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APPI Equipment Level 1 - Lumbo Pelvic Stabilisation

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APPI’s Equipment Level 1 introduces participants to Clinical Pilates teaching on the large equipment with a focus on lumbopelvic stability. It is also the entry point for those wishing to complete the Equipment Certification Series and is a sound introduction to the large Pilates equipment, covering a range of beginner movements.  Beginner level repertoire is taught on the reformer, cadillac, split pedal chair and barrels addressing the lumbopelvic region and lower limb. On this course you will start to understand the ways movements can be adapted to different equipment, and why you would choose one over the other. Experience the movements for yourself and explore how equipment Pilates can be either a regression or progression from matwork exercises. 


APPI Matwork Level 1 or a formal 2 day Matwork Pilates training course is the prerequisite for Equipment Level 1.  View our Matwork Level 1 course dates HERE

Course sessions

Location Address Dates
New South Wales Balmain Sports Medicine - 118 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 01 Jun 2019 09:00
End date: 02 Jun 2019 17:00
South Australia Move for Better Health - 5/259 Unley Road, Malvern, South Australia 5061. Equip courses: 10.30am-5pm Sat & 9am-5pm Sun Start date: 29 Jun 2019 10:30
End date: 30 Jun 2019 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 06 Jul 2019 09:00
End date: 07 Jul 2019 17:00
Queensland Q Pilates - 1/ 56 Coonan St Indooroopilly QLD 4068. Course times: 11:30am-6:30pm Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday Start date: 20 Jul 2019 11:30
End date: 21 Jul 2019 17:00
Western Australia ProMotion Physio + Pilates - 9 Leura Avenue, Claremont, WA 6010 9am-5pm each day Start date: 27 Jul 2019 09:00
End date: 28 Jul 2019 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 17 Aug 2019 09:00
End date: 18 Aug 2019 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 03 Oct 2019 09:00
End date: 04 Oct 2019 17:00
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The video below shows a functional exercise that you will learn on Equipment Level 1: Single leg press on the chair.  Several variations are shown below in the video below so that you can easily adapt this exercise to your clients. 




Completing APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1 is the first step to becoming a APPI Pilates Equipment instructor and precedes Equipment Level 2, Level 3 & Level 4 in the Equipment Certification Series. 


On APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1 you will review the five key elements of the APPI Pilates Method to reinforce solid foundations for Pilates teaching. The features of the Pilates equipment (the reformer, the cadillac, split pedal chair and arc barrel) are detailed comprehensively to ensure optimal posture, technique, comfort and safety. Theory and practical workshops review functional and surface anatomy of the spine, pelvis and hip.


Thirty-two movements for training lumbo-pelvic stabilisation on Pilates based equipment are taught through observation, participation and practice teaching. Discussions of the clinical application of the Pilates movements occurs throughout teaching, and a presenter-led workshop on exercise selection assists in providing participants with an understanding and ability to teach these exercises to patients and clients after the course. Case studies are reviewed and participants have the opportunity to design and discuss their own treatment plans. A guided workshop on imagery for the pelvis assists participants in generating the skills required for effective cueing. 

Course preparation:

  • Attend some Pilates equipment classes to become familiar with the Pilates method prior to commencing your study.  
  • Download and print off the APPI Equipment Certification Logbook which will be available once you are enrolled onto the course through our on line portal, to become familiar with all certification requirements, which will be discussed in detail on the course. Please bring this document with you to each course for the course presenter to sign off your attendance. Please note the logbook is to be completed alongside your training and does not need to be completed in full until you sit your certification exam.
  • Included in this logbook is a list of recommended reading articles, articles can be sourced independently or a printed and bound copy can be purchased online through our store.
  • Please download and print off the Equipment Level 1 homework case study (also accesible through the portal upon enrolment) in advance and bring along with you to the course.   


Learning resources:

  • We highly recommend viewing the APPI Reformer Pilates DVD prior to course attendance to become familiar with the APPI teaching style. This can be purchased online through our store.
  • The recommended reading articles and Pilates for Low Back Pain DVD can be purchased as a course pack saving you 10%, visit our store. 
  • In order for your products to arrive before the course we advise ordering at least 7 days prior to allow sufficient time for delivery.

APPI Equipment Level 1-Lumbo Pelvic Stabilisation is the first step in the APPI Equipment Certification Series.  Book the Equipment Certification Series (Levels 1-4) and benefit from a 15% course discount.  Click on each course name below to view further information. 


APPI Equipment Level 2-Scapulo Thoracic Stabilisation

APPI Equipment Level 3-Spinal Articulation & Stretching 

APPI Equipment Level 4-Progressions & Planning

This course is open to Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Osteopaths, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Therapists, Doctors, Myotherapists/ Massage Therapists, Physiotherapy students, Cert 3 Fitness Instructors and Pilates Instructors who have completed APPI Matwork Level 1 or a 2-day foundation matwork course with another provider.  If you hold a qualification outside the above please contact us directly. To view our upcoming APPI Matwork Level 1-The Foundation courses click here.


View our course venues around Australia here.