Instructor of the Month
Introducing Susie Cooper, owner of Passion4Pilates
I was first introduced to Pilates in 2000 when I did my first Body Balance class whilst living in Canada. Through its complexity and effectiveness. I was intrigued by this method and still am. The rest is history! After moving to the UK in 2004 I started my Pilates teacher training with the Pilates Institute in 2005 and went onto complete my Masters Certification in 2010. My business has evolved over the past 5 years and through all the ups and downs of being a business owner and sheer perseverance I have just opened up a specialised Pilates studio on the second floor in David Lloyd Leisure, Maidenhead. I focus mainly on 1-2-1 clients using my Allegro Reformer bed fondly called "Rosie" and the Wunda Chair as well as small equipment based specialised matwork classes. My love and passion for Pilates never goes and I am eternally grateful for the way that it has not only changed the lives of many of my clients but how it has changed my life too.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
I like to think that I am a creative teacher, not one of my classes is ever exactly the same. I am very much a supporter of the original 34 moves and adapt the class from them. Due to the fact that I do mainly 1-2-1 training my style of teaching is based on technique and posture with the addition of a great sense of humour!
What is your client base like?
My client based is predominantly 1-2-1 and using the Reformer and Wunda Chair. I do have classes which are small equipment based.
What are you planning for the next 12 months?
The next 12 months I plan to start writing my first book, complete my Level 4 in Cancer Rehabilitation and to get back into tutoring Pilates, especially the Reformer. Also I plan to keep developing my studio to suit my target market which is to serve people who really need Pilates and not those who just want to do it.
What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?
The most challenging part of what I do is dealing with people who do not value my time and qualifications/experience and want something for nothing as I do not find it easy to keep justifying the particular hourly rate I charge. I also find the unpredictability of human beings fairly challenging which can make managing finances and balancing the books difficult.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?
I never ever get bored of what I do. Never. Why? Because there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone's life change by the Pilates method. I am so grateful I have the opportunity to be part of that process.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
Always follow your intuition/gut feeling and never allow anyone to force you to justify what you are worth. You have taken on a very special talent by becoming a Pilates teacher and never forget that. One last thing?.. take care of your own body by regularly practising Pilates and try to have one evening off a week to yourself.
You can contact Susie at
T:(+44) 7854 396 029
A: Passion4Pilates, Second Floor, David Lloyd,Maidenhead, Berkshire. SL6 1HJ