Why Study at Evolved Plus?

Evolved Plus gives you the opportunity to train as a Pilates instructor and create a career that embodies a healthy lifestyle with a method that is stimulating, based on current research and accessible for all body types. At Evolved Pilates you will find our courses engaging and inspiring. Our highly skilled instructors with years of industry experience will support and nurture you throughout your learning journey.

Your instructors

Julia Frankish

Jo Jackson

Melanie Smith

Why APMA?

The APMA envelopes, integrates and encourages the development of the Pilates-minded individual to embrace the Joseph Pilates philosophy under the one banner. As a community, we gather information, knowledge and resources and teach Pilates to a diverse range of the population.

The APMA was established in 1995 as a not for profit organisation driven to share the profound results the Pilates Method has to offer. Its members are passionate about Pilates, its intelligent methodology and systematic approach to dealing with pain and strength training. The APMA makes a major contribution to the Pilates education and training curriculum and is a keen and active proponent of professional ethics and standards.

Successful completion of the Evolved Plus Level 2 Teacher Training program will give you the requirements to apply for Level 2 membership with the APMA.

What course graduates say about us

“Julia’s approach to learning is comprehensive and thoughtful. She is a dedicated instructor and teacher and incredibly knowledgeable about biomechanics. Julia has structured the course to facilitate plenty of practical experience which is invaluable and helps students to build con dence with clients. I have learned more during this course than I ever expected to and I’m looking forward to putting my study into practice to help others realise the benefits of Pilates. Thanks Julia for changing my life!” Leith Macintosh

“The Level 2 Pilates Teacher Training course is delivered with utmost professionalism and commitment to student success. The quality of teaching delivery is outstanding. The lectures are engaging and inspire the depth of learning that is required to become a competent and great teacher of the Pilates method. A strong commitment to student mentoring is also what makes this course such a well supported and enjoyable learning environment for everyone.” Vicki Kirwin - Lecturer in Movement, Dance and Arts Education, Swinburne University of Technology.

“This course was the best thing I ever did for myself! Julia and the course instructors at Evolved made us all feel completely supported throughout... We finished the course full of practical knowledge to begin our instructing career with confidence and most importantly passion. I love what I do as a Pilates instructor, and can’t recommend this course highly enough... if you’re thinking of a career change, or just want more knowledge for your own practice - get in touch with Julia at Evolved now!” Jane Pausewang.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any prerequisites?

Are there any prerequisites?

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  • Tertiary or equivalent studies in anatomy and physiology (We can put you in touch with our preferred provider).
  • 50 hours of supervised personal Pilates sessions in a fully equipped Pilates studio.
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate.
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Will I learn to work with special populations?

Will I learn to work with special populations?

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Yes, the course will cover Programming for specific pathologies and populations with special requirements including pre and post natal

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What is the method of delivery?

What is the method of delivery?

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Face to face delivery, 2 hours each week in the evening and one weekend per month.

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Do you offer payment plans?

Do you offer payment plans?

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Yes, we do. Please contact us to discuss.

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What qualification will I get?

What qualification will I get?

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At the completing of the course you will receive an APMA Level 2 Teacher certificate and this will allow you to apply for Level 2 membership with the APMA

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Why study with the APMA?

Why study with the APMA?

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The APMA makes a major contribution to the Pilates education and training curriculum and is a keen and active proponent of professional ethics and standards. You can find out more here

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What sort of job can I get?

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The Evolved Plus Level 2 Teaching course produces graduates who are confident and capable at teaching small group sessions and managing clients of different ages and abilities. Our graduates have found employment in a Pilates studio session, and teaching group reformer and mat classes.

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Who teaches the course?

Who teaches the course?

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Julia and Melanie have over 30 years of combined experience teaching Pilates and both own their own studios. You can read their biographies here here

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Julia Frankish

I am currently co-chair of the APMA Education Committee and the owner and Director of Evolved Pilates, a new and innovative Pilates Studio in Fairfield. We also offer the APMA Level 2 Teacher Training Certificate. Example of recent lectures I have presented on to Pilates Instructors, Physiotherapist and other health professionals include Dynamic Hip Stability for the APMA, Springboard repertoire for the APMA and Posture and Alignment for the Southern Federation of Dance Teaching Certificate.

 

I have been instructing Pilates since 2005 and hold a Level 4 Professional Practitioner qualification with the APMA. While my training is comprehensive, I have a specific focus on rehabilitation. Having worked closely with physiotherapists and other practitioners within the industry, as well as having been a dance teacher for 12 years, I have an in-depth knowledge of physiology and biomechanics and my teaching and exercise prescription reflects the individual physical and mental needs of my clients.

 

I love to work with a variety of clients and have a particular interest in easing lower back pain, pelvic instability and lower limb dysfunction, spinal injuries and dance conditioning

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Jo Jackson

I am a Level 2 certified instructor with the APMA and have been teaching Pilates since 2011. I was introduced to Pilates in 2009 and enrolled to become an instructor after just a few sessions. Having always stayed active through swimming, running or cycling, I love the precision and challenge of Pilates and how it brings strength and balance to the body.

 

I enjoy introducing people to the fundamentals of Pilates and have a particular passion for teaching pre and postnatal women. I also regularly participate in workshops and courses to improve and expand my knowledge. I hold a Bach of Commerce as well as certificates in massage, group fitness and nutrition and prior to teaching Pilates I worked in sports event management for seven years.

 

When I’m not teaching Pilates I have an 11-month-old baby boy keeping me busy. I also grab any opportunity to ride my mountain bike or escape the city to spend time in Mount Beauty.

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Jeanette Learmont

Introduced to Pilates well over a decade ago whilst rehabilitating from a back injury, I was instantly intrigued with the method. I was keen to study Pilates in more depth and completed the APMA Level 2 Instructors course in 2008. Since then I have enjoyed working with a diverse range of clients from all walks of life and all levels of ability.

 

With an ongoing curiosity in the evolution of the Pilates method, I continue to enhance my knowledge and expertise in order to support each of my clients and maximize their health and well being.

 

As a business owner of Wordsworth Effective Communications I enjoy a busy life. When I’m not working I love walking (I have walked over 300 kms across Spain as well as the Kokoda trail) and recently started bike riding. My son and daughter share my interests in travel, lively discussions and a good laugh!

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Melanie Smith

Melanie started her Pilates journey in 1999 while completing her BA Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her love of all things movement based especially with attention to detail and technique had her soon training to become a Pilates teacher. Fortunate enough to do her training in an environment that was an apprenticeship style way of learning she was surrounded by experienced teachers and physiotherapists who helped shape the teacher she is today.

With now 15 years of Pilates teaching behind her she enjoys her time in the studio where she gets to help people improve their pain levels and give them back the confidence to move freely. She is passionate about educating clients and teachers on how to look after their bodies for the long term.
Her experience includes working with clients who have been referred from allied medical practitioner’s, along with clients needing to improve functional movements for specific sports.

 

In addition to her Pilates training Melanie runs a pre requisite Anatomy course for people wanting to become Pilates teachers, holds a Cert 4 in Work Place Training and Assessment and a Certificate 4 in Personal Training and lectures on the Evolved Pilates Level 2 APMA teacher training course. In 2017 she was invited to sit on the APMA Council and Education Commitee and is a Level 4 APMA member.

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Vesna Trajcevska

My first introduction to Pilates was many years ago, when curiosity led me to take my first mat class. I was immediately drawn to how challenging the deceptively simple exercises were, which commanded a level of body awareness, precision and control that I had never previously experienced. Pilates quickly became my favourite form of exercise and has been a constant in my life ever since.

My love of Pilates and its amazing ability to condition the body, together with my keen interest in anatomy and the complexities of how the human body works, led me to undertake training to become an instructor. I completed my comprehensive Level 2 teacher training with the Australian Pilates Method Association. Dedicated to continuous learning, I frequently seek opportunities to learn from respected mentors within the Pilates industry, health professionals and other complementary movement modalities. 


My goal as a teacher is to guide and support people of all levels and abilities (including athletes, people rehabilitating from injuries and retirees), to reach their greatest movement potential, for improved quality of life or to enhance sporting performance.


Additional qualifications: Certificate IV in Pilates and Certificate IV in Fitness 


Vesna teaches classes on Tuesday evenings.

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Beck Szewczuk

I have always been active and loved running and enjoyed playing netball and basketball and sport in general.

 

I first started studio Pilates at the end of 2014 after a hip injury which even after seeing a multitude of health professionals did not improve that is when my physio suggested I try Pilates. After only a few sessions I could feel the difference in my body and became hooked. I was amazed that the muscle retraining and education during my Pilates sessions could make such an improvement in my muscle balance and movement patterns.

 

Looking to do something different and with a background in exercise science becoming a Pilates instructor seemed like a natural progression and I enrolled in the Level 2 APMA instructing course at Evolved Plus in 2016.

 

Beck teaches classes on Friday morning.

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Rachel Hocking

After leaving a stressful corporate career and deciding to pursue my long term interest in bodywork I have never looked back. I completed a certificate in massage therapy specialising in relaxation in 2010, followed by a diploma of Remedial Massage and certificate of sports massage in 2013.  I am passionate about each client achieving their individual goals and aim to provide a nurturing and holistic experience.

 

I utilise a range of remedial and deep tissue techniques in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury and postural dysfunction and love getting results, whether it be to relax and unwind or to regain movement and decrease pain.

 

I have a passion for the health and fitness industry and frequently enjoy participating in Pilates classes, swimming and getting outside into nature with my 2 young sons as well as receiving regular massage treatments myself.