Instructor of the Month
Introducing Louise Gapp, owner of Pilates Practice Cornwall.
I've always been a very sporty girl and loved the dynamics of team games so Pilates was a whole new challenge and way of life for me.
I taught secondary PE for 12 years but after having 3 children I needed to find a new career that worked around me and my lifestyle. After many conversations with Jo, I decided to re train as a Pilates instructor, and I've never been happier to go to work everyday. I don't think of it as work but part of my life, and I find it hard to put into words how it makes me feel, so I'll use this quote,
"working hard for something we don't care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion" David Avocado Wolfe.
I now teach in the beautiful Cornwall and run my own business Pilates Practice Cornwall which is growing weekly. Thank you Jo for encouraging me to start this new journey.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
I'd like to think I have a very mixed way of teaching, I focus on technique when I need to, challenge, but am fun too. When I have beginners in my class I like to focus on technique but always try to get them moving, I like them to have felt challenged but in a way they feel comfortable with. With more my regular clients I like to mix it up, we use equipment, often drop in the 34 moves class, but I always like to encourage good technique. With one group they always like to work at a high intensity, so I cater for their needs too. Most of my clients have been coming for 2 years now so I know them really well, and we work together on their needs and plan my classes around them.
What is your client base like?
My client base is mixed in many ways. I have a totally wide age range with my youngest client being 13 and my eldest is 84, mostly women but have a small number of men who attend regularly. I teach mainly classes but do have a number of 1-2-1s also. Many of my clients come to me with injuries when they've been recommended from medical practitioners however some come for the fitness side too.
What are you planning for the next 12 months?
For the next 12 months I have many plans. I am completing my Pre and Post Natal qualification, and my Level 4 in Low Back Pain Management, both of which I'm doing through JPilates. I am focusing on increasing my 1-2-1 client base and continuing my work with local Osteopaths and Physiotherapists.
What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?
The most challenging thing for me is time to fit in more classes. I'd like to do more evening classes however it can't fit it in around my lifestyle with the children so sometime this means I lose clients if they can't come to the evening class that I already put on. I do offer 1-2-1s with them so they have the option on the evenings I have free.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?
For me this question is easy, seeing how Pilates changes peoples lives. I love watching a new client in the class, surprising themselves and really enjoying it. The messages the next day when I contact them for feedback and they say " wasn't sure I'd done that much but wow can I feel it today" or ". I feel lovely and stretched and am walking taller today". It can be a daunting experience for people to walk into an already established class so I love it when they walk out smiling with positive comments about how they won't be nervous next week and thanks for making them feel at ease, to me that's really important.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
Now that you've qualified try to spend time researching and continue with the learning. I am continually learning every week and from every new client that I get. Try to go on as many courses as you can so that you feel really knowledgable, confident and comfortable with what you are delivering.
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