Education FAQs

Education FAQs


What is PeakU?

PeakU is the Peak Pilates® learning dashboard where you can access all of the courses you’re enrolled in, view your CECs, and download certificates of completion.

How do I log in?

Log in here using the same email address that you used to purchase your Peak Pilates course. 

A new PeakU website was launched in September 2020. If you haven’t logged into the new website, use the Forgot Password link to set a new password. 

Note: If you live in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, please log in on the EMEA site at:

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For Europe, Middle East and Africa:

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Education FAQs

How long is each certification program?

The duration of each certification program is outlined in our “At a Glance” charts. For Basic Mat, Intermediate Mat, Advanced Mat please click here. For the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive Certification please click here.

Are there prerequisites for the programs?

All of our certification programs require CPR Certification, and we recommend some background in anatomy and biomechanics, as well as a minimum of 20 hours of Pilates participation.

Is there a minimum age to attend a certification?

Yes, for Classical or FitCore® Mat Certifications, you must be at least 17. For the Comprehensive Certification, you may enroll at 17 but you must turn 18 before you take the Level I Assessment. For all other Certifications – including FitCore® Reformer, Chair and/or Pilatesstick® -- you must be at least 18.

What materials do I need before starting a program?

Each certification program registration comes complete with all materials needed! Your pre-course online work will include study guide, exercise video library, PPT’s, practice audio and video support, and more. However, we do recommend you purchase Joseph H. Pilates books: Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health. If you do not have an anatomy background you might find Blandine Calais book, Anatomy of Movement very helpful. (Available on Amazon)

You must register for any course a minimum of 2 weeks before the course start date.

How does Peak Pilates® differ from other certification programs?

At Peak Pilates®, our goal is to maintain the highest standards for Pilates education in the industry. Many of our Master Instructors have been with the company for more than eight years, and we also maintain strict quality standards when recruiting new Master Instructors. We have developed a proprietary formula for delivering Pilates training to our instructors which includes a 10-step protocol for teaching exercises and a 5-part formula for successful coaching.

Do you provide payment plans?

No, but the Comprehensive Certification pathway is structured to allow students to pay per module.

What is PMA and how is Peak Pilates® involved?

PMA stands for the Pilates Method Alliance – which is the nonprofit professional association and certification organization for the Pilates method. Upon successful completion of the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive program, certified Peak Pilates® instructors are eligible to test for the PMA certification. In fact, completion of the Comprehensive Certification exceeds the educational hour requirements to sit for the PMA exam.

Do I have to take the PMA exam after the program?

No, this is a personal preference and certified Peak Pilates® instructors are qualified to teach Pilates at their earned level.

How can I obtain observation and student teaching hours?

Peak Pilates® certification programs require you to log a certain number of observation and teaching hours prior to being awarded your instructor certification. To log these hours, you must make arrangements to observe a Peak Pilates® professional teach, and you must also schedule time to practice teach Pilates in a setting that gives you access to the proper Pilates equipment. For more information/details on how to find places to observe and student teach click here.

What is required in order to maintain my certification?

Peak Pilates® requires 14 continuing education credits (CECs) and a renewal fee ($69.95) every two years. You can also progress to the next of your training to keep your certification active. Continuing education is professional learning that follows the basic level of certification for professionals in a given field. It helps them to be knowledgeable and proficient and is typically required to maintain certifications and licenses in any profession that involves public trust.

How can I keep my certification current?

There are a number of ways to earn your 14 CECs every two years. We offer dozens of live workshops, small group trainings and online courses to help you continue your education. Please find all of our continuing education options here. You can also petition up to 8 CECs from outside organizations toward your recertification. If your certification is expired for more than 90 days, you must pay a $50.00 late fee. If you are expired for more than a year, you have to complete the Recertification to Bridge course, otherwise you must reassess the highest level module that you have achieved at full price .

Can I receive credit for continuing education through organizations other than Mad Dogg Athletics?

Yes, you can petition to receive credit for workshops and courses completed through other educational organizations. You may only petition a total of 8 CECs from a different organization for every two year renewal period. Of course, the course content needs to be directly applicable to your role as a Peak Pilates Instructor and the course instructor must be qualified. Petitioned courses have to be earned within your renewal period and you cannot submit the same course more than once, within a single renewal period.

Can I cancel or reschedule a workshop I’m signed up for?

You can cancel or reschedule your workshop reservation up to 30-days prior to the workshop without penalty. If you cancel or reschedule within 30-days of the workshop, a $120 rescheduling fee will apply. All cancellations that occur outside of the 30-day course start date will only be issued a 50% refund of your paid registration

What happens if I’m a no-show?

If you cannot attend a workshop for whatever reason, it is very important that you contact us in advance. If you do not attend a workshop for which you are registered for, and you do not contact us to cancel or reschedule a minimum of 96 hours (4 days) in advance, you will be considered a "no-show" and will forfeit all registration fees paid for that workshop; no refunds/credits will be issued. If you attend a portion of your training and chose not complete your pathway, no refunds will be issued. If you decide to transfer to another training a rescheduling fee of $120 will apply. If you wish to attend the full training again, additional fees will apply. Please contact for more information on our fees. For conferences, tradeshows and all other events (such as WSSC, SPX, PES, etc.), please refer to the cancellation/refund policies associated with that specific event.

What happens if Mad Dogg Athletics® cancels a workshop?

Mad Dogg Athletics® strives to hold all workshops as scheduled, at the same location, and on the originally scheduled date(s) and times. A small percentage of workshops, however, are postponed due to low enrollment, or sometimes workshops must be postponed or relocated due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, we highly recommend that you do not commit to non-refundable travel accommodations or any other arrangements that would result in financial loss due to a cancellation of a training.

We are committed to providing the best training possible as well as an enjoyable experience, and we know that changes in plans can be inconvenient. We will make every effort to keep changes to a minimum, and we appreciate your understanding when changes are unavoidable. In the event of a change, we will communicate the information to each person registered, and we will provide assistance with transferring to a workshop at a new date and time. If you are not able to attend a rescheduled or an alternative workshop, you may request a refund of your workshop registration fee.

Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. is not responsible for travel and/or personal expenses for any training, workshop or event hosted by Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. or its affiliates. There are specific types of expenses which are considered to be personal and are therefore not reimbursable. Travelers should choose the least costly method of transportation that meets the traveler’s scheduling needs.

Can I cancel my enrollment in an online course?

You may cancel your enrollment in an online course and receive a refund within 48 hours of your purchase. Your enrollment and access to all materials and continuing education credits will be removed from your account.