By Christine Binnendyk
When I was a high school student, stressing out over every little thing, I had a mantra: “If you can’t do anything else right, at least look good.” At times, “looking good” gave me just enough oomph to show up for the next scary event in life. Once you’re dressed, you might as well get in the game, right?
Need a new outfit to give you the oomph to impress those potential new Pilates clients? We’ve got your back: 16 companies that offer fitness apparel discounts and perks to Pilates teachers and other fitness professionals!
Tip: For companies that request the address of your place of business, use your home address. Many ship only to a work address, but you may not want your items shipping to a larger club.
The Adidas 3-stripes Instructor Program gives a 30% discount on a limited selection of basic men’s and women’s footwear and apparel, plus a few equipment pieces. Discount applies to 3-stripe Mail Order Catalog order only, sent out 4 times per year.
How to redeem: Find the application online and mail it in.
The AVIA Select program saves fitness professionals up to 30% on men’s and women’s footwear and women’s fitness apparel. The company often previews footwear and apparel to program members before it goes to market. Several times a year, they also send exclusive offers for your clients. Discount applies to AVIA Select online orders or AVIA Select Mail Order Catalog orders.
How to redeem: Submit an application online.
Be Present gives a 15% discount on men’s and women’s Pilates and yoga apparel. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: Email customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org for a trainer code.
Bluefish Activewear offers a 15% discount in exchange for feedback on their products. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: Apply online (must follow up with a copy of your certification card).
Couture Active Wear
Couture Active Wear Elite Fitness Pros enjoy a 20% discount off suggested retail prices. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: Find application online and mail or fax in with a certification card.
Danskin offers teachers 20% off of fitness, dance and yoga/Pilates apparel. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: Email customer service at email@example.com to request a professional discount. (Offer to send in a copy of your fitness certification.)
Doce Vida Fitness
Doce Vida Fitness offers a 30% discount on women’s and men’s (coming soon) fitness apparel. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: Contact customer service and request a professional discount. (Offer to send in a copy of your fitness certification.)
DeezFit gives their PROS a 10% discount on active wear and athletic wear for women, plus PROS receive special offers, early notification about new merchandise and priority order processing. They carry the following brands: Tiempo Libre, Margarita, Brasil Sul, Couture, Lino Fintess, Anatomie, Pure LIme, Binka, and Basiz. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: Submit application online.
LUCY PRO offers a 30% discount on regular-priced lucy brand clothing to yoga and pilates instructors, as well as personal and fitness trainers. Sign up for their email specials as well, as they often offer deep discounts online. Discount applies to retail Locations only and regular-priced lucy brand only. Retail locations have been known to have a trainer sale twice a year, which gets you one full-priced item at 40% off. These usually occur at the beginning of fall/winter and spring/summer seasons.
How to redeem: Download application online and bring in to a retail location:
Lululemon Athletica gives their R&D team — aka fitness instructors — a 15% discount in exchange for product feedback. Trainers who give feedback three times a year can purchase at the discount on an ongoing basis. Discount applies to retail locations only. (Read our review of Lululemon Athletica.)
How to redeem: Find a retail location online and apply in person. You’ll need to bring in a certification card and your photo id. Your feedback can then be supplied online.
• Special Note: Lululemon also offers Ambassador status to trainers who align with individual retail locations. Ambassadors receive up to $1,500 worth of Lululemon clothing to wear while appearing at store events, in store advertising and while training. Your best bet is to make friends with the store manager and then bring in an Ambassador application.
Marika offers 30% off to members of its Elite Instructor Program. Keep your email address with Marika updated so that you receive their monthly e-newsletter. There is no print catalog arriving in your mailbox to remind you about the program, and the spiffier items do sell out quickly. Discount applies to online orders only and includes sale items. Orders of $75 and up get free shipping.
How to redeem: Submit application online.
New Balance Pro F.I.T. program offers a 40-50% discount on select New Balance footwear, apparel and accessories. Discount applies to online orders only via the Pro F.I.T. Website.
How to redeem: Download the application online and mail in.
The prAna Pro Deal program offers a whopping 50% discount off everything they make – casual clothing, workout clothing, outerwear, climbing accessories, hats, etc. Discount applies to online orders only; keep an eye out for special emails – there are occasional special offers.
How to redeem: Submit application online. It can take up to a month for your ProDeal account to get set-up, but it’s worth the wait.
RESE Pilates extends a 20% discount off apparel purchases to certified trainers. Discount applies to online orders only. (Read our review of RESE Pilates clothing.)
How to redeem: Download application and mail it in (can be included with first order).
Ryka Fit Club members receive a 20% discount on shoes and apparel. Discount applies to online orders only at RykaFit Website; includes free shipping on all orders, special offers, product previews and wear-testing offers.
How to redeem: Submit an application online. You’ll need to supply a certification number in this application.
YogaFit extends a 15% discount on select apparel and merchandise to ACE-certified trainers. Discount applies to online orders only.
How to redeem: When shopping online, enter promo code ACE01.
Christine Binnendyk is a Pilates and yoga teacher in Portland, OR. She trains at the Nike World Headquarters and is a Mind-Body expert for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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