Instructor of the Month
Introducing Becky Uden, owner of Uden Pilates
I have been passionate about fitness for a large part of my life, enjoying horse riding, snowboarding, tennis, swimming, yoga and then later discovering Pilates.
My passion for Pilates really developed after a snowboarding accident and referral from my physiotherapist – the results were incredible and this convinced me of the long-term benefits of Pilates; I have been dedicated to the practice every since and last year qualified with JPilates.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
My teaching style is very flow orientated; I love movement and in my group classes always try to promote this. My 1-2-1's tend to be slower and more technique focused.
What is your client base like?
I have a mix of clients attending group classes; the majority have been coming to me for a while and are at an intermediate level. I have just started teaching a lunchtime class in an office boardroom, this group is predominately beginners and a real mix of ages. My 1-2-1s are business professionals in their mid to late thirties.
What are you planning for the next 12 months?
I am attending the JPilates Convention in June which I am super excited about - last years’ was so fantastic. I came away feeling inspired with lots new and fun ideas to incorporate into my classes. I am also planning on doing the JPilates Barre workshop in November. It’s important to me to keep evolving and honing my methods and techniques.
There is an opportunity for me to teach Pilates at a bootcamp out in Ibiza in October that I am exploring and I am starting to think about dates for running my next retreat.
What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?
Time, or lack of it I should say. My Pilates business has really started to take off... which is amazing but I am still juggling working full time in media. I am making it work by teaching private clients in the mornings, doing a lunch time class at a nearby office, then teaching group classes in the evenings. The challenge is the juggling act, but by being very organised and disciplined I ensure that I never compromise on quality and preparation.
Mid week I am extremely focused and work/teaching orientated, but I do have a rule that is no working on the weekends. Weekends are for me time, to relax, see my horse and have quality time with family and friends. It’s important this balance is met as it ensures I can give my all to others Mon-Fri.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?
Knowing that I am sharing the never ending benefits of Pilates with my clients, that they are enjoying my classes, and that they are feeling better and happier for it. That for me is so rewarding.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
Get out there and start teaching as soon as you can - this will boost your confidence and help you develop your own style of teaching.
Make time for your own practice, Jo's daily fixes are great if you are time poor.
Attend a class when you can - this is great for you time, but also for inspiration.
Lastly, keep up the training, as instructors we should never stop learning.
You can contact Becky at