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Step 1: IM=X® BASIC CERTIFICATION

The IM=X Pilates Floor and Xercizer Programs are taught in our 5-Day Basic Certification course. This intensive education gives your instructors and personal trainers all of the programming knowledge needed to begin your group exercise and personal training franchise. The basic formats, taught from the 150-page manual and educational videos, are divided into eight sequences-about 140 exercises. The lectures and labs focus on stabilization, breathing, alignment and muscle recruitment techniques. As your fitness franchise grows, you will want to expand your class offerings to both attract new clients as well as retain existing members.
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Step 2: IM=X® ADVANCED CERTIFICATION

The IM=X Pilates Floor and Xercizer Advanced Program is taught in this 5-Day Intensive. The eight IM=X Basic floor sequences are expanded into 35 sections with many new exercises; and the eight IM=X Basic Xercizer sequences are expanded into 65 sections which also includes numerous new movements. The 35 sections of floor are then formatted into the following IM=X Pilates workout variations: Ring Workouts | Stretch Formats | Floor Motion | Traditional Pilates (a total of 5 new workouts are reviewed). The 65 sections on the Xercizer are formatted into the following variations: Stretch | Interval Training | Hybrid | Abs (11 new workouts are reviewed). Your clients will appreciate the level of training that they receive as your exercise franchise staff becomes IM=X Pilates Advanced Certified. The 180-page manual includes photos and step-by-step instructions on how to teach these new formats. An educational DVD is provided to support you and your staff in learning these programs.
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Step 3: IM=X® 5-DAY SUPER ADVANCED CERTIFICATION

The IM=X SUPER Advanced Certification provides you and your pilates studio staff with new formats and the knowledge of how to work with special populations. The course begins with a review of the new exercises which were introduced in the IM=X Advanced Certification and then proceeds to review several versions of the following IM=X formats: Upper Body, Lower Body, Golf/Tennis, Pre/Postnatal Training and Back Strength (6 floor and 10 Xercizer formats are presented). The 205-page instruction manual includes a research overview on pregnancy and exercise as well as research on back exercise, photos and step-by-step instructions. The educational DVD guides you through the new exercises.
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Step 4: IM=X® HEART RATE TRAINING CERTIFICATION

Learn the principles of Heart Rate Training in order to offer your clients a variety of cardiovascular formats. Indoor cycling, IM=X Jog Board and standard cardio equipment (i.e. treadmills, elliptical trainers) are integrated into the IM=X Pilates routines to increase calorie burning and health benefits. Topics include: Rate of Perceived Exertion, Talk Test, VO2 Max Testing, Target HR Zone, Biomechanics of Cycling, Calorie Burning, and Jog Board Choreography. The 54-page instruction manual includes photos, step-by-step instructions as well as 4 IM=X Jog Board sequences and 10 different IM=X class formats for your staff to learn. Your IM=X Pilates and Cardio programs will replace your client’s need for a gym membership. An educational DVD is provided to support you and your staff in learning the IM=X Jog Board choreography. (Note: A movement or dance background is recommended for instructors who will be teaching Jog Board sequences 1-3).
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Step 5: IM=X® YOGA CERTIFICATION

IM=X Yoga is a powerful blend of stabilization, balance, flexibility, muscle endurance and mind-body relaxation techniques. The program is comprised of eight standing and six floor sequences — all of which use the IM=X Ring. IM=X Yoga is a total body workout which stabilizes the spine, increases joint mobility, and refreshes the mind. The 70-page instruction manual contains photographs and step-by-step instructions on how to teach each sequence as well as pertinent vocabulary and research. Multiple class format options are presented. We recommend that you choose yoga instructors to learn this program for your exercise franchise growth or use these sequences in combination with other core programs as IM=X Pilates/Yoga hybrids. An educational DVD is provided to support you and your staff in learning the 8 standing and the 6 floor sequences.
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Step 6: IM=X® PILATES TOWER CERTIFICATION

In the IM=X Tower course instructors learn 14 sequences using the IM=X Tower. Programs can be can be combined with the IM=X Ballet Bar or Cycle Program. The routines builds upon the Basic and Advanced Certifications which are prerequisites to this course. Adding this apparatus to your health franchise provides members with another cross-conditioning alternative that is effective and adds numerous programming options for class variety. The 73-page instruction manual contains photographs and step-by-step instructions on how to teach each sequence. An educational DVD is provided to support you and your health fitness franchise staff in learning the 14 new sequences. (Note: It is highly recommended to follow this with the next two certifications in order to have limitless combination workouts for your clients!)
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Step 7: IM=X® BALLET BAR CERTIFICATION

The IM=X Ballet Bar Program includes 12 sequences that provide a total body workout. Inspired by traditional ballet training, the IM=X Ballet Bar starts with grande and demi pliés which are performed in combination with IM=X Ring Stabilization Techniques. The leg sequences progress with tendus, attitudes, leg extensions and arabesques to provide a powerful lower body lengthening and toning experience. Calf raises known in ballet terms as relevés are combined with upper body strengthening. Quick leg lifts or grande battements challenge leg flexibility and raise the heart rate. The IM=X Tower/Cycle/Bar manual (103 pages of programming) is required for learning the IM=X Ballet Bar. An educational DVD is provided to support you and your staff in learning the 12 sequences. (Note: A movement or dance background is recommended for instructors who will be teaching these variations).

Step 8: IM=X® CYCLE/TOWER CERTIFICATION

The IM=X Cycle/Tower Program includes 11 sequences that combine indoor cycling techniques with upper body resistance and stabilization using the IM=X Tower and Ring. This course reviews general cycling principles such as positioning clients on the bike, increasing intensity through cadence or resistance, and monitoring workouts by Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE). The focus is on learning the eleven sequences which is why attendees must have completed the IM=X Heart Rate Training Course or have an Indoor Cycling Certification. Combination workouts which use the Tower Program, Bar Program and Floor (mat) Program are reviewed and practiced. The IM=X Tower/Cycle/Bar manual (103 pages of programming) is required for learning the IM=X Cycle/Tower. An educational DVD is provided to support you and your health franchise staff in learning the 11 sequences.
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Step 9: IM=X® SPINAL FITNESS CERTIFICATION

An estimated 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain. Exercise has been repeatedly proven to be one of the most effective tools for recovery. The IM=X Spinal Fitness course is for the Advanced Certified instructor who is interested in developing the professional skills and knowledge to design effective spinal fitness programs for post-rehabilitation and injury prevention. Focus is on improving the alignment, balance and strength of the Spine Stabilization System. It is recommended that Pilates studio owners network with the medical community in their area once they have teachers who are IM=X Spinal Fitness Certified.
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Step 10: IM=X® STANDING PLATFORM

The IM=X Platform Program is available to Advanced Instructors. The standing routines add an element of balance, lower body intensity and improve spine stabilization. The routines include 8 sequences that combine the IM=X stabilization techniques with lower body resistance.  Free weights are are used for more advanced students. All formats are hybrids that begin with a basic Xercizer warm-up.
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