Studio 8 Pilates
3656 N. Lincoln Ave #F
Chicago, IL 60613


3656 North Lincoln Ave #G
Chicago, IL 60614


Studio 8 Pilates is here to bring the potent & healing practice of Pilates to more bodies in Chicago. By focusing on contemporary, intelligent, biomechanically-efficient exercises that provide maximum results without the risk of injury, Pilates can benefit everyone. 

Teacher Training Program

Studio 8 is the proud home of a Comprehensive Teacher Training Program as well as many continuing education and anatomy training opportunities appropriate for Pilates trainers, professionals and dedicated students.

Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

tt weekend 1.jpg

Teacher Training Overview

This program is designed to accommodate anyone interested in attaining a clear understanding of how to put Pilates movement principles into practice both for oneself and for current and future students. The weekend workshops are taught in module format, guiding trainees step-by-step through the material starting with the basic fundamentals and ending with the advanced exercises. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do all of the exercises- you’ll just learn how to guide others through them! Each module comes with a full weekend of lectures, workouts and practice teaching along with a manual. We also include plenty of supplemental materials so you can be certain that you are getting as much information as possible during the workshops.

Why choose this program?

Fundamentals & Movement Principles

Fundamentals & Movement Principles

Our Teacher Training Program is acclaimed for its innovative and therapeutic approach to classical Pilates instruction. Informed by Pilates Unlimited and Balanced Body, this program will prepare you to feel confident about working with a varied clientele, using all of the Pilates equipment.

Plus, Beth Ruder has been teaching teachers since 2008 both with Karen Sanzo’s in-house program, Pilates Unlimited and with Balanced Body. Her welcoming and careful approach to teaching helps trainees build their confidence while dissecting complex movement patterns.

Maybe you’ve been itching for something new and different and think maybe you could see yourself teaching Pilates someday. Maybe you have no interest in teaching but you’d love to learn more about your own body. Maybe you already teach Pilates or Yoga or fitness but are looking for a deeper understanding of movement patterns, mechanics, anatomy or injuries. If any of these sound like you, you’re in the right place! This program can accommodate any or all of the above.

Pilates Studio 8 Teacher Training Prerequisites:

  • Having a body

  • A basic understanding of Pilates principles

  • A familiarity with movement terms such as flexion, extension, lateral bending, rotation, etc.

  • A willingness to question old perceptions about what Pilates looks like or what is “right” or “wrong” in physical movements


  • Knowledge of all Pilates Mat exercises and ability to perform each perfectly

  • Anatomy 101

  • Teaching experience

  • Having a body that is injury-free

It is our belief that all of our students and trainees bring a wealth of individualized knowledge from their past experiences to each lesson or workshop. We all are starting from exactly where we are at this very moment. So, there’s no need to worry about “getting ready for the workshop.” You’re already ready. So, bring your open minds and hearts and snacks (of course) and get ready to learn a ton about Pilates, what it’s like to teach movement and gain lots of great information about your own body. So, come one come all! We can’t wait to work with you!

So, what are you waiting for?

Contact Beth for more questions regarding the program:


2019 Teacher Training Dates & Fees

The Studio 8 Pilates Teacher Training is a comprehensive module-based program. You have the opportunity to take each module at your own pace and if you cannot fit one into your schedule, you can take it the next time it is offered!

Fundamentals & Movement Principles - $400

May 18, Saturday, 12-7pm
May 19, Sunday, 12-5pm

Oct 19, Saturday, 12-7pm
Oct 20, Sunday, 12-5pm


Mat 1 - $500

Jun 7, Friday, 5-9pm
Jun 8, Saturday, 12-7pm
Jun 9, Sunday, 12-5pm

Nov 1, Friday, 5-9pm
Nov 2, Saturday, 12-7pm
Nov 3, Sunday, 12-5pm


Mat 2 - $400

Jun 29, Saturday, 12-7pm
Jun 30, Sunday, 12-5pm

Nov 16, Saturday, 12-7pm
Nov 17, Sunday, 12-5pm


Reformer 1 - $500

July 19, Friday, 5-9pm
July 20, Saturday, 12-7pm
July 21, Sunday, 12-5pm

Dec 13, Friday, 5-9pm
Dec 14, Saturday, 12-7pm
Dec 15, Sunday, 12-5pm


Reformer 2 - $400

Sept 7, Saturday, 12-7pm
Sept 8, Sunday, 12-5pm

2nd Weekend Dates TBD - 2020!


Apparatus 1 - $500

Aug 2, Friday, 5-9pm
Aug 3, Saturday, 12-7pm
Aug 4, Sunday, 12-5pm

2nd Weekend Dates TBD - 2020!


Apparatus 2 - $400

Sept 28, Saturday, 12-7pm
Sept 29, Sunday, 12-5pm

2nd Weekend Dates TBD - 2020!


About Beth Ruder

Beth Ruder has been teaching Pilates since 2005. Her approach to Pilates instruction focuses on a refined sense of how we move, how we think about our bodies, and how the two relate. She strives to create an inclusive environment where her students are given the tools to experience their personal best.

Beth Ruder has been studying the Pilates Method since 2002. Beth was certified through Pilates Unlimited in 2005 and started teaching at The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis right away. After 2 years of working as a Teacher Training Assistant with Karen Sanzo of Pilates Unlimited, she became a lead Teacher Trainer in 2008 working both in Omaha and in St. Louis. Looking for a deeper understanding of the body, Beth went to graduate school at the University of Illinois where she studied Interpretive and Cultural Kinesiology. While in school, she was asked to create curriculum for and teach Pilates and Yoga courses in the Kinesiology Department. She completed her Masters in the summer of 2008, researching adolescent girlhood and girls' difficult relationship with their bodies.

After graduate school, Beth moved back home to St. Louis and worked at her home studio, The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis. It was exciting to get back to teaching and working with both new and former clients. She continued to develop a strong understanding of the delicate nature of movement patterns and the subtlety of the Pilates movement principles.

Still very interested in teaching teachers, she trained in California and received her Pilates Instructor Certification through Balanced Body. She was the premiere Teacher Trainer at The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis from 2010-2013 and tested out many of the Pilates Instructors in the area.

In 2013, Beth relocated to Texas and with a mission to give Pilates more of a voice in the fitness and wellness community there. Beth has designed and led workshops for teachers and movement practitioners looking at anatomy and biomechanics, the purpose of Pilates techniques, and the relationship students have with their bodies.

I’ve been taking pilates lessons and classes for about 8 years. I knew I loved it the first time I look a lesson and I’ve wanted to teach for a while now. Beth Ruder has been a great encouragement to make the transition from student to teacher, I wouldn’t be in the program without her. It’s exciting to take my pilates practice to the ‘next level’ and I’m glad Beth is there to help me, she’s a fantastic educator.

Please contact us directly via email or phone for more information about our program.