Why and when did you decide to teach Reformer Pilates?

I have been working in the Fitness Industry since 2004 and soon after set out to teach Mat Pilates in Leisure Centers.

Alice Trainer

Alice Trainer – Platinum Pilates Instructor

It wasn’t until the popularity of Reformer Pilates and Mind Body exercise really picked up that I decided to train comprehensively with Balanced Body University in London.

The progression into all the Pilates Method has to offer from the Reformer to the Cadillac, Chair, and Ladder Barrel was natural for me as I was inspired by my Teachers and Mentors I came to meet during my teacher training and wanted to share this with clients.

What inspires you to teach?

I am inspired by everything to do with exercise, I love to move and be challenged in that. I consider myself very lucky to be able to share my knowledge with clients and help them connect to movement and exercise not because it is a chore, but because it makes you feel good.

The Reformer gives you that unique opportunity to challenge your strength and flexibility, the sense of achievement as you progress through the exercises and difference it makes not just to how you feel, but also to how you look.

What is your favorite aspect of teaching?

Creating challenging sequences, no two workouts are ever the same. Motivating clients to reach beyond what they think they can do.

What advice would you give a beginner in Platinum Pilates?

Do not expect to master everything at once. Be patient with yourself and allow your body time to adapt to the exercises, the breathing, the concentration and focus required. Pilates is not a quick fix, you need to keep working at it. Once you reap the rewards it will be easier to maintain. Training to create optimal alignment and posture will carry through to every other activity in your life.

It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.”

What type of music do you play in your classes?

My clients know that I like a good beat, something that adds to the experience but doesn’t distract. I also play a lot of remixes and some ambient lounge music.

What is your Level 1 like? Level 2? Level 3?

Alice Connaire stretchMy level 1 focuses on Pilates Fundamentals, working the resistance and strength of the reformer springs, basic exercises and postural considerations while allowing you to feel challenged and learning how to modify or intensify your workout as needed.

In Level 2, we go beyond the Fundamentals and explore more connected movement through a faster pace and higher intensity. This includes more complex and challenging full body exercises.

In my level 3 classes, I tend to challenge core and overall strength and balance. Clients have mastered exercises taught in Level1 and 2 and feel they have achieved good overall strength and flexibility.

The effort and focus clients put into their movement often dictates how much they get out of it.

Please share a fun fact about yourself that your students may not know

I am an adventurer at heart and I love to teach. In another life, I was involved in helping children with disabilities to surf the swell of the Atlantic Ocean. It was fun, challenging and rewarding all the same to take these kids out into the ocean on huge buoyant surfboards and see them reach beyond their disability.

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