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APPI Matwork Level 3 - Intermediate / Advanced

$654.50 inc. GST

APPI Pilates Matwork Level 3- Intermediate/ Advanced, is a direct continuation and progression of the exercises covered in our foundation Matwork Level 1 course.  You will now experience the higher level of the APPI Pilates repertoire.  These intermediate and advanced exercises are all taught with clinical applications as the main focus. You will undertake movements requiring full body control and strength and learn how to effectively teach them in order to progress your clients through their rehabilitation to high level function and fitness. Workshops exploring the use of massage balls as well as effective Pilates cueing are also delivered. This course can be completed prior to or following Matwork Level 2.

Course sessions

Location Address Dates
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 20 Mar 2019 09:04
End date: 21 Mar 2019 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 01 Jun 2019 09:00
End date: 02 Jun 2019 17:00
New South Wales Balmain Sports Medicine - 104/108 Victoria Rd, Rozelle NSW 2039. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 22 Jun 2019 09:00
End date: 23 Jun 2019 17:00
South Australia Align Health Solutions, 2 Carrington Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. 9am - 5pm each day. Start date: 21 Sep 2019 09:00
End date: 22 Sep 2019 17:00
Western Australia Oxford Street Health Group, 396 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn 6016, 9am-5pm each day Start date: 21 Sep 2019 09:00
End date: 22 Sep 2019 17:00
Queensland Forge Pilates 249 Montague Road, West End, QLD 4101 Courses run 9am-5pm each day Start date: 12 Oct 2019 09:00
End date: 13 Oct 2019 17:00
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Demonstration of side bend level 1 and 2 covered on APPI Pilates Matwork Level 3. 


Side bend is a fantastic exercise that fires up pretty much all of the main myofascial slings discussed throughout APPI Pilates teacher training. It's a great way to progress upper quadrant strength once your client has good deep neck flexor endurance and good scapulothoracic awareness and control.  It would be advisable to train your client in a 4 point kneeling position to address the above areas before progressing to side bend level 1.
Types of patients who would benefit:
  • those requiring isometric rotator cuff strengthening (level 1 especially)
  • those requiring oblique and core strengthening 
  • those requiring glute med and lateral sling strengthening (especially the variation shown of level 1 with the hip abduction component)
  • General Pilates clientele wishing to progress and incorporate full body conditioning into their programme.
In the video, we see a few variations of side bend.
Level 1: Ideal to progress upper body and core strength from 4-point kneel based exercises.  As the level of difficulty increases, so do the watchpoints, so there are some important cues which will help your client get the best out of the exercise.  
 - "Keep your head in line with your spine". A mirror is helpful if you have access to one.  It's very easy for gravity to take over the weight if the head and to fall into cervical lateral flexion which we want to avoid.
 - " Maintain your rib-hip connection" or " keep the imaginary springs between your ribs and hips on even tension" this cue is important especially as the upper-most arm becomes involved - there is a tendency for spinal extension - the idea is to maintain good abdominal activation throughout and a fairly neutral spine, this tendency is particularly noticeable in individuals who are quite mobile through their spine and shoulders.
Variation 2: Ideal to strengthen the lateral sling.  This exercise has been shown through EMG studies to be one of the most effective gluteal exercises to activate gluteus medius
- Cues: Once the client is in the modified side plank position " keep your hips up as you lift the top knee".  This is the hardest part of the movement as glut med on the underneath side must work to maintain pelvic alignment as the top leg abducts.  There is a tendency to fall into relative hip adduction of the bottom leg which we want to avoid.
Side Bend Level 2: Ideal to challenge balance, spinal mobility, coordination as well as upper body and core strength.
Cues:   "Push yourself out of the floor" this can help to engage serratus anterior on the weight bearing side. 
" Glue your inner thighs together" This will help engage adductors for more control in this challenging position with a small base of support.
When starting out, commence with just a few repetitions done regularly to build up endurance, then aim for long holds to develop isometric rotator cuff and trunk strength as control improves.
Precautions: This is not a starting point exercise for most people, ensure that good control and awareness has been obtained in a 4 point kneel and plank positions (in which weight bearing occurs through both sides ) before progressing to this unilateral exercise.  Take care with those who experience a lot of tension through the upper quadrant and people with very mobile shoulders who have not done the foundation work on their proprioception and control.  

This video shows the APPI Pilates exercise: 100's Level 4, which you will learn on Matwork Level 3.  The video covers several variations too.



APPI Pilates Matwork Level 3 – Intermediate/Advanced builds upon the movements, understanding, cueing skills and exercise selection framework of Matwork Level 1. 


Theory and practical workshops over the two days review effective cueing skills including verbal, visual and tactile teaching elements. Discussion of the clinical application of the Pilates movements occurs at the time of teaching to help participants understand the relevance of these exercises. Case studies are reviewed and participants have the chance to design and discuss treatment plans for particular clients. 12 new intermediate and advanced exercises, including controlled strength exercises are also taught to widen your repertoire.  This course will give you tools to enable you to progress clients from the rehab stage to higher level function and fitness.


Participants can undertake Matwork Level 3 prior to or following Matwork Level 2.

Course preparation:

  • Please review the repertoire from Matwork Level 1 and spend some time practising the Pilates exercises.

Learning Resources:

  • We highly recommend viewing the APPI Advanced Pilates DVD prior to attending the course to familiarise yourself with the advanced Pilates movements. This DVD includes easy to follow sections focusing on; pelvic stability, abdominals, upper body stability, strength, gluteals, mobility, warm up, cool down and the APPI Pilates 5 Key Elements. The APPI Advanced Pilates DVD can be purchased online through our shop.
  • In order for your DVD to arrive before the course we advise ordering at least 7 days prior to allow sufficient time for delivery.

APPI Matwork Level 3-Intermediate/Advanced is the final step in the APPI Matwork Certification Series. Book the series and benefit from a 15% discount. 

APPI Matwork Level 1 is the prerequisite for this course. To view our upcoming Level 1 course dates click here.  Matwork Level 3 can be completed prior to completing Matwork Level 2. 

APPI Pilates training is open to degree qualified health professionals including Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Osteopaths, Sports Scientists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Therapists, Doctors, Degree qualified Myotherapists and Physiotherapy students. If you hold a qualification outside the above please contact us directly.

On completion of the APPI Matwork Levels 1-3 and certification logbook you are eligible to sit the APPI Matwork Certification Exam. The exam consists of 2 components; a 30 minute practical exam by video submission and a 60 minute multiple choice theory exam completed online. To read more about the matwork exam and book on click here.  


View our course venues around Australia here.