‘I used to be unfit-and now I’m a Pilates coach’

it was a running joke with my friends that I enjoyed my university days. I was unfit and my diet consisted of cheese on toast and beer! On top of this, I used to suffer from back pain and muscle tightness due to scoliosis (a curvature Of the spine). My father has it really badly. So it something I was always aware of growing up.’

FINDING MY FITNESS FEET ‘

My work held a Pilates class. SO I thought I’d give it a go. The teacher was great and I was immediately hooked. Within a couple of sessions, I was starting to feel the benefits, and after just a few months. I felt stronger and was more flexible and toned. For the first time in my life. I was able to sit cross-legged and the effect of My Scoliosis had improved! it inspired me to take up other activities and, a year later I completed a 10k run. when previously I couldn’t even run for a minute. and did the London to Paris bike ride.’

TURNING POINT

I was working in the charity sector for about 10 years. but one day. mid-Pilates class. I thought Maybe I Should become a Pilates instructor. I’d been doing Pilates for a while at this point so I spoke to my instructor after the class. I thought she was going to laugh at me, but she said ‘I think you’d be brilliant’. Because Of my experience with Scoliosis. I chose to train in stott pilates so I could teach people who have injuries. First, I trained as a fitness instructor. I taught Zumba and I was terrible. but it was fun and gave me the confidence to teach’

SPOTTING A GAP

 as part of the course, you have to get lots of practice teaching hours in. so by the time I was qualified, I was fairly confident. Having left a job where there were long hours and little time for exercise, I looked around to see if there was anyone who Offered Pilates in the workplace. I found there was a huge gap in the market and knew I had to pursue this. Having tried to think of a name to suit the business. I woke up in the middle of the night with the name Exercise in the City (the exercisecity ) and. after four months of training. in October 2011. I left my job.’

 THE LIFESTYLE CHANGE

 ‘My new job is so varied and each day is different.

Yesterday. I taught a mum in her home. then did a class for an advertising agency and my last class was training a  pregnant lady. I teach a couple in their 70S who had never done Pilates before. They Can now hold a plank for three and a half minutes – I love seeing people improve! Since changing my career. I never have that Sunday night feeling of dread. Keeping healthy and fit for a living  is great.’

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