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Why does Pilates often cost extra at fitness centers?

Pilates is a specialized form of fitness that usually requires the instructor to be certified. These types of certifications usually necessitate a substantial investment of time and money to acquire. If a health club is lucky enough to have a certified Pilates instructor on staff then the classes may be free to members. If the health club has to bring in an instructor (independent contractor) then the classes will probably come with a price tag. Remember, if it costs the health club extra money then it will probably cost you extra money. Hope this helps.
Due to the required time-intensive training and education to become a certified trainer and the expense of the specialized equipment, Pilates classes often come with a higher price tag. Pilates instructors are trained in anatomy, study techniques and forms for hundreds of hours, learn over 500 exercises for various equipment, research theory behind each movement, and are required to pass a lengthy written and practical exam. They are skilled at making postural assessments and accommodations and altering sequences based upon individual needs. This skill set and the expense of the various equipment often leads to a higher hourly rate.

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