‘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.’


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.’


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’


 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.’


 ‘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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