The Classical Pilates Academy

We are proud to offer the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training programme written, directed and certified by Kirk James Smith from The Classical Pilates Centre, UK. This rigorous and student centred course is delivered by the VIPilates Classical Pilates Academy by Teacher Trainer, Sarah Janes.

All course content will be delivered at the VIPilates Classical Studio, Four Oaks Sutton Coldfield.

This course is designed by the acclaimed Kirk James Smith, a second-generation Pilates teacher who has garnered 25 years of industry experience. Kirk, taught by Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates, and first-generation teachers Jay Grimes and Mary Bowen, has an extensive understanding of authentic Pilates methodology.

We take pride in delivering exceptional Pilates education to create instructors proficient in delivering Pilates in its purest form. Our commitment to upholding the legacy of the renowned Joseph Pilates and Romana Kryzanowska guides our training approach.

We’ll ensure that you acquire an in-depth understanding of the method and its benefits. Also, you’ll learn how to apply the knowledge to craft compelling instruction with confidence.

Pre-requisites include the ability to competently execute the Intermediate Mat routine as defined in our syllabus. The most important pre-requisite however, is the desire to learn, grow and help others to do so too.

What sets us apart? The course curriculum comprehensively covers all aspects of the Pilates system, including principles, theory, and exercises on all studio apparatus, preparing you to become an outstanding instructor with a critical eye and attention to detail in your teaching.

Upon enrolment, you will also become an associate member of both VIPilates Classical Studio and our sister studio, The Birmingham Pilates Studios.

This membership provides you with access to self-practice sessions by giving you unlimited access to a practical learning environment and the finest Classical Gratz apparatus, so that you can master the practical aspects of the course to become a highly skilled and competent instructor.

Our programme also boasts continuous teacher meets and online support opportunities, where you can seek guidance from Sarah Janes at your own pace.

With our commitment to excellence, you can trust us to provide you with the best possible training in Classical Pilates.

Enrolling in this programme is investing in yourself and your future as an exceptional Pilates teacher. Join us and become part of this rich tradition in Pilates.

To enrol on our Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training programme, or to find out more information email