Meet the team

Michelle

Michelle


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I was introduced to it at a local Pilates studio in my gym in Sydney where I lived at the time in 2001. It was the lightbulb moment that sorted out my back pain resulting from a car accident I was in a couple years before. I was hooked, I have never looked back since and I became a teacher soon after that to spread the love!

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

Gosh too many. Two very uniquely different ones. Being called up by the wife of the England Football goalkeeper and asked to teach him and her at their house after hearing the work I had done with Watford FC. On the other end of the scale, teaching a 92 year old lady who didn’t own any workout clothes, came in her skirt and lots of petticoat layers and literally squealed with delight when she lay on the Reformer and moved it. She said “no one would touch a woman of her age and she just wanted to move.” I burst into tears!

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I have presented on various TV shows including one where I had to wind up people and celebrities on the street without them knowing I was doing it. It was very funny!

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Just start! Don’t over think it, over analyze every moment. Just move and enjoy the full studio experience

Ed

Ed


What’s your area of expertise?

Branding, Design and Lemon Meringue Pie

Why do you love working with the Pod?

Because we help so many people to improve their lives through Pilates

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Pilates is a journey, not a race. Take your time and enjoy it.

Tell us 1 fact about you we don’t know.

I can do the Rubik’s cube in a few seconds.

 

Ellen

Ellen


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I started Pilates whilst at dance college back in 2000. Pilates was always part of the training to prevent injury and balance the body. Being hypermobile as a dancer has it’s advantages but working on stability and strength was needed to support the gruelling work load on our bodies. This served me well alongside all aspects of dance training.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

The day I passed my first Pilates exam and was able to embark upon this rewarding career.

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

To those thinking about or new Pilates – embrace the movement and enjoy!

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I spontaneously and frequently start singing songs based on a single word I’ve heard!

 

Clair

Clair


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I started Pilates as a client at The Pilates Pod years ago, following a sports-related back injury and found that it really helped get out of my back pain.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

My proudest moment in my Pilates career to date was probably passing my very first Pilates certification. In my previous life I’d been a TV producer/director for 11 years (working on shows from the Big Breakfast to BBC, C4 & C5 documentaries) so retraining in fitness and taking exams in anatomy and physiology was a completely new experience.

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I once interviewed Bernard Manning in his pants

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Get on the apparatus. It will change your world completely.

 

Stacey

Stacey


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I joined a local class, I went out looking for a yoga class but it was full so ended up choosing Pilates instead

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

Passing my most recent Classical exams

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

And you’ll never know…. 🙂

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Research the studio and the teachers to make sure you will be experiencing a proper Pilates session. Take the plunge, you won’t regret it.

 

Rufina

Rufina


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

After trying different ways to sort out my back issues including working with a physio, Pilates turned out to be the best thing to help my flexible but not so strong body. It helped me acquire the right balance of flexibility and strength to get rid of muscular imbalances causing lots of problems.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

Getting the encouragement from Michelle, to make the leap from my admin role into teaching. Doing both roles in the studio gives me a good understanding of the client’s needs and how I can help them.

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I love ice-cream too, lots of ice-cream, it’s never too much for me!!

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Give it a try but don’t give up. You’ll soon love the challenge and the changes it brings to your life!

 

Stephen

Stephen


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

Several years ago I first heard about Pilates through a then colleague and the more I heard the more curious I became. Then I saw an advert for a taster session at The Pilates Pod out of curiosity and so I signed up and have enjoyed it ever since.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

It’s only been a short one so far, but it’s a toss-up between passing the Instructor training test out or teaching my very first class!

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I love a decent Bakewell Tart!

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Be curious…

 

Jinnie

Jinnie


What’s your area of expertise?

I’m the smiley face on reception and I also work in digital marketing

Why do you love working with the Pod?

It’s a great little family and I really enjoy learning everything about Pilates

Tell us 1 fact about you we don’t know.

I’m a qualified scuba diver

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Ask lots of questions, we’re all here to help 🙂