My name is Debbie Bennett and I am a Level 3 Pilates instructor. I qualified in 2007 and trained with the Pilates Institute under Michael King, Malcolm Muirhead and Nuala Coombs.
Prior to that, I was doing Pilates for my own benefit as I discovered I had scoliosis when I was 26 and after attending Pilates classes, I found my posture and backaches improved immensely.
My initial enthusiasm for pilates was sparked around 25 years ago when a friend of mine completed her pilates training and I was her “body” when she was doing her assessments and I fell in love with how it made me feel.
To someone who’s never done pilates before or who wants to try it, I’d say that they should not feel intimidated by it and could work at their own level/ own pace and how much it would benefit their wellbeing and health generally.
I have many favourite pilates exercises including shoulder bridge, the saw, the rollover and controlled balance.
My favourite Joseph Pilates philosophy is that pilates not only benefits the body but invigorates the mind as well.
My 3 top tips would be to enjoy and to focus on oneself when exercising and not to worry about others/ to ask questions when not sure if doing something correctly / to not feel pressured into continuing an exercise if causing discomfort or anxiety.
I’m inspired by anyone who overcomes a physical or mental disability to take part in an exercise regime or copes with challenges generally
When I’m not doing pilates, I’m looking after my boyfriend and my son and I try to go to the gym when I can as well
For me, Pilates has become a way of life, not just in my teaching but for me as a person.
Debbie will be teaching two new classes on a Friday starting 6th January.
7.30-8.30am Mixed Level Pilates
9.15-10.15am – Beginners Pilates