Lolita's Legacy

Lolita's Legacy(TM) Pilates Teacher Training Program

Pilates Teacher Training Program

At NOW Pilates Studio we're very proud that Tamara Choynowski can now offer the Lolita’s LegacyTM Pilates Teacher Training Program to aspiring Pilates teachers, in English, Russian, and French!

Lolita’s LegacyTM is a fully comprehensive 500-hour program that is recognized internationally and meets the requirements of professional standards as defined by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) for Pilates Teacher Training.

Lolita San Miguel - Lolita's Legacy Educator

The program is the only certified training course available today, that was created by one of the two people Joseph Pilates certified in his method, Lolita San Miguel. Ms. San Miguel studied with Joe Pilates in the 1960’s and has been carrying on his legacy educating students on what was his traditional way and how the method has evolved into a more contemporary approach based on scientific discoveries on the safety and mechanics of the spine. The Method has changed very little in the past 50 years which is a credit to his genius but as sports sciences are making new discoveries Lolita San Miguel felt it was necessary to evolve to stay current and relevant.

Lolita’s LegacyTM covers the full mat repertoire and all Pilates equipment: both apparatus, and auxiliary in its entirety. You will learn the historical and contemporary exercises on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac / Trapeze, Chair, Barrels, Ped-o-Pull and auxiliary equipment (foam roller, circles, foot Corrector, etc.). The training also includes all the anatomy of movement, the history of the method, the philosophy of Joseph Pilates and teaching protocols of the method to make you more independent and insightful as possible in the method of Pilates. To ensure the highest caliber of training Lolita personally trained a group of Pilates instructors called Lolita’s Disciples and of that group personally chose the educators she wanted to carry on her legacy.

Each training program can only be taught by a Legacy Educator in small groups of ambitious students that want to learn The Pilates Method.

Details of the program:

Lolita’s LegacyTM is a 500-hour comprehensive broken down into 4 separate modules or systems offered in 2-4 day intensive workshops, offered every 4-8 weeks through a 12-18 month period.

4 Modules:

  • Mat System: 56 Hours
  • System I: 48 Hours
  • System II: 48 Hours
  • System III: 32 Hours

In addition, pupils must complete:

  • Observation Hours: 124 hours
  • Personal Practice: 100 hours
  • Apprentice Teaching Hours: 92 hours
  • 6 hours of final exams over a 2-day period

4-Systems Overview

Mat System:

Introduction & Overview

  • Pre- Pilates
  • Post Pilates
  • Historical Mat Repertoire
  • Contemporary Mat Repertoire
  • Senior Bed Mat Workout

System I:

Beginner Repertoire

  • Reformer
  • Cadillac/Tower
  • Chair
  • Ladder Barrel

System II:

Intermediate Repertoire

  • Reformer
  • Cadillac/Tower
  • Chair
  • Ladder Barrel
  • Spine Corrector
  • Foam Roller
  • Magic Circle

System III:

Advanced Repertoire

  • Reformer
  • Cadillac/Tower
  • Chair
  • Ladder Barrel
  • Spine Corrector
  • Ped-o-Pull
  • Toe Stretcher
  • Arch Corrector
  • Wrist Strengthener

Mat System - 56 hours

Introduction & Overview

  • Session 1: 28 hours
  • Session 2: 28 hours

Lolita San Miguel believes the Mat work is the basis of the Pilates Method and it is the most accessible to all students. This Module teaches the historic order, contemporary movements, as well as pre-Pilates, and post Pilates movements that will prepare and condition your body to work on the floor using only your own body weight as resistance. Although traditionally the Mat work was designed by Joseph Pilates as the accomplishment of his technique, Lolita developed and integrated further movements into the traditional work to enable your body to perform at its best ability.

In addition to repertoire,  Matwork in Lolita's LegacyTM is accompanied by the following manuals, materials and further course topics:

  • Manual of "the Anatomy of Movement and Kinematic" created especially for the program by Dr. Aaron Spector.
  • Introduction and Overview of the Pilates method, which deals with the history of the creators of the method and the all "Elder Master Teachers".
  • Philosophy and Principles of Joseph Pilates and Ms. San Miguel.
  • Fundamentals, benefits and values of the Pilates practice.
  • A DVD of Ms. San Miguel's workshop on the history of Pilates filmed for Pilates Anytime including one month free subscription to Pilates Anytime.
  • Two Mat work repertoire DVDs taught by Ms. San Miguel herself.

System I - 48 hours

Introduction to the Pilates equipment and & Beginner Repertoire

  • Session 1: 24 hours
  • Session 2: 24 hours

The second step in Lolita's LegacyTM training program is "System I" that will introduce you to all the Pilates equipment: Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Ladder Barrel. Teachers will learn the most accessible repertoire for clients on equipment which will build up the strong foundation and all further movement that will require more full body integration. 

Your hands on teaching skills are starting to also be developed next to your cueing abilities as a teacher.

This second module "System I" has a:

  • complete comprehensive manual and is accompanied by a
  • DVD of Lolita teaching the exercises for this particular module for your personal practice.

System II - 48 hours

Intermediate work on equipment and auxiliary small equipment

  • Session 1: 24 hours
  • Session 2: 24 hours

The third step in Lolita's LegacyTM training program is "System II" that builds on the exercises in System I on equipment. The repertoire taught covers intermediate to more advanced Pilates movements on the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Ladder Barrel. 

Teachers will also be introduced to the exercises on the Spine Corrector (Pilates Arc), the Magic Circle, the Foam Rollers and Bars, Balls and other props.

"System II" has a:

  • complete comprehensive manual and is accompanied by a
  • DVD of Lolita teaching the exercises for this particular module for your personal practice.

System III - 32 hours

Complex Advanced Movements & Auxiliary Equipment

  • Session 1: 32 hours

The fourth stage of Lolita's LegacyTM training program is "Module IV". It is the last stage of the student's progressive path to become a fully trained Pilates teacher to the complete Lolita's Legacy™ method. It builds on previous work and covers further advanced exercises to very complex exercises on equipment like the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Magic Circle, Foam Rollers and bars.

In addition to these full body movements the Ped-O-Pull will be introduced and small original equipment created by Joseph Pilates such as the Foot Corrector, Toe Corrector and Wrist strengthener will be covered.

The final "System III" has a:

  • complete comprehensive manual and is accompanied by a
  • DVD of Lolita teaching the exercises for this particular module for your personal practice.

Students must complete each module in sequential order to ensure proper understanding of the method and its system. After completing the four modules, assessments and practice hours and only after receiving the passing score in the comprehensive final exam, will you receive a Full Certificate of Education of Lolita's LegacyTM signed by Lolita San Miguel and your educator.

Lolita's LegacyTM training program has the primary goal of ensuring a superior teacher training program that offers Pilates teachers a high level of practical knowledge along with a flawless understanding of the origin of the Pilates method and its future challenges. It teaches each pupil to be respectful of the traditional method while opening the mind to its own - more contemporary and more accessible to today's expectations - method. Currently, Lolita's LegacyTM is being taught in 6 languages and 18 countries: upon graduating from the program you will be able to work anywhere in the world!

  • "I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."


  • "Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit."


  • "If your spine inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young."


  • "After 10 sessions you feel the difference. After 20 sessions you see the difference, and after 30 sessions you have a brand new body."


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