Romana’s Pilates® New Zealand Instructor Training Studio

Welcome to the Pilates Unlimited Auckland, Romana’s Pilates Independent Instructor Training Programme (IITP).

Our comprehensive Instructor Training Programme is closely modelled on the original work of Joseph and Clara Pilates as well as his protégé Romana Kryzanowska. As the ONLY Romana’s Pilates Certification in New Zealand, we offer unsurpassed excellence in training and Continuing Professional Education. Our international reputation for producing the finest quality Pilates instructors ensure that our graduates are respected in the industry and will be able to employ their skills worldwide with confidence.

What makes Romana's Pilates so special?

That is actually a very easy question to answer and it can be done with one word: lineage.
When Joseph Pilates passed away he left his studio and work to Romana Kryzanowska: she was his chosen protegee. Of all the Pilates elders (those who trained with Joseph Pilates directly), Romana worked with him the longest and had the deepest understanding of his work. Romana continued to work with Pilates’ wife Clara until she passed away and oversaw all of the training of clients and teachers at the studio. In Joseph Pilates’ life the work was really only taught at his New York studio, in Romana’s lifetime she oversaw the training of countless teachers who went on to open studios worldwide. However, it was Romana who populorised Pilates and made it the global phenomenon it is today. 

Why should I choose the Romana’s Pilates Certification Programme?

Romana’s Pilates instructor trainers will train you how to teach clients at all levels, teaching a full system. This programme offers apprentice training at the basic, intermediate and advanced level on all of the apparatus. The most experienced Pilates teachers at studios around the world will recognise your certification, style and approach to the method. 

How do I become an Apprentice?

Before considering a career as an instructor you must be at an Intermediate Level in the Pilates Method and have a good understanding of the Pilates principles. This is an intense course physically and mentally, so it is important that each applicant is properly prepared.
The training process is a combination of seminars, practical training and testing. This usually requires at least a year of commitment and application. After certification our instructors attend Continuing Professional Education (CPE) each year.
Students are expected to reach a very advanced level before becoming fully certified. You can’t teach an exercise you can’t do. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

What is involved in the training programme?

This process usually requires at least a year of commitment and application.  After certification our instructors attend Continuing Professional Education (CPE) each year. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Tell me more about the Continuing Education Certification?

Like any other profession it’s imperative you keep your skills current and continuously network with your peers. Romana’s Pilates Certified Instructors are required to complete at least one 8 hour CPE seminar each year to maintain their instructor certification, as well as consistently taking lessons with a Levelled Instructor. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Our people

Romana Kryzanowska

Romana Kryzanowska

World renowned Protégé of Joseph Pilates – Romana sadly passed away in 2013


Protégé of Joseph Pilates

  • Taught the authentic method for six decades

Cynthia Lochard

Cynthia Lochard

Level I Master Teacher/Trainer


Level I Teacher/trainer based in Sydney, Australia

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level I

Cecilia Ibarrola

Cecilia Ibarrola

Level 2 Master Teacher/Trainer


Owner of Pilates Integrated Body Arts based in Manila, Philippines

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 2

Carole Fraser

Carole Fraser

Pilates Unlimited - Studio Director


Proud owner/director of Pilates Unlimited since 2007

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 3

Elisabeth Kumar

Elisabeth Kumar

Level 4 Teacher Trainer


Pilates Unlimited, Auckland

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 4

Ray Medemblik

Ray Medemblik

Level 4 Teacher Trainer


Pilates Unlimited, Auckland

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 4

Laiza Lima

Laiza Lima

Level 4 Teacher Trainer


Based in Christchurch

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 4

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Once you have been certified, you will be ready to begin independent instruction at a safe and primary level. The most experienced Pilates teachers at studios around the world will recognise your certification, style and approach to the method.

How do I become an Apprentice?

Before considering a career as an instructor you must be at an Intermediate Level in the Pilates Method and have a good understanding of the Pilates principles. This is an intense course physically and mentally, so it is important that each applicant is properly prepared.

The training process is a combination of seminars, practical training and testing. This usually requires at least a year of commitment and application. After certification our instructors attend Continuing Professional Education (CPE) each year.

Students are expected to reach a very advance level before becoming fully certified. You can’t teach an exercise you can’t do.

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