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Beginners Pilates


This class is taught by:

Ben Andrews

Ben Andrews is a Level 3 personal trainer with a degree in sport and exercise Science plus qualifications in spin, exercise to music, circuit training and power plate. Having completed a Level 4 qualification in lower-back pain management, his ambition is to set up his own personal training business and specialise in helping lower-back-pain sufferers. Ben is a keen footballer who also enjoys weightlifting and all kinds of cardiovascular exercise. He strongly believes that improving flexibility and core strength improves everyone’s ability to either play sport or carry out day-to-day tasks.

Dayra Penagos

With a natural passion for fitness and following her curiosity, Dayra tried pilates by first time in 2012. She decided to combine Pilates – which she considers it is a very rewarding career - with her demanding role as a mum.

Dayra is a Level 3 Pilates instructor with strong basis on the fundamentals of Pilates philosophy. She is also certified on Pilates with small equipment, Pilates with orthopaedic conditions and pre-post-natal

As she made the decision to change her marketing career to enter the Wellness Industry where she hopes that her passion and dedication can make a difference, her “feel good and feel challenged” classes are aimed to provide a whole body workout, helping you to find you own strength

Maria Cruz

"My fitness career started as a hobby teaching spinning in Venezuela, my home country, while I was at university studying Law, giving to me the possibility to stay fit, healthy and releasing all the stress from many hours of studying. While I worked as a lawyer I kept teaching spinning being more than aware of the pressures of working in a busy firm with little time for health and personal life.

I moved to London where I continued my studies in Immigration Law as well as becoming a Personal Trainer and STOTT Reformer Pilates Instructor (my passion) so I left my job to become a full time trainer. I am a Lawyer from heart & Trainer from soul.

I am very interested in health, beauty and education, always adding new qualifications, doing courses and workshops, also I love to do classes in different studios so I can steal in a good way exercises and ideas to incorporate in my sessions"

Nicholas Walker

Nick is a well rounded, down-to-earth Kiwi. He has been involved in the fitness industry for 10 years and brings with him a wealth of qualifications in exercise prescription, soft tissue therapy and personal training.
He has a breadth and wealth of experienced gained in some of New Zealand and Australia’s best regarded health clubs, personal training studios, massage clinics, and with a number of sporting teams. New to London, Nick is intent on bringing his considerable health and fitness skills to the big city.
He possesses excellent soft tissue skills and has a particular interest in functional training. His passion is helping people return from injury, and is an ideal trainer for any client with issues relating to pain, postural and movement education. That being said, he is equally happy using his skills and knowledge to push clients on to new levels of strength and fitness.
Aside from his continued drive to continue improving his skills and knowledge to help clients maximise the benefit of their sessions, Nick’s great love’s are typically antipodean: travelling and rugby. So when he’s not busy helping people change their bodies for the better, you will most likely find him travelling through Europe or watching his beloved All Blacks get the better of everyone else!

 

Peter Clerkin

Originally from County Antrim Northern Ireland, Peter has been involved in sport his whole life.

Over the past 15 years this has been more involved in coaching and teaching, working as a football and basketball coach at youth level with a year long stint coaching 'soccer' in the States.

Peter holds a Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Edinburgh Napier University, with a focus on exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and sports psychology.

Peter has been teaching mat and reformer Pilates for the past 4 years and believes that, regardless of what your training and health goals, pilates should form an intergral part of any exercise programme.

Faran Cooper

Faran is coming from a background in modern dance - having studied at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City - Faran has been inspired to stay fit by the best movers and shakers in the business.
Faran is trained through STOTT Pilates for her mat work certification, and fully qualified on the reformer through TENeducation. Through both training backgrounds, she delivers private lessons and classes that cater to your needs- whether it be rehabilitative, traditional or dynamic styles of Pilates.

Charlotte Debattista

Charlotte Debattista Bio
A singer and dancer since the age of nine when her passion for music was ignited. She originally trained in Malta, where she is from, before moving to London to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. She completed her training at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, and has since performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and various theatres including the West End.
Charlotte’s dance background introduced her to the wonderful world of Pilates; having a passion for health and fitness, she trained with STOTT in both Mat and Reformer Pilates. She has a keen interest in Dynamic Pilates and helps clients work towards an equlibirum between stability, mobility and strength.
She loves teaching and providing individual attention to each client so they can get the most from their workout. Charlotte’s workout aims to articulate the spine, challenge the core and improve the client’s overall fitness. Pilates is intelligent exercise with profound results.
 
Our Beginners classes place a heavy focus and importance on the basics of breathing, posture and the essential movements as well as introducing you to the reformer machine. These classes are designed to help you feel comfortable with the reformer and the studio environment. It is very wise to take the time to learn these basics well, giving you a foundation of knowledge, before moving up. Even if you have done pilates before we highly recommend you attend a Beginners class for your first experience of Absolute.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri 28 Apr 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Ben Andrews
  • Sat 29 Apr 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Sun 30 Apr 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Dayra Penagos
  • Sun 30 Apr 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Mon 01 May 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Ben Andrews
  • Tue 02 May 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Maria Cruz
  • Tue 02 May 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nicholas Walker
  • Wed 03 May 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Peter Clerkin
  • Thu 04 May 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Sue Murphy
  • Thu 04 May 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Faran Cooper
  • Fri 05 May 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Ben Andrews
  • Sat 06 May 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Sun 07 May 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Dayra Penagos
  • Sun 07 May 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Mon 08 May 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Ben Andrews
  • Tue 09 May 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Maria Cruz
  • Tue 09 May 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nicholas Walker
  • Wed 10 May 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Peter Clerkin
  • Thu 11 May 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Charlotte Debattista
  • Thu 11 May 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Faran Cooper