes to become hired at the majority of pilates studios around the world.




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A Word From Jennifer Deluca, Program Director
Many Pilates Teacher Training Programs do one of two things; They either drill the exercises into your brain and body in explicit manual-type form or they make up their own thing based on their changing of the system. I do neither of those things.

I have been teaching Pilates as my sole career for 20 years. While spending my entire lifetime studying dance, yoga, kinesiology and anatomy, what I have come to love about this system is how adaptable it is and how open it is to any individual's understanding of the human body. As a student, Pilates converses with your own intuitive knowledge of what is good, right and balanced for YOUR body.

As a teacher, you guide that conversation.

In the BT training, I offer you the classical exercises and consistently come back to YOU and your understanding to achieve the best possible communication of the work. I do not treat “classical” as something rigid and unapologetic in form—I do not want your teaching to become robotic and rehearsed, instead I will guide your teaching to be honest and relatable. When I offer the work of Joseph H. Pilates, I honor his commitment to health, his celebration of power and athleticism with the ultimate goal being freedom in one's body. Mr. Pilates designed this work with an open and seeking mind and a teacher’s understanding happens best within that frame. As Romana Kryzanowska, my teacher often said, “Joseph Pilates was a genius of the body,” and his exercises and equipment are an expression of that genius. The Pilates method brings us to the harmony of strength and mobility in our bodies, so we may move through our lives with confidence and pleasure, strength and suppleness. The exercises illuminate this path and I share that with the BodyTonic Teachers-in-Training.

I am proud of the many graduates teaching around the globe, some with their own studios. The BodyTonic Teacher Training program frequently attracts people from other, well-known Teacher Training programs who feel lost in the rigidity of their previous schooling and burnt out from trying to teach exactly the way they were taught, or those who feel they never learned a clear system. I am always so saddened by that. The body is so fascinating and this system of work is endlessly interesting and that is all so special. We are fortunate to do what we do for a living. I offer a path for you to delve into. I am not going to be a rock star for you and I am not going to surround you with mentors who are on a personal journey for fame. I will surround you with a great community of students and experts of the body with the ultimate goal of transforming lives through the Pilates method. When you begin, you will feel that.

I am so committed to cultivating this deep understanding of the work that all apprentices in good standing* may repeat the seminars the following year. Getting to know BodyTonic and my teaching style will be important factors in deciding whether or not to join us for Teacher Training. We hope that you will visit us in the studio to help make your decision. Here is a video of me teaching, captured without my knowledge. So this is the real me, teaching a professional soccer coach during his second session on the Reformer.



Want More Information?
We are happy to answer any questions regarding our highly regarded program. Please email Jennifer DeLuca at jennifer@body-tonic.com and be sure to put Teacher Training in the subject line.



About Jennifer DeLuca

Owner/Director, Bodytonic Pilates Gymnasium
Few teachers represent the Pilates community as truthfully and fearlessly as Jennifer DeLuca. She is the Founder, Director and CEO of BodyTonic, Inc., and a fierce advocate for preserving the legacy of Joseph H. Pilates. As a second generation Pilates teacher, certified through Romana Kryzanowska in 1996, she is part of an elite and historic lineage. A native New Yorker, hailing originally from Queens, then Manhattan and now Brooklyn, Jennifer infamously avoids artifice and gimmick and is considered to be one of the most trusted and gifted mentors of the Pilates vanguard. Jennifer is a lifelong student of movement, anatomy and all things related to the body. She has training in dance through New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts and NYU, holds a yoga certification from the renown Cyndi Lee of OMyoga, has studied floor barre with the one and only Zena Rommett, as well as Anatomy and Kinesiology with Andre Bernard at NYU, Kinesthetic Anatomy with Irene Dowd and further Pilates Training with Roxanne Richards-Huang, Lesley Powell, Bob Liekens, and Enja Schenck.

Jennifer understands that when you walk into her studio and drop hundreds of dollars to study Pilates that you are serious and that you give a damn. Her greatest honor is that you have chosen BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium to make a transformation. The teachers at BodyTonic are the fortunate few that you have entrusted with your goal and Jennifer and her staff will do everything possible to meet you at this incredibly exciting place in your life. Your choice to focus on your health and your body inspires her every day and has done so since she opened BodyTonic in 1999.



BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium

About BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium

Welcome to BodyTonic, a full service Pilates Gymnasium in Brooklyn, NY. Owner Jennifer DeLuca brings the legacy of Joseph H. Pilates to Brooklyn, with the specialized classical Pilates apparatus, exercises and a profound dedication to overall health. Jennifer, her esteemed staff and the services they offer are an antidote to what ails you. Since 1999, BodyTonic has maintained a safe, unpretentious and energizing environment, steeped in the Pilates method, where people can feel empowered, challenge their bodies and gain the confidence that increased agility and strength yields. Pilates works for all ages and fitness levels, whether you are 17 or 77, a exercise-phobe or an elite athlete, we can deliver the classical Pilates method to you and your body will feel improved almost instantly.


BodyTonic offers private, semi-private, and group class training on the Pilates equipment, all taught by our team of intelligent, thoughtful, and experienced instructors. For maximum results, we recommend training at least twice per week. We are happy to help you design a workout program that is motivating, convenient and affordable.


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