with Jennifer Christophel, NCPT, CSCS, CFT
at The Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center
Deep Creek Lake, MD

We are now an authorized
Balanced Body University Training Center!

The Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center is located in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland next to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland's largest fresh water lake. Deep Creek Lake offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational activities in every season! Skiing, hiking, whitewater kayaking, camping, biking or boating - our area's natural beauty is the perfect destination for combining teacher training with a little bit of fun and relaxation.

We offer a full range of Pilates instructor certification programs through Balanced Body University and taught by BBU Faculty Member and Master Pilates Teacher, Jennifer Christophel. Whether you are interested in teaching Mat classes, Reformer classes or Pilates personal training sessions on the Reformer, Trap Table, Chair and Barrels, BBU has the resources you need to succeed.

The BBU Pilates instructor training program is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Our faculty members have a wide variety of Pilates backgrounds from classical to contemporary to fitness and bring their exceptional depth of experience to the training.

Our program is designed in modules so you can take your first course now and continue your training next week, next month or next year. Each module will include repertoire, lectures, practice teaching, feedback and discussion and a practical and written test. In order to receive a certificate of completion for any teacher training module, practice teaching hours, observation hours and personal practice hours are required under the supervision of a Comprehensively Certified or PMA Certified Pilates Teacher.

In addition to our instructor certification program, we offer a number of additional modules as well as workshops.


For the success of your program, Balanced Body requires that you take an anatomy course of at least 12 hours. Anatomy Courses can either be taken at the Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center with Jennifer herself or through another BBU recognized program such as “ Anatomy in Clay “.

In order to be accepted to any teacher training program Jennifer Christophel and the Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center, applicants must have been a student of Pilates for no less than two years and have taken a minimum of 10 private lessons from Jennifer Christophel or another PMA Certified Pilates Teacher.

All applicants will be required to sign a non-compete form before they are admitted to any teacher training program taught by Jennifer Christophel and The Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center. The form must be signed and returned to the Balanced Body Studio at P.O. Box 487, Deep Creek Drive, McHenry, MD before the first training module.

Download a Balanced Body University brochure.

Initial registration for these courses is done through the
Balanced Body University online or by calling 877-PILATES (877-745-2837). Please call the Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center at 301-387-7585 for more information.

Teacher Training Modules Currently Offered:

Introduction to Anatomy (12 hours)
Required for any Teacher Training Module
Includes an introduction to the key elements of the musculoskeletal system including the bones, joint structure and function, and the primary muscles involved in movement. Specifically geared toward Pilates and movement teachers and includes practical exercises on the functions of the muscles and joints allowing you to embody the information more effectively.

Mat I
Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors, pre-, and post-natal classes. $399 Course Fee plus $50 Manual Fee

Mat II
Mat II includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered. $399 Course Fee plus $50 Manual Fee

Reformer I & Movement Principals
Reformer I includes an introduction to the Pilates Reformer including set up and safety, plus beginning exercises, program sequencing and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach a beginning Reformer class or personal training session. $499 Course Fee plus $50 Manual Fee

Reformer II
Reformer II includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired. $449 Course Fee plus $50 Manual Fee

Reformer III
Advanced Exercises &  Sport Specific Programs--Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client and programs designed for specific sports. $449 Course Fee plus $50 Manual Fee

BBU Pilates Apparatus training completes the full Pilates instructor certification program. Included is the complete repertoire on the Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower, the Pilates Chair, the Barrels and small equipment. Completing the additional apparatus training gives you a great variety of tools to use when working with clients and qualifies you to take the national Pilates certification exam. The modules may be offered individually or they may be combined depending on the equipment available at the host studio. $499 Course Fee plus $50 Manual Fee
Apparatus 1, 2 and 3

Our Apparatus instructor training program includes:
  • Exercise instruction in the complete Pilates Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower, Pilates Chair and Barrels and Small equipment is included
  • A comprehensive manual for each piece of equipment consistent with current national standards
  • Cueing, coaching, safety and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability
  • Program sequences for classes and personal training sessions
  • Equipment safety and set up