After another amazing group of instructors have graduated in the Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates last weekend, I thought it would be great to catch up with the instructors who passed 12 months ago to see how their careers and businesses have developed since qualifying.
Lauren Connelly, owner of Eyre Pilates London
This last year has been a blast! I have had so much fun learning, making new friends and building a business. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride with a few low points but many more ups to make up for it. I have learn a lot about the body, different bodies, injuries, chronic health conditions and other stuff. The more I know the more I know I don't know and this is really important to remember when you are in the fitness/health industry.
I am currently teaching 1-2-1 Pilates sessions in my clients’ homes all around London. I also teach two group classes a week with about 8 in each which is a really nice change from 1-2-1's. I love that no one day is the same and the rewards I get from teaching are so vast that I have never looked back. I really enjoy the clients I have and hope to grow my business this year to the point where I do not have to have another job to supplement my income and where I can visit at least 4 people per day.
Contact Lauren at www.facebook.com/eyrepilates
Becky Uden, owner of Uden Pilates
Since qualifying last May I have been immersing myself in the Pilates space, doing tonnes of self practice, and teaching as much as I can to gain experience and build my confidence.I teach in a beautiful studio in Fitzroy Square, and alongside this I have my regular private clients for whom I do home visits.
I have recently started doing office visits, and see this area growing for me. I have 11 years experience in the corporate world, and understand the conditions most clients struggle with - stress & time constraints etc. I offer a 45 minute class (in their board room) making it super easy for them to attend ;) In January I ran my first ever retreat, in France, which was a great success and something I plan on doing a lot more of in the years to come.
I feel incredibly grateful to be doing something I love, and my passion for the practice gets stronger every day. It has changed my life, I am feeling so alive and inspired about the journey I am on.
My aim is to share with people he benefits of Pilates and inspire people to be happy and lead a healthy life.
Thank you Jo for being so inspirational and making all of this possible for me. Pilates truly has changed my life .
Contact Becky at www.udenpilates.com
Pelin Adlan, owner of Happilates
I have qualified from Matwork Pilates Level 3 course in May 2014. After working in an office for the last 11 years and practicing Pilates as a hobby for the past 6 years, this course was the best thing ever happened to me as a career move as well as a life style change. I have slowly started getting studio cover jobs after applying to different studios. Through the studio covers I also got private/ one to one clients. Still being the current full time office worker at the time, this course made me realize how much I need a career change in my life and with Jo's encouragement, help and support how I could actually make it happen. After only under a year, I now have 2 private clients and studio jobs in the evenings and at weekends. I will keep my full time office work until September and then reduce it to part time to focus on my Pilates career even more.
I highly recommend doing this course, specially with JPilates as it is immensely recognized by the many studios I covered over the year. I also can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed doing the course with Jo. Her energy, enthusiasm and teaching skills was spectacular and I still, when I teach, have her teaching voice in my ear as well as her encouraging words to become an instructor. She is also there to help you anytime even if you have qualified a year ago. You will also find that you will get to meet a lot of like-minded, friendly, positive individuals with a great energy. A decision well made if you choose this course as well as JPilates.
Contact Pelin at www. happilates.co.uk
Nimisha Campbell- Freelance instructor
My journey has been great, I have loved every minute thus far and am still enjoying it! We qualified in May 2014 so I decided to set my first class up in Beaconsfield straight away! It consisted of one paying customer and 3 friends, the best £10 I have ever earned! I held the class at my house and it was great.. I did a few more classes on the run up to Summer then everything calmed down and I was concerned I wasn't getting any clients, only then to realise that things always calm down in August so I decided to take a leap of faith and to kick start things properly in September. I hired a venue for 2 hrs on 2 different days and advertised my classes. Online websites, one paying the rest free and leaflets all round the town! It was a gentle start but I started my classes in September and now in April (8months later) I have 7 classes running In Beaconsfield and all are full with waiting lists! I could easily do more and have new and recommended clients calling me all the time, I did actually contemplate employing an instructor to take a class I managed but I need to find someone first! Top tip - retaining a client is easier than getting a new one. Treat every class as if your best performance and you will reap the rewards! My highlight - getting texts and emails from clients saying how great you have made them feel :-)
Contact Nimisha by email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Nightingale, owner of Nightingale Pilates
Since qualification, business has grown from 1 class of 'testers' to 8 classes - the most recent a complete beginner course. Mostly through word of mouth and local advertising. I have one off 1-1 and 2-1's and regular weekly clients. This is something I am going to do more work on throughout the year - or when my garage gets converted :) For the last month we have had 14 ladies coming along to Netball training - Team Boomerang :) Pilates girls coming back to Netball - using my Pe Experience with Pilates, we are taking part in a big 'Back to Netball' tournament this Saturday. February this year I ran first 'Tester' R & R Weekend - Pilates, walking/swimming, good food and good women (and wine) in deepest Dorset. We have 2 more booked and full for November 2015 and February 2016 - this might be something I try to expand, take further. JPilates Associates /Forums have been a constant and invaluable source of support, information and security.
Very much looking forward to the JPilates Convention, as I think its sooo important to keep learning.
Contact Rachel at www.facebook.com/nightingalepilates
Linda Johansson, owner of Reclaim Body Pilates.
I went straight into the Equipment training after the Mat Diploma to complete the JPilates Masters Certificate which finished in October, set up Reclaimbodypilates ,had a baby in November and am now easing back into it with a couple of weekly Matwork groups in Wandsworth, London. I'm looking to add a bit of Equipment teaching as soon as the baby is a little bigger and I have a bit more time!
Contact Linda on: www.reclaimbodypilates.com
I am so pleased to say that once again all our graduates are working in the Pilates industry. When deciding to embark on a new career path it is always important to consider the employment prospects once you have qualified and one of the most essential aspects of JPilates training is the continual support and encouragement given not only during your training but throughout your career in Pilates.