Extension Pilates: Where you can extend your STOTT PILATES® Education

Extension Pilates is Nicole Boehm's Website for STOTT PILATES® Instructor Education in Chicago Illinois.  


Why train with STOTT PILATES® in Chicago?

STOTT PILATES® method is unparalleled in the industry for it's thoroughness and quality.

STOTT PILATES® goal is to enhance your knowledge and expertise with a contemporary Pilates Repertoire.  The goal is during the education you will get the exercises, analysis of the exercise, modifications, the role posture plays in Pilates, and how to program for classes and clients.  You will be teaching during the course receiving pointers and feedback regarding your teaching style.  STOTT PILATES® training has often been called the "Ivy League" of Pilates Education.  It's a reputation that we are proud of and a philosophy and method you can build a career on.

During the certification program, you will learn:

  •  The STOTT PILATES® 5 Basic Principles
  • Effective communication and observation skills with your clients
  • Verbal cueing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
  • Theory and practice of postural analysis
  • Exercise layering related to effective design

What does this mean for you?

Pilates is a service industry which is a job that is on the rise in our current economy.  You will have a top certification in Pilates.  You will be able to work with a wide range of clients from the de-conditioned to advanced level.   Making you more employable and in great demand.


Extension Pilates - About Nicole Boehm


Nicole Boehm

Nicole is a Float Instructor Trainer with Merrithew™, which means she travels to studios all over the world to educate Pilates Instructors.  

Nicole's training and Certifications are:

  • STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
  • Merrithew™ Certified Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Melt Method
  • Center of Women's Fitness pre- and post-natal Pilates
  • Pink Ribbon program a post-operative workout enhancing recovery



Merrithew™ is the world's leading health and education company, with STOTT PILATES® being their premier brand.  They also offer CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training, Zen~ga®, Total Barre™, Halo® Training, and Fascial Movement.  These programs offer Pilates and mind-body professionals, clubs, health care professionals, personal trainers, group fitness instructors a great opportunity to diversify their knowledge base.  

If you would like to host a training with Nicole at your studio or begin your Pilates training certification, contact Merrithew™ directly or Nicole.  


Balance in Motion Pilates

Balance in Motion is a Pilates studio located on Chicago's North Shore in Winnetka.  They specialize in private pilates sessions, duets, and small group fitness ensuring a safe and effective workout.  

Balance in Motion is Nicole Boehm's homebase, where she hosts trainings and offers Private Pilates sessions.  You can contact them directly or Nicole. 

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Polices and Procedures

How to Enroll?


Once you have selected the course you would like to enroll in you need to contact Nicole Boehm directly at Nicole@extensionpilates.com or call at 949-395-5553. For all courses and workshops a 20% deposit is required.  Full payment is due 30 days before the start of a course or workshop.  Payments are non refundable within 30 days of the course or workshop. If the course or workshop is cancelled all monies will be refunded.


For STOTT PILATES® Intensive Mat-Plus™ and STOTT PILATES® Intensive Reformer you will also need to fill out an application along with your deposit. 

What if I have a scheduling conflict?

Depending on the course if you have a scheduling conflict those times can be made up. For every 2 hours of time missed in the course you need to make up 1 hour during an IT Hour. After you have missed more than 5 hours of a course, additional hours missed are made up at a 1 hour to 1 hour ratio. IT hours are billed for make-ups at $90 per hour.  CORE™, Fascial Fitness and workshops do not have a make-up policy.  You must attend all hours.

What if I am running late?


If you are more than 30 minutes late to the course you will need to make up that time with an IT Hour billed at $90.00. 

I want to be a Pilates Instructor


Pilates Instructor Certification Coursework is for:

  • A personal trainer, yoga instructor who wants to add Pilates to their current practice
  • A Licensed Massage Therapist interested in adding Pilates to their skill set
  • A dancer who seeks a post-dance career that combines their professional discipline, body and movement awareness
  • An individual with personal Pilates experience who wants to translate their new-found passion into a satisfying full or part-time career

Instructor Certification Courses

Begin your Pilates Education in Chicago with Intensive Mat Plus or Intensive Reformer course, at this point you can test to get a PIlates certification in Chicago in either Mat and Reformer.  If you are looking to work in a gym setting sometimes this is all you need.  

Then take Intensive Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, which is recommended if you would like to work in a studio setting.  

Anatomy is a prerequisite to any certification course.  Functional Anatomy is a wonderful course if you are lacking in this area.  Please check the schedule for it's next offering. 

You can continue on with your training taking Advanced Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels.  

What does Certification entail?

Once you have completed the course work you then need to complete practice hours, which vary by course.  Please see Merrithew™ for an updated list of hours.  

  • Observation hours, you must observe a STOTT® Certified Instructor.  This is a great chance to listen to the way other instructors cue, and watch how they interact with clients.
  • Practice hours, you must practice the course work.  This is great way to not only study for the exam, but to feel the exercise in your own body.  You are a better instructor when you know what it feels like to perform the exercise.
  • Practice teaching hours, Learning Pilates is like learning a new language.  You need to learn how to speak the language, watch the body, make corrections, and remember what the next thing is you are going to teach.

After you have completed your study hours, then you need to take the exam.

  • Schedule the exam directly with Nicole Boehm, or with any other Instructor Trainer in your area.  
  • The exam is 1/2 practical teaching a body.
  • The other 1/2 is written exam.

For the most up to date exam information please see the following link.

STOTT PILATES® Exam Questions

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