Derek finds his inspiration for teaching in the incredible ability of the human body
Derek joined Platinum in July 2014 as a Reformer Pilates instructor and has most recently completed his Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training with Polestar Pilates.
Derek found himself in dance college, leaving a full time job as a chef, with the goal of gaining a strong understanding of the body and the hope of improving his physical strength and concentration.
Pilates has always been a key foundation for maintaining a healthy body in his dance career and these classes became a method of self-exploration in his own
personal well being. Additionally Derek spent some months in Northern India visiting Yoga
ashrams to gain his 200 hour Yoga certification and learn Hindu Philosophy.
Derek understands how integral Pilates is to our everyday experience and encourages every student to always push their limits and build on what they can learn in the studio.
His focus is the advancement of each individual student’s experience, awareness, and ability to self-heal. When you attend one of his classes, he will help you to improve your practice in a way that is comfortable for you whilst exploring your own limits in a fun and challenging way.
In addition to Pilates Derek is a massive Science Fiction fan and loves tinkering with and building open source computers.
"I find the most inspiration from the student's own commitment and hard work in the studio".