Preserve & Evolve.

4 - Systems Overview

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Mat System - 56 hours

  • 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 the traditional work to enable your body to perform at its best ability.

In addition to repertoire,  Matwork in Lolita's Legacy™ 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 in person.



System I - 48 hours

Introduction to the Pilates equipment & Beginner Repertoire 

  • Session 1: 28 hours

  • Session 2: 28 hours

The second step in Lolita's Legacy™ 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 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: 48 hours

  • Session 2: 48 hours

The third step in Lolita's Legacy™ 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.

This System II has a complete comprehensive manual and is accompanied by a DVD of Lolita teaching all the exercises in this module for your personal practice.


System III - 32 hours 

Complex Advanced Movements & Auxiliary Equipment

  • Session 1 - 32 hours

The fourth stage of Lolita's Legacy™ training program is "Module III". 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.

This final System III has a complete comprehensive manual and is accompanied by a DVD of Lolita teaching all the exercises in this 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 Legacy™ signed by Lolita San Miguel and your educator. For further credits, know, that this certification is also recognized by the official association PMA (Pilates Method Alliance).


Our Program


Program Description

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

The Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive curriculum that 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.

Lolita’s Legacy is the only certified training program on the market 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 Legacy produces open minded teachers that have a full understanding of the method, outstanding teaching skills and unconditional passion for the Pilates system to ensure its prosperous growth. 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 is taught by a Legacy Educator in a boutique style intimate setting for small groups of ambitious students as they learn The Pilates Method.

Program Details 


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

Program includes extensive information on: fundamentals and principle’s of Pilates, historical and contemporary Pilates exercises on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac/Trapeze Table, Chair, Barrels and Auxiliary equipment and their safety guidelines. The history and evolution of the method, the teaching philosophy and protocols, anatomy, physiology, and science of Pilates movement with an anatomy manual written exclusively for Lolita’s Legacy. Learn a variety of assessment skills to efficiently guide clients through a safe and effective workout. Lolita's wide range of exercise progressions, regressions, variations, and modifications provide the necessary tools teaching any body to move. Become a third generation Pilates instructor of the highest caliber directly from the lineage of Joseph H. Pilates.

4 Modules:

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

In addition, students must complete:

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

Mat System

Introduction & Overview

  • Pre- Pilates
  • Post Pilates
  • Historical Mat Repertoire
  • Contemporary Mat Repertoire

System I

Beginner Repetoire

  • 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 

Creating Superior Teachers

Lolita's Legacy™ training program has the primary goal of ensuring a superior teacher training program that goes beyond simple criteria requirements of multiple training schools today. Lolita doesn't wish to train as many teachers as possible but only train outstanding teachers. Therefore, her challenge was to create a unique training program that educates Pilates teachers who will acquire a high level of practical knowledge with a flawless understanding of the origin of the Pilates method and its future challenges.

Contemporary Approach

 Lolita's Legacy™ combines the original genius of the method with the most up to date research on spinal health and development. Lolita feels it is important to preserve where we came from but evolve to what society needs. We should never stop learning. Learn what exercises are contraindicated for some injuries and how to give clients variety with-in their limitations.

Internationally Recognized Career

Lolita San Miguel has always wanted to carry on Joe's wish that everyone should be doing his Method. She developed the Lolita's Legacy program with the goal of it being accessible to everyone.  As of today Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program is offered in 6 different languages: English, Spanish, French, Turkish, Russian, and Japanese and is being taught in 22 different countries. Upon graduating from Lolita's Legacy you will be able to work anywhere in the world!