About Pelacore FAQ


Pelacore is a unique and powerful core strengthening program that fuses the science of physical therapy with core techniques from Pilates, yoga and barre, making it both effective and enjoyable.  Pelacore was created in 2009 by Natalie Padveen who is both a Physical Therapist and a certified fitness instructor. 

Pelacore helps reduce lower back pain, increase strength, build muscular endurance, decrease incontinence, improve posture, tone abs, firm up glutes and increase sexual enjoyment.  In addition to helping you look amazing, Pelacore can help improve your quality of life, give you an overall feeling of better health, provide you with greater self-confidence and make you feel sexier. 


Pelacore uniquely integrates the pelvic floor into core training, addressing the needs of the lumbopelvic anatomy and it works all the pelvic core muscles in functional unison. This leads to a stronger core which can end lower back pain, improve posture, build endurance, eliminate incontinence, improve sexual enjoyment, strengthen abs and improve other problems related to a weak pelvic core.



Pelacore is a great workout for everyone at any age who wants to end lower back pain, build strength and endurance, eliminate incontinence, improve sexual enjoyment and address other problems caused by a weak pelvic core. Pelacore helps people who want to feel amazing again without the need for invasive surgery or potentially addictive medication.  Pelacore is especially beneficial for:

  • Athletes
  • Women during pregnancy and post-pregnancy
  • Women who are post-menopausal
  • Anyone who has had pelvic, prostate or back surgery



The pelvic core includes your deepest abdominal muscles, specifically the transverse abdominis, the multifidus muscles of your spine, the pelvic floor muscles and the breathing diaphragm.  


The pelvic floor is part of the pelvic core.  It includes the bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis. A strong pelvic floor prevents abdominal organs from dropping down or out of your body (prolapse) and allows them to function properly decreasing the incidence of incontinence. A strong, healthy pelvic floor is critical to human health and fitness.


Pelacore classes are challenging and enjoyable.  We play slow tempo, lyric-free, yoga-type music that allows you to get a true mind-body connection.  

Pelacore classes are taught in 60-minute sessions.  There are also a lot of Pelacore exercises that can be done individually in just a few minutes from the comfort of your own home.  We also post some of these exercises on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Pelacore is taught by exclusively by Certified Pelacore Instructors at the finest physical therapy practices and wellness centers. 

Providers FAQ


Pelacore ProvidersTM are local physical therapy practices and wellness centers who offer Pelacore classes and private sessions to their clients.  If you're interested in becoming a Pelacore Provider, please click here.


Physical therapy practices and wellness center that offer Pelacore classes attract more direct access patients, see increased profit and drive new, recurring revenue, without relying on physician referrals.  For a complete list of benefits, click here.

  • Over 31 million people suffer from chronic lower back pain in the U.S. alone
  • 25 million adults suffer from urinary incontinence (75 - 80% are women)
  • 25% of women are affected by Pelvic Floor Disorders.  

The incidence of pelvic floor dysfunction is expected to double over the next decade, resulting in positive implications for those who administer pelvic floor related fitness and training programs. Pelvic floor dysfunctions happen to people of all ages and is particularly predominant in athletes, pregnant women, women who have given birth, women with menopause, and people who have had back, pelvic or prostate surgery.  With few available treatment options, many people have traditionally turned to potentially addictive pain medications or surgery. But now, thanks to Pelacore, more people are turning to pelvic core fitness, a safe and effective way to improve lower back pain, incontinence, poor endurance and other pelvic floor and core dysfunctions.


Pelacore classes can be set up and taught almost anywhere with minimal cost.  Everything you need should cost under $100 per person and can be reused for every class.  These products are available at most fitness stores and can also be easily ordered on Amazon.com. Here's what you'll need:

Stability balls

Generally, you'll need about 35 square feet per client, plus space for props and the Instructor.  So, for a class of 10 people, including a Pelacore Instructor, you would need around 400 square feet or less, about the size of a large bedroom. 

Like any physical therapy practice or wellness center, it is important to have liability insurance.  If you already have an insurance policy, please check with your insurance agent or broker to see if you are covered for liability insurance.  We do not provide insurance. Verifly and Prosight and two popular insurance companies.

Once you are approved as a Pelacore Provider, we provide marketing materials and trademark usage guidelines.

If you own or run physical therapy practice or women's wellness center and are interested in becoming an Approved Pelacore Provider, please click here.  

Instructors FAQ


Growth in demand for pelvic fitness is increasing rapidly, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of the personal fitness industry.  The Pelacore Instructor Training Course includes the Pelacore Instructor Training Guide and a series of instructional videos that provide you with everything you need to be successful, from knowledge and training techniques specific to the lumbopelvic anatomy, to online marketing tools that can help you generate income and successfully grow your business.  After you pass the multiple-choice online exam, we'll send you a personalized Certificate of Completion, which you can submit to the NASM and AFAA for 3 CEUs.

If you’re a Physical Therapist, PT Assistant, PT Aide, certified fitness instructor or personal trainer, you can take your career to the next level and grow your income by becoming a Certified Pelacore Instructor.  Click here for more information.

Pelacore is a unique fitness program that can help you attract new clients, grow your income and significantly improve your professional marketability.  Many of our physical therapy and wellness center partners hire independent Certified Pelacore Instructors to teach classes or train patients one-on-one at their locations.  If you are already an instructor, Pelacore can help you become even better at what you do by providing you with anatomical education and training techniques specific to the lumbopelvic anatomy so that you can better train clients and help them prevent injury.


After you take the Instructor course and successfully pass the exam, you can teach at any Approved Pelacore Provider location or offer Pelacore as private, one-on-one sessions to your clients.

  • Over 31 million people suffer from chronic lower back pain in the U.S. alone
  • 25 million adults suffer from urinary incontinence (75 - 80% are women)
  • 25% of women are affected by Pelvic Floor Disorders.  

The incidence of pelvic floor dysfunction is expected to double over the next decade, resulting in positive implications for those who administer pelvic floor related fitness and training programs. Pelvic floor dysfunctions happen to people of all ages and is particularly predominant in athletes, pregnant women, women who have given birth, women with menopause, and people who have had back, pelvic or prostate surgery.  With few available treatment options, many people have traditionally turned to potentially addictive pain medications or surgery. But now, thanks to Pelacore, more people are turning to pelvic core fitness, a safe and effective way to improve lower back pain, incontinence, poor endurance and other pelvic floor and core dysfunctions.



The course consists of a teaching video, a training guide and a multiple-choice exam. The entire course takes about 4 hours to complete. You can go at your own pace. The exam has a 1-hour time limit, but you can pause the exam and continue whenever it is convenient for you. 


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You have unlimited access to the Pelacore Instructor course and videos, and unlimited exam attempts for up to 1 year from the date you signed up.


After you take the Pelacore Instructor Course and successfully pass the exam, you'll be part of the Pelacore Instructor Network and you can teach Pelacore at any Approved Pelacore Provider.  You'll also be listed in our Pelacore Instructor Directory, where Pelacore Providers can find and hire you to teach at their locations.  We'll also send you a Certificate of Completion, which you can submit for 3 CEUs to AFAA or NASM.  

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are needed for fitness instructors, personal trainers and medical professionals to keep current with accreditation and licensing. 


Pelacore classes can be set up and taught almost anywhere with minimal cost.  Everything you need should cost under $100 per person and can be reused for every class.  These products are available at most fitness stores and can also be easily ordered on Amazon.com. Here's what you'll need:

Stability balls

Generally, you'll need about 35 square feet per client, plus space for props and the Instructor.  So, for a class of 10 people, including a Pelacore Instructor, you would need around 400 square feet or less, about the size of a large bedroom. 

Group classes can be any size, depending on your facility size and equipment, but classes tend to be more intimate when limited to 10 to 12 people per instructor.


We recommend that  clients attend Pelacore classes at least once per week to start.  Beginner clients will need to develop a regular routine in order to get their body used to moving in a new way. After they acclimate, they should eventually transition to 3 classes per week.

Yes! In fact, many of our instructors only offer private lessons.  

The average price for a one hour private session is $80, although this can range from $50 to $250, depending on location and your experience.


Like any physical therapy practice, wellness center, fitness professional or personal trainer, it is important to have liability insurance.  If you already have an insurance policy or if you work at a physical therapy, practice, wellness center, gym or fitness studio, please check with your insurance agent or broker to see if you are covered for liability insurance.  We do not provide insurance.  Verifly and Prosight and two popular insurance companies.


Once you are approved as a Pelacore Provider, we provide marketing materials and trademark usage guidelines.

If you would like to apply to become a Certified Pelacore Instructor, please click here.